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Tentative love is waiting to be revealed in these nine historical romances! From New England mansions to homestead hovels, young men and women are biding their time with anonymous notes of affection, gifts of admiration, and plenty of prayers. But when their feelings are finally boldly expressed, will they be received by love in return? 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1683221753
ISBN-13: 9781683221753

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Shy Expressions of Love Lead to Nine Historical Romances

Declaring one’s love can be hard—even risky—especially when faced with some of life’s greatest challenges. Separated by class, time, distance, and more, some loves must remain secret until the time is right. Instead, notes of affection, acts of kindness, gifts of admiration, and lots of prayer are circulated. From New England mansions to homestead hovels, love is quietly being nourished and waiting for the right time to be revealed. But when love can finally be boldly expressed, will it be received by love in return?

The Cost of a Heart by Amanda Barratt - Newport, Rhode Island, 1897
Nathaniel Evans has stood by Lily Montgomery through a broken marriage and the death of her husband. On the eve of her return into social life, he battles his attraction to her. But he is a servant, she a socialite.
 
The Advocate by Lorraine Beatty - East Texas, 1881
Hannah Davis tries to get Mitch Kincaid, the man she secretly admires, elected sheriff by printing anonymous articles about his qualifications and sterling character. But will the truth win his heart or break hers?
 
Too Many Secrets by Molly Noble Bull - Frio-Corners, Texas, 1882
Abigail Willoughby hides her feelings for Luke Conquest, the handsome cowboy who introduced her to her mail-order husband. How could she have guessed that her future husband was ninety-years-old?  
 
Love in Store by Anita Mae Draper - Miles City, Montana, 1890
Hidden love notes hint at what’s in store for a reserved shopkeeper when a straight-talking spinster sneaks anonymous declarations of her affections among the shelves of his store.
 
The Last Letter by CJ Dunham - Kansas,1865
The Civil War has taken everyone Emilia Davis loves. When she receives her dead fiancé’s last letter, she embarks on a journey into the Kansas frontier to fulfill his last wish. So who is sending her anonymous gifts?
 
The Outcast’s Redemption by Jennifer Uhlarik - Blackwater, Texas, 1872
When a reformed rustler is framed for stealing cattle, his secret crush—the daughter of the disgraced lawman who arrested him—comes to his aid. But who really saves who?
 
Beside Still Waters by Becca Whitham - Lawton, Oklahoma, 1901
Sarah Maffey is receiving worrisome letters that make her feel vulnerable. Her handsome neighbor has vowed to keep her safe. . .or is he playing her for a fool?
 
The Princess of Polecat Creek by Kathleen Y’Barbo - Texas and Washington, DC, 1886
Scandal divided them. Two kidnappings and a wedding later, can a Texas cowboy turned Washington lawyer and the girl-next-door who secretly loved him since childhood save their marriage of inconvenience?
 
Love From Afar by Penny Zeller - Ellis Creek, Montana, 1880s
When secret love letters are written in a clandestine plot to bring two lonely hearts together, will love from a distance finally bloom into matrimonial bliss for Gabe and Meredith?

Author Bio

ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt, fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales. These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and through her website amandabarratt.net
 

Lorraine Beatty is a multi-published, bestselling author. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she currently lives in Brandon, Mississippi, with her husband of forty-four years. Lorraine has written for trade books, newspapers, and company newsletters. Lorraine has lived in various regions of the country as well as in Germany. She is a member of RWA, PAN, and ACFW and is a charter member and former President of Magnolia State Romance Writers.                   
           

Molly Noble Bull has a Texas cattle ranch background and once lived in the Texas hill country where her historical novella, "TooManySecrets," is set. She has published with Zondervan, Love Inspired, and others. Sanctuary, her long historical, won the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award in the inspirational category and tied for first place in a second national contest for published authors that year. Gatehaven, Molly’s Gothic historical, won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest. WhentheCowboyRidesAway won the 2016 Texas Association of Authors contest in the Christian western category and was a finalist in the 2016 Will Rogers contest for western writers in the Inspirational category.
 
Anita Mae Draper's historical romances are woven under the western skies of the Saskatchewan prairie where her love of research and genealogy yield fascinating truths that layer her writing with rich historical details. Her Christian faith is reflected in her stories of forgiveness and redemption as her characters struggle to find their way to that place in our heart we call home. Anita loves to correspond with her readers through any of the social media links found at on her website at www.anitamaedraper.com.
Readers can enrich their reading experience by checking out Anita's story boards on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/anitamaedraper.
 
