Thorndike Large Print edition
By Kathy Ide, with 17 contributing authors
including Lena Nelson Dooley
Stories that Speak to the
When Jesus walked this earth, He taught most often by
telling stories. We call them parables. Afterward, He explained to His listeners
(or, in some cases, exclusively to His disciples) the parallels and meanings
that could be derived from the story. Fiction and Truth follows this effective
format. Christian authors tell engaging short stories with memorable characters
in fascinating situations.
Following each story is a brief Author s Application in which the writer
suggests how the lessons of the stories can be applied to the reader s daily
By Kathleen Y'Barbo, Lena Nelson Dooley, Vickie
McDonough, Darlene Franklin
Courtships Corral Four Sisters in Texas
Charlsey Ames can ride, rope,
and work the ranch with the best of them. But things don't add up when she finds
herself attracted to accountant Harold Miller III, a citified tenderfoot. Will
he ever see the gentle woman beneath the coating of trail dust.
Sharp-shooting Lucy Ames is thrilled to join Major Paulson's Wild West
Show. But is she setting her sights too high when she begins falling for budding
evangelist Gordon Paulson? Would she be better off aiming for a stable, widowed
Although horse-trainer Sarah Ames is stunned when her pa hires
the part-Mexican Carson Romero to take over her job at the ranch, she gradually
becomes attracted to the drifter. But when cattle go missing, Carson seems the
prime suspect Has Carson stolen Sarah's heart as well as some prime longhorns?
An expert tracker, the plain Bessie Mae Ames resolves to spend her life
taking care of her widowed father. That is until Texas Ranger Josef Mueller
rides back into town, trailing a wanted man. Will the soon-to-be-smitten ranger
find both he and his prey sweet on an unsuspecting Bessie Mae?
these cowgirls be tamed and live to celebrate Christmas romance?
Wild West Christmas appeared on an Amazon
Bestseller list and Barbour bestselling list.
Christmas Love at Lake
By Lena Nelson Dooley, Jeanie Smith Cash, Jean
Kincaid, Jeri Odell
Hits the Slopes at Christmastime
Four young women, fresh
out of college, pursue their careers at a new ski lodge at Lake Tahoe's Incline
Village during the winter season.
Bethany Stillman's resolve to focus on
her RN career falters when she meets paramedic Cole Beckman. Cole wonders how
long it will be before Beth realizes he's to blame for crippling her
grandfather. Can a Christmas miracle forge a path to love and forgiveness?
Social director Scarlett McKaye loves planning things down to the last
detail. But what she didn't count on was having to spurn the bold advances of a
reckless suitor. How far will daredevil Derrick Greene go to cancel Scarlett's
Stephanie St. John is determined to make a go of the
time-share program at Snowbird Lodge. But Darrin Hart seems to be undermining
her efforts, her confidence, and her reputation. Will misunderstanding be
resolved, or will Stephanie succeed in business only to lose at love?
wounded-at-the-heart Michaela Christianssen has chosen a male-free existence.
But her friends and an eleven-year-old girl have other ideas. Widower Jonas
Bradley is content with his life as father and forest ranger, until he finds
himself pining for Michaela. What will it take to fell her oppositions to
Will these four women hear wedding bells chime this
Can You Help Me? And
Nelson Dooley and Yvonne Lehman
The Spinster Brides of
By Lena Nelson Dooley, Jeri Odell, Frances
Devine, Vickie McDonough
Thorndike Large Print
By Lena Nelson Dooley, Lisa Harris, Elizabeth
Romancing America -
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Hearts Are on the
Line in Three Suspenseful Romances
Three modern women’s lives
have been turned upside down. But going home to the Boston area leads them to
encounter both love and danger.
Leiann Hambrick is called home to meet
the grandfather she never knew, but Gerome Mays suspects her of stealing from
the elderly man. Can Leiann forgive those who lied to her—and about
Kayla Marceilo left Boston to heal, only to have her ex-fiancé find
her. But Ty Lawrence’s past still makes loving him a risk. With the danger so
tangible, can Ty every win her trust?
