The Rails to Love Romance Collection: 9 Historical Love Stories Set Along the Transcontinental Railroad

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Courage and Romance Rides the Historic Transcontinental Railroad
9 Historical Romances Under a Beautiful Cover to Treasure

Journey the Transcontinental Railroad along with nine unlikely couples who encounter all the dangers and disappointments of traveling the rails in the late 1800s. From sight-seeing excursions to transports toward new lives, from orphan trains to circus trains, can romances develop into blazing love in a world of cold, hard steel?

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ISBN-13: 9781683220329
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 90,533
File size: 2 MB

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Christian author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances about women choosing to challenge their fears to become the strong women God intends. Author of A Mind of Her Own, A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended We’re Pureed, a Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Sign up for her newsletter and get free stuff.

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels and half a dozen novellas, including Jeremy and Esther’s story, The Christmas Star Bride, and Waiting for Spring, which tells Madame Charlotte’s story. Although she grew up in the East, a few years ago Amanda and her high school sweetheart husband fulfilled a lifelong dream and are now living in Cheyenne. In addition to writing, Amanda enjoys traveling and sharing parts of her adopted home with readers in her Wednesday in Wyoming blog. One of Amanda’s greatest pleasures is hearing from readers, and so she invites you to find her online at
Lisa Carter and her family make their home in North Carolina. In addition to "Mule Dazed," she is the author of seven romantic suspense novels and a contemporary Coast Guard romantic series. When she isn't writing, Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales, teaching writing workshops, and researching her next exotic adventure. She has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball. She loves to hear from readers and you can connect with Lisa at

RAMONA K. CECIL is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. Now empty nesters, she and her husband make their home in Indiana. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers Indiana Chapter, her work has won awards in a number of inspirational writing contests. Over eighty of her inspirational verses have been published on a wide array of items for the Christian gift market. She enjoys a speaking ministry, sharing her journey to publication while encouraging aspiring writers. When not writing, her hobbies include reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.

LYNN A. COLEMAN is an award winning and bestselling author of Key West and other books. She began her writing and speaking career with how to utilize the Internet. Since October 1998, when her first fiction novel sold she's sold 38 books and novellas. Lynn is also the founder of American Christian Fiction Writers Inc. and served as the group's first president for two years and two years on the Advisory Board. One of her primary reasons for starting ACFW was to help writers to develop their writing skills and to encourage others to go deeper in their relationship with God. "God has given me a gift, but it is my responsibility to develop that gift."  Some of her other interests are photography, camping, cooking, and boating. Having grown up on Martha’s Vineyard, she finds water to be very exciting and soothing. She can sit and watch the waves for hours. If time permitted she would like to travel.  She makes her home in Keystone Heights, Florida, where her husband of 42 years serves as pastor of Friendship Bible Church. Together they are blessed with three children, two living and one in glory, and eight grandchildren.

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.  You can visit her online at and subscribe to her newsletters at
KIM VOGEL SAWYER, a Kansas resident, is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, writer, speaker, and lover of cats and chocolate. From the time she was a very little girl, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and seeing her words in print is the culmination of a lifelong dream. Kim relishes her time with family and friends, and stays active in her church by teaching adult Sunday school, singing in the choir, and being a "ding-a-ling" (playing in the bell choir). In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy.

CONNIE STEVENS lives with her husband of forty-plus years in north Georgia, within sight of her beloved mountains. She and her husband are both active in a variety of ministries at their church. A lifelong reader, Connie began creating stories by the time she was ten. Her office manager and writing muse is a cat, but she’s never more than a phone call or email away from her critique partners. She enjoys gardening and quilting, but one of her favorite pastimes is browsing antique shops where story ideas often take root in her imagination. Connie has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers since 2000.

Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and their two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.

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The Rails to Love

Romance Collection

By Amanda Cabot, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Lisa Carter, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Susanne Dietze, Connie Stevens, Liz Tolsma

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2016 Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-68322-032-9



Topeka, Kansas

The string quartet Mary Owen's father had hired for her small birthday dinner played in the background. The receiving line thinned to a few more single men waiting for an introduction.

She'd been pleasant to each of them, asking a question to judge their excitement for adventure. None would go west, even to visit, and one thought riding the trolley thrilling.

She planned on repeating the responses to her father in the morning. Proving that she had indeed attempted to find someone interesting enough to consider marrying.

"William Crossen."

Her father shook the man's hand.

