Take a trip back to the early 1900s and spend time in the small farming community of Riverton, Wisconsin, where people find the courage to forgive, pursue their dreams—and love.


A would-be missionary longs to leave heartbreak behind.

A widowed pastor yearns for the way things were.

They shared a past, but can they share a future?

Sarah McCall is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man she once loved steps back into her life. Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, she strives to overcome a tarnished history she didn’t create and a heartbreak she can’t forget. Peter Caswell returns to his Wisconsin hometown a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation. But no matter how hard he tries to move on with his life, he can’t forgive himself for his wife’s death. Although ten years have passed since he left Riverton, Peter hopes Sarah still cares enough to give him a second chance.

 They shared a past, but can they share a future?


An independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion

designer falls for a stubborn artist from the country.

One desires to be known, the other to work in secret.

Hope Andrews, an aspiring fashion designer, struggles with leaving New York City. But with no job, her parents leaving the country, and an abusive ex-fiancé refusing to accept their broken engagement, Hope doesn’t have much choice but to give in to her parents’ wishes that she live with her cousin in a small rural Wisconsin town indefinitely. Talented Benjamin Greene can’t deny his passion for painting, but guilt over a painful incident in his past keeps him from sharing his gift. Tension thickens between the two over how God-given gifts should be used.

Their mutual passion for art brings Hope and Ben together, but will it also drive them apart?


A small-town school teacher who lost hope of having her own family.

A big-city railroad detective driven to capture his sister’s killer.

And three young orphans who need them both.

Rebecca Hoyt’s one constant was her dedication to her beloved students. Now, a rebellious child could cost her the job she loves. Without her teaching position, what would she do? Detective Jesse Rand prides himself in protecting passengers who ride the railroads. But, when his own sister and brother-in-law are killed by train robbers, the detective blames himself. Yet, another duty calls—he must venture to Riverton where his niece and nephews were left in the care of their beautiful and stubborn teacher, Rebecca Hoyt. They need to mourn and heal, but Jesse is determined to find his sister’s killers. Rebecca is willing to help care for the children, but she also fears getting too close to them—or their handsome uncle—knowing the day will come when he’ll take them back to Chicago.

Will Jesse and Rebecca find a way to open their hearts and work together? Or will they, along with the children, lose out on love?



1. Given the choice of all the entertainers in all the world present and past - You've been invited to a private concert with your favorite entertainer (of any sort). Who is it and what would you look forward to them doing?

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3, If money were no object I'd take them to eat at Idle Isle or Maddox. Both have been around forever!

Hi, Sabrina! What kind of food do those restaurants serve?

umm...American food mostly , Dawn. Maddox serves a nice wild salmon and also has bison beef (I haven't tried yet) and Idle Isle serves the BEST pot roast....soooo good and i am not a big meat eater...lol

I'm a fan of salmon, but I've never tried bison either. LOL! Although, I've heard it's tasty.

My favorite entertainer is Dino.

He came to our church one Christmas and I was able to meet with him, personally.

Hi, Janet! It sounds like Dino really impressed you when you met him. What do you like most about him?

1. I would pick Patsy Cline and listen to her sing and ask her about her life.

Thanks for sharing, Susan! It sounds like you enjoy tunes from the past. That's cool! I like some of the "oldies" myself.

I do like the oldies! :) (Nora, enter me for both, please!)

3. If it had to be my town, I guess it would be the high school. Our town is a one-stoplight town. If we could go to eat, it would be in the neighboring town of Frankenmuth and we would eat at Zehnder's.

Victoria, I grew up in a town so small there wasn't even one stoplight. There are still only a few stop signs! LOL! That town was the inspiration for my historial series. The stories are set back in the early 1900s, when the farming community actually experienced some glory days. 

I have always loved the almost death scene in Brian’s Song.  That is one of my favorite movies.  It always makes me cry.  These books look very good.


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