Shepherd of the Hills

First published in 1907, “The Shepherd of the Hills” is Harold Bell Wright’s mostly fictional tale of people living in the foothills of the Ozarks. The story is principally concerned with the relationship of Grant Matthews, Sr., affectionately known in his community as “Old Matt”, and “The Shepherd of the Hills”, a wise old man who has chosen the peace of the backwoods over the hustle and bustle of the city. The Shepherd is a quiet and mysterious character who is trying to recover from a tragic and troubled past. While his reclusiveness has left him largely isolated from others in the settlement, he earns the love and trust of the Matthews clan, which is one of the most respected families in the community. Set against The Shepherd’s story is also the touching and romantic love affair between the pretty young Samantha Lane and Grant “Young Matt” Matthews, Jr. “The Shepherd of the Hills” has become an enduring and often adapted classic of American literature. It is beloved for its portrayal of the life and death concerns of ordinary people and for its commentary on human weaknesses, the strength of community, and the redemptive power of forgiveness and kindness.

Author: Harold Bell Wright

Stealing the Preacher

On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he’s forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man’s daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he’s haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind–a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna’s outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?

Author: Karen Witemeyer

City Girl (Yellow Rose Trilogy Book #3)

City girl Reagan Sullivan may know her way around New York City, but nothing back East has prepared her for the land of armadillos and tall Texans. Chasing after adventure to blur an unhappy past, the highly independent Reagan has landed a job out West—but quite clearly she is not out to land a husband. When the gentle rancher Cash Rawlings comes into her life, Reagan finds herself intrigued with the man and his faith—but love and commitment are adventures this city girl has vowed never to embark upon.

Will Reagan be able to come to terms with her fragile past and discover a new way of living without fear? And will the faith and peace that belong to so many of her new friends ever enter her own life?

Author: Lori Wick

A Texas Sky (Yellow Rose Trilogy Book #2)

Dakota Rawlings, Texas Ranger, is accustomed to big adventure…but nothing in his work has prepared him for the seemingly easy task of escorting Miss Darvi Wingate to the town of Stillwater and on to Aurora.

Quick-witted, game for anything, and just as passionate about her newfound faith as Dakota is about his, Darvi seems to find trouble under every rock. When she becomes a pawn in one of the biggest rackets in town, she wonders if even a Texas Ranger can get her out of this one. Out here in the West, the stakes are high—for money, for power, and for love…under a Texas sky.

Author: Lori Wick

Every Little Thing About You (Yellow Rose Trilogy Book #1)

The first meeting between Slater Rawlings and Liberty Drake could hardly be called ideal. As acting deputy of Shotgun, Texas, Liberty is simply enforcing the town laws. But Slater, a former Texas Ranger with a restless spirit, is surprised to find himself on the wrong side of the law—and even more shocked to realize it’s a she who is arresting him!

Yet Slater finds himself drawn to the close-knit town, to its strong church family, and especially to the fascinating Deputy Drake. As his heart grows tender toward Liberty, Slater longs to see her turn in her badge. Can Liberty, realizing her awakening feelings for the rugged cowboy, give up her position when so many townspeople have come to rely on her? As Slater and Liberty struggle to understand their own feelings and find common ground in their beliefs, God’s hand gently guides the way in this heartwarming romance.

Author: Lori Wick

Torrent Falls (Troublesome Creek Book #3)

The year is 1888; Copper is a young widow with a baby trying to make a go of the ramshackle farm she received from her father in Troublesome Creek. Copper’s life seems as dilapidated as the farm as she struggles to come to terms with her shattered world. Desperate to rekindle the easy faith she had as a child, she searches for peace and God’s direction in the serenity of the Kentucky mountains. Further complicating her life is a budding romance with John Pelfrey, Copper’s long ago sweetheart. Once sure she could never love again, Copper gives her heart to John only to face betrayal. A skilled midwife, Copper is challenged in many ways as she ministers to the women of eastern Kentucky. Always a believer, Copper still has much to learn as she grows in wisdom and in faith.

Author: Jan Watson

Troublesome Creek Book #1

A charming historical novel set in the late 1800s. Born and raised in the hills of Kentucky, Laura “Copper” Grace loves the wilderness of her home in Troublesome Creek. But when her stepmother threatens to send her away to boarding school to become a lady, Copper faces the possibility of losing everything that is precious to her. Copper must come to terms with her family and discover the true meaning of home. Nothing can drag her off the mountain, until the day she realizes that God has other plans for her life.

Author: Jan Watson

Home to Chicory Lane (Chicory Inn Novels Book #1)

Audrey Whitman’s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey’s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she’s pulling makes it clear she’s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn’s husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

Author: Deborah Raney

Where Shadows Go (The Georgia Trilogy Book 2)

After giving up a career as a British Royal Marine, John Fraser agrees to his wife Anne’s fondest wish: that they return from London to Cannon’s Point, her family’s plantation on St. Simons Island, Georgia. John learns about coastal planting from Anne’s father, Jock Couper, and her brother, James Hamilton, both world-renowned for their agricultural expertise. From day one it’s a struggle for John, for he must not only master the techniques of planting and harvesting, but he must—contrary to his deepest beliefs—become a slave owner. Anne, who grew up surrounded by slaves, comfortably resumes her way of life. As John works hard at settling into his new lifestyle, he and Anne begin to raise a family.

Enter the famous English actress Fanny Kemble Butler, who decides to pay a visit. She makes quite a splash on St. Simons, with her sophisticated ways, her outspoken opinions on the evil of slavery, and her stylish riding costumes. With the dynamic and fiercely abolitionist Fanny to influence her, Anne slowly starts to realize how immoral the Southern institution of slavery is. Reluctant to give up her familiar way of life, she is nonetheless forced to begin to rethink her beliefs—especially when it comes to Eve, her personal slave and best friend. For when tragedy strikes the Fraser family, it is Eve who provides Anne with the comfort and spiritual guidance that enable her to live through her life-shattering ordeal.

Author: Eugenia Price