"My father is a friend of Mr. Wagner."

"Yes, he told me you might be attending. Let me introduce you to my daughter, Miss Owen."

"Charmed, Mr. —"

"Wy — William Crossen, Miss Owen."

"Thank you, I've met so many for the first time tonight. Tell me, what do you think about traveling to Africa?"

"I haven't considered it. Are you planning a trip?"

His eyebrows scrunched. He didn't care for her question. She almost sighed but held back. One more handsome gentleman, but not one who would gallop beside her up a mountain or blaze trails through a forest. "Not at the moment, but asking questions helps me remember to whom I've spoken."

Attending and trying, as her father requested, to find someone she might marry was the only way he'd allow her to go with Aunt Cora on a small adventure. Even now, she had yet to see the tickets. She would get them at breakfast, if Father felt she held up her end of this event.

And she had. The gloves riding her arms up to her elbows begged to be unbuttoned, slid off, and tucked away. The dress, a breathtaking wonder Father ordered from Paris for her, held her tight at the waist. Did Queen Victoria feel like this? Bound to responsibility with cloth and silk?

Would her mother, if she had lived, understand how much Mary wanted to be like Aunt Cora? Or would Mother have trained Mary to be like her, a lady at all times, content in the life she lived?

Aunt Cora, her father's sister, bounced in and out of Mary's life with her exciting travel tales and trunks full of exotic trinkets and clothing. Her spinster life intrigued Mary.

"All you need is one, Mo." Father whispered in her ear, startling her. "Marry, and you'll be taken care of forever."

"You promised not to call me that." Mo, the nickname he used when trying to get her to follow his chosen path, his clear intention tonight. He'd combined the initials of her first and last names to get it when she fussed about not having a middle name like her friends. The problem arose when she wanted to go a different direction from his. And she did.

"I sense you are not present in your mind tonight. Why is it so difficult for you to think of being married? I'm to blame for not giving you another mother."

"Father, you say that, and yet you aren't married. Perhaps marriage isn't as wonderful as you wish me to believe."

"What you don't remember is the joy I shared with your mother. That is what I wish for you, dearest. I haven't found another who could outshine her. It wouldn't be fair to marry someone I couldn't love as much as my dear wife."

"Maybe that is my problem as well. You've made your marriage to Mother sound so perfect that I want the same. I want to love someone who loves adventure and doesn't intend for me to wed, live, and die in the same home. He isn't in this room. I wonder if he exists."

"You promised me after this trip, this adventure, you will accept someone." He gave her arm a gentle squeeze. "You will understand so much more when you have children, the need to protect them."

She met his eyes, surprised to see a bit of moisture in the corners. "I said I would try. Please, can we enjoy my birthday together? I dislike being at odds with you. Especially as you will be leaving for New York in a few days and I will be off on my grand adventure."

"You need to take care of Aunt Cora as well. That's why I'm letting you go. I'm afraid she'll skip meals and something will happen to her. Well, that's not a cheerful thought, nor is this evening turning out the way I'd hoped. We should have held this at home, with your friends."

"I see them often enough. Besides, it feels as if you've already paraded every marriageable male in St. Louis and Topeka in front of me."

"And none of them, not even one, interested you a little, Mo?" Her father led her to the dining room.

"None, Father. They were all content to stay where they were, no desire to see the world. And shallow. It's all about how they will work in the family business. If I become a missionary nun, at least I'll go places and work with God."

"You could work with a husband, help him in his career by making sure his home is run in a timely and efficient manner."

"Father, you can't be saying that as if you mean it. If you felt a wife's role crucial to a man's career, you would have remarried despite your declaration of how much you loved my mother."

"Maybe tonight will be different."

Topeka was worlds away from her life in St. Louis. In a few days, she would be on a train with Aunt Cora. Sent away again, but this time by her own choice.

* * *

Wyatt recognized the glassy look in Miss Owen's eyes. Had she met too many people? Or perhaps, like him, she wanted to be elsewhere? At least being a male, he had more choices than to be paraded in front of wealthy men seeking a wife.

Potted plants hugged the corners along with a few women who seemed to wear a cloak of invisibility that kept most suitors from seeing them. Was it intentional? Could there be women who didn't want to marry? The question Miss Owen asked him about Africa intrigued him, as it was far from the usual conversations he'd had in receiving lines.

Maybe he'd find a story here if he stuck it out through the evening.

