Masquerading as a governess, Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission to find the man who ran off with her fortune and reclaim what’s rightfully hers. But does God have something --- or someone --- better in mind?
Elizabeth Martin and her two children have made it through the easy part of their journey, but now their wagon train faces high mountain passes, dangerous river crossings, and decreasing supplies. Desperate circumstances bring out the best and worst of the travelers, including Will Bramford, the wealthy widower who is pursuing Elizabeth, and Eli Kincade, the independent and solitary guide who has stolen Elizabeth's heart.
Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele loves nothing more than capturing a gorgeous Minnesota landscape when the sunlight casts its most mesmerizing shadows. So when F.J. Bauer hires her in 1907 to assist in his studio and darkroom, her dreams for a career in photography appear to find root in reality.
Cassandra Bainbridge loves everything about her betrothed, Geoffrey Giles, the earl of Whittaker, except for one thing --- he doesn't love hot air ballooning as much as she does. However, after a terrible accident makes Cassandra break her betrothal and move out to the country, she doubts that her life will ever be as wonderful as she once imagined. When Whittaker comes back into her life, will she have to choose between him and her dreams?
Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, hailed as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future.
When their domineering father dies, Valentine throws open their Devonshire estate of Pennacombe to their fashionable cousins from London. Soon, the temptations of Regency London beckon, including the beautiful, scandalous and very married Lady Harriet Eversholt, with whom Valentine becomes dangerously involved. Meanwhile, Louisa finds that freedom of choice is as daunting as it is exciting. Will the opportunity to indulge in a little folly lead to fulfillment --- or disaster?
Moved by the desire for adventure and a yearning to help the Ute Indians, 20-year-old Shiloh Wainright impulsively accepts a teaching position at the White River Indian Agency in northwestern Colorado. Soon she finds herself caught in the crossfire between the Utes, their unyielding Indian Agent, and the unrealistic demands of the US government. Her unexpected encounter with Jesse Blackwater, an embittered half-breed Ute and childhood friend, only complicates matters.
Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt. She longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents' death. But when she falls hard for Steven O'Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart too when he discovers who she really is?
Arabella Beckett is in the business of assisting other women, but she’s not in the habit of accepting help herself, no matter what kind of trouble she’s in. But private investigator Theodore Wilder is just as stubborn as she is. Has this feisty suffragette finally met her match?
The death of her husband has left Annalisa Werner with few options to save the family farm. She needs a plentiful harvest --- and a husband to help bring it in. So her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom. Then a man named Carl Richards appears; he's looking for work and will serve on the farm until her husband arrives. With time running out, Annalisa accepts his help, but there's more to this stranger than he's admitting.
Rebecca Switzer, a young Amish woman, fell in love years ago with Jesse Montgomery, a rugged but dissolute cowboy. Sheriff Colin Maddox can hardly believe he has lost his heart to a Plain and simple woman. Can Colin convince Rebecca to forget Jesse and give him a chance?
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Thanksgiving marked the official start of the holiday season, which means we won’t be short on cheer or great movies and television shows to watch this month. Much like the chicken and the egg, we don’t know which came first, but quality entertainment and holiday spirit certainly have always had a long, happy and interdependent relationship. So, as with our spiral hams, let’s dig right in and unravel this month’s books on screen.