The Stones Creek Series
Leah is trying to flee her memories of the Civil War.
She moves after the death of her surgeon father. She had followed along as he treated Union soldiers in battle after battle. All she wants to do is forget, especially the handsome physician whose career she knew she had destroyed.
Eli was rejected by his parents because of his scarred face and arm. He moved to Stones Creek following a war buddy and has found welcome. Eli is puzzled by the newcomer Leah's coldness and avoidance.
Each wonders about the other.
Why does Leah, who is friendly to everyone else in town, reject Eli's offer of friendship? Why does she avoid looking at his face?
How can Leah have peace knowing she is responsible for his scars? How could God have led her to a town where the one person she wanted to forget lives, works and wants to be her friend?
Norie is finally back on the Colorado ranch she loves. She had spent the Civil War years in Indiana going to school. Norie is eager to get back on her horse and gallop across the range. Skilled, smart and independent, there's nothing she thinks is out of reach.
Linc, her father's ranch foreman, has a different view of things. There are just certain things that a girl shouldn't do; ride unrideable horses, shoot and throw knives. He doesn’t understand his boss’ pride in her since her antics scare him spit-less.
Sparks tend to fly when the two are together. He seems to be constantly chasing after her.
Doesn’t Norie understand Linc’s only trying to keep her safe? Will her father object to his growing attraction to her? Why can’t Linc accept her for who she is, and why does he have to be so handsome? Will God show them how to understand their differences?
Chloe and her two children were rescued five years ago by Nugget Nate and Penny. Since then they’d lived at Nate’s mission for troubled women called Sanctuary Place. Now, with Sanctuary House ready she, and several other rehabilitated women, are moving to Stones Creek, Colorado to find a loving husband. When a person from her past is revealed she worries that her new start might be over for good. She just wants to find a Sanctuary where she and her children can feel loved, wanted, and useful. Can Stones Creek be that place or will she once again be cast aside? Will the men who abandoned her five years ago ruin her chance at a Happy Ever After? Or will she find Sanctuary in the arms of the local blacksmith?
McIlroy has a secret. He lost a wife and family to evil people during the war. He want’s nothing to do with any of the women at Sanctuary House, or so he tells himself. Yet, he’s drawn to the tall, dark-haired Chloe and her children. Can he learn to forgive himself and allow love into his life again? Or will he push the woman away out of fear and guilt?