* * *

Mary's heels felt the bite of the too-tight tapestry shoes. They matched the green in her dress, and she'd been so sure they would loosen as the night went on. Her mistake now had her sitting alone next to a potted tree. Her shoulders relaxed as she took in the occupants of the room, the unmarried women huddled together, chirping like birds, probably hoping one of the eligibles would single them out. Hiding by the tree worked to her advantage.

"— leaving Sunday on the Pueblo Excursion train." A male voice with a touch of excitement continued. "Should be quite the adventure."

She caught the words and held them close. Did Father have anything to do with this?


As Mary approached the dining room the next morning, Aunt Cora's voice drifted down the hall. When she heard her name, she paused to listen.

"If you don't let Mary go, you'll drive her to the jungles in Africa."

"Why would you think that, Cora?"

"Have you not paid any attention to your daughter these past two years? She reads those missionary magazines over and over."

"It's a passing fancy. Saving the world is nothing more than a fantasy. Once she marries and has children of her own —"

Mary wanted to rush in and explain that it wasn't a childhood dream, but she held back.

"What if she doesn't?"

"Last night she might have met someone. I saw her chatting with a few men who would make decent husbands."

"By your standards. What if she wants to marry for love? Have you even asked her?"

"Nonsense. We've discussed her need to marry. Love hasn't come into the conversation. She doesn't have to live the way you do, Cora."

"Brother, that's incorrect and you know it. You know why I chose this life. You might as well put her on a ship to Africa tomorrow if you aren't going to let her go with me on this excursion."

"Cora —"

"No, I don't want to hear your excuses. When a telegram arrives saying she has been eaten by cannibals or lost her leg because of a snake bite, remember you could have prevented it."

Cannibals! Mary covered her mouth.

* * *

Squaring her shoulders and preparing for battle, Mary entered the dining room. Aunt Cora sat across from Father.

"We didn't wait for you, dear. We thought you might sleep in this morning after last night's event."

"The pancakes and sausage are quite good, Mo." Her father pushed back in his chair. "I've had a few too many."

Mary filled her plate from the buffet. She had to go on this trip. If she built on what Aunt Cora said about being a missionary, it might sway her father.

At the table, her father stood and pulled out her chair. "Your aunt and I were discussing the trip."

"Yes, Father?" She sat and put her napkin in her lap. "I did what you asked. I met every male in Topeka last night."

"Did you find any that you'd care to see again?" He picked up his coffee cup and drank.

"There were so many, and they all seemed the same. Boring. Not one took me seriously when I asked about going west or liking adventure."

"That's good. It means they were stable, good providers. They won't be wandering off, leaving their family to fend for themselves." He set the cup on the saucer. The coffee sloshed, breaching the rim.

"You've taught me how to shoot, Father. I think I can take care of myself. If I don't marry, I won't have to protect a family." She sliced though the pancake and then stabbed it with her fork. He wasn't going to let her go with Aunt Cora.

"Brother, this is nothing more than a quick trip to Colorado. Let her go so she can see what adventure is about." Aunt Cora placed her hands in her lap. "Mary, you'll consider your father's request? On this trip, will you think about the men your father presented to you, what they can offer you, and give your father an answer when we return?"

Her pancake swelled in her mouth. She chewed. She could do this, take the trip and decide later. She nodded.

"That's the best I can hope for, then. Mo, you may go, but you must take care of your aunt. Truly, this is the real reason I can give for acquiescing to your request. Your aunt must eat often or, as you know, she passes out."

"Really, Brother, I am quite capable of feeding myself."

"But if something was to go wrong —"

"I promise to take care of her, Father."

His shoulders sagged. "Then I will allow this trip." He reached into his suit pocket and withdrew the train tickets. He set them on the table. "I'm not fond of this idea, but if you promise to consider marriage when you return, you have my blessing."

Mary's heels bounced against the carpet. Should she run to her father and hug him? She stilled her feet. She wasn't a little girl anymore. He needed to see that. "Thank you, Father. I will do as you ask." Then, before he could change his mind, she reached over, grabbed the tickets, and placed them in her lap.

"It's going to be a grand adventure, Aunt Cora."

* * *

Wyatt Crossen leaned against the edge of the pocket door of his father's office after dinner. He crossed his arms waiting for his father to criticize his choices.

When his mother excused herself for the evening and his father suggested they go into the library for a discussion, he knew his father would issue another demand concerning his life.

His father sat in the largest chair by the fireplace. "Come, sit."

