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Faith by Lori Copeland . Part of the series: Brides of the West. Publication: 1998 Tyndale House.
Book Description: The three Kallahan sisters decide to become mail-order brides in the first install-ment of Brides of the West. A Texas rancher answers Faith's ad, and at first they don't hit it off, in part because of Faith's prospective mother-in-law. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Glory by Lori Copeland . Part of the series: Brides of the West. Publication: 2000 Tyndale House.
Book Description: Disguised as a boy, Glory—she doesn't have a last name—hitches a ride west with a wagonload of would-be wives and falls in love with the wagon master. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Hope by Lori Copeland . Part of the series: Brides of the West. Publication: 1999 Tyndale House.
Book Description: Heading West to meet her man, Hope Kallahan, the third sister in Copeland's Brides of the West series, falls in love with a kindhearted outlaw instead. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

June by Lori Copeland . Part of the series: Brides of the West. Publication: 1999 Tyndale House.
Book Description: June, the second sister in Copeland's Brides of the West series, gets along all right with her new husband, a pastor in Washington State. But his grandiose plans for a big tabernacle are at odds with the community, and soon June wonders about them, too. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

The Rose Legacy by Kristen Heitzmann . Part of the series: Diamond of the Rockies. Publication: 2000 Bethany House.


Sweet Boundless by Kristen Heitzmann . Part of the series: Diamond of the Rockies. Publication: 2001 Bethany House.


The Tender Vine by Kristen Heitzmann . Part of the series: Diamond of the Rockies. Publication: 2002 Bethany House.


All Together in One Place by Jane Kirkpatrick . Part of the series: Kinship and Courage. Publication: 2000 WaterBrook.
Book Description: Kirkpatrick bases her series on a tantalizing historical reference to a wagon train in which every man had died, and characterizes 12 stalwart female survivors. In the beginning there are men: Jeremy Bacon, for instance, who sells his Wisconsin farm over the protestations of his wife, Mazy. They bicker until the moment of Jeremy's death. A toughened Mazy bonds with the others, all of them suddenly single, in this feminist view of how it really must have been heading down the Oregon Trail in the early 1850s, threatened by Indians and brutal weather, and without men. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Also Described: Madison “Mazy” Bacon is devastated to learn that her husband Jeremy sold their Wisconsin farm and planned to move them both out West. Accompanying them in their wagon train are Ruth Martin, a horsewoman running from an abusive husband; Bryce Cullver and his blind wife Suzanne; the Wilson family, who follow their daughter Tipton westward so that she can be with the man she loves; and four Chinese mail-order brides. The women bond closer together after their men sicken and die, but the road to acceptance of God's will—and of each other's presence—isn't an easy one. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Also Described: After the men of their wagon train are killed, twelve women make their way west. [As cited in John Mort, Read the High Country]

A Gathering of Finches by Jane Kirkpatrick . Part of the series: Dream Catcher series. Publication: 1997 Random House Inc.
Book Description: Again using historical sources, Kirkpatrick tells the story of the New York debutante Cassie Simpson in the last volume of her trilogy. Tempestuous and self-centered, she marries a well-heeled engineer for his money and for the adventure of moving to San Francisco. Then she has an affair with Louis Simpson, a timber baron on the Oregon coast, and takes up with him. Eventually, the second marriage works, but both Louis and Cassie are self-indulgent people, not entirely likable, and peace is a long time coming. In her later years, Cassie became something of an environmentalist and left a beautiful garden to posterity, preserved today as an Oregon state park. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Also Described: In the early twentieth century, Cassie Hendrick Stearns Simpson and her husband Louis, a California lumber baron, settle near Coos Bay, Oregon. Though Louis is a man of considerable wealth, Cassie learns that his money can't buy happiness. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Also Described: Kirkpatrick’s third take on Oregon history tells of a willful young woman from New York, Cassie Simpson, who makes her way to Oregon by way of pluck and sex. Her second marriage, to a timber baron, is as rocky as the first. But with middle age Cassie settles into stability, and becomes one of Oregon’s first environmental guardians. [As cited in John Mort, Read the High Country]

