Mary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher and journalist, she lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband and has four daughters and two grandchildren.
Matthew Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a homestead and a flock of sheep to care for. As they learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon's land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn't count on Tucker.
Kylie Wilde and her older sisters are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys." But Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East. Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government?
Now that she's settled in town, Tina Cahill is determined to get Broken Wheel's saloon closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Tina is the prettiest woman Vince Yates has ever seen, so if he could just convince her to give up her crazy causes, he might go ahead and propose. But it turns out that Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger.
In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?
Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives. Lately, though, someone appears determined to end his. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can't let his guard down for a moment. He wants to leave the violence of his war days behind and move on --- preferably with Glynna Greer at his side. But will he survive long enough to have his chance at love?
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil is rescued by Luke Stone, who is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure that he doesn't make it alive. Luke just can't abandon Ruthy, so he takes her along on his journey. The more time he spends around the hard-working young woman, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future.
Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he hasn't been the same since. Then he fought in the Civil War and returned to Colorado crazier than ever. Somewhere along the line, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he has a lot of excuses, but his wife isn't too happy to find out Seth doesn't remember her.