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Today I want to share with you one of my favorite authors. Lynn Winchester writes some of the most amazing American and western historical romances. Her characters and stories show the power of true love and aren’t perfect.
Dry Bayou Brides Series
This series takes place in Dry Bayou Texas and one of the reasons I love it is because of that. Rarely do I find a historical romance set outside of Montana or Wyoming. I’ve reviewed a few of them already.
The Shepherd’s Daughter
Welcome to Dry Bayou, Texas, where Southern Charm meets the Wild West!
Ray MacAdams and Billy Ducharme have been best friends since her family moved to his ranch fourteen years ago to start a new sheep ranching operation.
Through thick and thin, good and bad, fire and rain, their friendship has only gotten stronger—so strong that nothing could possibly break their bond, a bond that for Ray has suddenly changed from simply friends to something deeper… Something that makes her dream of days and nights beside the man she loves, something that makes her wish she were more than just the shepherd’s daughter.
Then Billy’s mail order bride arrives.
The mail-order bride is everything Ray is not: refined, well-mannered, and pretty as a porcelain tea cup. How can Ray possibly compete for Billy’s heart when his new bride is everything he could want in a proper wife?
Can the shepherd’s daughter convince her childhood friend that their love for one another goes beyond friendship, or will Billy marry the pretty interloper and leave Ray out to pasture?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2EiVAQ0
Tilly Mosier has only ever had one dream…to not work in her family’s store. She wants to live her own life outside the shadow of her controlling parents. When she’s presented with the opportunity to open her own dress shop, Tilly finally thinks her life is on track for a bright, happy future.
Until Hank Bartlett returns to Dry Bayou.
Hank Bartlett was always known as one of the meanest little boys in town, and he was meanest to Tilly Mosier, the chubby little girl who always got under his skin. Sent away to medical school six years before, he’s back home to settle down and plant roots.
The only problem is that the woman he wants to plant roots with is determined to keep him at a distance. He can’t blame her; he’s never given her a reason to like him or trust him.
But he’s never stopped thinking about her, the one girl he’s always wanted for his own.
What happens when a woman determined to live her own life is pursued by a man who is determined to win her heart?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2SZ0vhv
Leo Watkins is an ill-tempered widower with a busy smithy to run and no desire to adhere to silly niceties. He likes his life just the way it is and doesn’t care what other people think. But when his son convinces him it’s time to remarry, Leo needs a crash course in wooing a bride.
Missy Piers is a school teacher, a young widow, and the only woman in town fiery enough to put a grumpy old blacksmith in his place. So when Leo asks her to help him catch a wife, she’s reluctant to do so.
Until she starts to fall for the awkwardly charming farrier.
Leo doesn’t know what to do about the infuriating yet intoxicating widow. She’s bossy, uptight, and…beautiful. And she makes him feel things he thought long buried.
Falling for Leo isn’t in Missy’s plans; he’s ornery, stubborn, and entirely too handsome. So why does his presence make her weak, and why does his touch make her yearn for something more?
When these two opposing spirits are offered a second chance at what they’ve lost, will they find love, or will their hearts shatter to pieces?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2V7euyW
The Rogue’s Bride
Guilty of a terrible crime and dogged by a sense of obligation he can’t shake, Gaston Mosier hopes to find a little peace by getting himself hitched. Maybe his new wife can help him feel human again.
Aimee Prentice is seeking a life far away from the trouble she left behind, and becoming a mail-order bride is the only way out of a bad situation. So, when she arrives in Dry Bayou to marry the mysterious man from the ad, she’s surprised to find a man more handsome than she ever imagined. And more troubled.
Gaston only wanted to marry a quiet, simple woman, someone who could keep him company and bear his children. He didn’t expect to find outspoken, startlingly beautiful Aimee waiting for him at the stagecoach station.
What’s Gaston to do with a bride who riles him as no one ever has? What’s Aimee to do about a groom who is more cold shoulder than warm welcome?
