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Lady Aldora Adamson and her friends gain a magical necklace from a gypsy. The wearer of the necklace will find the man of her dreams. As young ladies of the ton, the desired man would be a duke. Just the type of man Aldora needed to pay her father’s debts and secure her families future. Several years later as it’s her turn to wear the necklace, she puts her plan in motion. She has chosen the perfect man, even if he isn’t a duke.
Michael Knightly is in awe of the young woman he met in Hyde Park. Only he is not the one she wants. Like all of the London young ladies she’ll be after wealth and a title. A title his brother holds. Not only does he not have a title, he also carries a disgraceful past with him.
This is a shorter story but packed full of good reading. Aldora’s pride when it comes to her spectacles gets her into unique situations. And her honor to help her family has her trying to be a martyr. Looking forward to more stories in this series.
Lady Katherine Adamson felt plain next to her beloved and outgoing twin sister, Anne. She always ended up in Anne’s schemes and adventures as well. Only this time things don’t turn out so well as they go to in search of the magical necklace their sister Aldora once possessed. She needed to be rescued and of all people to rescue her, the Mad Duke.
Jasper Waincourt 8th Duke of Brainbridge did not want to be in London. He hated Society, ton...the gossip. In his dark dank castle he could hide and suffer for what he had done to his beautiful wife Lydia. He had killed her and his heart died right along with her. But the Lady Katherine is showing him that maybe he is not completely dead. Only guilt and vows will not allow him to have enjoyment or live again. Ever.
The search for the gold heart locket from In Need of Duke, the story of Lady Aldora Adamson, continues as Anne is a believer in the power of the locket. Katherine learned long ago about reality. After their father’s death they found out he had gambled everything away and leaving them destitute. But why not allow Anne to have her dreams?
Lady Anne Arlette Adamson is the last unmarried sister. Her twin sister, Katherine, found her love match and a duke at that, but he wasn't the “right” duke to make their mother happy. As if anything would make their mother happy. Anne did set her heart on a duke and she just needed help to get his attention. Who better than her sister's rogue friend to teach her how to seduce a man?
Harry Falston, the 6th Earl of Stanhope had loved and lost and fell deep in the ways of a rogue these past eight years. He could charm almost any woman he wanted. He only failed once to seduce, Katherine Adamson. It seems his charms also hold no power over Anne Adamson and yet she needs his help. What could it hurt?
The past can rule a person's life and decisions. The haze of the past often distorts the present and future. The Countess of Wakefield has been jaded by her late husband and her children have been affected by his actions as well. Can Anne break through the past like her sisters did? Be sure to read Adora's story in book one; In Need of a Duke and Katherine's story in book two; For Love of the Duke. Great series.
Lady Imogen Isabel Moore could be down on love after what happened to her, but she still hopes for it one day. She just won't fall for another man like she previously did. When she falls in love it will be the opposite of the Duke of Montrose. A man who does not drink brandy and live the life of a rogue. Never a man like her best friend's brother.
The Marquess of Waverly, Lord Alex Edgerton, is left to enjoy his vices alone after his friend Stanhope falls in love. Love is not something Alex believes in or ever plans on receiving. As a second son the women enjoy him in their bed, nothing more. Only now, his older brother has interrupted Alex's life with one of his commands.
I really enjoyed this story. Imogen and her friend Chloe were exciting characters. Alex was definitely a rogue but once you saw the man inside...it was hard not to love him. There are some other secondary characters that I hope get their own stories too.
Lady Daisy Laurel Meadows was in love with a duke, no, a man who just happened to be a duke. But she was invisible to him. What she needed was that special necklace she had heard about, the heart of a duke necklace from an old gypsy. Then he would love her too.
Auric Kinsley Richards, the 8th Duke of Crawford had made an error in his life seven years ago that has haunted him ever since. And ruined so many lives. He had to do his best for the mother and sister left behind after his friend's death. Only when did little Daisy go from being that little girl to a beautiful woman?
Another great story in this series that follows young women who are determined to find that perfect gentleman to marry. They believe the fabled heart of a duke necklace will bring the love of their lives to them.
Jane Munroe's life was not an easy one. The by-blow of a duke, a mother who died loving said duke, and working for aristocrats that thought of her as their property...to abuse and dispose of as they wanted. After losing yet another job, she does something unheard of... After all when it comes to survival it's all about oneself.
Gabriel Edgerton, Marquess of Waverly, had no intention of ever marrying. He hated his title because he hated his sire, so he had no desire to pass the line down. But he did care about his family and his goal was to marry off his last sibling so he had no more responsibilities to his family. Finding Chloe a proper companion was important. The woman who showed up for the job was not that person.
I love this series. It all starts with a Gypsy giving some girls a necklace that is said to win them the heart of a duke. Whether a duke, an earl or even a rogue...these stories follow the necklace as it falls into the hands of young women and love is found. Gabriel's brother Alex had his story in book three, The Love of a Rogue.
Edmund Deering, the 5th Marquess of Rutland would seem to have no redeeming qualities at all. He lives a dark life in his dark clubs. And he lives for revenge. His next target for destruction should have been an easy one, only he wasn't prepared for Phoebe Barrett.
Phoebe Barrett had dreams of love and marriage. Unbelievable since her father's horrid reputation had her on the bad side of the ton. Being a victim of the tons gossip, she refused to listen to anything about the marquess. She saw the man inside that no one else did. Or was he just that good at pretending while he went after what he wanted?
Both Phoebe and Edmund had negatives when it came to their parents but each took a different road in life. Edmund has been mentioned in the other books as well. Another great book in this series.
**Sexual content (Unlike her other books this is outside of marriage)
William Hargrove, the Marquess of Grafton has been avoiding the inevitable for eight years now. He made a deal with his father...travel for eight years before marrying the harridan he was promised to. Eight years was not long enough.
Clarisse Falcot built a wall of ice around her. She was the perfect daughter of duke. Haughty, prideful, and could cower anyone with one look. She was also friendless and even if she wouldn't admit it...lonely.
Since her mother died, Clarisse, or Cara as she preferred, had not known love. And now she is once again ignored and forgotten by her father. As it ends up, it may have been the best thing that ever happened to her.
Marcus Gray, the Viscount of Wessex is a rogue. A rogue who wanted nothing to do with love. He had given his heart once and that didn't turn out so well. Eight years later and he still hates the woman who broke his heart...and now she's returned to London.
Eleanor Collins has one joy in her life. Her daughter. She will do anything for her little girl. Even return to London and take a chance of running into her past. But she has nowhere else to go and her aunt has offered them a place in with her. Maybe she can avoid those from her past...unlikely.
Another wonderful, heart tugging story from this series. Eleanor has gone through some tough times and survived. Marcus has endured much too, he just tried to escape down a different path. The daughter and aunt add much to the story as all are endearing characters that were easy to fall in love with.
Lady Genevieve Farendale is a prime example of the unfairness of women in a man's world. Left standing alone at the altar wasn't enough—oh no—her fiancé had to add that she was ruined. Five years later she still finds herself “ruined” and being pushed to an unwanted marriage.
Cedric Falcot, the Marquess of St. Albans lives in sin and wickedness. He believes like father like son and lives up to that belief quite well. He's much more comfortable in the underbelly of London than among Society. Only now, his father threatens him to marry or else.