CJ Dunham is an author, presenter, and storyteller. She has performed across the country, given creative writing presentations, has published a fully-illustrated children’s book and her work has appeared in national magazines. A mother of five and grandmother of thirteen, Dunham enjoys cycling and pretending she can paint. Learn more: authorcjdunham.com and @CJDunham1
Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a preteen, when she swiped the only "horse" book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a BA in writing, she has won five writing competitions and was a finalist in two others. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and is a lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenage son, and four fur children.
Becca Whitham (WIT-um) is a multi-published author who has always loved reading and writing stories. After raising two children, she and her husband faced the empty nest years by following their dreams: he joined the army as a chaplain, and she began her journey toward publication. Becca loves to tell stories marrying real historical events with modern-day applications to inspire readers to live Christ-reflecting lives. She’s traveled to almost every state in the U.S. for speaking and singing engagements and has lived in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Alaska.  She can be reached through her website at www.beccawhitham.com
Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than sixty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the 2014 Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine. Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and a tenth-generation Texan, who recently moved back to cheer on her beloved Texas Aggies. Connect with her through social media at www.kathleenybarbo.com.
 
While Penny Zeller has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications. Today, Penny is a multi-published, award-winning author of inspirational books. She is a homeschool mom of two and actively devotes her time to coaching homeschool P.E. and teaching at her local homeschool co-op. Her passion is to assist and nurture women and children into a closer relationship with Christ. When Penny is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children while camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball.
 

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  1. hplady
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Happy Historical Fiction
    June 15, 2017
    hplady
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Secret Admirer Romance Collection

    This is a fun set of historical stories that take place in the late eighteen hundreds. Each has their own whimsical air that allows for smiles and a few happy tears. I enjoyed reading them and discovering love with nine different couples.

    The first story is The Cost of a Heart by Amanda Barratt. In this story, Nathaniel Evans, chauffeur to Lily Montgomery, knows that they can never be together because they are of two different social classes. However, he has watched her struggle for years with loneliness at the hands of her late husband and after his passing. He vows to be her friend and hides his feelings. However, when she begins courting someone else, he discovers that she may be falling into a new painful trap. Can he help her overcome this or will their social differences remain between them?

    In the next story, The Advocate by Lorraine Beatty, Hannah Davis journeys west to live with her aunt and help at her local newspaper. She had once read an article about the town sheriff, Mitch Kincaid, and couldnt wait to meet him. The man she discovers is not the same one described in that long ago article though. This man is stubborn and doesnt seem to like her, no matter how nice she tries to be. She decides to anonymously help him in his run for reelection as sheriff. She sends letters into the newspaper talking about what a great man he is and how the town should choose him. Will these letters finally bring her closer to her heart or will she head back home with her heart in her hands?

    In Too Many Secrets by Molly Noble Bull, Abigail travels with her younger siblings to become a mail order bride. When she arrives in town, her soon to be husbands neighbor, Luke, drives her out to her new home, where she discovers that her intended is in his nineties. While they wait for the preacher to come to town, she spends time in town and gets to know Luke more. However, she made a promise and she will stick to it. But oh how her heart longs for more. What will she do? How will her heart survive?

    Love in Store by Anita Mae Draper is about a shopkeeper named Adam and a young lady who secretly admires him from afar. Janet decides to write him secret notes and leave them about his store in different places. At first, he believes they are for someone else, but soon realizes that they are meant for him. What will he do? He is not the marrying type, believing God cant forgive him for his past. Will Janet help him find healing and love?

    In The Last Letter by CJ Dunham, Emilia Davis has lost everyone she loves in the Civil War: her father, brother, and fianc. The day the war ends, she receives a letter from her long dead fianc, telling her that he wants them to live together in the west and create a new life for themselves. She sets out for the frontier, intent on fulfilling her last wishes. Along the way, she adopts a young boy named Josiah and meets Cyrus, a man with his own past and secrets to hide. Will the frontier bring new love or only more heartbreak for Emilia?

    The Outcasts Redemption by Jennifer Uhlarik combines cattle stealing, heartache, and romance in a tale to warm the heart. Maisie is the daughter of the former sheriff in town and, with the passing of her father, she works at a restaurant to help her family. Lucky is the quiet farmhand who comes to see her, but cant ever get any words out when in her company. When cattle go missing in the area, Luckys past finds him. He was once a young boy who helped some cattle rustlers, but got through jail by writing back and forth with Maisies father. Now, he must prove his innocence and protect the girl he loves.

    The next story, Beside Still Waters by Becca Whitham, is my favorite of them all. In the story, Sarah Maffey, an heiress, decides that she wants to head west. She sets out, against her fathers wishes, after learning of her fiancs infidelity. She discovers that homesteading is much harder than she anticipated. Only with the help of her neighbor, John, is she able to make a dent in the wilderness. When she starts to receive threatening notes, John, who is a former Texas Ranger, promises to keep her safe. Together, they try to determine who is responsible and what they want. Along the way, feelings begin to develop between them. When she is kidnapped, he must save her and pray that she can return his love.

    In The Princess of Polecat Creek by Kathleen YBarbo, Pearl has loved Deke for as long as she can remember. When he left for college he promised to return for her and she has held tight to that promise. However, the two families have had a falling out over the years and her father forbids it. Dekes family is also against it, hiding letters that she writes to him and keeping him away from her. When they finally meet again, unforeseen circumstances force them into marriage. She is ecstatic, he is worried. How can the two of them find the past they once shared and turn it into a future they both desire?