One seeks redemption, the other seeks protection, so what happens when trouble finds them both?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2V7D4Ql
The Rake’s Bride
Jean-Luc La Fontaine is tired of sowing his wild oats. So, after a disastrous summer in France, he’s back in Dry Bayou, ordering himself a mail-order bride. A new wife will help him forget about the siren with sapphire eyes…
Intelligence, wealth, prestige… It means nothing when you fall in love with the wrong man. So, when scandal chases Isabeau Montefret from France, she runs to America, determined to forget the man with the wicked smile.
Isabeau hoped becoming a mail-order bride was the answer to her problems. She’d change her name, start a new life, and lose herself in a small town. When she discovers that the man who disappeared with her heart is the man she agreed to marry, Isabeau settles in for the fight of her life.
When the one woman he’d left France to forget arrives in town, claiming she’s his new bride, Jean-Luc doesn’t know what to feel. But when pain gives way to the truth, he must risk keeping a dark secret, one that would steal every chance at happiness. Isabeau once made him believe in happily ever after, now he must learn how to keep his new bride at a distance, lest he lose everything.
Can Jean-Luc be a true husband to the woman he’s been deceiving? Can Isabeau convince Jean-Luc she’s his one true love? Will these two rediscover what they had once upon a summertime?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2DX2rgF
The Gentleman’s Heart
Isadora Mosier never fit in, and she didn’t mind. She still laughed and loved and experienced life at its fullest. But when an accident steals the use of her legs, she’s left with a half-life…until she’s given a new one, as someone else.
Professor Allon Banks is a broken Civil War veteran who never thought he could find a mind and wit to match his. As he begins to correspond with Philomena Parks, he discovers a spirit that captures his heart. Overcome with his need to see her face to face, he travels to Dry Bayou to meet his Philomena and make her his own.
Dora is shocked with Allon arrives in town, searching for the woman he’d fallen in love with on paper. What happens when he finds out the woman he’s been writing to is a cripple? What happens when Dora falls for a man who is already in love with someone else? Someone who isn’t real?
Allon is torn between his love for the spirited Philomena of his letters and his attraction to the lovely, warm Dora who seems to know more than she’s saying. When he discovers Dora is keeping secrets, Allon must decide if the woman in the letters is the same one he can’t stop thinking about.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2V8eLSs
The Gambler’s Prize
Becky Castle left everything behind in France, determined to live a new life, with a new name. After years of so much wrong, things are just beginning to go right…but she can’t seem to find the peace she so needs to feel at home in the small town of Dry Bayou, Texas.
Jean-Marc La Fontaine left home to make his fortune on the Mississippi River. But when his riverboat casino runs aground of a greedy man, Jean-Marc runs back to the one place he could hide—and collides with a woman most intriguing.
Becky doesn’t care much for the charming and incorrigible riverboat gambler, but she can’t help how her heart flutters when Jean-Marc is near. He is utterly wrong for her, but her heart and mind can’t seem to agree.
Jean-Marc wants Becky more than he’s wanted anything in a long time—there’s something about her that draws him in, making him yearn for things he thought impossible. He’s determined to make Becky his, but when life hands him a chance to make things right, will he risk what he wants for a shot at a new beginning?
And what happens when Becky discovers that the charming Jean-Marc isn’t the only man with her in his sights?
As danger threatens to topple them, can Becky and Jean-Marc find the strength to stand together? Or will they fall forever?
— Read the final book in the much-acclaimed, best-selling Dry Bayou Brides Series. —
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2U1CrI8
Dry Bayou Legacy Series
These books were apart of the Montana Sky Kindle World series. They take place in Montana but connect back to Dry Bayou through characters.
Joanna Stopay isn’t in Morgan’s Crossing to visit her godmother, as everyone thinks. She’s in town to find the man who killed her brother. Her plan for justice is working perfectly, until a smiling fool of a farmer’s son ruins her chances of nabbing the bandit who stole everything from her.
Timothy Hanlon is excited about his first adventure away from his family in Dry Bayou, Texas. He’s come to Morgan’s Crossing, Montana, to earn his fortune, but one nearly fatal encounter in a dark alley ties him to a very unlikely creature: a woman in trousers. JoJo is as feisty as she is beautiful, and her dangerous plan to find her brother’s killer can only spell trouble…so why can’t Tim stop himself from helping her?