A marriage of convenience seems to be the answer to their problems. Or is it the beginning? The rules for the marriage—basically freedom for both of them. This has been one of the most intense stories I've read from this author, and loved it. A definite page turner from beginning to end.
Lady Philippa Winston had always been weak and pathetic. Doing what was right in Society and her families eyes. Marrying a man who her brother thought would be a good husband. He couldn't have been more wrong. She was happy to be a widow. She didn't believe there were good men—until Miles.
Miles Brookfield, the Marquess of Guilford, never thought—or cared—about his title. His mother had a wife picked out for him, and he figured they'd make do. Then he meets Philippa and realizes “making do” would never be enough for him in a marriage.
Philippa's daughter Faith is absolutely adorable and comes to life on these pages. Wonderful series. Philippa's brothers' stories are in the third book; The Love of a Rogue, and book five; To Love a Lord.
Lady Eloise Yardley, Countess of Sherborne is on a mission. Her childhood friend and the only man she has ever loved needs to return home. And she was elected to find him and get him there, not an easy mission. Especially when the man she finds is not even close to the young boy she grew up with.
Lieutenant Lucien Jonas, or Jones as he's known by these days, is just existing in life. His losses in the past years have been more than he can handle. Maybe that is why he has put all the blame at his father's feet and has hated and avoided the man since he returned from the useless war his father sent him to. Until she returns to his life and disrupts everything.
As all of the books by this author, I loved this story. The characters become so real. I hope this series will be telling more of the stories of the men at London Hospital, where Lucien had spent much of his time. That is where the reader first meets Lucien in book one of the Scandalous Season series, Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride. He was a broken man wanting to die until the Drakes come and offer him work and try to get him back into the world of the living.
Prudence Tidemore is the younger sister to Jonathan “Sin” Sinclair from Always a Rogue, Forever My Love. Between Jonathan marrying the governess and her sister Patrina's scandal, Prudence has to be on her best behavior. Prudence had never been known for behaving herself.
Christian Villiers, Marquess of St. Cyr has gone from a dark hole...to an even darker hole. As if carrying the guilt from war wasn't enough, he's inherited a new title that is deep in debt. To help his mother and sister, he's left with only one choice...marriage. For a rogue, that is not a good thing.
Loved this story. These dark brooding guys just bring out the love of a good woman, even if said brooding guy thinks he doesn't want one. Christian finds out what the Tidemore women are made of when he meets Prudence.
Derek Winters, the 8th Duke of Blackthorne is a bitter young man. After being scarred during the war and having people think he looked like a beast...he started to act like one as well. Growling, snarling, and yelling at his servants...scaring most away. Including the governesses and nursemaids who care for his unwanted ward.
Lily Benedict had once been a country vicar's daughter. How life had changed in the past eight years. She was long past the naive fifteen-year-old who believed handsome lord's promises...or was she? It seems at three and twenty she hasn't learned her lesson in trusting the nobility.
Trust is a volatile emotion. Even when you trust someone, life experience can step in and mess things up. Lily was only full of hate for the Blackthorne line and was willing to do what she had to for a secure future. When the battle for right and wrong wages within her...her past blurs the line. I suggest reading Captivated by a Lady's Charm, book two, first as Christian Villiers and Derek's stories run together.
Miss Gemma Reed has not been treated well in her young life. Society is not kind to those who aren't beautiful...outwardly...and have interests unlike young ladies are supposed to have. She would prefer fishing or riding horse to embroidering or being a simpering miss who bats her eyelashes behind her fan. After three awful Seasons, she is heading to her best friend's summer house party and hoping to tell the man she loves her feelings.
Mr. Richard Jonas has locked his heart up tight. The woman he loved never returned his feelings. He's not excited at being at his friend's house party, but it's better than being with his family and seeing the woman he loved with her husband...his brother.
The house party turns out a little different than what Gemma and Richard had expected. And the both of them see their past and the people they thought they loved in a much different perspective. Richard is first introduced in book one of this series; Seduced by a Lady's Heart. It is his brother Lucien's story.
The Marquess of Drake has gone out of the way to avoid his betrothal agreement. Angry at having his life set for him, he’d taken control of what he could. Joining in the war to escape only ended him returning scarred and a different man than he was.
Emmaline Fitzhugh wanted love and her own home. She was betrothed since the young age of five. While other young debutantes could enjoy the Season, she was stuck in the corner with the wallflowers. Even after her betrothed returned from war, he still hasn’t claimed her. So she takes things into her own hands.
It’s a tough road for these two with Drake’s post-war issues and both of them being betrothed so young and not having a choice in their future. And Emmaline hoping for love as well. Looking forward to reading the next books in this series. I loved the characters and the storyline.
Christopher Quenby Ansley, Earl of Waxham was being told to marry his childhood nemesis or they would end up penniless. That girl had been the bane of his existence growing up, not to mention worst of all...the stable fire. No, he wouldn’t marry her. And he knew just how to get the attention off of himself as a suitor. Problem was that she wasn’t that little pain in the backside child anymore.
Sophie Winters is in her third Season. At least the previous two Seasons she sat in the wallflower section with her friend Emmaline, but her friend had found true love and married. Sophie knew she was no catch, too plump and too outgoing. And it definitely didn’t help that she was the favorite topic in the scandal sheets.
They live in a time where the male often looks for a woman with a large dowry if his own coffers are low. The woman’s family usually wants their daughter to marry for a title. No choices. And if you decide you might actually care for the person your family chooses, pride will usually interfere. Good thing love can overcome so many things.
I’m really enjoying this series and looking forward to more. Her characters have such vivid personalities. Book one is Forever Betrothed, Never a Bride and book three is Always Proper, Suddenly Scandalous and book four is Always a Rogue, Forever Her Love.
Geoffrey Winters, Viscount Redbrooke is close to his thirtieth year and has decided to find a wife. He has his orderly lists of how to accomplish this. He has a nice meek, well-behaved young lady in mind even, some may think a boring one. But sometimes even the grandest of perfect plans can end up with a hitch in them.
Abigail Stone had to flee from American to her uncle in England after she falls into a bit of a scandal. At the young age of twenty she has really messed up. She misses home but knows she cannot return there yet, if ever. Her parents hope she can make a match with a nice lord here in England. Only what happens if her secret makes it’s way across the ocean? She’ll be ruined all over again, that’s what.
Sometimes a man may think he knows what he wants and needs...only sometimes that man can be very wrong. And a woman can run quite a ways from home to escape her past but it never seems to be far enough. Can this stodgy viscount and an American find a happy ending? Or will their pasts dictate their futures?
This has been such an enjoyable series. Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride is book one, book two is Never Courted, Suddenly Wed. Looking forward to the next books in the series as each book introduces characters that I want to hear more about.
Jonathan Tidemore, 5th Earl of Sinclair lives the life of a rogue. His nickname says it all, Sin. However, he has a few women problems; a mother who is always after him to marry. Right, like he’s ready to give up his rogue life. Four sisters; one who is on her second Season and three still in the schoolroom and they seem to have a knack for chasing governesses away. And now he has a woman demanding he has something she wants. Well, maybe he can solve one problem at least, as she has something he would like too.