Riley O’Hare gives up her dreams to
run the family’s cranberry farm, and just when she thinks her new life is
peaceful, Zane Baldwyn brings danger to her door. Can they work together to
solve a mystery and save the farm?
Can these three women learn to trust
God and man when uncertainty darkens their lives?
A Barbour Bestseller
The Prairie Romance
Twelve Complete Stories
borders, turning the land, and finding a place in which to live and love defines
the pioneer Heart. Within this unique collection are twelve complete stories of
romance on the American Great Plains penned by twelve different multi-published
After the Harvest by Lynn A. Coleman
Notes by Mary Davis
Mother’s Old Quilt by Lena Nelson
The Tie That Binds by Susan K. Downs
Heart’s Dream by Birdie L. Etchison
The Bride’s Song by Linda
The Barefoot Bride by Linda Goodnight
Schoolmarm by JoAnn A. Grote
The Provider by Cathy Marie
Freedom’s Ring by Judith McCoy Miller
Amanda by Kathleen Paul
Only Believe by Janet
Enjoy history relived through the pioneer’s adventures,
heartaches, challenges, victories, and romance. You are sure to have more than
one favorite to warm your heart and encourage your faith.
By Lena Nelson Dooley, Laurie Alice Eakes, Lisa
Gold Leads to a Treasure Trove of Romance
In the decade following the
Civil War, rumors of gold lost near Browning City, Iowa, lead three couples on
quests for treasure.
Constance Miller’s father’s dying request sends her
on a manhunt. Once in Iowa, local blacksmith Hans Van de Kieft shadows her every
step. Will Constance find more than she bargained for in riches of the
Among a family famous for their heroics, Tara Young seeks the
chance to make a name for herself recovering the gold cache. Government agent
Aaron Jefferson is on a similar mission. Can they work together, or will the
prize remain elusive to them both?
Lily Reese can’t wait to leave her
boring town—until Ben Purcell arrives, looking to set down his roots. When
stories of treasure sweep them both into a whirlwind of danger, will they each
have to give up their dreams to reap a reward?
Can the little town of
Browning City handle so much excitement? Will it relinquish its treasure or
reveal it in matters of the heart?
By Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley,
Darlene Franklin, Tamela Hancock Murray
Love Arrives with a Blizzard
Thalia Bloom’s Christmas Party on December 3, 1913, is the talk of
Denver, but no one dreams the gently falling snow will continue six days and
accumulate nearly four feet.
Fires of Love by Tamela Hancock
Thalia Bloom looks forward to her party, except for seeing
heartbreaker Maximilian Newbolt. Sparks fly between them. Maximilian is waylaid
by an allergy to a strawberry and rhubarb tart, and illness means he must
linger. Aunt Dorcas is even unhappier than Maximilian, discouraging any newfound
love between the couple. Has God used a fruit tart to free this couple from the
bondage of fears and insecurities so they can find true happiness in
The Best Medicine by Lena Nelson
When Thomas Stanton shows up at the holiday party of Rose
Fletcher’s best friend, his appearance reminds Rose of the infatuation she felt
for him when he worked on her father’s ranch. Although her heart wants to
continue those long ago feelings, her mind remembers that he doesn’t share her
faith in God. Thomas can’t understand why rose seems so standoffish. Will it
take God’s intervention to show these two people just what He has planned all
Almost Home by Susan Page Davis
leaves Thalia’s party and heads for home at her uncle’s ranch. Her ride is
sidelined by the blizzard. A chance meeting with Jared Booker, an old friend,
prompts Patricia to beg for a lift. They set out on horseback and become
snowbound in a shack for two days with an outspoken midwife and their past. Can
they rekindle their old camaraderie and see it transform into lasting
Dressed in Scarlet by Darlene Franklin
Daire, a rich young heiress, has an automobile accident on the way home from
Thalia’s holiday party and finds herself snowed in with other guests at the
Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. Fabrizio Ricci, the mechanic who fixes her
motorcar, is also snowbound at the hotel. Can these two people from the opposite
ends of the social spectrum find true love?
