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Revell, ©2017, ISBN 978-0800727673

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge—and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

Revell, ©2016, ISBN 978-0800724542

After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action—ready or not.


THIN ICE (Book 2--Men of Valor)Thin Ice
Revell, ©2016, ISBN 978-0800724535
Booksellers’ Best Award

After losing her parents and her sister, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Now, life is finally starting to feel normal again—until an envelope addressed in her sister’s handwriting arrives in the mail. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case…but he’s coming up with more questions than answers. Is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game—or the target of a sinister plot? As Lance digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: someone in the shadows has a deadly agenda.


BURIED SECRETS (Book 1--Men of Valor)Buried Secrets
Revell, 2015, ISBN 978-0800721268

After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn’t want this dead person telling any tales—and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

DECEIVED (Book 3—Private Justice)Deceived
Revell, ©2014, ISBN 978-0800721251
RITA Award
Booksellers’ Best Award
Carol Award finalist
Daphne du Maurier Award finalist

For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she’s convinced it’s her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating “accident” begins to look more and more suspicious. But if Kate’s son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden—and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.


TRAPPED (Book 2, Private Justice)Trapped
Revell, ©2013, ISBN 978-0800721244
Carol Award finalist
Booksellers’ Best Award finalist
Daphne du Maurier Award finalist

When librarian Laura Griffth’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James “Dev” Devlin to help—but the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn’t just dangerous—it’s deadly.


VANISHED (Book 1, Private Justice)Vanished
Revell, ©2013, ISBN 978-0-8007-2123-7
Booksellers’ Best Award
Christy Award finalist
Carol Award finalist
National Readers’ Choice Award finalist
HOLT Medallion finalist
Retailers’ Choice Award finalist

Reporter Moira Harrison is new on the job in St. Louis, but she’s no rookie to investigative reporting. She knows how to dig for answers and get results. But when she hits a pedestrian on a rainy night in a wooded area—only to have both the victim and the good Samaritan who stopped to assist disappear—she turns to P.I. Cal Burke, an ex-homicide detective, to help her sort out the puzzle. Cal is more than a little skeptical of her story, especially since the police have dismissed it. But as clues begin to surface, bringing them closer to answers, the danger mounts. Because someone doesn’t want this mystery solved—and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret that will destroy a life built on lies.


LETHAL LEGACY (Book 3, Guardians of Justice)LETHAL LEGACY
Revell, ©2012, ISBN 978-0-8007-3458-9
HOLT Medallion
Christy Award finalist
National Readers’ Choice Award finalist

The police say her father’s death was suicide. Kelly Warren says it was murder—and she has new evidence to prove it. Detective Cole Taylor doesn't put much credence in her claim, and nothing in his case review suggests foul play. But when Kelly ends up in the ER with a life-threatening medical condition, Cole digs deeper—and discovers a startling secret that links her to a long-ago crime. Is history repeating itself? And does someone want Kelly silenced?



DEADLY PURSUITDeadly Pursuit (Book 2, Guardians of Justice)
Revell, ©2011, ISBN 978-0-8007-3457-2
2011 Booklist Top 10 Inspirational Fiction
RITA Award finalist
Retailers Choice Award
Carol Award finalist

As a social worker with the Department of Social Services, Alison Taylor has a passion for protecting children and seeing that justice is served on their behalf. But now it seems she needs protecting. Someone is making harassing phone calls and sending her bizarre gifts. When her tormentor’s attentions take a violent turn, she calls in reinforcements. Her brother, Cole, comes to her aid, along with his new partner, Detective Mitch Morgan. As her relentless stalker turns up the heat and the danger intensifies, Mitch takes a personal interest in the case. Because protecting Alison has become more than a job; his future depends on keeping her safe.


FATAL JUDGMENT (Book 1, Guardians of Justice)
Revell, 2011; ISBN 978-0-8007-3456-5
National Readers' Choice Award FatalJudgement
Retailers Choice Award finalist
HOLT Medallion finalist

Deputy Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action as a member of the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group, including a recent stint in Iraq. But he’d much rather go back to that hotbed of trouble than deal with his next assignment: providing protection for federal judge Liz Michaels. His antipathy toward her is just as strong as it was five years ago, when her husband—his best friend—died in a possible suicide. But as Jake works to keep Liz safe, he discovers she’s not a cold-hearted workaholic wedded to nothing but her job, as he expected. Forced to reevaluate his opinion, he also finds himself grappling with a growing attraction. And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes go up. Because now both her life—and his heart—are in danger.


