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Book Description

Six independent women of yesteryear require some persuasion into matrimony. Meanwhile, their headstrong ways are stirring up trouble at home, in a cotton mill, in a lumber camp, at a town event, at a school, and on a prairie homestead. Will there be six men persistent enough to win these women’s hearts?

About the Author

Cathy Marie Hake is a Southern California native. She met her two loves at church: Jesus and her husband, Christopher. An RN, she loved working in oncology as well as teaching Lamaze. Health issues forced her to retire, but God opened new possibilities with writing. Since their children have moved out and are married, Cathy and Chris dote on dogs they rescue from a local shelter. A sentimental pack rat, Cathy enjoys scrapbooking and collecting antiques. “I’m easily distracted during prayer, so I devote certain tasks and chores to specific requests or persons so I can keep faithful in my prayer life.” Since her first book in 2000, she’s been on multiple best-seller and readers’ favorite lists.



 Rosey Dow is a bestselling and award-winning author with more than half a million books sold. Her novel, Reaping the Whirlwind, won the Christy Award for excellence in fiction. A former missionary and lifelong mystery buff, Rosey now makes her home in Delaware, where she edits, writes, and speaks full-time. She invites her readers to connect with her on Facebook.


SUSANNAH HAYDEN is the pen name of versatile and gifted author, Susan Martins Miller, who writes fiction and biographies for both adults and children. She is a wife and a mother of two, who works in publishing and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Yvonne Lehman, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 books in print, founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and is now director of the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She has joined Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas as Acquisitions and Managing Editor of Candlelight Romance and Guiding Light Women’s Fiction. She earned Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her recent releases include a three-book series set in Savannah GA (Harlequin Heartsong), and Hearts of Carolina series of eight novels (four in NC, four in SC – Greenbrier). In April, 2014, her 50th novel Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC (Abingdon) released, and she signs periodically at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge TN. Her first non-fiction book is Divine Moments (Grace Publishing – a compilation of 50 articles written by various authors). She blogs at www.christiansread.com and Novel Rocket Blog. 


COLLEEN L. REECE was born and raised in a small western Washington logging town. She learned to read by kerosene lamplight and dreamed of someday writing a book. God has multiplied Colleen's “someday” book into more than 140 titles that have sold six million copies. Colleen was twice voted Heartsong Presents' Favorite Author and later inducted into Heartsong's Hall of Fame. Several of her books have appeared on the CBA Bestseller list.



In first grade, Janet Spaeth was asked to write a summary of a story about a family making maple syrup. She wrote all during class, through morning recess, lunch, and afternoon recess, and asked to stay after school. When the teacher pointed out that a summary was supposed to be shorter than the original story, Janet explained that she didn’t feel the readers knew the characters well enough, so she was expanding on what was in the first-grade reader. Thus a writer was born. She lives in the Midwest and loves to travel, but to her, the happiest word in the English language is home.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing Inc. (August 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628369108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628369106
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Murrell on October 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
Six different authors came together to write a collection of novellas about woman reluctant to marry. Each story is a stand-alone. The only connection is the theme of wounded women. All of the stories are set during the late 1800s to early 1900s.

I really enjoyed these stories. They were short enough that I could finish each one in a short period of time. But the book is large with all six stories, so gives you plenty of romance and sweetness. Each author infused faith, humor, and grace into the story to create a wonderfully romantic story with an uplifting ending. For novellas, I felt each one was well written and entertaining.

I received this book free of charge from Barbour in exchange for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 23, 2014
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Very easy reading. Stories are cute and plot easy to follow. Separate stories, can read one in a sitting.
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By Gloria Elder on October 21, 2014
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Was a good collection of authors some of whoam I had not read before. Enjoyed it!
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