Reviews for “The Legacy Letters”

The Legacy Letters

Kindle Edition

Seven pink envelopes, addressed in Wanda Taylor’s spiky handwriting, represented her legacy to seven people she held dear. Legacy letters—that’s what they were. A last gift, though some might call it interference. People often sought her advice and her God-given gift of discernment. But not these seven, and her heart ached for them. They were good people who loved God and their families, but she saw patterns in their lives that could harm them in the future if left unchecked. Monica was the lynch pin to the entire project. The mantle of the matriarch fit her, and everyone in the family recognized it. But she needed to learn how to let go before she could take charge.

Monica would receive the first letter, one month after Wanda’s death. The others—to friends, siblings, children and grandchildren—would receive their letters in the six months following.

Wanda sealed the last letter and whispered a prayer. “Lord, use my words a final time to do Your work in the lives of those I leave behind.”

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“..I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories each author wrote! I loved seeing how the lives of seven people changed and how they grew from it. It even challenged me in a couple of areas of my own life! I also liked how the authors collaborated to make a seamlessly smooth story that didn’t feel disconnected in any way. The characters were real in their struggles, seeing the relationships develop in each one was heartwarming. The faith theme was refreshing; this is why I love reading Christian fiction. How each author portrayed their own faith walk in their stories. And I loved reading the conclusion at the end, it gave hope for a brighter future for each character! A great set of stories I think anyone would enjoy reading…”



This is a very different kind of book. Seven different women each receive a letter from Wanda Taylor after her death. I was engaged from the beginning and couldn’t stop reading until I had finished it. What wonderful advice was in each letter. Well done.



Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!




MARCH BOOKS: 3 Book giveaway

Drum roll please!  This month’s giveaway books are two older titles in new editions.

Lone Star Trail and Ranger’s Trail are now available in Kindle editions from Forget Me Not Romances. You have three opportunities to win:

  1. Enter the Amazon giveaway of Lone Star Trail at Lone Star Trail Amazon giveaway
  2. Attend the Texas Trails Launch Party. Sign up at Texas Trails Launch Party
  3. Leave a comment on this blog, this week and every week during March. Two people will receive either Lone Star Trail or Ranger’s Trail. Also being given away: Love’s Glory, which is my 3rd story about the Texas German experience.

Now about the books:

The Texas Trails series was the brainchild of my agent at the time, Chip MacGregor. He asked Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough and I to brainstorm a theme for our books. We decided to write about a Texas family, one book set in each decade, ranging from the 1840s to the 1890s. I wrote about the 1840s and the 1870s.

The 1840s were a time of upheaval for Texas. Texas became the 28th state in 1845, after enjoying independence from Mexico for several years. War with Mexico came on the heels of annexation by the United States, with most of the battles centered within its borders. On top of that, Germans flocked to its Texas as part of the Verein (The Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas) at the invitation of the Republic of Texas. This is the background of Lone Star Trail, the story of a German woman and the son of a man who died in the war for Texas’ freedom.

Anti-German sentiment rose high in Texas several times. This is explored in Lone Star Trail. It erupted in a range war in Mason County, also known as Hoo Doo War. It began in 1875 and didn’t fully end until the last participant died in the next century. German ranchers lost a cattle rustling case and decided to take the law into their own hands. The “American” ranchers retaliated, and the Texas Rangers dallied in bringing them to justice.  That the backdrop of Ranger’s Trail. A half-German, half-American ranger is torn between one of the victims’ widows, his own family, and his duties as a ranger.

The same animosity caused Neu Branderberg, Texas to change its name to Old Glory during WWI, which is the setting for my book Love’s Glory.

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March Writing News

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a good weekend.

Writing Updates for the month:

March 13th: Read the first chapter of Colorado Columbine  at Eileen Rife’s blogspot. SAVE THE LINK here: 1st chapter post

Watch my interview concerning A Taste of Honey in Blue Ribbon Brides at video link.

