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. If you could visit a time period for a while, which would it be? What would you like doing?

2. What are some old fashion traditions you have learned about you wish we did today?

3. In your childhood what did you do to express your creativity? Do you enjoy that activity today? If not, what do you do today?

4. Do you know of an interesting event that happened the year you were born? If so, do tell!



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The Korean War began when North Korea invaded South Korea in June. (It was a couple years ago! LOL) 

Yes, it was! 

Thanks for popping in and joining the discussion, Anne!

My father served in the Army during the Korean War, so I have a particular interest in that one. I recently learned that he earned several medals and was on the front lines getting intel. He was close enough to the enemy, that he heard them whispering back and forth. He doesn't talk about the war often, so it was a surprise to find out a role he'd played! Prior to that, he'd only mentioned that he'd driven jeep for a general.

4. Frisbees were developed in 1957, the year I was born.

Ah, frisbees! Do kids still play much with them?

I was born in 1956, so we grew up in the same generation, Victoria.  :-D

I would love it if we brought back afternoon tea - it makes such a lovely break from a breakneck pace in our current world. In college I experienced having tea every afternoon while on choir tour in the British Isles, and it was so refreshing in every way.

Oh, wouldn't that be fun, San?

I've enjoyed going to a cute tea house not far from where I live. It's in an old Victorian house, and everything feels so quaint.

It sounds like you had lovely experiences with tea time while on tour. It's nice to slow down for a bit, isn't it?

As a child I expressed my creativity by writing stories that my friends and I would act out for our classmates. I still write stories,(minus the acting them out part)

Hi, Cindy! One of my childhood friends and I used to act out our own plays too on a stage in the middle of our small town. I now wonder what people thought to see us out there in costume!

 I love that you still create stories. What do you enjoy writing?

1. I would travel back to the 1880s to a wild west town! Meet me a real life cowboy or sheriff.

So, a cowboy or sheriff, eh?

I'm assuming a handsome one, Victoria!  ;-)

I learned to love crochet from my grandmother. I still enjoy crocheting today. Keeps my hands busy while I’m watching TV so that I don’t eat!

Hi, Gail!

I used to crochet, but haven't for years. I did enjoy it, though. I made several large afghans, and then I focused on smaller ones when the babies came along. I've passed them down to my girls for their own little ones.

Good idea to keep the hands busy. I'm tempted to nibble at night while watching TV too!


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