WWII Is the New Amish

For at least a decade, Amish novels have been the hot genre. I read the Amish fiction of Beverly Lewis, one of the mothers of the genre, and loved the whole series. Soon others joined that effort, which became a trend. Authors who knew nothing of the Amish life were begged by their agents to “write Amish” because those books were selling. Fortunately, they left that genre to others with understanding of the plain life. My dear friend, Leanna Ellis, wrote an Amish vampire book on a dare. It sold, and she wrote a series which sold. Anything Amish was golden.

Starting about two years ago, inspirational authors discovered their World War II novels had a market. Sara Sundin, Cara Putman, and others led out with excellent novels. I had a WWII novel in progress following a dig into my father-in-law’s military history, including a trip to trace his path from the landing in France, battles through Germany, into Holland up to the Russian lines. My novel, completely fictional and in no way reflecting Dad Carver, took a different approach: the protagonist was a young man in Germany with American dual citizenship. His mother was a Christian, a convert from an American Jewish family. His father was a German aristocrat who had maintained the family in Munich even after the US joined in the war. Is that conflict enough to sustain a plot?

Convincing publishers to invest in a book based largely on foreign soil was an enormous challenge, but the book is selling well. Readers insist that I must write more. Take a supporting character, like Karl’s sister, and develop a new plot. Write a series. They want more. Surprised by the book’s popularity, I find myself waffling. A contemporary romance would be so much easier to write. Little research, little suffering through hard years of recent history.

I do have one advantage over many of the WWII writers of today: I was born in 1945, the year the war ended. Newspapers were still full of post-war events as I learned to read. The soldiers rarely spoke of their experiences, but printed stories circulated during my childhood, including discoveries of the Jewish Holocaust. Authors of my age are amused to find that our memories have been assigned to history.

Allow me to finish with an excerpt of A Secret Life, published by Prism Book Group. Here, Karl von Steuben strikes out to find food for the family in wartime Munich:

The roar of two German Army trucks startled Karl from his thoughts. They pulled in front of the store, bracing the line right and left. Soldiers waved their Mauser 98 rifles and dismounted from the cabs and canvas-covered backs before the tires stopped rolling.

There goes the food. He stepped out of line, the urgency to get away spiking his heart rate. These guys were dangerous.

Halt! Get back here. Where do you think you’re going?”

A soldier with several stripes on his uniform grabbed Karl’s shoulder and shoved him toward the back of one of the trucks.

“Show me your Ausweispapier.”

Karl handed over his ID paper. The fellow glanced once, then he slammed it on the clipboard of the other soldier. That man copied the details then pushed Karl against the truck.

Stumbling, he braced against the high floor and found men staring out from benches along the inside walls. The reality of forced conscription stabbed his lungs. They would take him away without a word to his family and send him off to die in a war against his mother’s people and his father’s politics.

“Wait. I have a deferment. Von Steuben Investments manages Reichland funds—”

The kick half-missed its target as Karl turned to explain, to beg, whatever necessary to return home with or without food. His rear end throbbed with pain.

The soldier’s laugh broke from a crack in hell. “Yeah, and my son’s a lawyer but he’s serving. Get in. Now.”

An arm jerked him upward off the street, yanking his shoulder joint hard. Dangling, he scrambled for a foothold, scraping his shins on a metal edge, until he fell into the truck on his stomach at the boots of another soldier. His rifle barrel motioned for Karl to sit with the others. Its bore, aimed at his head, killed any idea of escape.

An older man, fifty or sixty years old, climbed up at gunpoint.

“That’s all. Let’s go.” The guys with the uniform stripes swung into the truck as it lurched.

Shadowed occupants around Karl had to be too young, too old, or too sickly to fight, while his own prime condition made him a sure target. But nabbing him off the street was wrong, just plain wrong.

The older man stared out the back with haunted eyes, his mouth open as if in a silent scream. He slapped a hand over his heart, showing a thin wedding band. A family man. With him gone, they might not have food either.

A boy too young to shave sobbed, tears and slobber running down his face.

