Thursday, September 3, 2015

Erica Vetsch Book List

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Interview with Erica Vetsch
When not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I really enjoy cross-stitch, and I am a fan of NCAA basketball.

What is the strangest real life situation that is in one of your stories?
In A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, KS, the opening scene where the cowboy brings his horse into the photography studio for a picture, that scene was inspired by a photograph I found in a book while I was doing research. Evidently, nobody loved having his photograph taken more than a cowboy fresh off the trail, and this individual wanted his best trail-pard in the picture with him.

What is your favorite genre?
Anything historical. I write historical romance, read historical romance, historical mystery, history books, biographies, anything history-related that I can get my hands on.

Have you traveled to do research for your books?
I have, to places like Wyoming, Kansas, Duluth, MN. I love to visit museums, so I take every opportunity I can to search out historical museums when I travel. A new story idea is always lurking. If I can’t visit a place I’m going to write about, I delve into books, diaries, photographs, and any information I can about the place and the people where I want to set a story. A great compliment I received recently was when a native of Needles, CA commented on the depth of my research into that area, and how true to the setting the story was. Since I’ve never been to Needles, that really made my day.

Do you ever forget that the characters are not real?
I do. There have been times when I’ve put in a long day with my characters and I look up and am amazed at the technology around me. I’ve been so immersed in the past, I forget that I don’t live there.

What is your go-to snack?
When I’m writing, it’s Cheez-it Crackers and Diet Coke.
Journeys of the Heart: The Trail Boss's Bride
Trail boss Steve Ketchum hates river crossings, but before he can get his cattle started across he's got to move an abandoned wagon out of the ford. He goes to haul it away--and discovers the last thing he ever expected. The wagon contains a newly-minted widow—and she’s expecting, too.
Barbour Novellas
Sagebrush Knights
Four sisters travel from Seabury, Massachusetts to Sagebrush, Wyoming Territory to start new lives. The home they lived in belonged to the school their father taught at, when he passed they lost their home. They put an ad out to be mail-order brides as long as they could stay near to each other. Imagine marrying someone within a half hour of meeting them. Barely knowing more about the person than their age and occupation. And considering these girls have an impatient preacher to deal as he delivers each one to the home of their grooms. Here are their stories.

Knight and Day
Widow Evelyn Gerhard Standford is the oldest of the four. She planned on being near the sisters she had helped raise since she was ten. She didn’t expect that they would go to ranches that weren’t close at all or that she was gaining a wild daughter to tame. Her controlled life was suddenly pulled out from under her.

Gareth Kittrick was more nervous about getting married the second time around. Maybe because it happened so fast, maybe because he didn’t know much about the woman besides that she was a widow. He was pleased to find her pleasant to look at and surprised to find out she had a son, a very citified son. Well that would change soon enough.

This is an enjoyable story as we watch the struggles of Evelyn trying to let go of her son so he can become a young man and her struggles to turn Mad Dog Maddie into a young lady. And all the while holding onto her heart so she wouldn’t love and be hurt again.

Jane Gerhard is the second oldest sister and the next one to be dropped off at a ranch in the middle of nowhere with a quick ceremony from the grouchy Reverend Cummings. Then left in tears as she watches her two younger sisters depart to start their own lives, without her or Evelyn. Believing she is just a Plain Jane, she’s not surprised when her husband takes off to who knows where for the rest of the day, their wedding day. Can she trust this marriage is God’s leading?

Harrison Garvey didn’t want to live under his father’s thumb in Ohio. He wanted his own land and loves his life. He needs to prove to his father he can succeed on his own. And now he has a wife as well, not the socialite his father wanted him to choose but a wife all the same. Did he do right by pulling this woman into his battle against his father?

Shining Armor
Gwendolyn Gerhard arrived at her new home. She was pleased to see she had a beautiful two story wood home with a picket fence around it as her new home. She couldn’t be happier until she found out her supposed intended had passed on and she was unwanted here. It was finally agreed that she would stay the six weeks until Reverend Cummings returned this way.