If they live through the
storm, will love be there to greet each young woman on Christmas
Christmas was on the CBD Bestseller list.
Colorado Christmas was on the Barbour Bestseller
Christmas is in an Amazon Bestseller list.
Who Am I?
1 in Massachusetts contemporary series
Leiann has been lied to her entire
Leiann Hambrick was settled into a comfortable life as a Texas
schoolteacher. . .but then her mother dies and her world is turned upside down.
A letter Leiann receives causes her to question her very identity. What will she
learn when she goes to Boston to meet the grandfather she nas never
Gerome Mays has discovered that someone is stealing from his
wealthy stepfather. When Leiann shows up claiming to be his stepfather’s
long-lost granddaughter, Gerome wonders if she’s involved. But as his attraction
for her grows, unexplained accidents lead Gerome to a more sinister
Will Leiann learn to forgive those who lied to her and find her
true identity in the Lord? Can Gerome save Leiann’s life and his stepfather’s
Year Life Verse Devotional
Compiled by Jay K.
Lena was privileged to be
included in this devotional book containing scriptures from 364 other people.
Some of them are well-known, some are not. This would make a wonderful gift or
choice for a personal devotional.
By Lena Nelson Dooley, Lisa Harris, Debby
Mayne, Kim Vogel Sawyer
Love Comes in Unexpected
Four childhood friends from Mistletoe, Montana, made a pact to
find true love by their twenty-eighth Christmas. As the deadline looms, each
woman keeps busy with expanding careers and experiences that threaten to douse
their Christmas spirit – as well as their chances for
Christmas Confusion by Lena Nelson
Lori Compton, mayor of Mistletoe, needs ideas for ways to
prop up the sagging economy. After having her heart broken by the former pastor,
she doesn’t want to spend time with the new pastor. Rev. Russell Brown has
plenty of ideas, even one that includes his spending the rest of his life with
the beautiful mayor. Will Lori be able to move beyond her hurts and recognize
God’s intentions for the future of the town – and for her own
Return to Mistletoe by Debby Mayne
assumes Frank is the man she’ll marry, until her old flame, Anthony Carson,
arrives in town on business. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but she
doesn’t want her heart to be broken again. Anthony has a reputation for not
staying in one place for long. Deanna loves Mistletoe and wants to protect not
only her heart but the place she loves from people who only care about the
bottom line. Will Anthony ever convince Deanna that he’s serious about loving
her and making Mistletoe his permanent home?
Under the Mistletoe
by Lisa Harris
When Madison Graham leaves the quaint town of Mistletoe
for New York City to buy products for her year-round Christmas store, Under the
Mistletoe, she’s positive she has met her man. Albert Kendall is everything
she’s ever dreamed of: successful, good-looking, and well off. But is worldly
success really what she’s looking for in a man, or have the bright lights of the
city so blinded her that she’s forgotten the real meaning of
All I Want for Christmas Is. . .You by Kim Vogel
When Kathy Morgan returns to her childhood home of Mistletoe for a
stroll down memory lane before accepting the marriage proposal of her
business-partner boyfriend, she doesn’t expect to have her world turned upside
down. But local postman Erik Hoffman ends up delivering more than mail – he
delivers the disturbing message that Kathy needs to get her heart back in order
with her Savior. Although Kathy resists Erik’s advice at first, she slowly comes
to realize he’s right – what she need most for Christmas isn’t a husband; it’s
When Romance Arrives in Unexpected Packages, will Each Woman Be Able
to Accept the Gift?
Mistletoe has appeared on the CBD bestseller list and Barbour
Publishing bestseller list.
By Janet Benrey, Ron
Benrey, Lena Nelson Dooley, Yvonne Lehman
“Love connection, aisle 8. . .” Brianna Griffith Needs to deal
with ugly wallpaper in her new office, so she signs up for a how-to course at
her local Home & Hearth Superstore. She never expected to run into Zach
Wilson, an old flame from her college days. Will her bad decisions be fixed as
easily as the wallpaper?