Karl held back the sting in his own eyes, blinking hard.

I. Will. Not. Cry.

Biography: Lee Carver is once again failing at retirement. After being born, educated, and married in the United States, she established homes and reared their children in Greece, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Indonesia, Brazil, Spain, and again in Brazil. Her husband Darrel, once a US Navy pilot and then a VP in Citibank’s International Division, took early retirement to be a missionary pilot over the Brazilian Amazon. They now live in a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, where they continue to be involved in missionary aviation.

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Anne Greene Author Interview

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. Moody Press published her first book, Trail of Tears, an American historical. Masquerade Marriage and Marriage By Arrangement, Scottish Historical Romances won awards. A Texas Christmas Mystery also won awards. Elk Lake Publishing contracted two new series. Her Women of Courage Series spotlights heroic women of World War II. The second series is Holly Garden, PI, a detective series. Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Two of her four children live nearby. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one, and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. Anne graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas, Dallas. Her highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Welcome, Anne! To start us off, tell us a little about your writing.
I write Historical Romance and Romantic Suspense. I have two new series releasing: this month my Women of Courage series with Angel With Steel Wings as the first Historical Romance book, and Holly Garden PI Series with Holly Garden, PI, Red Is For Rookie releasing in May. In October two Christmas novellas will release, A Christmas Belle and A Mistletoe Kiss. All can be purchased on Amazon and my website AnneGreeneAuthor.com.

How would you label the overall mood of your stories: dark, gritty, poignant, sensitive, heart-warming, light, witty, humorous, adventurous?
I write adventurous, suspenseful, page-turner, yet heart-warming romance.

What is the name of your latest book?
Angel With Steel Wings and Holly Garden, PI, Red Is For Rookie are my latest books. I’m still working on the two novellas.

ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS is a World War II romance where Steel Magnolias meet Band of Brothers. While doing her part test flying planes, Mandy McCabe escapes her dead-end life in Hangman’s Hollow, Tennessee as a Woman Air Service Pilot, WASP. Can she escape from her past? Major Harvey Applegate lost his wife to the WASP program, and he’s convinced Yankee Doodle Gals have no place flying in the war effort. He determines to protect the remaining ladies by sending them packing back to the home front. Both Mandy and Harvey experience immediate attraction, which increases Harvey’s desire to send Mandy home to safety. Can a man burdened with memories of death undertake added danger? Will their new love survive the test? One love. Two goals. Someone has to give.

Women pilots in WWII? Too cool! What inspired you to write this story?

I’m a WWII buff. The war and its aftermath changed the world especially for women and offered them tremendous opportunities to better their lives. During the years 1941-1945, thousands of women answered the call of duty to help protect our country. Hundreds of these women died because of their service. Angel With Steel Wings tells the story of the women test pilots, WASPs. There were also Army and Navy NURSES, WACS, WAVES, and SPIES. My Women of Courage series will tell these stories. I’m so proud of what these women accomplished.

A sneak peek into what you're working on right now?
I’m working on two delightful novellas. A Christmas Belle is a Mail-Order Bride story about a southern belle forced from her home when the Union burned Atlanta. She agrees to marry a man, sight unseen, to gain a new start, a new life, and a new freedom in the wilds of a Wyoming Gold Mining town. This is one of a twelve-book series called Christmas Mail Order Angels. I’m also working on another series called Mulled Christmas Kisses. My novella, A Mistletoe Kiss tells about Felicity traveling with her father to Oregon Territory to get forty acres of free land. But her father dies. A woman alone cannot take possession of the land, so stranded in Ft. Laramie, she advertises for a groom. It’s a type of Mail-Order Groom story except Felicity interviews the men in person before she chooses a groom.
Groom interviews...Haha! Oh, that sounds like a really fun read! What do you do for a fun break if you find yourself overwhelmed with writing pressures?
I love to travel. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit over twenty-five foreign countries. Some of my other books are set in foreign countries where I’ve spent a good deal of time. Some of my travels were in conjunction with my Special Forces Colonel husband. Angel With Steel Wings has several scenes in England where I spent a lovely time. But when I feel overwhelmed with writing (not often) I just write longer to work through the problem.