To Riches Again (historical romance for the Orphan Train Spinster series) is with my editor. (release date: April 1st)

Cinderella’s Boot (contemporary romance for the Runaway Bride series) is 54% written. (release date: April 1st



Shh. . .Secret. . .New Edition of Texas Trails Available for a reduced price. . .come back Wednesday for more details.


Writing News and Tips: Sandy Quandt

Before Sandy shares her writing tips, I want to share my latest writing news with you all.

Recently, I participated in a video interview with my fellow authors for Blue Ribbon Brides. This is the link to my portion of the interview.

It was a cool experience!

In other news of interest, I completed To Riches Again and sent it to my editor–anticipating an April 1st release of the orphan train/stock market crash story.


I proofed the galleys for Sunshine of His Heart in Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands. (release date: June 1)

Learn more at AMAZON.

I also received the final cover for The Captive Brides Collection, with my story His Golden Bride. (release date: October 1)

Learn more at AMAZON.


Now let’s introduce Sandy…

Sandy Kirby Quandt is a writer with a passion for God, history and travel; passions that often weave their way into her stories and articles. She has written numerous articles and stories for adult and children publications. She has won several awards for her writing, including the 2016 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Looking for words of encouragement or gluten-free recipes? Then check out Sandy’s blog, Woven and Spun. You can also find Sandy at Inspire a Fire and Christian Devotions.

God Is Pleased When We Do What He Created Us To Do

For seven months a publisher considered my Young Adult historical novel for publication. When my novel progressed to the final gatekeeper, although optimistically hopeful, I knew signing a contract was not a given. And I was correct. At the final step in the process, the publisher decided not to offer me a contract.

Was I disappointed? Yes. Was I discouraged? Yes. Did I give up? No.

Eight days after receiving the “Thanks, but no thanks.” email from the editor who requested my novel, I submitted it to another publisher.

As I reflected on the rejection of my story, I told myself all the things we know in our hearts are true, yet sometimes have trouble living out. God is in control. His ways are not our ways. His plans are not our plans. His plans are better.

After a sweet friend heard about the rejection of my book, she shared words of encouragement I would like to pass on to you if you are in a place of discouragement with your writing.

The desire God places in us to write reflects His own creative nature. Last night God created a glorious sunset in a corner of the world where no one saw it. Somewhere in October a tree transitioned from green to reds and golds, but no one was there to enjoy it. Right now somewhere in the ocean dolphins are playing, but no one is there to watch them. However, God is pleased to see His creation doing what He designed it to do.
God gave you the desire to write and it pleases Him when you do what you were created to do.

If the person who rejects our work is the only person God intends to read it, then that has to be enough.

I wish you well.









Reviews for “Love’s Glory”

Darlene Franklin love's gloryLove’s Glory (Christian Historical Romance short story) (Holidays of the Heart Book 3)

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It’s 1919. Everything is changing—cars are common and airplanes helped win the War to End All Wars. Even the German-Americans of New Brandenburg, Texas, renamed their town Old Glory to prove their patriotism.

None of that matters to Beth Smith. In 1917, her boyfriend Garan Schmidt enlisted in the Army—and left her pregnant. She left home and built a new life for herself and their daughter.

When Garan finds Beth and their daughter in May 1919, he is eager to make amends and start over. Beth is unsure if she is ready to tell the truth that will set them free.

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“… The story is rich in history and characters that deal with forgiveness and overcoming mistakes. The author writes a beautiful story that takes you back to an era where struggles abounded and family was important. She gives her characters emotional twists and turns and find themselves seeking help to find their way back to their faith and trust in God.

The book is filled with a patriotic theme that ends on the celebration of Flag Day. Thank you for a moving story that shows how lies can change the course of a person’s life and how forgiveness from a town and those who love them give them hope and peace in a loving God.”



Choices made left Beth in a predicament. Feeling as she had no choice, she created a false life for herself until the war ends and she has to decide whether or not to reveal the truth.