Love to Water My Soul by Jane Kirkpatrick . Part of the series: Dream Catcher series. Publication: 2008 Random House Inc.
Book Description: A frontier girl is adopted by the Modocs when her caravan leaves her behind. Later, Shell Flower is traded to the Paiutes for an obsidian knife, not as an expression of abuse, but of her precise value; later, still, she rejoins the white culture and studies the Christian God. Shell Flower's story is enormously appealing, in large part because of Kirkpatrick's complete immersion in the Native American cultures of Oregon. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Also Described: Asiam, a six-year-old Caucasian girl, becomes separated from her family as they travel westward to Oregon. Modoc Indians take her in, but they treat her shamefully, trading her to the Paiutes. The Paiutes teach Asiam, now renamed “Shell Flower,” to find her own path through life. Based on Kirkpatrick's husband's family history. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Also Described: “Shell Flower,” left behind by a wagon train, is adopted by the Modocs, but as a young woman she rejoins the white culture and studies the Christian God. [As cited in John Mort, Read the High Country]

No Eye Can See by Jane Kirkpatrick . Part of the series: Kinship and Courage. Publication: 2001 WaterBrook.
Book Description: The wagon train widows arrive in California, inured to hardship, a big family of sisters. [As cited in John Mort, Read the High Country]

Also Described: In the sequel to All Together in One Place, the death of Jeremy continues to haunt Mazy, but her respectable widowhood gives her the chance to become the leader of the wagon train's valiant band of widows, who eventually reach Shasta City, California, and establish new lives. Several Chinese women join the band, and particularly with the characterization of Zilah, Kirkpatrick brilliantly conveys the sense of coping with an alien culture. But the convincing internal lives of all her characters makes Kirkpatrick's series a standout. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Also Described: The wagon train has reached its destination of Shasta City, California. There the women settle into town life, but despite their wish for new beginnings, they haven't left the past behind. Ruth's husband Zane has followed them to California, which frightens her. Sharp-tongued Suzanne adjusts to her disability and learns to accept the help of others. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

A Sweetness to the Soul by Jane Kirkpatrick . Part of the series: Dream Catcher series. Publication: 1995 Random House Inc.
Book Description: Kirkpatrick tells an archetypal story of the Northwest in the first volume of her trilogy about the wanderer Joseph Sherar, who seeks his fortune in California, and then in Oregon. He marries teenager Jane Herbert and carves out an exemplary life on the frontier, building roads, operating a historic inn, and relating with fairness to local Native Americans. Jane's lifelong friendship with Sunmiet, a Native American from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, is portrayed with great care and insight. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Also Described: Ever since she was a young girl in Oregon, Jane Herbert's mother has blamed her for the death of her siblings. Jane finds true love with an older man, Joseph Sherar, who helps her overcome the scars of her early years. Western Heritage Award. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Also Described: Drawing from history, Kirkpatrick brings to life Joseph Sherar, a fortunehunter who wanders into Oregon and founds an inn. With his strong wife, Jane, at his side, he begins trade with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, represented fictionally by Sunmiet, who becomes a lifelong friend of Jane. Neither melodramatic nor slow, Kirkpatrick’s careful novel evokes peaceful settlement by ordinary people. A Western Heritage award winner. [As cited in John Mort, Read the High Country]

The Fugitive Heart by Jane Orcutt . Part of the series: Heart'S True Desire. Publication: 2004 Thorndike Pr.
Book Description: Samantha Martin waits for her childhood sweetheart, Nathan Hamilton, fully six years while the Civil War drags on. Her family and home are destroyed. Yet when Nathan returns he's a distant, embittered man, an outlaw who may be beyond redemption. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Also Described: The Civil War took away everything that Samantha Martin held dear: her Kansas home, her family, and her childhood sweetheart Nathan Hamilton. Samantha relied on her faith in God to survive their separation, but Nathan's wartime experiences have turned him into a haunted, bitter man, with a price on his head. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Also Described: Samantha Martin patiently waits out the Civil War, hoping for the best for her sweetheart. But when at last he returns, he's an embittered man, and perhaps beyond reclaiming. [As cited in John Mort, Read the High Country]

The Hidden Heart by Jane Orcutt . Part of the series: Heart'S True Desire. Publication: 2004 Thorndike Pr.
Book Description: Elizabeth Cameron is a sanctimonious, stubborn, but somehow endearing young woman. She takes the Indian boy she's grown to love like a son and heads to Texas for a colony of women, the Sanctificationists, who want to live independently of men. But at least for the journey she needs the protection of a man, ex-gunfighter Caleb Martin, brother of Samantha in The Fugitive Heart. He agrees to accompany her in exchange for a pardon from the governor. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Also Described: In 1875, Elizabeth Cameron journeys to Belton, Texas, with her young Native American ward, Joseph, to join the Sanctificationists, an all-female religious sect that proclaims independence from men. Former gunfighter Caleb Martin accompanies them to Belton. He and Elizabeth are forced together to keep Joseph's guardianship. Before any romance can develop, both must face up to the past. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Also Described: Caleb Martin, outlaw brother of Samantha, is dragooned into accompanying an independent young woman, Elizabeth Cameron, down to Texas. She wants to join the Sanctificationists, a utopian, all-female colony. [As cited in John Mort, Read the High Country]