Do you blog? If so, leave us the address.
Yes, I have several blogs. I blog the 14th day of every month on http://www.HeroesHeroinesandHistory.blogspot.com. I tell much more about the courageous women of WWII. Twenty-nine other women blog each month and tell about their books and interesting historical facts. It’s a great blog and quite popular. Also I have my own blog, http://www.anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com where I give lessons on how to improve your writing.  Also, you’ll find lots of information at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com. I love to talk with my readers at @TheAnneGreene, my twitter handle and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor

Dry Patches by Jude Urbanski

Hi, everyone! I hope everyone had a Happy Easter! Please welcome author Jude Urbanski. Here's Jude:

Katalina Davidson and Seth Orbin, main characters in my Chronicles of Chanute Crossing Series, and I share a big, dry patch in our lives. We each have lost a spouse. My loss is only weeks old, but the three of us have tried to water and refresh this dry patch in very different ways.

I admit I am still new in the grieving process and miss my husband immensely, but with the help of God, family and friends, I am focusing on good memories of my long years with Conrad. And, I do not grieve without hope of resurrection and I am confident of Conrad’s presence with God. I’m sure my response would be different did I not hold these beliefs.

Anger at God is one common response when loss is experienced, but God has big shoulders. He can take it for He knows loss is universal and grief is evergreen. Who among us has not felt loss or grief?
Kate thought a capricious God had played a cruel trick on her and her grief remained unresolved. She became stuck in anger with God, asking the proverbial question: “Where is God when bad things happen to good people?” Being young in her faith, God’s grace and mercy escaped her. Seth’s deep love almost escaped her also.
At first, Seth, who had lost both his young doctor wife and son, sunk into depression as his response. He asked the same question as Kate, but finally realized it was not his to ask God why, but to accept God’s sovereignty. He probably didn’t realize how wise this choice was, for God always and forever has our back. He is always on the journey with us, even when we don’t feel it or see His answers. Of this I am confident.

Seth had so grown in his faith he knew he could never settle for a wife who did not believe in or love God as he did. He was conflicted about his strong attraction to Kate, yet didn’t want to give up on this beautiful widow and her winsome, little children even though events seemed destined to keep them apart.

Kate, Seth and I had to ask, “How do we reconstruct our lives after loss?” I’m still framing that reconstruction, but through Joy Restored and its sequel Nurtured in Purple, my hero and heroine and all the other amazing characters of my Chanute Crossing series, come off the pages and delight with their diverse stories. They show we can never go beyond the grace and mercy of God.

Natalie, I enjoyed talking with your readers, Blessings on the day to each.
Find more about me or my books at my Amazon author page or at links below:

Jude Urbanski writes women's fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. She invites you to stories of heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God.

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Natalie, here. Wow. What a sweet-spirited testimony of God's grace. Thank you so much, Jude, for allowing God to use you even in the hard times.

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Encouragement for the Waiting: Where Are You Waiting?

"If at first you don't succeed . . . sit down and eat cake." 
~ Elizabeth D. Cornelius

Yes, cake--or, in my case, a bowl of homemade banana pudding (i.e., a mixture of cool whip, vanilla pudding mix, and sweetened condensed milk, layered over wafer cookies and banana slices and chilled overnight). Mmmmhmm.

My reason for eating "cake" (or pudding) is simple:
Originally we were going to talk about waiting "in" Christ in this post, but I got into that during our last Encouragement for the Waiting post. :) Whoops. My bad.

What I was REALLY supposed to talk about in the last EFTW post involved the attributes of God--the One We're Waiting On, but I got sidetracked and got over into my notes for this post when I did that one. Writing at midnight does that to me. I guess that's what I get for procrastination and last minute writing. *deep sigh*

Quick Recap:
As Christians we wait “in Christ.”