With heavy feet, he made his way to the smaller chair, his mother's. Did it make her feel as unequal as it did him?

"It's time you find a wife."

And there it was, the biggest demand of all.

"I'm not ready. I can't support a family on my wages."

"You could, if you worked for me." His father tapped the armrest.

"We've been through this argument. I want to write, not work with numbers in a ledger.

It's important to me to make my own way in this world." He regretted his words, knowing they would open a sore that refused to heal.

"Are you saying I didn't?" His father pounded his fingers against the wood.

"No, Father. Without you, the business would have failed, but the difference is you wanted to work in the shipping business. My heart doesn't lie there." And it never would. If only he could make his father understand. "Was there ever a time you wanted to do something else?"

"I did what was expected of me. My heart never strayed."

His father stared past him. Was he lying? "Never?"

"It's bad enough you work for that paper, but to refuse to marry is unacceptable. This family needs an heir. You are the only son. Do you understand it is your duty to provide one?" His father's cheeks flushed, cranberry red next to his white beard.

"Father —" Wyatt leaned forward, gripping the armrests.

"I'm not finished. No one in this family has worked with his hands since your great-great-grandfather bought the shipping company. You are too much like your mother's family, living life through God, letting Him direct all your actions." He punctuated his words with a wave of his hand. "Well, son, that will not get you where you need to be in this life. Just look at them. Preachers and farmers. That's all they will ever be."

Wyatt disagreed. Perhaps his father hadn't worked with his hands, but those before him had. His grandfather told him stories about sailing on the ships, what it was like to be on the ocean in a storm, and in a country where English wasn't spoken. As for letting God direct his actions, that wasn't going to change.

"I sent you to the Wagners' last week. Did you find at least one woman you could imagine being married to?"

"I went because you requested it, but again, Father, I will marry someone I love, a woman God made for me to be my helpmate." Miss Owen had surprised him with her question about Africa, but she was from St. Louis and would return there. Besides, he'd be off in a few days himself. It did seem as if God placed interesting women in his path but then swept them away before he could pursue them.

"Pure foolishness. But realize you and any children you sire will be penniless if you don't marry this year."

"That may be, but I won't dishonor God by making a mockery out of one of His sacraments. I trust He will provide what my family will need."

"What about 'Honor your father?'" Father fisted his fingers and pounded the armrest.

"That's what I did this past Saturday evening by attending the Wagners' function. Along with that, I write under the pen name Wyatt Cross, as you insisted, in addition to a host of other demands these past years." And he'd become used to that name.

"Is it so hard for you to stay in Topeka? For your mother's sake?"

"Not as long as I am free to travel." His father brought out an immature side of him. He knew why marriage and staying in Topeka were important to his parents. Knew it too well. He'd heard so many times growing up how he was a miracle. Their only child. Though his mother called him a blessing from God, his father seemed to think having William was a right in life.

"You aren't our prisoner, William. With the money we have, you could travel anywhere you choose." He slumped in his chair. "We're growing old too fast. Someday you'll understand." His father rubbed his balding head.

"I'm sorry. I know you wish the best for me and always have. I'll consider what you are asking and continue to pray for God to soon send the one He has chosen for me."

A muscle ticked in his father's jaw. "God again."


Mary stood on the platform waiting to board the Pueblo Excursion train. She shivered in the March wind despite the woolen traveling suit she wore. No, it wasn't from the cold. Excitement coursed through her, sending goose bumps down her spine. She was really doing this. Her first adventure, and if she could get Aunt Cora's secret from her, it would not be the last.

"Mary, stop bouncing." Aunt Cora touched Mary's arm. "It's a train ride —"

"Not an elephant ride in India. I know. But to me, it's as exciting. Imagine being cooped up in boarding school for years, Aunt Cora. The only time I had fun was at home when Father let me practice shooting. You were so fortunate that you didn't have to endure the life I've had."

"Yes, your life has been horrible. Attending school must have been similar to incarceration." Aunt Cora scowled.

"But it was. We were told when to eat, when to sleep, and when to pray." Mary knew many girls would've been happy to go to school. But all she'd ever wanted to do was grow up at home and experience all St. Louis had to offer. Her father's ideas about appropriate experiences differed from hers. If he would have let her, she would have volunteered at the orphanage. Instead, he sent her away to boarding school. He might as well have kept her locked up.

"Protecting you," he'd said. From what, she had no idea.