In Harms WayIN HARM'S WAY (Book 3, Heroes of Quantico)
Revell, 2010; ISBN 978-0-8007-3312-4
RITA® Award
Daphne du Maurier Award Finalist

FBI special agent Nick Bradley has seen his share of kooks during his fifteen years with the Bureau, from the guy who insisted he’d been abducted by aliens to the woman who claimed God had told her to assist the FBI by acting as His intermediary on difficult cases. But Rachel Sutton is an enigma. She seems normal when she shows up at the FBI office in St. Louis—until she produces a tattered Raggedy Ann doll she found and tells him it gives her bad vibes. Nick dismisses her—only to stumble across a link between the doll and an abducted infant, setting in motion a chain of events that uncovers startling connections…and puts Rachel’s life on the line.


An Eye for An EyeAN EYE FOR AN EYE (Book 2, Heroes of Quantico)
Revell, 2009; ISBN 978-0-8007-3311-7

RITA® Award Finalist
Daphne du Maurier Award Finalist
Booksellers’ Best Award Finalist

As a member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team—the nation’s most elite civilian fighting force—Mark Sanders is used to danger. Psychologist Emily Lawson isn’t. Yet danger abounds when a determined killer shatters their unexpected reunion. But who is the target? And why? As they search for answers, the peril escalates. Will they find the killer before he can complete his mission? Or is this new chapter in their long-ago summertime romance destined to have an unhappy ending?


Against All OddsAGAINST ALL ODDS (Book 1, Heroes of Quantico)
Revell, 2009; ISBN 978-0-800-73310-0
Daphne du Maurier Award
RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award

For FBI Hostage Rescue Team member Evan Cooper and his partner, dignitary protection duty should have been a piece of cake. Unfortunately, Monica Callahan isn’t making it easy. Estranged from her diplomat father, who is involved in a sensitive hostage situation in the Middle East, she refuses to be intimidated by a related terrorist threat back in the States…until a chilling warning convinces her that the danger is very real—and escalating. As Coop and his partner do their best to keep her safe, David Callahan continues his work—triggering an abduction that puts his daughter’s life at risk. And with every second that ticks by, Coop knows that the odds of saving the only woman who has ever managed to breach the walls around his heart are dropping. Because terrorists aren’t known for their patience—or their mercy.

Long Contemporary Romance

Revell, 2018, ISBN 978-0800728809

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career. Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home—and she’s determined to save the Pelican Point landmark. Sparks fly as the two go head to head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. Can Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?


SSandpiper Cover -- Irene HannonANDPIPER COVE
Revell, ©2017, ISBN 978-0800727681

Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her Oregon coast hometown. She has zero time for extracurricular activities—including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn’t looking for love either—but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish. However, when Lexie enlists his help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different…and better…future planned for them than either could have imagined.


SEA ROSE LANESea Rose Lane (Book 2, Hope Harbor)
Revell, ©2016, ISBN 978-0800727543
Holt Medallion finalist

After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who's invaded the house with her motley crew. As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?


Revell, ©2015, ISBN 978-0800724528

Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life—and love—altered her plans. Now she’s home again—with a floundering farm to run…a tragic secret…and a wounded heart. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives—including their own.


One Perfect Spring One Perfect Spring
Revell, ©2014, ISBN 978-0800722678
Booksellers’ Best Award finalist

Claire Summers is a determined, independent single mother who is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Keith Watson is a results-oriented workaholic with no time for a social life. As the executive assistant to a local philanthropic businessman, he's used to fielding requests for donations. But when a letter from Claire's eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk, everything changes. The girl isn't asking for money, but for help finding the long-lost son of an older neighbor. As Keith digs reluctantly into this complicated assignment, he has no idea how intertwined his life and Claire's will become--nor how one little girl's kindhearted request will touch so many lives and reap so many blessings.


Revell, ©2013, ISBN 978-0-8007-2249-4
National Readers’ Choice Award finalist

Karen and Val are family—yet they’re anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her gorgeous sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had darker reasons for leaving town—as well as a secret to keep—and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke. Once reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes, their relationship with each other, and their issues with a mother who is far from ideal. When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and a handsome but hurting musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a whole new dimension. As their lives intersect and entwine, can each learn how to forgive, how to let go, and how to move on? And during this summer of grace, might they also find the courage to love?

