Maggie's Song -- Book 13 -- Texas Brides of Pike's Run Series
In the dead of night, Maggie Nelson flees New Orleans with her five-year-old daughter, Iris. Maggie can't live with her abusive husband any longer and seeks safety in the home and arms of her aunt, Aletta Williamson, in Bordersville near Pike's Run, Texas. When she arrives, surprising her dear aunt, Maggie tells her Haywood died. She is too ashamed to tell the truth about her marriage.
Pete Jerkin, the town blacksmith and livery operator, is a leader in Bordersville. He is taken by Maggie and Iris, especially since the child doesn't fear him. With his large stature, he usually puts off females and children. As Iris tugs on his heart strings, his gaze strays to the lovely Maggie. But he's promised himself he wouldn't ever court a woman. Not again.
However, love is sneaky, and Pete can't help himself. Neither can Maggie. As the weeks pass, she grows more scared each day that Pete will learn the truth about her husband, that Haywood will come knocking. And ruin everything.
The Inventor's Heart -- Book 14 -- Texas Brides of Pike's Run Series
Alex Davis has just returned to Pike's Run, Texas, from Yale with a fabulous invention that could revolutionize the use of electricity. He can't wait to show his work to his family, and his dearest friend in the world, Julia Forrester. But from the first day he arrives home, Julia avoids him. He doesn't understand and tries everything he can think of to spend time with her, but he fails.
Julia Forrester has loved Alex Davis since their school days. He was her confidante and her champion whenever she struggled with her studies. She helped him with his inventions, spending as many of her free hours as possible with him. She'd thought he'd loved her, but when he went off to college without her, her heart broke. And his infrequent letters proved his feelings didn't match hers. Now that he has returned, she is determined to move on with her life. She has written a symphony, and she won't let past hopes and dreams overtake her again. She avoids Alex at every turn, focused on the debut of her music on Christmas Eve.
But Alex won't give up, and when Julia confesses the reason for her distant attitude, the "Genius of Pike's Run" realizes his stupidity. He is in love with Julia and will now move Heaven and Earth to have her. But he is battling more than her distrust. Julia has another reason to keep away from Alex, and he sets out to fix it. Will the "genius" be able to prove his theory?
The Deputy's Damsel -- Book 15 -- Texas Brides of Pike's Run Series
Katia Stefanski is hurt and stunned when she learns her recently deceased step-father has arranged a marriage for her. Even worse, her step-brother intends to honor it. Despite numerous attempts to convince her brother to let her make the choice, she fails. She flees during the party intended to cement her engagement.
Deputy Joe Lonnigan crosses paths with Katia Stefanski and is struck by her beauty and fighting spirit. When he learns she's been accused of the murder of her not-wanted fiancé, he can't believe it. He finds Katia and with her step-brother's help, risks everything to keep her hidden and prove her innocence.
But Katia can't let him destroy his future. She is determined to take matters into her own hands, even if it means the noose.
The Cowboy's Bride -- Book 16 -- Texas Brides of Pike's Run Series
James Davis has plans -- work his family's ranch, get married, have a family. So, how does he end up in a hayloft with Liza Talbut, the judge's daughter, who is most definitely not the woman he loves?
Liza Talbut has plans -- cook, clean, and avoid all social engagements. So how, in Heaven's name, does she end up in a hayloft with James Davis, her long-time friend?
They are caught, but all is not lost. Liza doesn't have to marry James if nothing happened. And...nothing happened. But Liza wants a life out of her mother's home and to get away from her viperous sister. Liza knows she can be a good wife to James, and his kisses are too thrilling to lose.
So...she lies. And gets herself hitched.
And James finds himself with the bride he hadn't planned on...