Kaitlyn Ferrer, an investigative reporter for
Blue Ridge Sun, is writing an undercover story on the dating scene at
the H&H. Her half-hearted efforts accelerate when she meets dashing Chris
Taylor, who is also working “under cover.” It will take more than good words for
these two clandestine overachievers to build an honest relationship.
Valerie Bradford asks a Home & Hearth employee for assistance, she doesn’t
guess that she will get more than she bargained for. Austin Hodges can’t believe
what the feisty blond woman plans to accomplish by herself. Because of his
profession, he knows hoe much help she needs, but for right now, his advice will
have to do. Can God lead them through the misunderstandings they encounter
toward a bright future together?
Gary Andrews works security at the
H&H when Janice Jones begins working in the flowers and plants department.
Soon her activities become suspect. He can have her arrested or try to save her
from a life of crime when personal feelings and moral responsibility become
entangled. This Carolina superstore is buzzing with romance, but will love find
a firm foundation to build upon?
The Spinster Brides of
By Frances Devine, Lena Nelson Dooley, Vickie
McDonough, Jeri Odell
The Cactus Corner singles scene is shrinking. . . .
Many were unmarried by choice, others by circumstances, but single women living
the 1800s carried the unfortunate label of “spinsters.” Once branded, can a
spinster find love?
India Cunningham is happy running the ranch her
father left her when a man she doesn’t remember from her childhood arrives to
help her. Can she trust Joshua Dillinger, or is he there to steal her land?
Lawyer Anika Windsor is pitted against her first and only love, law
school beau Tucker Truesdale. Can these two opposites find true and lasting
love, or will their differences keep them apart forever?
has dedicated her life to caring for orphaned children and has no desire for a
husband. But when new doctor Dan Murray comes to town, he changes her world. Can
he also change her heart?
Jody McMillan is determined to raise enough money
to buy a vacant property to expand the overcrowded orphanage. Unknown to her,
Aaron Garrett has already bought the lot.
Can they come to an
agreement? Or will both lose what they want, including the one they love?
My novella in this collection, The Spinster and the Cowboy,wais a finalist
in the ACFW Book of the Year contest.
novella in this collection, The Spinster and the
Cowboy,was a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year contest.
The Spinster Brides of Cactus
Corner received 3 stars from Romantic
By Lena Nelson Dooley
Constance Miller is on a mission As
he lies dying, Constance’s father asks her to seek out a troubled friend of his
from the war and tell him about God’s love. Although she would rather stay with
those she has known all her life, Constance obeys her father’s wishes. She
leaves her home in the mountains of Arkansas on a quest to find Jim Mitchell,
reportedly living in Iowa. Constance soon discovers that locating Jim will not
be as easy as she had hoped, especially if she wants to avoid raising suspicions
among the townsfolk of Browning City. And for reasons that escape her, the local
blacksmith, Hans Van de Kieft, seems to take her on as his special concern,
shadowing her every step.
Will Constance find Jim, or will her quest
lead her instead to a destiny prepared by her heavenly Father, on that she would
have never envisioned on her own?
“He that handleth a matter wisely
shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.” — Proverbs 16:20
A Daughter's Quest is
a 2007 Book of the Year finalist at American Christian Fiction
By Lena Nelson
Charlotte Will Never Love
When Charlotte Halloran’s husband was
killed by a drunk driver, her heart died, too. Now, one year later, Charlotte
and her teenaged daughter are boarding a cruise ship to take their minds off
their loss. But when the Pearl of the Ocean’s captain catches her eye,
Charlotte wonders if “never” was God’s idea or–hers.
Captain Gareth Van
den Hout knows the pain of losing love. Three years ago, he lost his precious
wife to cancer. His time aboard the cruise ship created a chasm of secrets
between them, and he’s vowed it will never happen again. But when he sees
Charlotte, Gareth is compelled to risk his heart and get to know the petite,
black-haired beauty, even if only for a short time.
Could the Lord have
plans to heal and unite two broken hearts convinced “never” is
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not
perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
— Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
Never was selected by the Heartsong Reader Poll as the #6 Favorite
Contemporary Heartsong in 2006.