Juliet Marshville cannot believe how her life has gone downhill. Since her beloved father died over a year ago, her idiot brother has been living the life of a reprobate. For instance he is gambling and losing at. In fact, he has gambled and lost her beloved Rosecliff Cottage and more. An offer of work where she can gain back her cottage seems to be her best option. Or is it?
The author wrote such unique personalities for Sinclair’s sisters and his own character has so many facets to it. In this series the reader has met the handsome rogue in book one, as Drake’s best friend, and book three where he too was wooing the American, Miss Stone. Definitely a series worth reading.
Lady Patrina Tidemore’s life had changed in the past year. She made a foolish mistake that not only threw her into spinsterhood, but may hurt her three sisters when it was time for them to marry. The London Society was not only unforgiving, but they never forgot. Breaking Society’s rules one day in Hyde Park has a very different outcome for Patrina.
Weston Aldridge, 4th Marquess of Beaufort had become a bitter man. After his wife’s betrayal to him and their children, he removed himself from Society and from enjoying life. He may also have let discipline slide a bit with his two children. Maybe he let it slide a lot.
Patrina is one of Jonathan Sinclair’s sisters. Her story starts in Always a Rogue, Forever Her Love when she makes a very poor decision. I’ve enjoyed all of the books in this series and I hope we get to see more of the Tidemore sisters in future books as they all have unique personalities.
Sebastian Fitzhugh, 5th Duke of Mallen is almost thirty-two and knows the time is closing in when he will need to find a wife. The problem is he hates the idea of some title-grabbing débutante. He wants a woman who sees him as a man, not just a duke.
Hermione Rogers is in London to save her family. At twenty-one she has been burdened for many years with the care of her siblings. Her dear older sister's situation has just pushed the need to marry upfront. She knows true love from her parents and wants that for herself. And she would like a duke, but not for the usual reasons.
Another great story in this series. It had me going through a few tissues now and then. A really good storyline and excellent secondary characters that added much to the story, such as Hermione's young brother and sister. The reader first meets Sebastian in the first book of this series; Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride.
Lady Theodosia Rayne had been raised on the stories of the beloved broadsword that had been taken from their family and sold to the Devlin's. Those who possessed the sword also possessed good fortune. Her families fortune had gone downhill in the hundreds of years since the theft. When bad news hits her family—again—she forms a plan to bring the sword home—where it belongs.
Damian, the Duke if Devlin never thought much of the sword hanging on his office wall or why the Devlins hated the Raynes these many years. And then she came into his home to steal it. A modern day warrior. Fearless, proud, and determined.
This is a novella but is definitely a full story. I loved the humor mixed in with romance and her determination to reclaim, not steal, what belongs to her family. Looking forward to reading more about the Rayne family.
For Lady Alexandra, being the source of a cold, calculated wager is bad enough...but when it is waged by Nathaniel Michael Winters, 5th Earl of Pembroke, the man she's in love with, it results in a broken heart, the scandal of the season, and a summons from her grandfather--the Duke of Danby.
To escape Society's gossip, she hurries to her meeting with the duke, determined to put memories of the earl far behind. Except the duke has other plans for Alexandra...plans which include the 5th Earl of Pembroke!
Five years ago when her love, Marcus Wheatley, failed to return from fighting Napoleon’s forces, Lady Olivia Foster buried her heart. Unable to betray Marcus’s memory, Olivia has gone out of her way to run off prospective suitors. At three and twenty she considers herself firmly on the shelf. Her father, however, disagrees and accepts an offer for Olivia’s hand in marriage. Yet it’s Christmas, when anything can happen…
Olivia receives a well-timed summons from her grandfather, the Duke of Danby, and eagerly embraces the reprieve from her betrothal.
Only, when Olivia arrives at Danby Castle, she realizes the Christmas season is a time of hope, second chances, and even miracles.
Brethren of the Lords
Book 1: My Lady of Deception Amazon ********************
The following journey was never intended for publication. It was written from a mother, to her unborn child. The words detailed her struggle through infertility and the joy of finally being pregnant. A stunning revelation at her son's birth opened a world of both fear and discovery. This is the story of one mother's love and hope and... her quest for uninterrupted joy.
Four enjoyable stories that take place at a Christmas house party. Four friends have decided it's time for their four eldest daughters to marry. The girls have been through several unsuccessful Seasons and so the mama's are going to take over and push their daughters towards the men they think are right for their girls.
Her Christmas Rogue by Christi Caldwell
Lady Winifred Grisham has been in love with her brother's best friend for years. As the Christmas season closes in and she fears her mother is matchmaking for her, it's time to see if her feelings are returned.
Lord Trent Ballantine is a second son. Living a roguish lifestyle never bothered him until now. And it was too late to change his past. Is it too late to change his future.
Sarah Beth LeClair has a problem. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi and can't leave. She is held a prisoner there by her own fears. She has returned to her Christian faith and struggles with the question of why faith isn't enough to help her break through her fear.
Coach Jess McCoy is intrigued by Sarah from the first time he runs into her at the college they both work at. She's a bit quirky...but something about her draws him. Unfortunately, he may be drawn, but she seems to push away.
There are secondary stories going on as well. Jess's friends in Oxford and Sarah's friends back in LA. As God works in Sarah's life, He is also working through her. I really enjoyed this story and I'm looking forward to more from this author. I loved the real issues the characters face in their lives. This is a sweet inspirational story. Book two is Going Up South.
Cassie Brooks lives a fairly quiet life in Oxford, Mississippi with her teenage son. The past two years had been rough after the embarrassment her ex-husband put her through, but she survived. When she sees her friends could use her help, she puts on her lawyer hat and offers to help.
Dylan Conner is angry. He has a son that he wasn't told about. A son who has another's man's name and is being raised by that man. He never wanted a family—or so he thought. One time holding that tiny bundle of baby boy changes everything.
This group of friends from the small town are doing their best to live Christ-like lives. And being humans—they trip and fall often. Nothing like a mission trip to a third world country to show this group how minor their issues are. I really enjoyed both of the stories in this series so far. Book one is called Leaving Oxford. The third book is Cole and Audrey's story; Tackling the Fields.
Sanders' life changed after a mission trip. It took that trip for him
to see he needed God in his life. And it opened his eyes to the girl
who had been tutoring him for a few years. Up until then, Cole had
lived life as he wanted—mostly in worldly ways. Once back in
Oxford, he found his newfound faith and his old life would take some
Vaughn was used to being in the background. Invisible. Three years
ago her life changed and she battled the past every day. And now she
was dating the star quarterback. How could someone like Cole really
like someone as plain as she was? And for how long would he want to
be around her?
just love this series. Real life situations are written into these
fiction characters. Real life struggles that even Christians face.
Being saved does not mean life gets easier, sometimes it's harder. I
really loved watching Cole's life change—even as his world as he
knew it was changing.
What is the strangest real life situation that is in one of your stories?