This was a good read that shows God’s redemptive love and grace.”  – MARSHA B.


Wonderful historical romance!

I completely enjoyed this book. I felt like I was right there beside the characters as I read their story. Elsbeth and Garan were great friends when he was called off to war. Shortly after, Elsbeth found out she was pregnant and to avoid shame from her family and community, she left to start a new life for her and her baby. After the war, Garan returns and meets up with Elsbeth, when her and her friend, Agnes goes to meet her twin brother Alfred coming home from the war. Will Garan and Elsbeth rekindle their feelings, will Garan come to learn that Elsbeth’s daughter, Dottie, is his daughter and if so, will he want to be a part of her life of just walk away?

This is a very good, but short book that I hated to see come to an end. I really enjoyed this book and recommend to anyone that wants a complete romance, but is a quick, short read.” – BECKY C.

Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!




Special Announcement and Guest Connie Stevens

Coming April 1st Take a romantic ride with the Pony Express Romance Collection: Historic Express Mail Order Route Delivers Nine Inspiring Romances. As we prepare for the release of this exciting collection, each of the nine authors will share an event that happened on the anniversary of the first run of the Pony Express (April 3rd).


Connie Stevens lives with her husband of forty-plus years in north Georgia, within sight of her beloved mountains. She and her husband are both active in a variety of ministries at their church. A lifelong reader, Connie began creating stories by the time she was ten. Her office manager and writing muse is a cat, but she’s never more than a phone call or email away from her critique partners. She enjoys gardening and quilting, but one of her favorite pastimes is browsing antique shops where story ideas often take root in her imagination. Connie has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers since 2000.


Connie Stevens kicks off the fun with a history of the coffee mill and how coffee fueled the Pony Express–at least in her imagination.

Abundance Of The Heart

The first run of the Pony Express took place on April 3, 1860. So in celebration of the release of The PONY EXPRESS Romance Collection, the nine authors are having a bit of fun with “On This Date In History. . .” blog posts.

On April 3, 1829, James Carrington obtained a patent for a coffee mill. So I thought, “WoooHoooo! Coffee! A truly noteworthy historical event, marked by a milestone in the evolution of my most favorite beverage, to coincide with the launch of the Pony Express decades later.”

I smiled and rubbed my fingertips, readying them to uncover historical tidbits for this blog post.

While it is true, a patent was indeed issued to Mr. Carrington on April 3rd, 1829 for his coffee mill design, alas, there is no record of his mill ever being manufactured. Further research also turned up numerous patents issued from the very early 1800s through the 1890s to more than two dozen people. Clearly, the milling of coffee beans and the brewing of this delectable beverage was serious business to a great many, highly intelligent people with discriminating palates. Sadly, most of these designs never met with manufacturing success. James Carrington wasn’t the only inventor whose creation never got off the ground, likely due to a lack of funds.

So, without ironclad facts to validate my statements, it is pure speculation when I state those wiry, tough-as-nails, reckless young fellows who flew across the prairie on swift steeds, bearing the US mail from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California in only ten days were, without a doubt, fueled by copious amounts of coffee.

My research did reveal a pair of brothers, Charles and Edmund Parker, who were successful in manufacturing a coffee mill that eventually found its way into nearly every American kitchen over the course of a few decades. It is my opinion that one of these coffee grinders was present at most of the Pony Express outposts and stations, much to the chagrin and regret of Mr. Carrington. Or perhaps that is pure conjecture on my part.

I can tell you without a shred of doubt, everything I write is, indeed, fueled by countless cups of the rich brew, and there are numerous references to coffee as the beverage of choice in my story, ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART. In any event, I like to believe James Carrington’s efforts in his inventor’s workshop were similarly driven by his desire for caffeine.

BOOK BLURB FOR Abundance of the Heart

Two discontented hearts, both of whom must stand aside and watch others fulfill the dreams they desire, discover God has something better in mind, if only they are willing to accept it.