Short Contemporary Romance

Second Chance SummerSecond Chance Summer
Love Inspired, ©2014, ISBN 978-0373878918
Carol Award

When Rachel Shaw and Jack Fletcher meet on a sunny Georgia barrier island, it seems like the perfect start to a romance. There's just one problem—neither is the least bit interested in falling in love. They're simply looking for peace, and time to work through their losses. But Rachel's Aunt Eleanor and Fletch's Gram have other plans. Their meddling matchmaking would drive Rachel and Fletch nuts if the two younger people weren't busy helping restore a house for one of Gram's charities. Yet as they repair the house, their hearts also begin to mend. And before the summer ends, might Rachel and Fletch discover not only the charms of this Golden Isle but of each other?


SEASIDE BLESSINGS Seaside Blessings(Book 3, Starfish Bay)
Love Inspired, ©2013, ISBN 978-0373878185
HOLT Medallion
Carol Award finalist

After almost three years, cop-turned-naturalist Clint Nolan is beginning to think of Starfish Bay in northern California as home. The tiny town is a world away from the tragedy he left behind in the East, and his demons and self-recriminations are subsiding. He might even consider a new romantic relationship if the right woman comes along. But Kristen Fletcher isn’t that woman. New to town, the concierge at the upscale Inn at The Point reminds him too much of his former love. He can tolerate her as a tenant, but he intends to walk a wide circle around her personally. Yet those plans change when Kristen is unexpectedly reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption at birth. As her world spins out of control, Clint finds himself being pulled into her life—and wondering if she might be the very woman God intended for him all along.


FINDING HOMEFinding Home (Book 2, Starfish Bay)
Love Inspired, ©2012, ISBN 978-0-373-87765-2
HOLT Medallion finalist

Scott Walsh has landed the biggest job in the history of Walsh Construction—and he doesn’t intend to blow it, despite the complications in his life. And now there’s a new distraction—widow Cindy Peterson, whose young son keeps showing up on his construction site. But as Scott struggles to keep the project on track while dealing with his ailing grandmother, and as Cindy grapples with a demanding exhibit project at work, the two discover a way to help each other meet their respective challenges. Might they also discover that dreams really can come true in the tiny town of Starfish Bay?


SEASIDE REUNION Seaside Reunion(Book 1, Starfish Bay)
Steeple Hill, 2012; ISBN 978-0-373-87715-5
Carol Award finalist

After surviving a devastating tragedy, combat reporter Nate Garrison returns to the only place that ever felt like home: Starfish Bay in the lush Pacific Northwest. But his reunion with childhood friend Lindsey Collier is nothing like he’d imagined. The sad-eyed widow who runs Starfish Bay Mercantile was once the girl who made young Nate dream—of a future, of family ties and of deep roots. Now Lindsey avoids love, loss…and Nate, wanting nothing more than to live a quiet existence.  But a storm is brewing in peaceful Starfish Bay, one that could change the character of the town forever. As she and Nate join forces not only in the fight to preserve a place they both love but to help a grieving little boy, will they take a leap of faith and discover the healing power of love?


CHILD OF GRACE Child of Grace
Steeple Hill, 2011; ISBN 978-0-373-87649-5

After giving up a high-powered corporate job, Kelsey Anderson heads north to Michigan, settles into the lake house left to her by her beloved grandmother and follows her secret dream to open a quilting shop—all the while struggling with a traumatic secret. War-weary ex-Army doctor Luke Turner doesn’t want anything to do with the unwed pregnant woman next door. With scars and demons of his own after witnessing too much carnage in the Middle East, he intends to walk a wide circle around his neighbor, who clearly has problems. Besides, he’s only in town for a few weeks, to fulfill a promise he made to a dying comrade. But when he suddenly finds himself in charge of supervising his 17-year-old sister, life gets complicated. Clueless about how to deal with an adolescent girl, he’s grateful when she and Kelsey click. Unfortunately, that makes it harder for him to keep his distance. Especially when he discovers that Kelsey’s public relations background is just what he needs to make sure a young soldier is not forgotten. But can he pull off his plan without losing his heart to the beautiful mom-to-be?


A FATHER FOR ZACH (Book 4, Lighthouse Lane)A Father For Zach
Steeple Hill, 2010; ISBN 978-0-373-87591-7
Carol Award
RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award Finalist

After serving 10 years for armed robbery, Nathan Clay comes to Nantucket, at last a free man. Having found his way to the Lord while in prison, he’s determined to build a new life—one he hopes will someday include a wife and family. But he knows it will take a special woman to overlook his prison history. Unfortunately, he finds himself falling for Catherine Walker, who has hired him to help her remodel the B&B she’s just bought. While the green-eyed beauty and her endearing six-year-old son quickly capture his heart, he knows the odds against a relationship are high. Because Catherine lost her husband to an armed robber two years before. Yet as he repairs walls within her house, the ones around her heart begin to crumble...and he allows himself to hope that a future might be possible for them. Until a startling accusation disrupts their world and threatens to destroy their dreams of a happily-ever-after.


