|JOURNEY HOME SERIES|
PATRIOT HEART – Book 1
DUTY COURAGE INTEGRITY
May 1865. All Dan Goodman wants is to marry an uncomplicated girl and have a family, but the war interfered and he became a POW who now believes he’s losing his mind and unfit for marriage. He dreams of Oregon to put the memories behind him. The problem is he owes a debt of gratitude to the beautiful songstress. In addition, Clara Barton wants him to be a witness for the prosecution in the first trial for war crimes in American history.
INDEPENDENT ENTERPRISING FEISTY
Letty Talbot is a world-weary steamboat songstress, and wants a new direction after sudden loss. Letty decides to run a supply depot for emigrants going out West, and talks Dan into a partnership where he builds the prairie schooners. Letty won’t admit she wants to keep Dan from leaving. Even though they butt heads a lot, no man ever interested Letty as this one did.
TRUST LOVE PEACE
If Letty marries Dan she losses her depot, because married women have no property rights. Letty must learn to trust God with her future. Dan must forgive fellow Union inmates who killed for selfish reasons, and face the commandant of Andersonville Prison in a court of law. Allowing his Oregon dream to fade, he can then embrace the future God planned for him.
FAITHFUL HEART STORY - Book 2
September 1865. Brice Bruton arrives in Texas, where his wife and daughter fled from their Harrisburg, PA farm before the Gettysburg Battle. Brice learns his wife had died while he served the Union Army. Grief stricken, he rides to the Colbert ranch to pick up his daughter.
Lainie Colbert, unmarried spinster, loves Emily and can’t bear to lose the girl. Brice knows he can’t travel with a child and no wife, so he accepts a job as cowhand on the Colbert spread. Amid life on a Texas cattle ranch that include rounding up unbranded cattle and wild horses, Brice and Lainie clash over how to raise Emily, but manage to fall in love and marry.
HOPEFUL HEART STORY – Book 3
November 1866 – Lucy Garner just buried her stillborn, conceived from rape by her adopted father’s stepson. Grieving, she escapes her past by working for a family headed to Oregon by wagon train. Lucy’s kindness and strong belief in God attract Nat Renshaw’s unwanted interest.
Nat Renshaw’s boyish good looks disguise his intense personality. Becoming a POW of the Confederates did nothing to improve his outlook. Fearless, he’s elected temporary sheriff for a river town. His admiration for Lucy grows into love and they marry on the Oregon Trail. As newlyweds, they start with a ready-made family when they adopt orphans from the wagon train.