Thanks for sharing, Connie. We hope you all will check out this new collection! My contribution in it will be The Gambler’s Daughter. Stay tuned to learn more in the weeks ahead.

In other Writing News:

The February issue of Book Fun magazine is free through February 14th. Featuring my now officially named column, The View Through My Door.

Also, I’m excited to share that Hearts of the West is now available. It contains my books, A Bride’s Rogue, alone with four other full length novels.








February Books

Since I didn’t get a book up in January, we’ll double up by offering two new books in February.

Colorado Columbine is my latest original work, a novella set in 1911 Colorado. Here’s the story:


Garnet Harvey graduates from an orphanage and lands a job as a nanny for three motherless girls. Chester Paul, a wealthy businessman, lost his wife in childbirth. After a long period of mourning, he hires a nanny to take care of his children while he works in the city. He remains involved in the girls’ daily lives, and comes to care for their new caregiver. When Garnet’s guardian discovers the situation, she insists on a trial separation. If their feelings remain strong, how can Garnet be introduced to Chester’s social circle? How will secrets from Garnet’s past affect their growing love for each other? Is it strong enough to grow as beautiful as the Colorado Columbine?

Colorado Columbine is part of Forget Me Not Romances’ American State Flowers series. The series ideas originated with me, from a word search puzzle I did about state flowers. Colorado was my obvious choice—because I love the state, and because I lived near Columbine High School at the time of the shooting. This is a historical story, and has nothing sadder than an orphan finding love. It’s a personal favorite!

Colorado Columbine purchase link


My second offering this month is a new collection of recent stories, Love’s Turning Point. 1890-1920 is known as the Edwardian Era in England and the Progressive Era in the United States, but I used the Turn of the Century time frame for inspiration for my title.

About the story:

The nineteenth century was rapidly drawing to a close and the dawn of the modern era approached as the 1890s counted down to the turn of the century. International tensions rose as quickly as new inventions and an assassination in the Balkans catapulted the United States onto the world stage during the Great War.

During those turning points of American history, men and women continued to court and love, their common faith giving them strength to face new challenges.

These five historical romances walk you through this time in history as you rejoice and fall in love right along with the characters.

Novellas included:

An Apple for Christmas

Matchmaker Mixup

Colorado Columbine

My Candy Valentine

Love’s Glory

Love’s Turning Point purchase link





Jo Huddleston

Kimberly Johnson


Two colored pictures for you today:

Garnet Harvey (Colorado Columbine) was a bright, happy child growing up in a neighborhood northwest of downtown Denver. In 1899, she wrote a winning essay on why the blue columbine should be chosen as Colorado’s state flower. Five years later, she was the sole survivor after typhoid took the rest of her family. She bounced from home to home until she was arrested for stealing. After that, she went to Mother Cabrini’s girls home, where she is loved back to health by Sister Carmela. When she turned eighteen, she left to work as a nanny for the rich widower Chester Paul.

The picture: Garnet might dream of wearing something fancy. This dress is from the early 1910s and features the colors of the blue columbine.


Elyssa Philbin (Back to Riches, TBR April) was a wealthy socialite enjoying the Jazz Age when Black Monday brought instant financial ruin and the death of her parents. Destitute, she turned to the Sisters of Charity for help. Early in 1930, she accompanied children on the last orphan train headed west. Elyssa rode to the end of the line. In Plainview, she accepted a job as a housekeeper with the single father of two of the orphans.

The picture: I chose this page from my Art Deco book because of the plants surrounding Elyssa. She’s excited about going to live on a farm. She won’t ever dress so fancy again.




I first met Bonnie when in the process of putting together a novella proposal for Barbour. I had a title—California Candy Canes Christmas—and an idea of four stories featuring different kind of candy canes. What I needed was someone from California who could give it the local color. Bonnie offered her expertise.

Barbour passed on the collection, and Bonnie has since published the Candy Cane series with Forget Me Not Romances. Our friendship grew out of that meeting. Both of us now write for Forget Me Not, and I’m part of her prayer group. I’m proud to have Bonnie as my guest today.