Genesis 7:17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

John 3:13 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

John 12:32 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." [Jesus speaking]

The ark is a type of Christ. In the ark, Noah and his family were safe and would escape the coming judgment. When we’re waiting, we need to be sure we’re in Christ. If you’re waiting outside the ark, you’ll drown.

Facing eternity without Jesus means eternity in hell, but He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day, according to the scriptures (I Cor. 15:3-4), to give us hope and an opportunity to escape judgment. In Christ, we are guaranteed mercy and deliverance. Loving God and loving Jesus is more than just a good social move or "fire insurance." It's about knowing God (the God of the Bible, not just our vision of who we'd like God to be) intimately and surrendering to Him with a deep abandon. Being in Christ involves repentance, turning from ourselves and turning to Christ, giving our all to Him because of Who He is and because of His love for us. As a bride expects fidelity of her groom, and he of her, God accepts nothing less from a relationship than unconditional commitment.

Where Are You Waiting This Easter Season?
While we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, let's remember the seasons of waiting revolving around that first resurrection Sunday. The disciples waited, hiding away from Roman soldiers, thinking Jesus had died forever, though he had told them He would rise again. Pilate and his soldiers were waiting, guarding the tomb in case someone came to "carry away the body" during the night. Jesus, in a sense, waited inside the tomb. Even now, we wait for the day to dawn if the service we attend is scheduled at sunrise. If there are egg hunts, the children have to wait to hunt the eggs. Springtime involves waiting, too, with buds and shoots springing up from the dirt and blooming into riotous, cheery displays.

“Even the most beautiful flowers still grow from dirt.” 
(Author Unknown)

Know this, whether you're waiting in a place of hiding because of fear, or if you're just waiting on God to show you when it's time to make a move, or if the place you're waiting feels like nothing but dirt, never forget that if you belong to Jesus and He belongs to You, He holds you in the palm of His hand.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

Coming Up:

I'm so excited about the next six posts in this Encouragement for the Waiting Series, because from here on, we're going to talk about things you can DO while you wait. Active, conscious ways to make the waiting periods of life worthwhile. FUN!!! Join me for these short e-blasts in May as we dig deep and look into personal experiences, quotes and scriptures.

Treats, Rewards, and Celebration!

Do you get "movie cravings?" I do. Someone will reference one of my favorite movies, and I won't get it out of my head until I watch it. Lately, that movie/series is BBC's North & South based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel.

I bought the DVD as a reward (Got it brand new at a super bargain on Ebay! Yay!), not exactly sure what the occasion would be. I've been saving it, thinking I'd watch it when I finished revisions on my second novel manuscript. Then I found out the first pages and synopsis of my second manuscript won first place in the inspirational category of the NTRWA Great Expectations Contest! Fun! Now I have a "real" reason to celebrate. :D

North & South is one film I'm very much looking forward to watching again. I've seen it twice, but it's been a few years. I'm also wanting to watch the Scarlet Pimpernel again--the one starring Anthony Andrews, of course. Someday I'll get around to reading that novel.

Another fun surprise:

Do you know what this is?
I found this gem at a Branson, MO flea market last week. I'd been searching for one for weeks, not wanting to pay full price ($25-30). You know by now I'm a bargain-hunter. :)

This beautiful piece winked at me from one of 25 or so crowded cubicles. The hearts. The subtle, tulip-like thistle. The round shape. I got SO excited! Y'all, I'd been PRAYING I'd find one of these for under $10 bucks. I know, maybe that's a silly prayer, but I can tell you God was listening!

I flipped the mold over, and the price sticker said $20. Bummer. No, wait! Red ink slashed the old price and a new one was written out to the side. $10. Well, all right. I was shooting for under ten, but I guessed a flat ten would work. Right before I left that booth, a big yellow sign flapped at me from one of the shelves, "All items in this booth 40% off."

Y'all, I liked to have slung a fit right there in that flea market cubicle. I got that shortbread mold for 6 measly bucks!!! Do you ever feel like God is just pampering you? (On an almost-totally-unrelated note, I had also been craving kettle corn for a couple weeks, and, on the way home from Branson, we stopped to see some old friends, who happened to give us several bags of HOMEMADE [with sea salt and coconut oil] kettle corn. Talk about spoiled slap rotten!)

