In book one of the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection Two, just as Mexico and the United States both wanted the Republic of Texas, best friends Charity and Arlene want the same man! Which will the Texicans choose? Who will win the man? Will Eberhart de Vechhi, the object of the young ladies’ desires, follow his heart or his mother’s advice? And what of the interloper from New Orleans who knows exactly whom he loves? Can a Christian find happiness with a nonbeliever? Only the Lord knows the future, but he does give the desires of the heart to those who delight in him.
Caught between a wagon train and the deep blue sea, Agnes Remington Dalrumple—Remi for short—chooses the overland journey west over crossing the Atlantic with her mother and stepfather. Though she’s never been on her own, she decides to go to California and try to find the father she’s never known. Almost every effort is dashed until a widower’s 13-year-old daughter intervenes on her behalf. How can the headstrong woman place herself under the responsibility of the young girl’s father, a perfect stranger? But if she doesn’t, her journey ends in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
Scripture tells a husband to love his wife, but what if she loves the memory of a dead man? Lured to the Texas frontier by more free land than they could ever buy, four families struggle to carve a home and a living out of the Western wilderness. And though love isn’t always easy coming, like bees to sweet flowers, a neighbor and his partner swoop in, hoping to steal the hearts of the clan’s two young beauties. Will their infants spoil the ointment? Predator animals, Indians on the warpath, and living hand to mouth never make it easy, but my, oh my—Texas, my Texas! What a land!
Orphaned by the Civil War, three sisters struggle to keep the family farm solvent. The eldest, Lucinda, must mother her deaf daughter, Harmony, and mediate between her dueling siblings, Servilia and Melody. The sisters’ fragile truce is shattered by the arrival of the handsome Ezekiel Sheffield, coming to establish a school for the deaf. Miracles, mayhem, and marriage ensue, but nothing ever comes easy.
There's nothing covered that won't be revealed. Greed weaves a tangled web at The Lowell House, but one must rise very early to outfox the hotel's proprietor. With the help of his exuberant wife and his friend and former sergeant, Morgan sees through the duplicity, but can he prove it?
An evil tragedy upends Jo's young life. Sickness propels the young lady and her grandfather from the thick, moisture-laden air of the Mississippi to drier desert land at the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Her lifelong beau professes his love from the banks of the muddy river, but Papa is her whole life, and she's determined to keep him alive. Along the way, suitors and adventures are aplenty. How is a stubborn girl who always knows what's best supposed to choose when the one she likes best is constantly rubbing her the wrong way? Could things be any more difficult? Has she made a mistake?
Autumn Hope knows for a fact that the man she’s to marry cuts timber in the Sulphur River bottoms. She’s seen him in her dreams—and exactly where he’s working. Of course, she convinces her father she must travel the 150 miles to meet the man of her dreams. If he isn’t to be her husband, why would she kiss him in her vision? The lady’s sudden appearance baffles Sean. Craziness needs a keeper, but how did she ever find him? Wounded by lost love, he cannot believe the tall tale the pretty lady is spinning. It has to be a scam, right? God doesn’t work that way...or does He?
Forgive, and you’ll be forgiven. How can death, betrayal, a rash proposal, and revenge lead to romance? An abusive controller - ex-brother-in-law, new husband, uncle-stepfather - compels reluctant travelers - his brother’s widow and daughter - westward. To escape his abuse, Lilah proposes marriage to the wagon train scout, which only leaves Padraig thinking she's a bit soft in the head. It's 1855. Come join the journey along the Oregon Trail with Lilah. Wagon Ho!
Steel sharpens steel, but will its sparks ignite unfailing love? Instead of living a pampered life on the civilized East Coast with a new husband, rejection compels Christina Adams westward with her widowed brother and his two daughters. Harboring ulterior motives, Ethan Cord, the man her brother hires to accompany the family, is more a match for her. He appears almost perfect, but how could she possibly trust her instincts about him when she’d been so wrong about her previous fiancé? Will her past ruin her future?
Does time truly heal a broken heart? Cody thought it had until she walked into the diner like she owned the world and back into his life as if she owned him. Can betrayal ever be completely forgiven? Cindy thought it could until she saw him with the bleached blonde. Her Cody! Separated 18 years, Cody Wayne Buckmeyer and Cindy think they can put the past behind them and work toward a common goal, a congressional seat...but is that possible?
Learning of Faith Johnson's rash promise to her father, New Hope Baptist's interim preacher Asa Davidson shows up to apply for the position -- of husband. The cowgirl was only trying to give her dying father hope by promising to marry the first 30-something-year-old Christian virgin to ask. Who'd ever dream one existed in all of Texas, much less Red River County? But sure enough, one comes a' courting the very next day thanks to the Lord and Daddy's baby sister, loud mouth Aunt Iris.
What if Abel had killed Cain, but there was no jury of his peers? In 1928 Georgia, a black man who kills a white man is automatically guilty, but the bedwarmer's son, an ex-slave, is no normal black man. And the dead white man is his half-brother. Once his lily-white lawyer lady learns the truth, everything changes. Can she save him from swinging?
Persistent faith brings redemption and reconciliation. Propelled by blind love, Mary Rachel Buckmeyer defies her father to elope with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds run off to California then partner with his cousin in his dry goods business. Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead. He wants his love and his new wife's money, too. Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair.
With each child that is passed through the fire, their battle songs grow stronger, but the Lord works in mysterious ways. Noah's wife bears him three sons, Japheth, Ham, and Seth, and together all the men embark on the massive task of building the giant ark. Methuselah means "when I die, the deluge comes", and as the vessel of their salvation nears completion, he joins the grandfathers in paradise. One week later, the rain - which has never fallen on Earth before - begins.
Deciding to journey to Texas in order to interview a couple of Texas Rangers, May Meriwether hopes to find new, fresh inspiration. Once she arrives in Red River County, both her Rangers are out of town, but she has a novel to finish and get off to her publisher and enlists her Ranger's cousin to transcribe the pages.
Unbeknownst to loved ones, a headstrong young wife is snatched off the prairie by two Comanche braves, carried north of the Red River, and traded to their war chief for ponies. After five years, a small detail of Texas Rangers rides into camp, and she determines that day will bring freedom or death. She'll remain captive no more.
It all started one spring morning with a complicated calculus problem that Beth Bryant couldn't figure out. Hoping to get a little help from the brilliant Stone twins, Rick and Ryan, and their idiot savant relative, Beth leaves them the problem, getting their assurance that they'll have it figured out by early afternoon. But by two o'clock, the calculus problem is the least of the foursome's problems. When Beth goes to retrieve the promised answer, she finds Ryan dead.
The untimely death of her father shatters Mary Esther Robbins’ heart and separates her from her grade school best friend, Samuel Levi Baylor. During their 20 years apart, she fulfills her life’s dream of penning new songs and singing God’s praise with a Christian band, while he tends his growing cattle herd and shares the Good News at every opportunity. The Lord brings her home and then throws them back together when Samuel agrees to help Mary Esther move and remodel her childhood home.
Contrary to her parents’ wishes, Evelyn married a nonbeliever, but it all works out.... or does it? Not only did the love of her life accept Christ, Nathaniel got baptized by fire and became a minister of the gospel. Woven into the breathtaking tale of love and redemption are two additional stories, Evelyn’s novels of faith, family, and forgiveness.