Bonnie Engstrom and her psychologist husband, Dave, live in Arizona near four of their six grandchildren. The other two live in Costa Rica where they surf. Pura Vida!

She used to bake dozens of Christmas cookies in November and freeze them so she would have a lot to pass out to neighbors. Now … well, that was a long time ago. Instead of cookies for Christmas, she writes. Her Candy Cane stories set in Newport Beach, California, where her family was raised and where they have many fond memories, are perfect for cuddling up by the fire for an inspiring romance read.

She hopes you enjoy Natalie’s Deception, Number 5 in the Candy Cane Girls series. Don’t forget to leave an honest review on Amazon.


My writing background is extensive.

For over twenty years I have written for educational newsletters, professional documents and brochures, fundraising materials and political communications. My education column, Beyond the Basics, ran for several years in two local newspapers, the Newport Ensign and the Costa Mesa News. Currently, I am editing materials to compile in a book about prayer partners. Information about my professional editing service can be located at


The most important thing I do every day – no, not writing – is answering the two prayer chains I moderate. The first one started as a spin-off from a huge online prayer site. Some of us connected, and we wanted to belong a smaller, more intimate group. All members are on a group email list. All email addresses are private, except to me. Such trust!

Prayer requests come to me; I forward them to the group. They respond to me, and I forward responses to individuals with no email addresses showing. I love the privilege to send praise reports. We are from all over the country, and until her passing, Jill in Norway was a devoted member. It has been an amazing, blessed and loving group.

Recently, I asked if authors at my publishing house would be interested. Ten signed up, so I now have two prayer chains to moderate.

It’s a commitment, a huge blessing to me. Although I have never met a lot of them, Pam in Maryland, Pat in Ohio and Rita in Maine have become dear friends and prayer warriors. After so many years of trust, we even exchange Christmas cards ~ with photos! Many on the prayer chain are old friends from the original mega-chain. Jaynie in Oregon and I have visited in each other’s homes; Judy, Peggy, Julie and I are old friends. Jean is my grandma support system. We all are support to each other.

On the Writers’ Pray Chain Carol, Birdie, Alice and Darlene, are faithful contributors. It is all up to God. He is in charge, thankfully.
Now, back to writing my latest story for my Candy Cane Girls Series. A million thanks and blessings to Darlene for starting me on this publishing journey.

If you want to learn more about starting an online prayer chain, please email me and put PRAYER in the subject line.



Lies, guilt, stalking. Natalie is injured and left lying on the ground. Melanie is terrified of her step-father. Bryce is drowning in guilt. Billy is frustrated, mad at himself. Emily is despondent. Claire has something up her sleeve. Two handsome men vie for Natalie’s attention, traveling from Newport Beach to Scottsdale, Arizona to woo her. But one caused her back injury, and one strands her on the top of a Ferris Wheel knowing how terrified she is of heights, even though she took sky-diving lessons with him. Depressed Emily confides in Natalie, and Emily’s life takes a turn thanks to Nick’s meddlesome mother, Claire. Is love still possible? If it is, what would the Feng Shui designer chose as a wedding theme? Certainly, not pink. And, hot dogs at the reception? Will Natalie ever find love? She wants it badly, but is thrilled two Candy Canes are expecting babies. She will be an aunt again. But, when will she be a wife and mother?  BUY LINK


This is book number five in the Candy Cane Girls’ series, but it, as all the others before and in future (yes, there will be more), can be read as a standalone. It might be more fun to start with Noelle’s story in Noelle’s Christmas Wedding, twirl with Cindy and Rob in Cindy’s Perfect Dance, jump on a Harley in Candy’s Wild Ride and find romance on a beach in Connie’s Silver Shoes.