The Doctor's Perfect MatchTHE DOCTOR’S PERFECT MATCH (Book 3, Lighthouse Lane)
Steeple Hill, 2010; ISBN 978-0-373-87572-6

After Dr. Christopher Morgan’s one serious romance ended in tragedy, he moved to Nantucket where he’d spent so many happy childhood summers. Almost two years into his new life, he’s beginning to make peace with his past. But no way is he ready to even consider a new relationship. His solitary existence suits him just fine—until Marci Clay enters his life one rainy night and manages to breach the walls around his heart. Blue-collar Marci, however, has no interest in the Boston blue blood doc. A bad experience with the upper crust soured her on rich folks years ago, leaving her with secrets, regrets and tattered self-esteem. Yet Christopher doesn’t conform to her rich-boy stereotype. He rides a bike to work, puts in long, dedicated hours at his job and goes out his way to help his elderly neighbor. Still, nothing can change the fact that they come from two different worlds. With God’s help, can they find a way to reconcile their divergent backgrounds and build a future together?


The Hero Next DoorTHE HERO NEXT DOOR (Book 2, Lighthouse Lane)
Steeple Hill, 2009; ISBN 978-0-373-87541-2

When two fellow officers die in a sting operation set up by undercover cop Justin “J.C.” Clay, he heads to Nantucket Island on a leave of absence, figuring that working there as a beat cop during the summer tourist season will give him a chance to decompress and regroup. But he hadn’t counted on falling for Heather Anderson, owner of The Devon Rose tearoom. That’s a complication he doesn’t need…or want. Nor is Heather interested in the town’s newest cop—or any man. After experiencing the destructive and far-reaching effects of infidelity, she’s written off romance. But when her well-ordered world is turned upside down by family difficulties and J.C. steps in to help, she begins to believe he’s a man of integrity, honor and principle—and to wonder if he might be the exception to her rule…and a man worth loving.


Tides of HopeTIDES OF HOPE (Book 1, Lighthouse Lane)
Steeple Hill, 2009; ISBN 978-0-373-87529-0

After fourteen years as a Coast Guard search and rescue specialist, followed by a three-year stint at headquarters in Washington, Lieutenant Craig Cole has been assigned to command the Coast Guard station on Nantucket, where he hopes to quietlyfinish out his career. It’s as far away as he can get from Hawaii, where he lost his family to the sea. But his peaceful existence is shattered when he clashes with feisty red-haired charter fishing boat captain Katherine MacDonald. A descendent of a famed Nantucket whaling family, Kate doesn’t take kindly to a safety violation citation after the new hot-shot Coast Guard commander beefs up inspections. Since being widowed four years ago while pregnant with her daughter, life has been difficult enough, and she determines to give a wide berth to the by-the-book lieutenant. But once his young daughter arrives and it’s clear he’s a fish out of water when it comes to winning her heart, Kate steps in to help. Sparks fly—but neither wants to take the risk of loving again. Yet it seems God has other plans for them…if they can find the courage to put their trust in Him. 


Steeple Hill, 2009; ISBN 978-0-373-87515-3
HOLT Medallion Finalist

A man wary of commitments finds himself responsible for two young, emotionally fragile children when his sister dies under tragic circumstances. Help comes in the form of a physically handicapped woman whose deep, abiding faith turns off the anti-religion hero, but whose kind and loving ways begin to melt the ice around his heart. As he works with her to heal the children, he learns much about love’s transforming power—from a special woman, from two innocent, dependent children, and from the Lord…who leads him home.


Where Love AbidesWHERE LOVE ABIDES (Book 3, Heartland Homecoming)
Steeple Hill, 2008; ISBN 978-0-373-87479-8
RITA® Award Finalist

From his first meeting with organic farmer Christine Turner on a rain-slicked highway, Sheriff Dale Lewis is intrigued. But Oak Hill’s newest resident wants nothing to do with men in general—and sheriffs in particular. When Dale begins to uncover the secrets of her past, he, too, approaches with caution. He married one emotionally troubled woman, and he has no desire to repeat that experience—even if his five-year-old daughter is enamored with Christine and views her as a mommy candidate. Yet when he discovers that she’s been wronged, his passion for justice compels him to help her clear her name. In the process, love comes calling for both of them. But can they find the courage to trust that the Lord has brought them together for a purpose…one that includes building a new life together?


