The Marshal and the Heiress by Isabella Kole
Marshal Luke Prescott has searched for his young bride’s murderer for five long years to no avail. When feisty heiress, Clarissa Birmingham, breezes into his town, he finds himself drawn to her, exasperating as she may be. Headstrong and impetuous, the young beauty quickly learns she will heed Luke’s warnings or she will pay the price. But when Clarissa’s long-lost older brother is arrested after a drunken brawl, it is revealed he knows who murdered Luke’s wife. Clarissa finds out that her impetuous ways lead her into a danger she may never recover from. Will Luke be able to save her before he loses another love?
The Prodigal’s Path by Hope Kesler
For independent-minded Amish woman Birdie Troyer, moving with her husband Caleb to his home community of Twin Oaks is taking some getting used to.
Caleb has only told his parents, Hannah and John, part of the story about his new wife. They know she joined the church after leaving for rumpsringa, but Caleb has decided that they not be told that his wife joined under duress. To him it doesn’t matter; he knows Birdie to be faithful. But would his conservative parents – especially is overbearing mother – understand.
Then a painful crisis for the couple coincides with another surprise – the unexpected homecoming of Caleb’s brother, Benjamin, whose rejection of the faith had left him a shunned outsider.
Now Benjamin wants to come back, and as the community prepares to pave the way for his repentance, Caleb finds himself dealing with deep resentment towards a brother he does not believe is sincere. And as Birdie struggles to come to terms with a personal loss, she must also unravel the true source of her husband’s hostility towards his younger brother.
Can a fractured family dealing with hurt and old secrets find its way back to unity? Or will unspoken hurts build a wall that threatens to divide Birdie from the man she loves?
Although “The Prodigal’s Path” is not an erotic work, its traditional themes will no doubt still appeal to readers who appreciate an old-fashioned romance set against the backdrop of a simpler culture, and the author is pleased to write something that you can show to your mother when she asks, “What are you reading, dear?”