Matthew Parker was holding a grudge against the woman because of his dad’s second wife who was from the east and had been bad to the bone. Even though the beauty was working hard in the home and taking good care of his young disabled sister, Betsy, he still wouldn’t trust her. How could he want her gone so badly and his heart hurt at the thought of her leaving?

On a White Charger
Emmeline Gerhard is the last sister to be dropped off at her new home and with her soon to be new husband. She was ready for her adventure to the West. After reading dime novels she knew all about cowboys and round-ups. She was ready to learn to ride, she wasn’t so ready to find out her dreams had been shattered. She didn’t marry a cattle rancher….he was a sheepherder. The most hated creatures by other ranchers. What would she do now?

Joseph Barrett was supposed to be having the best day of his life when his new bride arrived. Instead everything was going wrong. Especially when his new bride went on and on how she was excited about cowboys and cattle. If she’d let him get a word in edgewise he could tell her what he was, obviously someone she didn’t really want.

Another heart-warming story to add to this collection. Emmeline had to overcome her loss of what she thought she wanted and also facing that her new husband seemed to be a coward. People aren’t always what they seem or there are deeper reasons for the way they react.

Erica pulls the four stories together in the epilogue to give a last minute glimpse at the four sisters and their new happiness. Really enjoyable stories that brought the emotions of the characters to the surface and through the pages.
**Received through NetGalley for review
Idaho Brides - 3 in 1 Novella
 Experience the Wild West through the eyes of the three McConnell brothers who long to overcome their troubled childhood as drunkard's sons. Can Alec show that he's worthy of the ranch boss's daughter? Can Trace help a distraught woman trust again? Will Cal prove his innocence to a US Marshal in disguise? Will they each find a woman with whom they can trust their tender hearts?

Justice is demanded from the McConnell brothers who are tainted by association with their abusive father. Can Alec show that he's worthy of the boss's daughter? Can Trace help a distraught woman trust again? Will Cal prove his innocence to a US Marshal in disguise?
Clara and the Cowboy
Alec's had to prove himself his entire life.

From his abusive, alcoholic father to the townspeople who treat him as if he's cut from the same cloth to the insecurities that fill his own head, nothing he ever does is good enough. So how can he possibly let himself be in love with the boss's daughter? And why on earth would she have declared her love for him?

In a fit of pique, Clara did indeed declare her love for Alec. And his flat, decisive rejection, even as his face and hands and lips denied his words, nearly broke her heart. Why can't Alec look beyond the circumstances of his childhood to see the honorable man he's become?

When Clara's life is threatened by dangerous cattle rustlers, will Alec finally discover the answers he's been seeking? If he lets go of the past, can he trust God for the future?
Lily and the Lawman
Lily has never been so alone.

Her sister Violet has died, and her niece Rose has been kidnapped. The U.S. Marshals who are supposed to be looking for Rose are ill and injured. Lily has two choices: find Rose herself (which she has no idea how to do) or trust Trace McConnell to find the baby for her. But Lily has trusted men for the last time. So maybe she will do this on her own.

Trace McConnell, almost-bad-boy-turned-local-lawman, would be happy to hunt down the kidnappers and return Rose to the intriguing Lily Whitman, except Lily won't let him go alone. How is he supposed deal with kidnappers and killers when his mind and heart are so distracted by this frustrating woman?

Is a God whose ways seem inexplicable really a God who is trustworthy? Is He really with them, or has He forsaken them, despite what His Word says?
Maggie and the Maverick
No one suspects the diminutive seller of feminine fripperies to be a US Marshal in disguise. But that's what Maggie Davis is. So when the intriguingly handsome stage driver turns out to be her number one suspect, she's surprised at the turmoil she feels. Can the sweet, caring man she's come to know be the same scoundrel the sheriff and other townspeople so viciously malign? If the perpetrator truly is Cal McConnell, then justice will be served. Even if it breaks Maggie's heart.
North Star Brides - 3 in 1 Novella
Minnesota tycoon Abraham Kennebrae is in the business of love when he plans to marry his grandsons to the wealthiest heiresses in town. The trouble is the brothers and their future brides aren’t happy about the prospect. Jonathan desperately wants to keep his fortune while Melissa wants to protect her deepest secret and her heart. Noah flees to the safety of Sutton Island where he unexpectedly meets his would-be bride, Anastasia. Eli is betrothed to marry Clarice Zahn, yet it is her younger sister, Josie, who truly has eyes for the groom. Can true love result from mismatched matchmaking?
**Also known as the Kennebrae Brides Series.
The Bartered Bride
  The Bartered BrideJonathan Kennebrae is furious when his grandfather informs him that his future has been decided. He will marry Melissa Brooke or be disinherited. Jonathan has invested years of his life in Kennabrae Shipping, but heaven help him if Grandfather decides to take it all away for this.