A Dream to ShareA DREAM TO SHARE (Book 2, Heartland Homecoming)
Steeple Hill, 2007; ISBN 978-0-373-87467-5

As the fourth- generation editor of the Oak Hill Gazette, Abby Warner has vowed to carry on the paper's proud tradition despite increasing financial problems. But big-city publishing heir Mark Campbell wants to take the paper away from her—and as fast as possible. In a situation rife with tension, sparks fly. But when Mark finds a new purpose for his life in the Podunk town he derided, and Abby begins to realize that there’s more to the playboy heir than she first thought, sparks of a different kind start to fly. Can these two people from very different backgrounds open their hearts to each other and find the courage to embrace the surprising and unexpected opportunity God has sent their way?


From This Day ForwardFROM THIS DAY FORWARD (Book 1, Heartland Homecoming)
Steeple Hill, 2007; ISBN 978-0-373-87455-2
HOLT Medallion

After a violent attack ended his surgical career and his marriage shattered, Dr. Sam Martin left Philadelphia for a new life in Oak Hill. Determined to win back the love of his wife, he invites her to his home to recover after she’s involved in a robbery/murder at the restaurant where she works as a chef. Cara accepts, desperate to find a way to conquer the panic attacks that are paralyzing her. But she wants to no part of the husband who betrayed her. Yet deep in America’s heartland, she discovers a changed man. With God’s help, can Cara and Sam find a way to let go of the past and build a new future from the ashes of their past?


Rainbow's EndRAINBOW’S END
Steeple Hill, 2007; ISBN 978-0-373-87415-6
RITA® Award Finalist
National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist

Broken, empty and alone after a cross-country search for answers, Keith Michaels takes refuge with reclusive artist Jill Whelan when a sudden storm strands him on Orcas Island. Scarred by her own tragedy, Jill expects the disturbing stranger to leave the next day. But Keith finds unexpected solace on her isolated property, and his one-night stay turns into an extended visit when he agrees to build a studio for her. As these two lonely people join forces to help a little boy in need, will they reconnect with life—and find healing, hope and love at Rainbow’s End?


Steeple Hill, 2006; ISBN 0-373-87392-1

They’d been childhood sweethearts—Amy Hamilton, eldest daughter in a family publishing dynasty, and Bryan Healey, son of an immigrant from the opposite side of the tracks. He’d wanted marriage; she’d wanted a career first. Unable to reconcile her ambitions with his desire for a home and family, they’d parted. Now, 10 years later, he’s back in town—a widower with a young son in tow…working for the very woman he’d once loved. Neither is ready for the long-buried sparks that flame to life. But can they make peace with their rocky past and forge a future together?


Steeple Hill, 2006; ISBN 0-373-87381-6
HOLT Medallion Finalist

When journalist Caroline Trent lost her fiancée, gifted photographer Michael Sloan, in a suicide bombing in the Middle East, she was overwhelmed not only with grief, but with guilt and resentment for the role both she and Michael’s brother, David, played in his death. When David unexpectedly reenters her life two years later, Caroline is jolted by the surprising—and unwelcome—attraction that begins to simmer between them as they work to help a gifted yet troubled high school student. But along the way, they learn a lesson of their own about the healing power of love.


The Unexpected GiftTHE UNEXPECTED GIFT (Book 3, Sisters & Brides)
Steeple Hill, 2005; ISBN 0-373-87329-8
RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award Finalist

Workaholic Morgan Williams doesn’t see how she can take four days off from work—let alone four weeks—to claim her half of Aunt Jo’s cottage. Nor is she enamored with her disapproving co-heir, Grant Kincaid. But when circumstances change and Morgan finds herself in Maine, adrift professionally and spiritually, she begins to see Grant in a different light. As they work together to save a camp for troubled kids, Morgan is forced to reexamine her priorities—and radically change her lifestyle. While the new Morgan appeals to Grant, she also scares him. Because now he, too, must make some changes and put his past to rest before they can ever hope to build a future together.


