It's 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and heartbroken after a failed romance, so she jumps at the chance to go and start a new life in the Northwest. There she meets Noah Hughes, a handsome young man who has gambled everything he owns on the chance to make a fresh start. In this first book of the Seattle Brides series, two people learn what it means to move beyond their expectations and embrace the very best God has for them.
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?
Jesse Montgomery, a reformed rowdy cowboy, desperately wants to build a life of his own outside Apple Grove. When an unscrupulous cattle baron tries to steal Amish land, Jesse intervenes and is wounded. Katie Miller is the young healer in the district who attends to him. This sweet Amish widow can't risk falling in love with an Englisch cowboy, yet she believes God has a life for her too that is more than what she can presently see.
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.
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?
In the midst of making a photo memory quilt for her graduating daughter, widow Mara Keegan suffers a heart attack. While recuperating, she struggles to finish the project in time and discovers burgeoning feelings for the man who's keeping her business going without her. Will Joel find his way into Mara's heart and onto Cadence's quilt?
A HOME FOR LYDIA, the second book in a new romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, centers again on the Plain community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.
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.
Rachel King has always wanted to work with horses, but when her handsome boss sweeps her off her feet, she starts to doubt everything in life, including her Amish faith. Horse breeder and trainer Jake Brady dreams of winning the Kentucky Derby with his new colt. But how much is he willing to risk for a chance at fame and fortune?
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?
Jim Praley is home from college, ready to unlock Tulsa's secrets. He drives the highways. He forces himself to get out of his car and walk into a bar. He's invited to a party. And there he meets Adrienne Booker; Adrienne rules Tulsa, in her way. A high-school dropout with a penthouse apartment, she takes a curious interest in Jim. Through her eyes, he will rediscover his hometown.
Jake and Marlee's marriage is over! Driving to the lawyer's office, they start to argue --- and slam into a snowbank. Marlee trudges to a nearby house, where an old man claims he can mend broken relationships. He takes her on a journey through the past, present --- and two futures --- with her lifelong love. Which will she choose?
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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.