Melissa, too, is devastated when her parents make their announcement. As little more than a bargaining chip in her father’s business maneuvers, she feels her secure world slipping away. Engaged to marry a man she has never met—someone “considerably older” than herself? What have her parents done?

Can Jonathan and Melissa find a way out of this loveless marriage, or must they find a way forward together?
The Marriage Masquerade
 Sometimes you just have to start over.

Captain Noah Kennebrae can no longer deal with the shame and guilt from the wreck of his ship. So he changes his name and takes a job as assistant lighthouse keeper on Sutton Island, heedless of the marriage contract his grandfather has arranged for him. No woman in her right mind would want to marry him now, anyway.

Desperate to escape the calculating grasp of her father and his cronies, Anastasia Michaels leaves her home under cover of night to take the unlikely job of housekeeper on a remote island. At least, knowing how terrified of water she is, her father would never think to look for her there.

But neither Nick nor Annie considered that God’s hand might be at work in their lives. When they each take things into their own hands, He must work a miracle to bring them back to His original plan.
The Engineered Engagement
A Kennebrae keeps his word...

But Grandfather made the promise, and Eli Kennebrae is expected to carry it out.

Josie Zahn has admired Eli from a distance for years, but Eli hardly knows she exists other than as just "one of the Zahn girls." If only she could get his attention...

When Father announces her older sister Clarice's engagement to Eli, both girls are crushed. Is there no way out of this nightmare?

Deception, intrigue, and danger make life miserable for the Zahns and the Kennebraes as they learn that Divine engineering is far better than human manipulation.
Before the Dawn
In the depths of a collapsing mine shaft, David Mackenzie lost everything. Even his sight. Determined not to rely on anyone else to get along, David wraps himself tightly in folds of bitterness as dark as his new world. 

But Karen Worth will not give up, and through a series of maneuvers she manages to convince David to marry her anyway. She quickly discovers, however, that though she loves him unconditionally, she shouldn't have stepped ahead of God - who also never gives up.
Stars in Her Eyes
Should he marry to please his church or follow his heart? Pastor Silas Hamilton has always been of the opinion that when he meets the woman God intends for him to marry, he’ll know her immediately. And so far, she hasn’t appeared, despite the determined machinations of one particular mother in his congregation.

And then it happens. Walking along the creek one day, he rescues a young woman from a near-fall into the water…and though they part ways without exchanging names, her fascinating gray eyes and the mysterious connection he felt with her remain foremost in his mind.

It isn’t until later, when he attends a play at the newly opened theater in town that he realizes his dreams have been caught up in the lovely Willow Starr—an actress bound for the bright lights of New York City.

But can a pastor love an actress? Would an actress abandon the stage for life in Martin City? And what about that mother, determined to claim the pastor for her daughter?
Light to My Path
Eldora Carter—jobless, homeless, and family-less—suddenly finds herself escorting three orphaned children cross-country on the train from Missouri to Colorado. What should have been an easy job, however, quickly becomes a nightmare as each child presents a different crisis. If it wasn’t for Sam Mackenzie, they’d have been put off the train long ago.