GiftfromTheHeartGIFT FROM THE HEART (Book 2, Sisters & Brides)
Steeple Hill, 2005; ISBN 0-373-87317-4
HOLT Medallion Finalist

To claim her inheritance, Clare Randall must assist Dr. Adam Wright with his eleven-year-old daughter, Nicole. As Clare strives to help the troubled youngster, she discovers that the girl’s father needs just as much help as his daughter. Love blossoms as she encourages the two of them to become a family—one that she yearns to join. But can she overcome the tragedy in her past and find the courage to take a second chance on love?


The Best GiftTHE BEST GIFT (Book 1, Sisters & Brides)
Steeple Hill, 2005; ISBN 0-373-87302-2

When free-spirit A.J. Williams is paired with no-nonsense, buttoned-up Blake Sullivan as co-owner of Aunt Jo’s book store in St. Louis, Turning Leaves, it is not a partnership made in heaven. But as they work together to fight an unexpected threat to their inheritance, they both learn an important lesson: Never judge a book by its cover.


Steeple Hill, 2003; ISBN 0-373-87231-3 Crossroads

Tess Lockwood, struggling alone to raise her troubled teenage son, finds an unexpected ally in high-school principal Mitch Jackson. As he works with her to help her son overcome his problems, she finds herself falling in love. But how can she get involved with Mitch without alienating her son, who considers the principal his enemy? Besides, the scars from her marriage run deep, leaving her afraid of another relationship. Mitch, too, has his secrets—and his fears. Yet he is also falling in love. Can Mitch and Tess find the courage to face the demons from their past, put their trust in God, and take a second chance on love?


Steeple Hill, 2002; ISBN 0-373-87182-1
RITA® Award

When a tragic accident takes the life of her four-year-old daughter and sends her husband to prison for vehicular manslaughter, Jess Mitchell’s world crumbles. And when her faith provides no answers—or comfort—she abandons it. Now Scott Mitchell has returned, determined to win back the woman he loves. With renewed faith and trust in the Lord, he sets out to convince Jess that he’s a changed man. But can Jess find it in her heart to let go of hate—and the past—and open her heart to love once again?


Steeple Hill, 2000; ISBN 0-373-87118-X
RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award

Successful broadcast journalist Amy Winter thought work was all she needed to make her happy—until prosecuting attorney Cal Richards walked into her life. With his abiding faith and solid sense of priorities and values, he suddenly had her questioning everything she believed in—and everything she’d stopped believing in. As their paths begin to cross, animosity gradually gives way to respect, then friendship—and finally love. But can they reconcile their differences and find a future together?


Steeple Hill, 1999; ISBN 0-373-87077-9
RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award Finalist

Dr. Eric Carlson had learned long ago that marriage and medicine don’t mix. And Kate Nolan had already had her once-in-a-lifetime love. But as Christmas approached, could they learn to let go of the past and open their hearts once again to the gift of love?



Steeple Hill, 1999; ISBN 0-373-87058-2

Maggie Fitzgerald had loved Jake West since their first teenage kiss. But then tragedy struck and he left her alone on the eve of their wedding to raise two orphaned nieces. Now, 12 years later, he’s suddenly appeared by chance at her remote inn. Romance blossoms anew, and Jake makes it clear he is eager to make amends. But Can Maggie find the courage to trust again?


Reissued as The Heart Remembers in 2011 as partThe Heart Remembers of the Harlequin Heartwarming program (ISBN 978-0-373-36418-3).






A Family To Call Her OwnA FAMILY TO CALL HER OWN (Book 3, Vows)
Steeple Hill, 1998; ISBN 0-373-87025-6

When Rebecca Matthews saves an injured stranger, she doesn’t realize her life will change forever. For disillusioned reporter Zach Wright, Rebecca is a refreshing—and appealing—reminder that goodness still endures. But a secret from her past makes Rebecca afraid to get too close—until a little girl in need unexpectedly enters their lives and changes everything.



A Groom of Her OwnA GROOM OF HER OWN (Book 2, Vows)
Steeple Hill, 1998, ISBN 0-373-87016-7

Gregarious, outspoken Sam Reynolds and minister Brad Matthews are an unlikely pair—until romance breaks down the barriers between them to reveal surprising common ground. But is their love strong enough to allow Sam to move beyond—and Brad to accept—a devastating secret from her past?



Home For The HolidaysHOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Book 1, Vows)
Steeple Hill, 1997, ISBN 0-373-87007-8

When architect Nick Sinclair is forced to work with unknown landscaper Laura Taylor, he resents her. But not for long. For neither can deny their mutual attraction. But as friendship blossoms into love, can Laura find the courage to overcome her painful past and take a second chance on love?