Friday, February 10, 2012

Janet Dean Book List

Noblesville, Indiana Series
Book 1: Courting Miss Adelaide
The "orphan train" seemed like small-town spinster Adelaide Crum's last chance to know the simple joys of family life. So many lost children, every one of them dreaming only of a caring home--the home she longed to offer. And yet the narrow-minded town elders refused to entrust even the most desperate child to a woman alone...

Newspaperman Charles Graves believed his heart was closed forever, but he swore to stand by this lovely, lonely woman who was fighting for the right to take some motherless child into her heart. And her gentle soul and unwavering faith made him wonder if even he could overcome the bitter lessons of the past, and somehow find the courage to love...
Book 2: Courting the Doctor's Daughter
A widow with three boys to raise, Mary Graves has no time for peddlers of phony medicine. She's a dedicated healer working alongside her doctor father. When a handsome stranger blows into town with his "elixir of health" and asks questions about her newly adopted son, Mary's determined to uncover the truth behind all his claims.

Once the reckless heir to a Boston fortune, Dr. Luke Jacobs travels the country with his herbal medicine while searching for his long-lost son. After meeting the feisty doctor's daughter and her youngest boy, Luke has found what he's been looking for at last. But can he convince her to let him into her home, her family--and her heart?
Related Stories...
Wanted: A Family
Book Blurb:
The ramshackle Victorian house is all that widowed mother-to-be Callie Mitchell has left. but she's "going" to make that house into a true home--a home where she and her baby will be safe and happy...and where women in need can find refuge. And if that means trusting a stranger Jacob Smith to help with the repairs, then so be it.

Jacob came to town with a handful of old postcards and one goal in mind--to find the mother who'd abandoned him  years before. He never planned to stay..and he certainly never planned to care for Callie. Yet as they rebuild the house together, Jacob and Callie also build the "family" they've always wanted.
My Review:
Wanted: A Family by Janet Dean
Callie Mitchell has found herself widowed, pregnant and a dream. Her dream is to open her big Victorian home up to unwed mothers. Problem is her home is badly in need of repairs. In fact, her husband died trying to fix the roof. Her father-in-law would want nothing more than for her to come and move into their home so they can take care of her and the baby. She already has one very pregnant girl living with her, a girl from town who made the wrong choice. When a handyman offers to work for a room and three meals, Callie cannot turn him down.

Jake Smith is a man with a past. When the past catches up to him he's sure that the town will shun him. So he is going to accomplish what he came for as quick as he can before moving on once again. Only he just can't leave the pretty widow with her home in need of so much repair. And the longer he stays around, the more he wishes this was his home and family.

Janet does an excellent job of bringing the emotions out. I cried so often through out the book when reading Jake's part of the story. He seems to be such a kind soft spoken man and yet nothing seems to go right for him. And the anger boils over at the so-called Christians who don't want their pew soiled by unmarried pregnant women or drifters.

A new book coming out called Brides of The West has a story in it that continues with Elise Langely's story. The first pregnant girl she took in. They are such good stories and I would recommend reading this book first.
Brides of the West: Last Minute Bride
I recommend reading Wanted: A Family first as this story continues from it. It is stand alone as well but if you like series and to see what happened earlier it's worth the read.

Doctor David Wellman was courting Elise Langley until he suddenly left three weeks ago. Oh he left a note on his door referring his patients to his partner, Dr. Lucas, but that was all. Adding his name to the list of men who have abandoned the young mother. First Katie's father and after she found out she was expecting her own father turned his back on her. Now the man she was sure would be Katie's father and her husband has left without a good-bye as well. Not that she felt worthy of being a doctor's wife but David made her feel worthy.

David failed. He failed as a doctor and more. He returned to Peaceful, Indiana a broken and hollow man. He refused to return to work and he had to let Elise and Katie go...he would fail them at some point like he failed elsewhere. He would keep his commitment to help with a reception for Jake and Callie's wedding but then maybe he would leave town in hopes that Elise could find someone who was worthy to love her. David even felt far from God, he had failed him too. Can this couple remember who they are in God's eyes and allow his love and forgiveness to cleanse them so they can begin anew?

Great story, I think my eyes were gleaming with tears through most of the book which shows Janet's ability to get the emotions she writes through to the reader. 
Stand Alone Books...
The Substitute Bride
Great story that caused tears to roll down my cheeks a few times.

Ted Logan is the father of a 7 year old girl and 14 month old boy. A widower for 13 months. Several local woman in his small town of New Harmony, Iowa would marry him but he wants a marriage for convenience and several of the women in town don't seem to take to his children.

Elizabeth Manning is running away from a marriage that will get her gambling father out of debt. He is pushing her to marry an older man. All Elizabeth wants is a stable home for her and her 8 year old brother, Robby.

Elizabeth finds her money is gone from her purse and she is not sure how to get a train ticket but finds a girl crying. Sally was suppose to be a mail-order bride but decided she will miss her family. She willingly gives her ticket and the new life of marriage to a farmer to Elizabeth.

Two people full of secrets and lacking in trust are thrown together in this great tale of what God can overcome to bring peace in lives. 
The Inconvenient Marriage
His family destroyed hers. But Wade Cumming's job offer--to care for his recuperating father--is impossible to decline. Schoolteacher Abigail Wilson can swallow her pride for the sake of a summer paycheck that will help her sister. And when Abigail's employment ends, old loyalties will separate the feuding families once more.

If there's anyone in town stubborn enough to deal with Wade's cantankerous father, it's Abigail. It's just a business arrangement--and a temporary one, at that. Her good opinion shouldn't matter a lick to Wade. Yet their different backgrounds belie a surprising kinship. Perhaps unexpected love will be their reward for the summer's inconvenient match.
The Bride Wore Spurs
The Cowgirl Takes a Husband!To keep the Texas ranch she loves, Hannah Parrish will wed a man she doesn't. Cowpokes won't take orders from a young, single female. But while her exasperating neighbor Matt Walker jokes about her being a mere debutante, Hannah is a rancher to the core. Just like Matt.

"Will you marry me?" It's a question widowed Matt never intended to ask again. Now spirited Hannah is asking him for a marriage of convenience! Yet whether she's birthing a calf or caring for a young orphan, the tomboy next door is becoming the partner Matt always hoped for. Now he must convince her the greatest strength comes in trusting your heart to another—and your future to God.


  1. I've read a few of these books and really liked them, I have a few more that I just haven't had time to read yet, but I will.


  2. I have read the first few. The Inconvenient Marriage looks really good but I have to get through some of the piles of books I have already.