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Table of Contents


Outlaw on the Pueblo Excursion,
The Depot Bride,
Last Stop, Cordelia,
Train to Eden,
Love on the Rails,
The Honeymoon Express,
Just for Lucy,
My Soul Waits,
World's Greatest Love,

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The Rails to Love Romance Collection: 9 Historical Love Stories Set Along the Transcontinental Railroad 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
FHlady More than 1 year ago
This book was a collection of 9 enjoyable novellas all focused on some aspect of the Transcontinental railroad in the late 1800's. From sight-seeing excursions to transports toward new lives, from orphan trains to circus trains loved developed due to lives thrown together in unusual situations. Each of these novellas was written by a Christian author and contained well written spiritual content within a novella. Also each felt like a complete story with interesting, unique characters with all the strengths and faults of everyday life. Nice book to pick up and enjoy a single story when needing a break and something lighter to read.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Wouldn't it be exciting to see the very first railroad for your very self? Romance is in the air and riding on the rails in these nine sweet novellas. Throw in a lot of adventure, dreams chased, and love, love, love, and you have the makings of a wonderful evening of reading. I am giving this novella collection a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers who enjoy Christian romance. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Davisc More than 1 year ago
Truly a delightful read! The Rails to Love Romance Collection obviously has romance, but these delightful stories also have adventure, mystery, history and a bit of circus. Nine stories by nine different authors. From Mary Owen, who longs to be an adventurous single woman like her aunt, while her father encourages her to settle down with a husband to Ellen Myer wardrobe mistress for Ringling Bros Circus, who just wants to keep her job so she can pay for her mother's medical bills--there is a story that will put you on the trains of old and take you places you've never been.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
A series of short stories with a railroad theme. A good long read with a strong Historical Christian Romance theme throughout. I like to read about women who can take care of themselves. They have the brains and pluck to keep going and get done what needs to be done - often putting others first. But then you add that encounter with a man who can come to her aid. And she learns that even though she is strong, it's nice to have someone around to help - and they become a team. Especially when he appreciates her qualities. I've met some consistent 'damsels in distress' who rely on a man for every whim. And the men who love to be needed and provide that constant assistance and care. But it's never been who I am or what I want. I prefer the other, strong independent type. In this book, you get all of the above. Plus those who don't think they're good enough for the one they love. And some Irish characters, a soft spot in my heart - they did play a strong part in constructing the railways. This is not a quick read, which I love. The theme is the same, but the stories are not shared. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Barbour Publishing - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements andTestimonials in Advertising.”
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
The Rails to Love Collection is nine novellas all taking place in or around a train. They each have their own twist, style and romance. If you enjoy reading good clean historical romance novellas I think you will enjoy this one. I was given a copy of this collection from net galley for my honest opinion. Outlaw on the Pueblo Excursion by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer Mary is not looking for love but adventure. Despite what her father wishes she has ideas of her own. When she finds she must rely on the handsome Wyatt for rescue will he be the adventure she is looking for after all. Wyatt is not seeking love, he is seeking a good story. Yet when he is drawn to Mary and must rescue her from danger is there a chance for both? The Depot Bride by Amanda Cabot Eugenia has a love for photography even if that is not a job for women. When she is pressured to marry a man she does not love will her passion for photography lead her to the love of her life? Mason did not know what to expect in this new job he has accepted, however the beautiful bosses daughter was never a part of the package. Will he be able to do his job, keep her safe and keep his heart whole? Last Stop, Cordelia by Lisa Carter I loved getting to know Cordelia and Neil in this exciting novella. Cordelia is a determined reporter, who tends to find trouble from time to time. Neil is not looking forward to having her around. He is a stubborn Irishman. I love their dialogue and banter throughout this novella. I could see this novella in becoming a series. Loved meeting many of the Irish men in this novella. Train to Eden by Ramona K. Cecil John has no idea what to expect when an injured woman falls into his life. Will history repeat itself or can he prove himself. John has no idea were this beautiful woman came from nor if she is guilty or innocent. I loved the unknown throughout this novella. Love on the Rails by Lynn A. Coleman Is a mail order bride the answer to Jeffery and Tilda’s problems or is there just no way to make such a marriage work. Jeffery has a lot to learn about marriage, and Tilda wonders what she has gotten herself into. Will the past tear them apart or will they learn what love actually is? The Honeymoon Express by Susanne Dietze This is a fun story full of surprise, Nash and and Ellen