    The final story, Love From Afar by Penny Zeller, is about Gabe and Meredith, who both secretly like each other, but dont think the other could feel the same way. When their younger sisters decide to take matters into their own hands by writing love notes between them, will they finally find each other? Or will they be further apart? This story was also one of my favorites!

    Lovers of historical fiction with a happy ending will enjoy these nine stories of romance. They are sweet stories and will make you smile.

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delightful collection!
    May 7, 2017
    Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A delightful collection of new romantic novellas with a wide variety of people and settings. Ranging from the 1860's to early 1900's, in New York and Boston to Kansas and Montana, with elite rich down to the working poor. Fun scenarios created by one person having a crush on another, but not knowing how to overcome a barrier, sometimes class, or past mistakes, shyness or family differences. Many of these would make good full-length novels!

    I enjoyed them all, especially the ones with the gentlemen who were the strong, quiet, solid type, looking out for the ladies who needed help and protection sometimes. The tongue-tied shy ones like Gabe in the last story, and cowboy Luke Tolliver, were especially endearing. Cyrus Holden in The Last Letter was my favorite though, with his quiet, sacrificial, faithful qualities, patiently helping Emilia. What a guy! The Advocate was a fun western too. Loved the ending on that one especially. Some sigh-worthy moments in them all when they reveal their true feelings.

    Recommend for fans of Christian historical romances! 4.5 stars

    (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and Barbour Publishing. All opinions are my own.)
  3. Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Quick Reads with Faith
    May 1, 2017
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a collection of nine novellas with the common theme of a Secret Admirer in each of them. This is the perfect read when you don't have a lot of time to spend in one sitting and can complete each story quickly. I love the beautiful cover and deckled pages. Some of the authors are new to me and others are already favorites. This is a great way to be introduced to different writing styles and find new authors to check into.

    The Cost of a Heart by Amanda Barratt: This story made me love the character of Lily and I could identify with her and her circumstances. I loved how Nate remembered words of wisdom on Faith his mama taught him.

    The Advocate by Lorraine Beatty: This is a new author to me. Hannah is a spunky young lady who has a vivid imagination and sheriff Mitch Kincaid doesn't know what he is in for. This story left me chuckling and I enjoyed it.

    Too Many Secrets by Molly Noble Bull: This was one of my favorites. My heart goes out to Abby from the beginning and I'm grabbed in the throes of the story until the end. Luke's kindness, patience, and faith makes him a hero from the start. Wish it was longer, as I didn't want it to end so quickly.

    Love In Store by Anita Mae Draper: Adam has a Secret past, so keeps his heart shielded, while Janet pursues him in secret love notes. Tender yet comical at times. Would love to hear her brothers stories.

    The Last Letter by C.J. Dunham: This is a new author to me that I find worth pursuing. Emilia grabs my heart and I feel her pain. Written at the end of the Civil War it is interesting, has believable characters, and has you weeping.

    The Outcasts Redemption by Jennifer Uhlarik: Maisie is trying to prove her fathers innocence by pouring over his journals and Lucky is a reformed cattle rustler that has ties to her father. I love how this story intertwines and shows God's plan for our lives.

    Beside Still Waters by Becca Whitman: This story deals with deception and learning to trust again. I enjoyed the concept and how it developed in such a small Novella.

    The Princess of Polecat Creek by Kathleen Y'Barbo: Just the title had me smiling and I was disappointed. What a delightful read. Ms. Y'Barbo stories are always engaging.

    Love From Afar by Penny Zeller: Another new author that I enjoyed. A sweet read that leaves you leaving this collection with a satisfied smile.

    I enjoyed this collection and look forward to more.

    I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
  4. susanmsj
    Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great historical collection
    May 1, 2017
    susanmsj
    Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    I really enjoyed reading this collection. All the stories were well written and each one had its own charm. I was trying to figure out which story was my favorite and I really couldnt because I liked them all. However, two of the ones that really kind of got my attention were Too Many Secrets and Love from Afar. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Historical Christian Fiction.

    I was received a copy of this book from one of the authors in exchange for my honest opinion. A positive review was not required.
  5. Madi's Musings Book Review Blog
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Collection
    April 22, 2017
    Madi's Musings Book Review Blog
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed this collection immensely, and it definitely earned all 5 stars! Below are my ratings for the individual novellas:

    The Cost of a Heart- Amanda Barratt ~ 3.5 stars

    The Advocate - Lorraine Beatty ~ 4.5 stars

    Too Many Secrets - Molly Noble Bull ~ 3.5 stars

    Love in Store - Anita Mae Draper ~ 5 stars

    The Last Letter - CJ Dunham ~ 4 stars

    The Outcast's Redemption - Jennifer Uhlarik ~ 5 stars

    Beside Still Waters - Becca Whitman ~ 4 stars

    The Princess of Polecat Creek - Kathleen Y'Barbo ~ 3.5 stars

    Love From Afar - Penny Zeller ~ 5 stars
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