Ten years ago six high school freshmen formed a swim team that became legendary. They won the state relay swim championship four years in a row. In addition to their skill and devotion to daily practicing, they prayed together and vowed to be sisters forever. Another thing that set them apart was they chose their own swimsuits making them a team within a larger team. They chose red and white diagonally striped swim suits. They became known as the Candy Canes. They always will be.

I hope you enjoy their stories.



Several years ago I was invited to participate in a novella collection by author Darlene Franklin. I was doubly flattered that she graciously offered for me to choose the venue and the theme. I chose Newport Beach, California because after living there for thirty-five years I knew it well. I think I decided on swimming for my novella contribution because all my children grew up as avid swimmers on teams. Both entities were familiar to me. I have no clue where the idea of the Candy Canes came from – pure imagination.

As time progressed, we decided collaboration was not ideal for us. So, we each struck out on our own. I published two novels and two novellas before deciding to resurrect my Candy Cane story as a series. Darlene was encouraging, and thanks to her, I found my niche. We are now good friends and prayer partners, a confirmation of how God works. Thank you, Darlene!

Please check out her wonderful stories on Amazon. We are both published by





Writing News and Tips: Colleen Reece

Today’s guest is Colleen Reece, who learned to read beneath the rays of a kerosene lamp in her home near the small logging town of Darrington, Washington that was once a one-room schoolhouse where her mother taught all eight grades! An abundance of love for God and each other outweighed the lack of electricity or running water and provided the basis for many of Colleen’s 150+ books. Her rigid “refuse to compromise” stance has helped sell more than six million copies and spread the good news of repentance, forgiveness, and salvation through Christ.

Colleen is best known for helping to launch Heartsong Presents Book Club in 1992 and was twice named Favorite Author in reader polls. In 1998, she and Tracie Peterson were the first authors inducted into the Heartsong Hall of Fame.

Colleen’s personal creed: Help make the world a better place because she lived.

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Before Colleen shares her writing tips, I want to announce the latest giveaway winners. I apologize for the delay in posting these.

-Winners of the Blue Ribbon Brides: Melanie Backus and Lucy Reynolds

-Winner of Homefront Dreams: Britney Adams

-Winner of a Christmas novella: Delores Leisner

I’m also excited to announce that I have 3 new releases this month: “Colorado Columbine”, “Courting Cortlands: Two Tales of the Cortland Twins”, and “Love’s Turning Point: Five Romances Between 1890 and 1920”.

Aside from that, I’m two-thirds of the way through the edits on His Golden Treasure,  part of the Captive Brides collection to be released by Barbour Publishing later this year.

Now let’s hear from Colleen:

Fiction, Non-fiction and Figure Skating

I will never win an ice skating competition—but seven secrets of successful skaters help me in my writing.

1. Skaters keep their perspective
Focusing on winning awards instead of writing leads to falls. Both figuratively and literally.

2. Skaters overcome disappointments
So must writers. When my work is rejected, I quote from Kipling’s poem, “How Did You Die?”

“You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what’s that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there—that’s a disgrace.”

We need to pick ourselves up and try again.
3. Skaters finish the course
An early spill can jeopardize the chance for a medal. Wise skaters rally, turn in spectacular performances and often end up on the podium.

The Apostle Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith . . . “ a real winner’s statement,

4. Skaters skate for love of the sport
We need to write for the same reason, and because we feel called by God to do so.

5.  Skaters learn from their mistakes
Waiting in the “kiss and cry” area is nerve-wracking. So is waiting to hear from editors or  receiving negative comments. Starting a new project and learning from criticism helps.

6. Skaters don’t make excuses
“I lost focus, and need to work on that” is an often-heard response to defeat.

Philippians 3:13-14 tells us, “ . . . this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before . . .” We need to do likewise.

7. Skaters (and writers) strive for balance in life
Jesus never shirked His ministry, but He found time to enjoy a wedding at Canal; supper with Backhaus; quiet hours with His disciples; time alone with His heavenly Father

And no one ever accomplished more.