have no idea what to expect when they join a Honeymoon train. But between possible outlaws, a kidnapping and romance what will bloom. Just for Lucy by Kim Vogel Sawyer Amelia never imagined what would happen when she stepped off the train to deposit her charge. Amelia is a kind, loving, strong-willed woman who is not afraid of much expect allowing Lucy to be raised by unloving people. What will God have for Lucy and Amelia? My Soul Waits by Connie Stevens Rosemary and Jeremy both struggle to honor their fathers. When they both relent sometimes the outcome is not what you expect. Watching Rosemary and Jeremy both become the people God has for them is an exciting story. When his identity is revealed and her heart changes will they stand a chance at love? World’s Greatest Love by Liz Tolsma Ellen is just tying to help her family, when things stack up against her will she be able to prove her innocence or is there just to much stacking up against her to find the truth? Will doesn’t know what to expect from Ellen. Is she telling the truth or is there more to the story. Are his feelings for her tainting his opinion.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
This collection of 9 books by 9 authors gave me a new perspective about the railroad in th late 1800's and of it's history. You can tell the characters and their stories were created with talent and from the heart of each of the authors. I can not choose a favorite story because they each touched my heart. They revealed bravery, faith, trust, forgiveness and last but not least love. All the characters were on a path set by God. The authors weaved scriptures through the telling of their stories. These can be more than helpful with our daily walk with God. Now I would like to thank each one of these authors for a splendid job of putting these stories together, each story compliments, not competes with, the other. I received an ebook copy of this book from Barbour Publishers via NetGalley for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my honest opinion.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
I love these historical fiction smorgasbords.So many authors, so many different interpretations of the given theme, The Rails to Love. Some tales take place aboard the early trains,as in The Honeymoon Express,by Susan Dietze, where an unmarried couple,desperate to be on the train,must fake marriage. One, Connie Stevens's My Soul Waits, involves one of the main characters being a railroad heir and learning the ropes from the ground up. Yet another, Train to Eden by Connie Cecil,uses a train wreck to cause amnesia in a main character whose real identity could spell catastrophe for the new relationships she is developing. While those are some of my favorites, you won't want to miss the other six stories, either. Authors Amanda Cabot, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Lisa Carter,Lynn A. Coleman, and Liz Tolsma, and Diana Brandmeyer round out the list of contributors. Some names may be new, some well-known, but all combine for a tasty nine course progressive reading meal! Bon Apetit!! I gratefully received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
There's just something romantic about a train adventure, and this heartfelt collection of nine all new novellas delivers it in spades! The stories cover everything historically connected to the railways, from 1868 to 1896, including the people who built them, worked on them, or rode them to begin a new phase of life. From the destitute to the rich, many people traveled across states or the entire continent to find their new homes and a love along the way in these tales. My favorites were Last Stop, Cordelia by Lisa Carter, The Honeymoon Express by Susanne Dietze, Just for Lucy by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and World's Greatest Love by Liz Tolsma. They were all good stories though, some with more redemptive themes or faith elements. Overall, this was a very enjoyable collection. Recommend to fans of historical Christian romances! 4.5 stars (Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-copy of the book provided in exchange for my honest, unsolicited review.)
CFPagels More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding collection of novellas. I enjoyed each and every one. Highly recommend. Already pre-ordered a paperback copy for my blog and have purchased more for gifts. Consistent quality throughout with engaging and uplifting stories from some of CBA's most beloved authors! I received a free download from NetGalley and was glad to get a chance to read before it released.
CFPagels More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding collection of novellas. I enjoyed each and every one. Highly recommend. Already pre-ordered a paperback copy for my blog and have purchased more for gifts. Consistent quality throughout with engaging and uplifting stories from some of CBA's most beloved authors! I received a free download from NetGalley and was glad to get a chance to read before it released.
CFPagels More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding collection of novellas. I enjoyed each and every one. Highly recommend. Already pre-ordered a paperback copy for my blog and have purchased more for gifts. Consistent quality throughout with engaging and uplifting stories from some of CBA's most beloved authors! I received a free download from NetGalley and was glad to get a chance to read before it released.
CFPagels More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding collection of novellas. I enjoyed each and every one. Highly recommend. Already pre-ordered a paperback copy for my blog and have purchased more for gifts. Consistent quality throughout with engaging and uplifting stories from some of CBA's most beloved authors! I received a free download from NetGalley and was glad to get a chance to read before it released.