Hmmm…when I started the Mule Hollow series I had this crazy idea for a donkey character named Samantha and that donkey is one of my reader’s favorite characters. I had met the real life Samantha when I, a hairstylist at the time, was asked to dye a very expensive show horse black (enhancing her already black coat). It was the wildest experience and I spent 3 days on this ranch dying this horse with Samantha running roughshod over the place. She was a really plump donkey, and so mischievous that I was amazed by her antics over the weekend. The owner filled me in on Samantha’s history and why she was doing certain things, like letting the horses out of their stalls so she could eat their food. Anyway, I wrote Samantha’s story in AND BABY MAKES FIVE and much of what the donkey did in the book, the real life Sam did that weekend that I was there. About a year ago our neighbor who owns a herd of donkeys called and her herd of 10 donkeys had escaped and were roaming free in the dark. My husband and I had to load up and go find the animals and get them back down the road. It inspired the roaming donkeys that are in my May Cowboys of Sunrise Ranch story, HER UNLIKELY COWBOY. I hope readers enjoy donkeys as much as I do.
Do you laugh and cry while writing your books?
Always!!! I’m kind of like Joan Wilder from Romancing the Stone if you’ve seen that movie she is blubbering in the beginning as she writes the end. I posted just last week on my FB page that as I was writing a scene from my Jan 2015 GOTTA HAVE HOPE book I was laughing too hard to type at the antics of some of the older ladies in town.
Do you ever forget that the characters are not real?
My husband gets really confused sometimes when I’m talking about characters because he thinks I’m talking about real people. When I was only writing about Mule Hollow he got familiar with all the characters. But this last year I wrote so many different books that I had to have sticky notes to keep up with them. He was really confused. But me, I had a whole lot of new friends! Hopefully my readers are going like all of my friends too.
Are you sad to end a series and leave the characters behind?
Yes after writing 21 books in the Mule Hollow Series they were like family. I LOVED getting to write all of my new series that I have coming out but leaving the matchmaking posse behind and App and Stanley was really tough. I had a blast bringing them back in my INSPY KISSES novella HER MULE HOLLOW COWBOY, and can’t wait to bring readers more new Mule Hollow stories. Plus many new and fun characters too.
2014 is going to be an action packed year for me. I am so thrilled about all the different books that I have coming out. I hope everyone will sign up for my newsletter so you’ll be the first to know when something new is coming or when there is a special going on!
Grant Ellington is stepping out of his reclusive state after six months. After a plane crash that took the lives of two of his friends, he stayed on his ranch. Keeping his feet on solid ground. Until now. His friend and neighbor asked a favor of him. To paint some murals for his sisters' resort. He'd said yes, not knowing if he could still use his talents or not.
Cali Sinclair was happy working with two of her sisters at their island resort. The only one out of nine children to marry—and she had failed at that. She didn't need another man...ever. She had found peace once again at Windswept Bay. Her home.
The beautiful island surroundings has brought peace to Cali's life and the island...and Cali...are doing the same for Grant. This is the first book in this series and I'll be biting at the bit for the next books. I really enjoyed this. And even though Grant is an artist and on a beach—he still has his cowboy roots and heart.
Maddie Rose was determined to work as hard as her male partners on the ranch that was willed to them all. She finally had a place to belong. Putting her past behind her and deciding if she couldn't have her dream, at least she had this.
Cliff Masterson thought he was living the dream being on the bull riding circuit. Now that his dad died, he stopped to realize maybe he'd been running all these years. When he went to stay with his brother Rafe and look for land in Mule Hollow, he never expected to find someone that could fill the empty hole in him, even if she was a stubborn spit-fire of a woman.
Rafe Masterson loved his life on the ranch. And he was glad to see his twin brother, Cliff, so happy and in love with Maddie. Rafe had a hard time believing his brother could fall in love so quickly, but he had. As for himself, the hurt from the past was a good reminder to stay away from love. Then there was the bunny incident and everything changed.
Sadie Archer was running away. After a shock, she just got in her sports car and drove. Who knows how far she might have gone if not for the flat tire. And because of that flat tire she met a dreamy cowboy. Not that she was looking for a hunk, far from it.
Something about Mule Hollow seems to breathe love into the air. Whether the Matchmaking Posse have their hands in it or not, love seems to happen. And the more a couple fights the idea...the quicker things seem to happen.
Chase Hartley, part owner of the New Horizons Ranch, had once been a city boy. No longer. And no thanks when it came to dating a city girl. Sadie was the exception to that rule, but her friend who just drove up in her red sports car was not, she was definitely all city girl. Or was she?
Amber Rivers has come to this small Texas town for her best friend's wedding. But the timing is perfect, she needed to get out of Houston until a situation was settled. Amber hated that she wasn't in control of her life at the moment and it didn't help that a handsome cowboy chose to make himself her protector. The only protection she needed was from that cowboy!
I just love visiting Mule Hollow. The posse, the townspeople and one of my favorites makes an appearance in this story...Samantha the donkey. Life is never dull in this small town and Amber just brought a whole lot of excitement with her from the city.
Ty Calder has a secret Christmas wish that only he knows about. Now it's almost Christmas again...and he once again wishes for what he may never get. It'll be okay though, he'll just work that much harder with the horses he trains on the ranch he has a partnership in.
Mia Shaw is back in Mule Hollow, Texas. It's been four years she was away while she rode the circuit. A bum knee has brought her home for the holidays. Home to Uncle Huey and her family ranch. A ranch that reminds her that she lost her parents so many years ago. Maybe this trip she can make some good memories.
Welcome back to Mule Hollow and all the wonderful characters who live there. Especially the Matchmaking Posse and their talent for sniffing out single folks they think belong together. It doesn't take long for them to set their sights...and skills...on Ty and Mia.
Dalton Borne feels blessed to be one of five partners who own New Horizon Ranch. Working a ranch and with animals is much better than being around people. He has watched all four of his partners fall in love and admits he envies them a bit, but he doesn't deserve that happiness. Never.
Rae Anne Tyson had to get away. She just chose the wrong time to do it. She always seemed to make bad choices. This one almost got her killed...along with her young son and the baby she was about to give birth to. Thank God for sending someone to rescue them in the nick of time.
Two people who are determined not to give their hearts to anyone. One who thought he didn't deserve happiness and the other who had made bad choices and was going to prove she could stand on her own two feet and build a life for her two babies. Funny how life doesn't always care what people want. Great series.
Treb Carson wants to get married and start a family. He has watched each of his five bosses at New Horizon Ranch fall in love and get married. He's ready. Now he just has to get the girl.
Veterinarian Megan Tanner never wants to marry. She's watched her mother and sisters fall in love, marry, and divorce. No thanks. She will happily live out her life with her pets and taking care of other folk's animals around Mule Hollow. And not even the Matchmakin' Posse is going to change her mind!
As always, I loved the story. It's always so fun to visit Mule Hollow and all the unique folks who live there. If you are a single guy or gal—watch out—the posse will be watching you.
Maddie and Cliff Masterson had their story in book one of this series; Her Mule Hollow Cowboy. If you haven't read it, it's free. Maddie is one of the five owners of New Horizon Ranch.
Maddie grew up orphaned and is so happy being married to Cliff this past year and her extended family at the ranch. All she's missing is a baby. Not for long though. She has just found out she's pregnant and can't wait to tell Cliff.
A slight problem at the Sip-N-Go is causing a delay. Keeping her secret while surrounded by Mule Hollow's infamous Posse—also the grapevine of Mule Hollow—is hard enough. But when trouble follows the group, it'll take a miracle to get out of it with her secret intact.
