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When Lorraine Ryan decided she wanted to pursue her long standing dream of flight, she sashayed out onto the local air strip in 1925. Although most of the fellows heckled her, Guy Richter, a former World War I flying ace, offers to teach her. He nicknames her "Angel" and before long she's flying with Guy.
The two are also falling deep in love but Guy is a haunted man. His demons include his war service, the death of his only brother in an accident the previous year, and the Valkyries that he evaded in France who trail him in the hopes that they can complete his destiny.
Set against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties in St. Joseph, Missouri, Guy and Angel struggle to enjoy life, each other, and to find a way through his personal hell for a happily ever after life together.
December 7, 1941 changed everything in high school teacher Bette Sullivan’s small town world. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought war and a new Army base just outside her community. Soldiers arrived from everywhere including Private Benjamin (Benny) Levy from Brooklyn, New York. Their chance meeting creates an instant attraction, and soon they’re a couple. As their families are touched by war and the day draws closer for him to ship out to the front, their intense love spirals to new levels and they can only hope for a happily ever after, someday.
Widowed by the Great War, Maude Whitney is lonely living in the isolated Ozark valley. Life in the rambling old homestead with her young son proves to be more difficult than she imagined, even with her brother-in-law, Harry’s help. Maude doesn’t mourn the husband she lost, not when she realized long ago she wed the wrong brother. Harry had been her first sweetheart and until the news of Jamie’s death reached them, he’d been her rock. Now he keeps his distance but Maude’s heart still belongs to him.
On the day the war ends, Maude and Harry admit their old emotions remain intact. Before long, they’re living under the same roof and loving each other in every way. As the Spanish influenza rages and tongues wag about the scandal, the couple searches for a way to find their happily ever after and survive.
There’s nothing Oklahoma farmer Henry Mink won’t do for his family—even turn to crime out of desperation. With his daddy dead, Henry’s the man of the house for his mother and four younger siblings. No rain in the summer of 1933 brings more bad news. When the local banker wants the mortgage paid, Henry can’t come up with the money but if he doesn’t, the Minks will be homeless.
Jobs are scarce so he decides to follow Pretty Boy Floyd’s lead and rob a bank but his gal, Mamie Logan, doesn’t think much of the idea. Neither does Henry’s kid brother, Eddie but there aren’t any other options. One bank heist isn’t enough and an unexpected near tragedy brings Henry home with a need for more money. Things get trickier and more dangerous by the day but he’s sure one more robbery will put them sitting pretty.
Life, however, seldom goes as planned and his desperate efforts will either fulfill his destiny—or destroy it forever.
Texan Isaac Barclay thinks the South isn’t all it has been rumored to be. There’s a definite shortage of moonlight and magnolias. He’s yet to meet any Southern Belles, and he’s not sure he’ll survive the Civil War. But, when the Confederate troops fall back into the sleepy town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, he meets a beautiful widow who is as attracted to him as he is to her.
As the Yankees lay siege to the troops and the city, Isaac and Susanna Lambert fall in love. When he suffers from swamp fever, it’s her tender care that keeps him alive but as he weakens, everyone knows he’ll die without quinine. Victory seems unlikely for the Rebel soldiers but Isaac would settle for a happy ending with Susanna back home in Texas—but he has to live before it can be possible.