I've only ever made shortbread in a flat, rectangle pan, then cut into "fingers" or strips, but I'm eager to try this pan. The design will be so beautiful! For your enjoyment, here is a recipe for the best shortbread I've ever tasted. I modified the recipe from www.eatwell101.com:

Easy Scottish Shortbread Cookies

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of salted butter (125g or 4 1/2 oz.)
A bit more than 1 cup (110g) flour
1/3 cup (55g) cornstarch
5 tbsp (60g) soft brown sugar (plus a tablespoon to finalize)
1/2 teaspoon of salt


Contrary to many shortbread cookies recipes, we will use a cake pan to shape these sticks.

1. Whisk the sugar, salt and butter at room temperature until it gets a smooth and creamy texture, add the cornstarch and beat until absorbed.

2. Add the flour and knead by hand until you get a ball of dough. Don’t overdo it, because the best shortbread cookies offer a raw crumbly texture. By over-kneading, you can make the grain way too thin and tight.

3. Place a sheet of waxed paper in the bottom of a rectangular cake pan. Pack the dough into lined pan well with a glass and prick the dough with a fork, then cut sticks.

4. Bake for about 20 min at 300°f (150°c), the dough should be very lightly browned on the edges.

5. Remove the pan, sprinkle with extra brown sugar, let stand a few minutes. Cut cookies along the lines you made before baking. Us quick, fluttery motions to cut--these cookies are VERY light and crumbly, and shape can be destroyed with a heavy hand. Let cool and enjoy. These easy shortbread cookies will retain several days in a tin--if they last that long!

Tell me:

Have any of you used shortbread molds? Will I have to adjust the baking time for cooking in a stoneware mold vs. a metal pan?

What is your favorite homemade treat of the moment?

Is there an old movie you love and could watch over and over?

If you were shopping at a flea market today, what would you be hunting?

Encouragement for the Waiting: Who Are You Waiting On?

Confession: lately, I've been anxious.

Maybe it's the rainy weather. Maybe it's because I'm getting over one of those colds that last for-ev-ver. Maybe it's because I passed the quarter-century mark recently--there's a little creature in my mind staring at me, holding a sign that says, "If you want to do anything with your life, better get started," while his twin holds one that says, "Are you sure this is the road you want to take?"

Mostly this anxiety comes because some of the greatest writing opportunities I've had so far are before me, the outcome of which is completely up to my handling of them. Some of them are time-sensitive (no pressure or anything). Seems I'm waiting on no one but myself. Which is a strange type of waiting.

I'm one of those people who have a hard time finding the notch between neutral and full throttle. Anybody else out there like that? Overachiever. Type-A. Worrier. Workaholic.

Ever feel like a gerbil on a wheel?

True: the wheel is good for exercise and possibly fun for the gerbil. (Who knows?)

Truer: running faster will not get the gerbil anywhere.

Truest: the gerbil's master will decide when and how and if the gerbil will go anywhere.

Am I sensing a moral here?

Let me see if I can put it another way... Lets use Noah.

Sometimes I wonder if Noah also suffered from being an overachieving, type-A, worry plagued workaholic. He must've learned some serious time management skills, taking on such a long-term project. Then to have all those animals to care for with his family's lives at risk, and the utter ponderosity of knowing you are among the last eight humans living on earth. What would become of them? What if Noah messed up? Like really messed up? Would his family survive?

Inside the ark, while the rain roared, Noah could worry about these terrifying possibilities all he wanted, in between checking on the lions every five minutes to be sure they hadn't gobbled up the wildebeests. But none of these things would help him get off the ark faster. Nothing he did, didn't do, or couldn't do, would take God by surprise.

Now, if Noah was outside the ark, hanging on a peg, THEN maybe he should start to worry. But he wasn't. He was safe inside. Why? Because earlier in the story, he had placed his life and his future in God's capable hands.