Sheriff Deputy Austin Drake is busy working to support his widowed sister and niece. Still, he wouldn't mind finding a woman of his own. Especially living in Mule Hollow where new happily married couples are all around him. Figures that the woman who makes his heart beat faster has a job that makes his heart beat in the exact opposite way.
Cowgirl Jolene Bartee has an uphill climb. She loves breaking horses and has never had the support of her family behind her. And as far as men go...she has to prove herself as a woman that she can do her job well. And even though the lawman she meets when she drives into town is handsome—well, he's a lawman.
Welcome back to the lovable town of Mule Hollow. Where the Matchmakin' Posse are always on the lookout for matches to be made. Everyone knows your business. And love always seems to be in the air. There are always old friends and new ones in these stories. I love all of the author's stories and always look forward to the next love-match.
******************** A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance Series
Tru Monahan had much to show for himself so far in his twenty-nine years. Such as; rodeo championships, horse training, the ranch he shared with his brothers and grandfather. There was more he wanted though. A family of his own.
Maggie Hope wrote a column to help people, she was okay being in the background, unlike her friend Amanda who had a TV show. When Amanda falls ill, she has Maggie stand in for her to interview the hunkiest cowboy ever, Tru Monahan. When she finds Tru even more handsome in person, she gets tongue tied and ends up making a bet as a joke. Only her paper and his sponsors don't see the humor, they see dollar signs.
I cannot wait for more in this series. I have read and enjoyed all of the Mule Hollow Series and the humorous antics in them, there is humor in this book too, but also deeper subjects. Some of the characters are hiding some deep hurts from their youth, while others have major decisions with no good answers. Combining all of it together for a really enjoyable story.
Bo Monahan along with his two brothers, have been working to save their ranch and there hasn't been time for dating, or much else. He wasn't the man he used to be, but sometimes the past catches up to you...and sometimes that past mixes with the present and future.
Abby Knightly had read all of Maggie Hope's, now Monahan, columns and fell in love with the small town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Her friends and family thought they were helping her, but they were really keeping her in the past. It was time to move forward. Oh, she would never love again...but maybe she could be happy.
Life never quite turns out as you plan. For Bo, it was a woman he felt responsible for after an accident and his past showing up...literally...on his doorstep. For Abby it was the attraction to a cowboy...an attraction that she didn't want. She couldn't let go of her past, or the guilt that came with it. The first book is Bo's brother's story; Betting on Hope. The third book; Kissed by a Cowboy is his eldest brother, Jarrod's, story.
Jarrod Monahan feels the weight of saving the ranch on his shoulders, he feels responsible for not knowing their dad had almost gambled it away. Now that Bo and Tru have found their soul mates, he's feeling how empty his life is. He has his work...but is lonely. And then he gains a new neighbor.
Cassidy Starr feels like she's failed. She couldn't keep her marriage together, just like her flighty parents. Thankfully her great aunt Roxie left her home to her. She plans on a new start. She's going to raise strawberries and open a bed and breakfast. No men. Especially not the man she fell in love with as a young troubled girl. The same man who kissed and walked out of her life.
Another great series by this author. Not much gets past the people in the small town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Especially not possible matchmaking opportunities. Along with Jarrod and Cassidy is the story of Rand and Pebble that started in the first book; Betting on Hope and continued in book 2; Counting on a Cowboy and ends in this book.
Love is in the air..and the hair-- or so wacky hairstylist Lacy Brown believes when she swoops into Mule Hollow. the town placed an ad for wives, and Lacy's salon is going to guarantee pretty ones!
The moment cattleman Clint Matlock meets the spitfire stylist, he can tell she won't last. Attractive women just don't stick around dusty cow towns; his mom certainly hadn't. But Clint never expects Tornado Lacy to set his emotions spinning. Perhaps the trouble with Lacy Brown is that her last name should be Matlock.
A donkey with a penchant for breaking and entering..in search of alfalfa? Cort Wells had never heard of such a thing, until he and his dog moved into Mule Hollow. And the donkey's eight-months-pregnant owner was Lilly Tipps, raised by her man-hating grandmas. So when Lilly wound up in his barn--and in his arms--Cort began to think the donkey was going to be the least of his worries...
In this book you will fall in love with the overweight, whiskered, sneaky and too smart for her own good Samantha the donkey!
When her ancient RV caught fire, candy maker Dottie Hart was stranded in Mule Hollow. So much for her promise to help her brother with his women's shelter. She would never make it to California now!
Help arrived in the nick of time, in the shape of handsome sheriff Brady Cannon. And though Dottie made it clear she was just passing through, the local matchmakers had another agenda. No single woman had yet encountered them without leaving happily married..a sticky situation for the lovely confectioner.
Perhaps Brady could convince her that love was its own sweet reward..
It was just a local newspaper column, right? But when reporter Molly Popp touted the marriage-worthiness of local rancher Bob Jacobs, would-be-wives descended on his Mule Hollow ranch by the busload. Molly felt guilty for the ruckus she'd caused--especially when Bob was injured rescuing an overzealous admirer from a bull. There was nothing else city-slicker Molly could do but pitch in and help Bob out.
That is, until word of her column brought the job offer she'd been praying for and a choice she never thought she'd have to make: a Manhattan byline or Mule Hollow's most eligible bachelor.
There's no escape from the Mule Hollow Matchmakers...
And this time, their next "victim" was Sheri Marsh. Sheri had long endured the town biddies' attempts at matchmaking, even though she had no intention of ever settling down. As the pool of single women dwindled, their efforts doubled, and Sheri needed a plan that would get the meddling mavens off her back for good..
Unless you get hitched!
Enter Taciturn cowboy Pace Gentry. Playing her beau wasn't what this new Christian had expected. But the always aggravating, yet utterly adorable Sheri proved one thing to him--the Lord sure did work in mysterious ways!
When Haley Bell Thornton arrived back in Mule Hollow wearing a wedding gown, no one bothered to ask where the groom was. Especially not Will Sutton, the first of her ditched fiances. The runaway bride had done it again! And now the woman he loved and lost ten years ago was tottering around the dusty ranch town n her high heels and fancy honeymoon clothes. Will vowed not to look. Definitely a problem, since Haley's granddad--and the matchmaking ladies--had a secret holiday plan to make decade-old wedding bells chime by Christmas!
When rancher Nate Talbert asked for a miracle to change his reclusive life, he wasn't sure he meant Pollyanna McDonald. The city woman, her eight-year-old daredevil and menagerie of unruly pets had moved next door, driving him crazy. But he was surprised to learn how much he and the widow had in common..and how much they were drawn to each other. Then, too, Pollyanna's son was sorely in need of a father figure. But Nate a dad? Pollyanna gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up, but proving it to Nate would take a real miracle!
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Dan Dawson, Jr., in the baby carriage!
The Mule Hollow matchmakers were singing that ditty right in Ashby Templeton's ear. And though she wanted a husband and a baby more than anything, she drew the line at Dan Dawson. The handsome cowboy--who loved telling Ashby to lighten up--wasn't exactly the serious, settling-down sort she'd hoped to find at the church singles group. Yet in a town of lonesome cowboys in want of wives, Dan was the only one asking her for a date. Asking for a chance to show Ashby that he could make all her dreams come true.