Award-winning authors Colleen L. Reece and Julie Reece-DeMarco offer ninety-two humorous and  inspirational quick reads.

Going Home Again: An Award-winning Author’s Best-loved Stories challenges Thomas Wolfe’s contention that you can’t go home again. True tales of growing up in an era of few material possessions but rich in love and laughter

Joy to the World: A Treasury of Christmas Inspiration offers short pieces to fit those moments when time-outs from holiday preparations and stress are desperately needed. Entries remind readers to be still and reflect on Whose birthday we celebrate.

Storybook House: Timeless Tales for Fun-Loving Families. Especially good for bedtime stories or family devotions. Biblical applications encourage readers to appreciate life and look for the rainbows God often sends after storms.


Fool’s gold or the real thing?

An out-of-place snowflake in San Diego beckons Ariel Dixon home to Alaska. She follows its lure, despite her fiancé’s strong objections. After twelve long years in which Ariel believes a beloved childhood friend dead, Jean Thoreau keeps a boyhood promise and returns.

Ariel stands at a crossroads. Emmet Carey represents wealth and social position.  French-Canadian Jean offers the life Ariel and her uncrowned salmon king father know and love: fighting the elements with a swaying deck beneath their feet and Big Tom Dixon bellowing fishermen’s songs one moment and offering prayers the next.

Three men, peppery Aunt Rebekah, and all the folks in Ketchikan wait for Ariel’s decision. But first, there is a “winterlude,” with or without Emmet.

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Reviews for “My Candy Valentine”

My Candy Valentine (Holidays of the Heart Book 2)

Kindle Edition


Gilbert Williams sweeps Catrina Jensen off her feet when he arrives in Loveland, Oklahoma, shortly after New Year’s Day 1916. When the reason for his interest in her delicious candies is revealed, her affection turns to fear. Is her hero a traitor in disguise?’

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“My Candy Valentine is a sweet short story set in 1916’s Oklahoma. Catrina Jensen and her father, Benjamin, own and operate Jensen Mercantile. Catrina is a woman of many talents which bring customers back to the mercantile. One of those talents is making candy and pies she sells at the mercantile as well as the displays she creates to catch the shoppers eye.

Gilbert Williams steps into Jensen Mercantile and looks around. He is greeted by Catrina, who helps him in his selections. Not only the mercantile selections catch his eye, but he finds he is attracted to Catrina as well. She in turn shyly watches Gilbert, she finds she is attracted to him. Where will their attraction lead? Will Gilbert come back to the mercantile or will he leave for home once his business is completed?…

Catrina and her father are honest Christians who live by their beliefs with honor and integrity. I like the way they open their home up even to their “enemy” and pray for him when he is injured. Gilbert and Catrina have challenges to overcome. Even though this a short story, it has much to offer: deception—past and present, humor, sweet romance, forgiveness, love, faith, honor and integrity. ”  – TINA


My Candy Valentine is a truly delightful book. The characters are engaging and the tone of the book is light and enjoyable. While there is a problem to solve, the story line moves to keep you guessing. I love how the story ended and highly recommend this book. – ROBIN


This was a very good short story. It starts out in the Jensen Mercantile,which is co-owned by Catrina Jensen and her father. Catrina runs the store and sets up displays to attract the customers. Gilbert Williams is sent by his boss, Mr. Matchbanks, secretly to find out information about the store, but he is surprised by how Catrina treats her customers and goes above and beyond to take care of the customer. Catrina also spends a few days cooking cakes, cookies and pies to sell in the mercantile,which attracts Gilbert even more. Catrina and her father are both very devoted Christians and I was very impressed how they welcome anyone and everyone when obstacles happen no matter their past in counters with them. Will Gilbert’s assignment for his boss become an obstacle or a blessing for the Jensen’s? This is a very easy, attention grabbing Christian book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys short stories, good, clean Christian fiction or fast-passé books. I have never read any books by this author, but I will be looking for more of her books to read. – BECKY C.

Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!