By Lena Nelson
Dooley, Pamela Griffin, Rachel Hauck, and Lynette Sowell
Fury Can’t Stop Love
Severe weather disrupts four weddings
with the worst nature has to offer. Will the couples survive the emotional
turbulence brewing with the storms?
Christine Dailey’s perfect wedding is
threatened when the worst snowstorm in years hits Minnesota. Can Christine trust
God to take care of them and get them to the church on time?
strikes and you’re out. The morning of a third attempt at a ceremony, Dale’s
best man takes him out chasing a tornado. Is Marie’s dream wedding about to be
An august hurricane targets Florida, and Allie Seton’s
dream wedding swirls into a full-blown nightmare. And worse yet, her fiancé,
Kyle Landon is stranded in New York City. Will Allie learn to lean on God in the
midst of chaos? Will Kyle get home in time for the wedding?
ignites a wildfire that threatens beautiful Settler Lake, California. On Luke
and Krista’s wedding day, the wind changes and the couple lands in danger Will
they trust God to be an ever-present help in their time of trouble?
Is Four Stories
of Swedes Who Find Romance in Their New
Minnesota Brothers contains four
complete romantic novels in one volume: The Other Brother, His Brother’s
Castoff, Double Deception, and Gerda’s Lawman. Readers will also
enjoy reading a letter from the author where she shares more of her life with
Love Sets Down Roots
The Nilsson family of
Sweden has decided to settle in Minnesota, where each of the brothers seeks a
When Lars suddenly elopes, Gustaf is left to meet his younger
brother’s original fiancée at the ship and explain his brother’s absence to her.
Could God have designed all along for these two to be together?
admires his older brother Gustaf, but perhaps not enough to accept his castoff
for a wife. Can Anna Jensen recover from the death of a fiancé and the marriage
of another beau in order to see August as more than just a friend?
and Ollie are both fascinated by a mysterious young woman who has come to
town–thought she is good at eluding their affections. Will Rissa Le Blanc drive
a wedge between the brothers?
Gerda Nilsson envies her brothers’ wives,
but there has been no romance for her–until a tight-lipped cowboy rides into
town. Will Gerda trust her fanciful heart or lean on her faith to guide
Experienve an immigrant family’s adaptation to a new home as each
sibling searches for acceptance, fulfillment, faith, and love.
Is there any way to escape from a pirate ship?
Angelina de la Fuente Delgado, the pampered daughter of a wealthy
merchant, is on her way home from a trip to Spain when her ship is attacked by
pirates. The brigands capture her and her aunt and steal all the merchandise on
the ship. After forcing most of the crew to walk the plank, they sink the vessel
into the Atlantic. Brian O’Doule, who is secretly in love with Angelina, is also
kidnapped by the pirates. Driven by feelings of guilt for not preventing the
disaster, he does everything in his power to protect the women and to find a way
for them all to escape. Will Angelina ever see her home and her beloved father
again? Or will she be forced to marry the fierce pirate captain, Etienne
Prize was given the Craig Hart Reviewer’s Choice Award for
November, the only mass market book to ever receive this
Prize was selected by the Heartsong Reader Poll as the #4 Favorite
Historical Heartsong in 2005.
The cover for
Pirate’s Prize was voted the favorite historical cover
in the Heartsong Reader Poll in 2005.
Prize was a featured choice by the American Christian Fiction
Writers Book Club.
Frank Daggett is on a mission. . .
Years spent tracking a swindler and his daughter have cost Frank
dearly in time and money. When his search leads to Litchfield, Minnesota, the
former U.S. Marshal finds more than he bargained for—in the form of his quarry
and Gerda Nilsson.