The late Dr. Adrian Rogers said:

"I’ve heard people say, 'Pray for us that we’ll hold out faithful to the end.' I think I know what they mean, but I always smile. I picture Noah’s ark, and I can see Noah and his wife and family. Rather than being on the inside, they’re holding on to some slimy pegs on the outside of the ark. And Noah says to Mrs. Noah, 'Honey, pray for me that I’ll hold out faithful to the end.' But God said to Noah, 'Come into the ark,' and the same God that shut the water out, shut Noah in. Now Noah may have fallen down inside that ark, but he never fell out of it. It’s not that we hold on to Him, but that He holds on to us."

What a beautiful picture the ark makes when we think of it this way. In truth, the ark is meant to be a symbol of Christ. If we're in Christ--if we have turned from our sin, forsaken who we were without Him, and turned to Him, embracing His Word--we shouldn't fear the future of our souls, nor the future of our family or friendships or career or church or whatever worries us. 

When we think about it, the outcome isn't depending completely on us. It's up to God. Even if we mess up or have messed up, He's there to put us back on the right path.

This post isn't about shirking responsibility. It's about resting in the knowledge that no matter what you're waiting on, where you're waiting, how long you're asked to wait, or if you are good enough to bring about the desired outcome, God is going to take care of your future. There's such a blessed tranquility available in Him.

Oh, one of those writing opportunities I mentioned earlier? the time-sensitive one I was so worried about completing on time? I got an email yesterday that said, on that particular project, I can take as long as I need. I call that a "GTN." A total God-to-Natalie moment.

In the end, I'm not waiting on myself, another person, or any particular event or happening. In the big picture I'm waiting on God. Sometimes we don’t know why we’re waiting, which is why it’s vital to know Who we’re waiting on.

God is not late. He has not lost touch. He’s not limited. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ~ Phillipians 4:19

Who are you waiting on?

Susan Page Davis Interview + The Outlaw Takes A Bride Giveaway!

Author bio.

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than fifty published novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. Susan lives in western Kentucky with her husband and two youngest children. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of nine. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com

Hi, Susan! For starters, give us a couple sentences describing what you write.

I write Christian fiction, mostly historical romance and contemporary mystery.

How would you label the overall mood of your stories: dark, gritty, poignant, sensitive, heart-warming, light, witty, humorous, adventurous?

Poignant and uplifting, sometimes humorous, and often adventurous.

What is the name of your latest book?

The Outlaw Takes a Bride

A sneak peek into what you're working on right now?

I am doing some revisions on a cozy mystery, but I just wrapped up a romantic novella set in the old West. It’s called The Cowboy Poet and will release in 2016. As soon as the revisions are done, I’ll go back to a project I put aside for a little while: a seafaring adventure that I’m writing with my son.

If you were in your heroine’s shoes when she meets the hero of your story, would you react differently than she? How so?

I am not sure I would cut Johnny as much slack as Sally does.

What do you do for a fun break if you find yourself overwhelmed with writing pressures?

Logic puzzles work for me, as does getting outside for some activity.

Do you blog? If so, leave us the address.

I blog once a month (on the 23rd) on the www.hhhistory.com blog. You can also sign up for my occasional newsletter at: https://madmimi.com/signups/118177/join

Bonus fun questions:

Which is your favorite hot drink to sip while reading? Tea, coffee, hot cocoa, apple cider, wassail or other?  
Black tea. Tetley’s British Blend is a good one.

Book blurb.

In The Outlaw Takes a Bride, Johnny Paynter flees Denver to escape being hanged for a murder he didn’t commit. At his brother Mark’s ranch in Texas, where he thought he could take refuge, he finds his brother dead. Johnny strongly resembles his brother, and the people in town think he is Mark. Reluctantly at first, Johnny assumes Mark’s identity. But what will he do when he learns Mark has been corresponding with a widow in St. Louis? Sally Golding is en route to be a mail-order bride to Mark. Johnny must decide whether or not to go through with the wedding, posing as his brother. But Sally has secrets she's hiding, too. How will a marriage survive with so much deception?

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Let's talk it up:
What do you love best about novels set in Texas?