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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We live in an old Mill town. The railroad still runs through so would love for friends to see the history here and enjoy a good southern meal at a local buffet .

Hi, Cathy! 

Since I write historical romance, I love visiting towns that have an interesting history to share.  Your town sounds like a place I'd enjoy!

Denzel Washington - I love the fact that he's a believer and I would love to talk to him about his faith, his values and how he's stayed true to them being a successful Hollywood actor.  I also love his movies and the roles he plays, so I'm sure I would compliment him about those as well.  :) 

Thank you for this opportunity to win the quilt and the really interesting book series - sounds like a series I would devour.

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Cheri Swalwell

Hi, Cheri!

I'm so glad that my series appeals to you!

I'm a Denzel Washington fan too. I have a great deal of respect for him; he seems to have a lot of integrity.  And I've enjoyed all of his movies. I really don't think I could pick a favorite!

It would be Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany. I fell in love with one of his songs from the Barilla commercial. There is something about his voice. If I was married I would want to be there with my husband.

You sound like a true romantic, Sonnetta!

Andrea has an amazing voice, and I've always wanted to visit Tuscany, so I'm in total agreement with you there!

Hi, Deana!

Interesting choice! I actually saw Amy Grant in concert back in 1979-1980 - somewhere around that time. She'd released "My Father's Eyes," and was just becoming known. She came out on stage (barefoot) at a Jesus People church in Minneapolis, sat on a stool, and sang with just her guitar as accompaniment. Boy, have things changed over the years! But, she was so sincere and sang so beautifully, that I became an immediate fan.

I'm still a fan.

It would be amazing to chat with her and find out how she's dealt with all the criticism regarding her divorce, etc. over the years. Reality - people are human. And no one knows what really goes on in someone's life. Unfortunately, too many people are ready to judge others.

I live in a small town that used to hold the record for highest number of churches per capita.  It's quaint and beautiful.  Many lovely shops and places to eat all around.  I would take my friends to The Mill which serves higher end pub food that is amazingly unique and tasty.

Terrill, your town sounds lovely and just the kind of place I'd love to visit and explore.

I would pick Van Cliburn.  I could listen to him play the piano forever.  When I was a teenager I heard him play 

with the Philadelphia orchestra and I absolutely loved it.  

Another fan of classical music! I enjoy piano music, too, Faith. I took ten years of piano lessons from early elementary school through high school. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to keep up my skills, but I still appreciate hearing talented people play.

I would take visitors to the state capitol building, Barton Springs Pool, Mount Bonnell, The Bob Bullock State History Museum, and Hamilton Pool.  We would have lunch at The Salt Lick and dinner at The Oasis simply for the sunset views.


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