Sugar Rae Lenox is famous..in Mule Hollow. For wanting her name in lights on a Hollywood marquee. For wanting to leave. And for thinking the local matchmakers are might mistaken! Why applaud the attraction between her and a too--handsome cowboy with boots of lead? Ross Denton lives on the outskirts of town on some dusty ranch. And the only place he wants to see his name is on a marriage certificate. So why isn't she singing and dancing away from the ranch? She can't possibly want a starring role in Ross's life as his bride..can she?
Everyone in Mule Hollow can see the resemblance between former Texas Ranger Zane Cantrell and Rose Vincent's son. The same gold-flecked amber eyes. The same smile. Not that Zane is smiling. He's in shock! How could Rose have kept their child a secret from him? Rose reminds Zane that he's the one who walked away. He has to make her see he had no choice. But Rose is as prickly as the cactus jelly she makes. And that's where their hopeful son and the Mule Hollow matchmakers come marching in.
Trace Crawford broke Paisley Norton's cousin's heart--so Paisley thinks he deserves whatever trouble he gets! Yet Trace really is lost when it comes to caring for his new niece. Paisley's got a soft heart for children...and for adorably clueless cowboys, too.
Tacy Jones had come to Mule Hollow to learn how to train wild horses. But former rodeo champion Brent Stockwell might as well carry a sign saying "No Cowgirls Allowed." If Brent doesn't think ladies belong in the pen, determined Tacy will just have to change his mind. When Tacy learns the secret behind his stance, she longs to help him heal. She's ready to show the handsome cowboy that taking a chance on your dram is what life--and love--is all about.
Book 11.5: Small-Town Moms -A Mother for Mule Hollow
Widowed mother Olivia Dancer arrives in Mule Hollow, Texas, to check on her nephew--and his single father. But gorgeous rancher Gabe McKennon isn't exactly welcoming, for reasons that break and touch Olivia's heart. Until they're both won over by the town matchmakers and a little boy who just wants a mama.
Not that history teacher Melody Chandler is looking for her prince. Her troubled brother takes all her spare energy. But the town matchmakers must have Seth Turner in mind for her. Because the handsome rancher keeps charging over to the historic house she's renting on his land, demanding she leave his family history alone. Well, it's his family who gave her permission to study the Turner past--and it sure is juicy! What is Seth so afraid she'll find? If the Mule Hollow matchmakers have their way, its the key to his heart!
Mule Hollow, Texas, is chock-full of handsome cowboys ready to say "I do." so veterinarian Susan Worth moves in, dreaming of meeting Mr. Right. He's most certainly not the gorgeous rescue worker blazing through town on a motorcycle. Cole Turner is a sixth-generation Mule Hollow rancher, but he's all about roaming Texas to save everyone but himself. The hurt hidden deep inside his heart keeps him from settling down. But Susan is determined--and knows just how--to make him her forever cowboy.
Rancher and lawyer Wyatt Turner found both his younger brothers their wives. Now, they're sneakily trying to repay the favor--with the wrong woman. Amanda Hathaway is a too-young and bubbly physical therapist. And, yes, Wyatt is her too-stubborn, too-bossy patient recuperating from a plane crash. Yet when Amanda shares some of her own invisible wounds, including the loss of her dream of having children, Wyatt realizes he doesn't know everything. But he knows he wants Amanda, for keeps.
After three years in Mule Hollow's women's shelter, single mother Lynn Perry is finally spending the holidays in her own house. And then the town's matchmakers send over a hunky cowboy to hang Christmas lights...Lynn hopes there's not no mistletoe around. with her painful past, how can she trust another man? Especially former bull rider and current pastor Chance Turner, who isn't planning on sticking around--or ever preaching again. Unless Lynn, twin boys and the matchmakers help her yuletide cowboy see he's the answer to a family's--and a town's--Christmas prayers.
Montana Brown gave up her dream to please her father. Instead of a barrel racing rodeo cowgirl she was an accountant, until her dad let her down. Her parents divorce shattered her life. Cousin Lacy Brown Matlock has opened their ranch to Montana and her horse, Murdock. She practices her barrel racing daily and helps take care of their adorable six month old son, Tate. Montana knows she has to let go of her anger and forgive her father, she's just not ready. She is ready to live her life and her dreams. Her goals did not include a man in her life, especially not Luke Holden.
Luke Holden and his brothers, Jess & Colt, are building a ranch to hand be part of their families legacy. Their parents bad marriage has left the three of them shying away from marriage though. Luke goes on a date now and them and clearly lets them know it is only a date. With Montana he can't even get that one date. The Mule Hollow Matchmakers have decided the two of them belong together and they use all their wiles to prove it.
Samantha the donkey (who acts like a human) makes her appearance in this book along with our friends from the diner, the matchmakers and a few others you would have met in previous books. Always fun and mischief in Mule Hollow, Texas.
Adela's granddaughter has returned home to Mule Hollow and after the handsome cowboy, Jess Holden, rescues Gabi Newberry the three matchmakers are on the job. Only Gabi does not want to be part of their plan. Coming from a broken engagement and choosing to follow God and devoting herself to knowing Him better...no matchmaking! Like these women ever listen. Gabi works with Susan Turner as a vet tech and is thrown into spending time with Jess as he is losing cattle to a poisonous plant and Gabi knows her plants.
Jess Holden is happy his brother Luke has found such bliss in marriage, that does not mean he wants it for himself. With a mother who left him when he was ten and an alcoholic father...Jess don't see the family life for him. And yet the feelings that churn within him when Gabi is around has him second guessing.
Gabi is looking for a man who will put God first...Jess is not sure God cares what happens in his life. When Gabi shares her past with Jess will all hope of love be shattered?
Another excellent addition to Debra's Mule Hollow collection. This is a series worth reading from book 1 to book 20!
Annie Ridgeway and her nephew Leo are new residents of Mule Hollow. Annie moved her with a purpose….to let a certain cowboy know that he had a son. When her sister died a year ago she gave Annie the name of Leo’s father and asked her never to say anything. After a year of struggling over whether to find Leo's father and tell him or not, God seemed to use an act of nature to push her out the door and to Mule Hollow.
Colt Holden is a bull rider. He was recently injured and that was healing but he wasn’t healing from the accident he’d been in. An accident where he was the sole survivor. He wanted to be left alone in his dull drums and suddenly a six year old boy and his pretty aunt burst into his life and he’s finding it a struggle not to enjoy life again.
The last of the Holden brothers has come home to Mule Hollow in this three book series. As always Debra tells a story with laughter and love but a touch of serious as well. Samantha the donkey shows up to scare the new residents with her forwardness and Norma Sue gives a cowboy a lesson on not being rude. I always enjoy visiting Mule Hollow and seeing all the friends from the earlier books. Never a dull moment and definitely no privacy here, but lots of love.
Everyone in Dew Drop, Texas, is thrilled that Jolie Sheridan has returned to Sunrise Ranch. Everyone except Morgan McDermott. Eight years ago, Jolie left the ranch-and Morgan-for a career as a competitive kayaker. Now after an accident has sidelined her, she's back as a teacher for the ranch's foster boys. Morgan knows he can't risk getting his heart broken again. But watching Jolie's gentle ways with the boys opens his eyes to the truth: he's never stopped loving her. Can a "family" of foster kids help give this couple a second chance at love?
