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LAURIE-LISTS! She’s notorious for them. Whether planning her day or her life, Laurie Howard makes lists and organizes everything. She’s married Andy, the love of her life, planning every detail of the home they will share. Then a visit with her sister, who volunteers at a free clinic, makes her question the narrow role she’s chosen.
With Andy’s encouragement, she explores the idea of going back to school—this time for something more serious than that Mrs. degree she acquired along with her Bachelor’s in Science. If she can manage the load of wife, mother, and student, she’ll be able to add M.D. after her name.
But the world has a way of disrupting plans and lists. When her life takes a tragic turn, Laurie needs all the courage she can muster to live up to her dreams, and the support of her friends and family to journey beyond them.
While ordering a birthday gift from a mail order catalog, Lavinia Cates remembers her sister's comment that life would be easier if one could just order a beau the same way. She contemplates the idea and, on a whim, fills out a fantasy order for the handsome gent in the cashmere mackintosh on another page. In 1900, a spinster of 24 has little hope of marriage, but with Matt Holland, the handsome railroad agent, taking an interest in her, Lavinia might change her expectations.
When he’s not courting Lavinia, Matt hunts for train robbers, tries to stop the notorious Jessups from selling homemade “white lightnin’,” and partners with a Texas Ranger. Along the way he learns why he was warned that Texas ladies have a lot of determination—and are handy with shotguns.
A sensible young lady in 1835 Louisiana does as her papa directs, especially in matters of matrimony, but Lucienne Toussaint is headstrong and impetuous. She has given her heart to a dashing ladies' man and cannot abide Papa's staid choice, a tedious man she vows in tumult and tears never to marry. Scheming to escape her Mardi Gras wedding, her plans awry at every turn, she finds it's dangerous to confront Destiny.
For Armand Dupre, the one girl who interests him is the spoiled belle who fancies herself in love with someone else. Weary of meek misses, he sees flashes of spirit, independence, and sensibility in her. When she dashes into the darkness on her wedding night, he keeps gossip at bay as he searches for her and leaves behind dull propriety's mask. This new Armand, who arrives in the midst of a hurricane to rescue her from kidnappers and river pirates, is a man she could find most intriguing.
Audrey Anderson needs help. A troubled young woman has accused her father, a high school counselor, of rape. Audrey is determined to uncover the truth. She needs Hal Lindstom. But they have history. Getting involved with "The Viking" as he's known in the legal world, could save her father...and break her heart.
Hal made the mistake of losing Audrey when he chose to pursue his career rather than follow his heart. But he's learned to fight for truth, including getting Audrey to admit she still cares. It will take all he has, but he's determined to find the evidence to clear Audrey's father and uncover the passion between them to win her love.
Life in Santa Rita, Texas, 1957: Calm...slow-moving...placid...or it was until that radical librarian and her controversial books came to town. Then the County Judge falls in love with her. And the editor of the local newspaper starts trying to convince the judge that the girl's a Communist sympathizer. What with the Commissioners in an uproar, two irrepressible teens adding their own brand of confusion, and a menacing midnight caller threatening the girl he loves, Judge Sam Lindley has enough interference in his courtship to sink it. He doesn't need his old friend the editor poking around to find evidence that Sam's lovely librarian has Party ties. Trouble is, the newsman just might be right!
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The hour comes, the crowd awaits, and the groom impatiently stands at the altar, but Troy chooses not to attend the wedding – and she’s the bride!
Leaving behind the elaborate wedding along with a glittering solitaire, Troy flees a future tainted by her fear of the man she promised to marry. Childhood friend Zach stands waiting to help her escape…but answers her thanks with a stern warning:
“You leap into things, never think about the consequences, and then find you can’t get out of the mess. But, little girl, I promise this is the last time I’ll ride to your rescue.” Zach loves this beautiful girl, but he’s been getting her out of trouble most of her life. He’s had enough of her escapades.
Troy suspects she feels more than friendship for her childhood hero. In turning to him this time, she could lose him forever.
A down-and-out country singer with nothing but spare change and troubles, a dingy tavern with dangerous associates, and a mysterious brunette with raindrops in her hair. The setting sounds like every bad country song he's ever heard, but Dallas Baird believes he can win the girl and Nashville stardom…if he can just avoid the sheriff and that inconvenient murder charge.