Gerda, surrounded by happy couples, is entranced by
the intense blue-eyed gaze of an unknown cowboy. But several misunderstandings
cause her to become wary of his intentions—and his spiritual
Has this unsaved lawman captured Gerda’s heart, or will the
Lord deliver her from the temptation of Frank’s presence? What will it take for
Frank to win this lovely lady and become Gerda’s
Fabric Binds Family Through the Generations
As long as women have sewed, there have been boxes of scraps and
recycled garments in their homes. The women of the Collins family have such a
treasure box, which down through time is opened by:
Bridget, free as the
wind on the Dakota prairie, who may have found love in the form of a sedate
minister. Will making her own wedding dress prove to be her undoing?
Marry for Love by Janet Spaeth
suddenly finds herself all alone in the world. Can she find healing for her
broken heart in restoring a quilt for the new railroad stationmaster?
Mother’s Old Quilt by Lena Nelson Dooley
who struggles even to clothe her son during World War II. Should she trust the
stranger who befriends her boy, in spite of rumors surrounding the man?
The Coat by Tracey V. Bateman with Frances Devine
Colleen, who believes love has reentered her life–only to have her hopes
dashed by scandal. Could the scrapbook she assembles from bits of fabric help to
piece her faith back together as well? Love of a
Lifetime by Rhonda Gibson
In the scrap box, each woman
finds lessons passed on from her ancestors–vital bits of history, pieced
together with love, bound by threads of faith.
Scraps of Love was on the CBD
Bestseller list for five months in 2004 and 2005.
It has also appeared numerous times on two different
bestseller lists on Amazon.com.
Scraps of Love received 3 stars
from Romantic Times magazine.
Rissa lives a double life.
Since her mother died, Rissa’s stepfather, Pierre Le Blanc, has been
her guardian. She hates the life they lead—always traveling from one place to
the other—and longs for a way to escape. She has no hope—until they arrive in
Litchfield, Minnesota. Friendship with some of the townspeople gives her a
glimpse of what life can be like.
Lowell and Ollie Jenson are brothers as
well as best friends, working side-by-side on their father’s horse farm. When
they become interested in the same women—Rissa Le Blanc—a wedge is driven
between them. Her attention, swinging from brother to brother, only worsens the
Can Lowell or Ollie help Rissa escape her emotional prison? Will
the brothers find healing for the rift between them and allow God to work His
will in their lives?
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he
hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recoving of sight to
the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:18)
Anna Jenson’s love isn’t enough.
Of that, she’s certain. After all, with one former beau married and
another dead, Anna knows there must be something wrong with her. She busies
herself with dressmaking, hoping her pain will diminish in time.
Nilsson is consumed with envy for his older brother. Gustaf has everything
August ever wanted—a wife, a child, and a home. And before it all, Gustaf had
courted Anna—the same woman who captured August’s heart upon his arrival in
Will these two allow the Lord to speak truth into their
hearts? Will August be able to overcome his feelings of inferiority to Gustaf?
Will Anna ever see herself through August’s eyes, instead of believing herself
to be merely his brother’s castoff?
“All the paths of the Lord are
mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.” (Psalm
Castoff was awarded second place in the 2004 ACRW Book of the Year
Castoff was selected by the Heartsong Reader Poll as the #6
Favorite Historical Heartsong in 2004.
Brother is one of the novels appearing in Crossings Book Club’s
new Heaven Sent series volume titled Cross My Heart.
http://www.crossings.com/ It is also
available through Doubleday Book Club and Rhapsody Romance Book Club. Also
available at: http://www.amazon.com/
Promises broken and hearts left bare. . .
Olina Sandsrtom is traveling to America to marry her fiance. In her
heart, she carries a secret that stands like an insurmountable wall between her
and God. Gustaf Nilsson is an eldest son, expected to correct the problems his
younger brother creates. It’s not a role he enjoys, and the mission his is on
now is the most odious he has ever had. When these two lives collide, will Olina
and Gustaf seed that God’s hand has brought them together? Will they let Him
lead them both to the better life He planned for them all along?
“A man’s heart deviseth his way; but the LORD directeth his steps”
Brother was selected by the Heartsong Reader Poll as the #9
Favorite Historical Heartsong in 2002.
Home to Her
Home to Her Heart
was first published by Heartsong Presents in 1992. When it went out of print, it
was a featured book on the Storybook Series web site.