Ashes and Ice by Tracie Peterson . Part of the series: Yukon Quest. Publication: 2001 Bethany House.
Book Description: Karen Pierce takes center stage in the sequel to Treasures of the North. She escapes a fire in which she loses her beloved aunt, as well as everything material. It appears as though the villainous Martin Paxton set the fire, but there's nothing to do except pack up with the two teenagers she's raising and her new beau, Adrik Ivanov, and head for the gold fields. Karen joins Grace, who has troubles of her own in her new marriage to Peter Colton, a better man than Paxton but nonetheless an unbeliever. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Also Described: Karen Pierce tries to come to terms with a personal loss, and Grace and Peter's new marriage flounders. Nonetheless, Karen decides to continue their journey north to the gold fields of the Yukon, with her former suitor Adrik Ivankov as their guide. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]



Rivers of Gold by Tracie Peterson . Part of the series: Yukon Quest. Publication: 2002 Bethany House.
Book Description: Peter Colton's sister Miranda, presumed dead in the second book, is very much alive, and anxious to reunite with her family and friends. English botanist Teddy Davenport abandons his usual workaholic life to care for her. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Also Described: New characters arrive in the Yukon Quest series. Principal among them is Miranda Colton, whose wilderness trek leaves her presumed dead. But she survives under the tender care of an English botanist, Teddy Davenport, who's in Alaska to study its unique flora. Miranda may have found a life for herself, but something in her past troubles her. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]



Treasures of the North by Tracie Peterson . Part of the series: Yukon Quest. Publication: 2001 Bethany House.
Book Description: It's 1897. Because of the financial difficulties of her father, Chicago debutante Grace Hawkins is about to be forced into marriage with Martin Paxton, a villain so crudely drawn he might as well be called Snidely Whiplash. Grace's governess, Karen Pierce, suggests they flee to Alaska, where Karen's father is a missionary. Astoundingly, the evil Paxton follows. More believably, Karen searches for her father among the Tlingit Indians, who are sympathetically portrayed as a people trying to cope with the intrusive gold rush that will change Alaska forever. [As cited in John Mort, Christian Fiction]

Also Described: To compensate for a bad business deal, Chicago socialite Grace Hawkins's father arranges her marriage to evil Martin Paxton. She escapes to Alaska with her governess and friend, Karen Pierce, to avoid marrying him. They also hope to locate Karen's missionary father. The young women purchase passage north on a ship owned by handsome Peter Colton, who catches Grace's eye. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]



Secrets on the Wind by Stephanie Grace Whitson . Part of the series: Pine Ridge Portraits. Publication: 2003 Bethany House.
Book Description: Sergeant Nathan Boone discovers Laina Gray—young, pregnant, and willing to trust no one—hidden in a dugout on an abandoned claim. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Also Described: A middle-aged enlisted man, Nathan Boone, takes Laina Gray, a white woman traumatized by an Indian attack, back to Ft. Robinson. Nathan's a widower and would like to marry Laina, but she's had all she wants of the frontier. [As cited in John Mort, Read the High Country]



Watchers on the Hill by Stephanie Grace Whitson . Part of the series: Pine Ridge Portraits. Publication: 2004 Bethany House.
Book Description: Charlotte Bishop, a young widow with a son, decides to return to her childhood home at Fort Robinson after her husband's death. Soon she discovers that she hasn't left the past completely behind her. [As cited in Sarah L. Johnson, Historical Fiction]

Also Described: Disillusioned Charlotte Valentine returns to Ft. Robinson after some romantic misadventures, and discovers that life still has surprises in store. [As cited in John Mort, Read the High Country]



As Time Goes By by Lori Wick . Part of the series: The Californians. Publication: 1993 Harvest.


Donovan's Daughter by Lori Wick . Part of the series: The Californians. Publication: 1994 Harvest House.


Sean Donovan by Lori Wick . Part of the series: The Californians. Publication: 1993 Harvest House.


Whatever Tomorrow Brings by Lori Wick . Part of the series: The Californians. Publication: 1992 Harvest House.




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