Cowboys of Sunrise Ranch: These men have hearts as big as Texas
Rowdy McDermott has a plan. Stay on the straight and narrow, help the foster boys on Sunrise Ranch and forget about love. The last thing he expects is his pretty new neighbor falling literally into his arms. Lucy Calvert is glad the handsome cowboy broke her fall, but isn't ready for the feelings he's stirring in her heart. She's heard rumors about his past, and is steering clear from the kind of man he used to be. With a little help from his boys, can Rowdy show her that people— and hearts—can change?
Suzie Kent will do anything for her troubled teen son. Even if it means turning to her late husband's best friend for help. Rancher Tucker McDermott is convinced that the fresh air and hard work of Sunrise Ranch will do Abe and Suzie a world of good. But Suzie's not so sure that the man she blames for her husband's death knows best. Soon, spending time with the strong, handsome cowboy revives Suzie's spirits—and her heart. Can they heal their past sorrows and build a future as a family together?
******************** Historical Romances A Bride for All Seasons: An Ever After Summer
A born killer, Melvina Eldora Smith killed three people before the age of one: her mother giving birth, her father of a broken heart, her drunk uncle in front of a bar with a runaway buggy — her father and uncle she’s not sure about, but Ellie’s aunt assures her all three deaths were Ellie’s doing. Determined to leave her bad luck behind, Ellie answers a Wife Wanted Ad: lonely widower looking for love and mother for his baby...This is purely business and Mathew’s ad left no room for misunderstanding — widowed rancher looking for a practical woman to raise his baby. So what’s he to do with the beautiful mistake who gets off the stage clutching a Bible in her delicate hands!
Believing her bad luck has turned and God’s got a plan, Ellie aims to prove it to Mathew — if her good luck holds out and she doesn’t kill him first!
Widower Matt McConnell wrote his ad with no room for misunderstanding—Bible believers need not apply. But Bible-thumping Ellie shows up on his doorstep. Matt’s so desperate for her help that he accepts.
It's 1885 and five preachers sit around a campfire out West, trading stories of unlikely couples they've seen God bring together. This is one of those stories . . . In which Katie, who has chased off half a dozen suitors with her shotgun, hires a rambling ranch hand who's finding Katie may change his wandering ways. Everyone in town knows Katie Pearl has no interest in getting hitched. She likes living on her own out on her departed Pa's big ranch, turning down suitors left and right—with a pistol by her side.
But when she needs a strong hand to help with rebuilding her house, Katie hires wandering cowboy Treb Rayburn, knowing he's just in town to make a quick buck and then he'll be off for parts unknown. But Treb's got a heart big as Texas. Their blossoming friendship may change her loner status and his wandering ways for good.
Hometown girl Bethany Marlow moves back to Treasure Creek to open a wedding planning shop for all the new brides. But when her former boss asks her to help lead a wilderness tour before she sets up shop, she can't refuse. When she finds out the lead guide is Nate McMann, the man who broke her heart, she's thrown into a tailspin. Nate's now a gruff rancher, hiding his heart--and a secret. Guiding lovey-dovey newlyweds and a sweet family have Bethany and her Yukon cowboy questioning everything they thought was true. Except their love.
Their first date was spontaneous---neither had a date to a particularly awkward wedding. But what started as a whim has turned into an accidental---and very public---engagement announcement, leaving Layla O’Reilly fit to be tied. Under normal circumstances, Derek Murphy---rich snob and best friend of her cheating ex-boyfriend---would be the last person she’d want to date, much less marry. But the news of their upcoming nuptials has convinced a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency---which could put her fledgling home-staging business in the black.Derek Murphy’s pronouncement at the wedding seemed crazy to Layla, but he’s loved her secretly for years, even when she was dating his best friend. He’s sure she’ll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then. But maybe, just maybe, he can convince her. When Layla agrees to keep up their engagement farce until she’s landed her client, Derek couldn’t be happier. The race is on.For Layla it’s the chance to save her career. But for Derek, it’s the chance to win her heart. If they can make it to the end of the year, maybe she’ll be his December Bride.
Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie’s never met the innkeeper––but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie’s alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn’s owner––a man who's likely many years her senior––and who she’s never even met.
In A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant, history repeats itself when this bride runs out of the church on her wedding day---in the same dress that had been passed down for generations and worn by her mom, grandma and great-grandmother who also ran out of their weddings. The heroine struggles to break destructive cycles of the past. Can this bride shuck expectation and discover who SHE is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she finally walks down the aisle, what dress will she be wearing? Readers will enjoy this novel of redemption centered on a winter wedding.
Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign that their love is not meant to be.
Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, her heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God’s plan for her.
Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own — right down to her very identity. When she travels home to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won’t return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.
Bride-to-be Stella Carson can’t wait to marry her longtime sweetheart Marshall Henderson. But Marshall has been away serving his country and after suffering a head wound and being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, he has distanced himself from Stella by asking her not to visit him in a Washington, D.C. hospital.
Marshall returns to Louisiana just four weeks before the wedding, but as the big day draws near, Stella wonders if the man she’s loved for most of her life still wants to marry her.
She’s prepared for her wedding all her life … but she forgot a few things.
Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, often de-stresses from city life by tending the flower beds of a church near her apartment. She has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, a wedding like the one her younger sister is planning back in their hometown. Their single mom will pay for Alexa’s wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom.
She bumps into a man who’s a guest at a wedding on the church grounds. She’s noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn’t trust freewheeling men like him. Standing up to Mom leads Ellie to stick up for Alexa too. When Ellie risks her own plans for her sister’s sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle?
Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they’ve begun come crashing down?
It takes a reality TV show for Wynne to realize love isn't just a game.
Wynne Hardy never thought she'd get engaged on a reality TV show, but when she met Andy on The Rejection Connection, the two of them hit it off. Now he's asked her to marry him, much to the public's delight and fascination. They're all set to wed on live TV in a seaside ceremony at the height of the wedding season.
But just as Wynne thinks all her dreams are coming true, her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life at the worst possible time. Steve broke her heart years ago, and she's still sorting through her feelings for him. Her heart isn't as clear as her head that it's past time to move on---even though she's engaged to Andy.
At a local TV talk show appearance, Wynne meets Meredith, who won another reality TV show---Marathon Mom---proving herself nothing short of a superhero. As Wynne's beach wedding plans spin out of control, Meredith offers to help, unknowingly stepping on Wynne's secret feelings . . . and exposing some secrets Meredith has been keeping to herself. Can these two reality stars get real about their feelings? Will Wynne go through with her televised wedding and be the perfect June bride the network is looking for?
Can she forgive the man who left her at the altar? Alyssa Pennington dated Brendan Myers for three years before she accepted his proposal. For almost a year, Alyssa's friends and family helped her plan a lovely wedding to take place in the church she'd grown up in. It was the happiest day of her life when she walked down the aisle to be united with the man of her dreams. But when Brendan left her at the altar, Alyssa was consumed by humiliation, embarrassment, and a broken heart that wouldn't allow her to trust anyone. Especially Brendan. Brendan Myers knows he will spend the rest of his life regretting what he did to Alyssa, the only woman he's ever loved. Without her, his life is empty. In one fateful moment, he'd panicked, destroyed their future, and ruined everything. Now he plans to win her back. But winning back his bride might prove much more difficult than he can imagine. And even if he does get her to the altar again, will she think turnabout is fair play?