When an avalanche halts their progress, Sam and Eldora both must learn to trust God like never before for life, health, safety, security…even family and love. Can God be trusted to put things together when, despite all their efforts, they’ve failed so miserably?
A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas by Erica Vetsch
Erica brings the reader to Dodge City, Kansas in 1878. We see cowboys who just brought cattle in, hear the music and ramblings from the saloons, laughter and drinking. We meet Sheriff Bat Masterson. And we meet Deputy Miles Carr, Deputy Jonas Spooner, Addie Reid & Fran Seaton and there is where the story is.

Addie Reid has a photography shop and a deep secret. Uncle Carl and Addie had to leave Adeline and start over. Uncle Carl died and Addie takes the blame for having their lives ruined and the stress of everything. She is determined to pay the mortgage and continue her photography. She has to as it is all she knows. If her secret ever is found out she would be ruined once again. And seeing Vin Rutter in town could be an end to all she has.

Miles Carr has just be deputized under the great Bat Masterson. He is going to shake his past history of being connected with the wrong people, not that he will let anyone know. He holds his secret close so he won't be judged or hung because of his past.
Fran works at the Mercantile. The more she flirts with the cowboys the more they buy and the happier Hap and Wally are. The two cousins inherited the store from their grandfather. They fight often and Hap is a great guy but he'd rather gamble then help out in the story. Fran is looking for that tall dark stranger to come and give her the adventure she craves but her four protective brothers only trust Jonas, boring unexciting Jonas.

Jonas has loved Fran and always prayed she would one day be his. Frustration and jealousy hit him every time he walks in the store to see her flirting with another cowboy. When she gives her attentions to Vin Rutter it really bothers Jonas as something about the man seems untrustworthy.

On the fourth of July a series of events changes the lives of these four people in big ways. A fire in livery causes Miles to leave his post, when he returns a man is dead. Later that evening they go in the Addie's shop to find everything destroyed and the next night her room in the boarding house is as well.
This is well written, and she keeps the reader guessing on who done it.
*Book received through NetGalley for review
Barbour Collections
Log Cabin Christmas: Christmas Service 
Beth's family had a long line of Pastor's. If she would have been a male she would have been. Her mother always told her she was destined to be a Pastor's wife. So when Todd the blacksmith asked her grandpa if he could court her, Beth told her grandpa no.
Todd believed Beth was the one God chose for him. When she declined him to court her he prayed God would change her heart or his. He was having a hard time not loving her.
Beth put together a Christmas program so she could prove what a could wife she would be for a preacher. She took control of everything and did not delegate well. When disaster hit just hours before the program she lost it. A mere sheep helped make life clearer then anything.
A cute and heart warming story and many good lessons in it as well.
*Received book from NetGalley for review
Destination Romance Series
A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California
Pin ItWhen her brother is injured fighting in France, Meghan enlists her fellow Harvey Girl waitresses to sew a Red Cross signature quilt to raise money for wounded doughboys. Local horse breeder Caleb McBride longs to join the battle, but the army won’t take him. Because he has kept his shameful infirmity a secret, the townsfolk have labeled him a coward and war profiteer. When Meghan uncovers his malady, her poor opinion of Caleb unravels. Can this beautiful seamstress find a way to mend his heart?


  1. I always love when authors use real details for the places in their books. When I read the book I feel like I'm a part of it and so the more real the detail is the better because I picture it in my head as I'm reading it to the point that if I were to ever go there I would recognize it perfectly. Granted you can't go back in time however to live back in the day would be awesome. I think this sometimes.

    1. Amanda, thanks so much for your comments. I love to fall into a book and feel as if I'm a part of it, too. I like to live vicariously through my characters, but I would make a terrible pioneer. I hate 'roughing' it. :)

  2. I enjoy learning about history from Erica's research in her books.

    1. Hi, Vera,
      I love researching for my novels. Currently I'm immersing myself in Gilded Age New York Society.

  3. Wow! They sound so real
    Please have a terrific day
    God bless u

    1. Chris, thank you for dropping by! :) Have A blessed day yourself! :)

  4. Good stuff. I want to go museum hopping with you

  5. Hi Erica! You know I love your books. You make it quite enjoyable to learn about history! Hope to see you soon!

    Kristine Klein