Kelsey vowed never to love a cowboy again. But then she meets Brent. After a cowboy broke her heart, Kelsey Wilcox traded in her boots for flip-flops and a bistro on the beautiful sandy beach of Corpus Christi. Two years later, still not believing in happy endings, she is about to endure a weekend of torture at her cousin's beach wedding. Not only will she be forced to watch yet another wedding, but her great-aunt and her two best friends—aptly nicknamed "the matchmaking posse of Mule Hollow"—are coming to the wedding, and Kelsey is sure to be on their radar.
Brent Corbin has had his share of bad luck with women and isn't looking for love or looking forward to the weekend of wedding festivities as a groomsman for his friend. When he sees a commotion on the beach and what appears to be a mermaid in distress, he doesn't hesitate to dive to the rescue. His attention is instantly captured by the woman he's saved and it turns out they're part of the same wedding party. But the instant Kelsey spots his soaking wet boots she wants no part of him. Thrown together through the weekend, and with the meddlesome encouragement from the matchmakers, Brent is determined to pursue Kelsey and change her mind about cowboys. Sparks fly at this August wedding as Kelsey and Brent dance a rocky Texas two-step toward a beach wedding of their own.
Annie's always wanted a home and a family. But will pretending to be a bride get her closer to her dreams?
All Annie Price has ever wanted is a place to call home. Growing up in the foster care system, that dream seemed far away, but now Annie's dream may be coming true. A friend she met in an online book group wants to retire and has offered Annie a fresh start managing her little bookstore. Believing the opportunity is an answer to prayer, Annie packs her suitcase and moves to Red Leaf, Wisconsin.
The residents of Red Leaf welcome Annie into the fold . . . everyone except the bookstore owner's son, Jesse Kent. But Annie refuses to let the handsome deputy keep her from embracing her new home with open arms. She even volunteers to help the local historical society refurbish an old church and agrees to be the 'bride' for a special reenactment celebrating the museum's open house.
Jesse Kent can't believe his mother has handed the keys to her business over to a woman she met on the Internet. Annie's beautiful, of course, and smart as a whip, but what do they really know about her, anyway? What if she's come to their town just for his mother's money? The only way to see if his suspicions about Annie Price are true is to keep a close eye on her---even if it means he has to marry her! Planning their mock wedding will give him the chance to uncover Annie's motive for moving to town. But as the day of the wedding approaches and secrets come to light, Jesse must face the truth. He wants Annie to be his September bride . . . for real.
She wants to make her father's dream come true. She doesn't realize her own dream has been in front of her the whole time.
Emma Tate isn't a risk taker, so everyone in her small Midwest town is surprised when she suddenly becomes engaged to lifelong friend Jake Sawyer. No one but Jake and Emma know the true reason they're getting married---so Emma's dying father can walk her down the aisle.
While Jake and Emma plan an autumn wedding together, it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications---the biggest being their true feelings for each other.
Can two romantic missteps ever make a lasting forever?
Sadie McAllister is fastidious to a fault---but that serves her well as a personal chef to her clients in Denver. But her earliest attempt at managing romance was a bust when Erik Davis declined her invitation to the school's eighth grade Sadie Hawkins Dance.
Having celebrated the big 3--0 by ending a relationship, Sadie is tired of romantic relationships-by-text. The only man she knows willing to put down his iPhone and have face-to-face conversations with her is Erik. It's time to put a 21st-century twist on the Sadie Hawkins' tradition of a woman going after her man. He may not be the hero of her romantic dreams, but she can propose to Erik and achieve some sort of happily ever after with her best friend.
Erik is good at two things: his freelance job and maintaining casual, no-one-gets-hurt relationships with women. What is Sadie thinking, proposing to him? This is marriage---not a middle school dance. Erik decides to show Sadie what romance looks like when the man takes the lead. And while he's at it, he'll prove just how wrong they are for each other. But when he realizes he's fallen for her, can Erik convince Sadie his just-for-fun dates were the prelude to ''til death do us part"?
Six popular authors have pulled their talents together and wrote these six stories. Each story stands alone, not connected to the other authors. Romances from the 1800's to the present day. People who are hurt and scarred and don't think that love could be in their futures. They are wrong of course. It's a great mix of stories. Two of the stories are suspense and keep you on the edge of your seat. All six are page turners. I hope that more stories will come from these as there are some great secondary characters as well.
The Rambler's Bride by Linda Goodnight
Jericho North has traveled over a hundred miles to reach his brother's homestead. Each mile that passed he hated the woman more who had tricked his brother into marriage and caused his death. He was going for revenge. Only it seems God has something else in mind.
Esther North is doing the best she can without a man around. Dealing with her cousin's powerful husband and keeping up with the farm. When the dark handsome stranger appears and helps her, she starts to hope. But will he stick around or just pass through?
Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe by Janet Tronstad
Buddy Hamilton was a simple truck driver who wanted a piece of land and a home to call his own. Nothing more. Growing up in foster homes convinced him he'd never be a family man, wouldn't know how. Then he met Penny Rose and her brood. At first they scared him, and then intrigued him. Especially the way the young woman lived out her faith so strongly that he was learning more about God through her actions.
Maddie Rose was determined to work as hard as her male partners on the ranch that was willed to them all. She finally had a place to belong. Putting her past behind her and deciding if she couldn't have her dream, at least she had this.
Cliff Masterson thought he was living the dream being on the bull riding circuit. Now that his dad died, he stopped to realize maybe he'd been running all these years. When he went to stay with his brother Rafe and look for land in Mule Hollow, he never expected to find someone that could fill the empty hole in him, even if she was a stubborn spit-fire of a woman.
Tess Miller is a bodyguard and she cherishes her time at her uncle's cabin twice a year. Time alone. This trip isn't going quite as she planned when a man who's been shot makes it to her cabin's door. And she's his only help since they are a long walk from anywhere.
Shane Burkhart was just enjoying some time in the mountains, hiking and photographing. Next thing he knows he wakes up in a cabin being tended by a woman. He's been shot. Worse yet...it might not have been an accident.
Alex Villa had spent time in prison, he has since become a Christian and changed his ways but someone is setting him up. He is determined to clear his name and to continue fighting against the drug dealers in Sonoma.
Jane Lawton has felt alone this past year. She's tired of being used, now Alex appears at her door and needs her computer skills. And as she always does for anyone, she helps him. Who knew what danger it would bring to her doorstep? And also how much healing would come from it.
Haley Carston had been moved from one place to the next. Then her aunt invited her to stay and finish high school. She was finally home and had friends. And gave her heart away for the first time. Until it all fell apart. Her aunt's health has brought her back to town.
Maddox Michaels has the world on his shoulders and has since he was a teen and his dad drank himself to death. Now he's trying to keep the farm afloat, raise his niece and deal with his depressed brother. How can he make room for Haley in this mess that's his life?