JoJo doesn’t have time to fall for Tim’s charm, not if she wants to make Dalton Hess pay for his crimes. Tim Hanlon is too smart and much too distracting, but when these two get caught in a trap, JoJo must learn to lean on him to survive.
When these two young adventurers find what they’ve been searching for, will it be love or vengeance?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2U4UFIo
After years of living in her vibrant twin sister’s shadow, shy and awkward Henrietta ‘Rhetta’ Hanlon is ready to spread her wings, and that means heading north to Morgan’s Crossing, Montana. Maybe she’ll be able to be herself in the wide open spaces…
The child of a Lakota woman and an American Army Colonial, Mahkah ‘Mac’ Solomon is caught between two worlds, seeking a place of his own, a place where he can find that one thing his heart is missing. Working at the Wheeler Hills ranch, his heart yearns for something more, and he finds it when lovely, sweet Rhetta comes to visit.
Unused to any man’s attention, Rhetta can’t seem to shake her growing interest in the handsome, brooding ranch foreman. His rare smiles light her afire, and his gentle touch makes her soul sing. But is it her he’s really interested in, or the woman who looks like her?
Though wary of her own feelings, when her sister is kidnapped, Rhetta must depend on Mac to help save her sister’s life. When these two burdened spirits are thrown together, will they find love under the big blue sky or will they allow their fears to silence the song of their hearts?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2TWBVen
Brides of Blessings Series
This a multi-author series that takes place in a small gold mining town in California called Blessings. It’s an addictive series and I love that Lynn’s heroines are from very different places. The series is about strong women.
The Blessed Bride
Leaving Ireland for America, Patience “Pati” O’Connor has followed the trail of her heartbroken father west, to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With no money and a missing father, Pati has no choice but to settle down in a small, gold mining town of Blessings, California. Maybe the rough and tumble place could use a skilled seamstress…
Pete Jones has spent a lifetime fighting. Wounded in battle during the Mexican War, Pete is left with shaking hands, nightmares, and a sour disposition—but his new job protecting gold claims in Blessings just might be what he needs to kick the anguish of his past.
When Pati’s new business is robbed, she seeks help from the ornery yet honorable Pete, who doesn’t seem too keen on sticking his nose into her business. But Pete can’t seem to say no to the vibrant, fiery, oh so beautiful lass, which may spell trouble for his plans to stay lonely and single.
As the town begins to grow around them, and as trouble starts to slither in, Pati and Pete are desperate to find a love more valuable than all the gold in the mountain.
But can Pete be a man worthy of Pati’s love, and can Pati convince Pete she is destined to be his blessed bride?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2IoUQx6
Blessing from Heaven
Nyevah Ivanov arrives in California seeking a new home, far away from the barren sorrow in Siberia. But when her brother abandons her, Nyevah determines to realize her dreams on her own terms. Despite not knowing much English, she finds work at the saloon, and is soon making a home in the boomtown of Blessings. But something is missing…until she meets a stunningly handsome loner.
Mourning the loss of his wife and child, Jeremiah Bridger has lost himself in the mountains, trapping and hunting…and wallowing in his own private hell. After a supply run into Blessings brings him face to face with the most beautiful and agitating woman, Jeremiah can’t seem to stay away from her sparkling golden eyes, sweet smile, and bright heart—no matter how many times he tells himself Nyevah is just a naïve foreigner.
Nyevah has never been one to give up, even when the going got hard, so when Jeremiah Bridger plants himself in her way, she can’t help but push back. He’s about as nice as a wounded bear, but she knows there is more to him than that. And when pushing back only seems to draw him closer, Nyevah can’t help but fall for him.
But is Jeremiah ready to risk his heart again? Will Nyevah fulfill her dream in Jeremiah’s arms? The growing town of Blessings already knows the answers.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2U3bEex
Bethel’s Garden Series
This is a new series that is set in Washington at The Bethel Home for Girls. I love that they are set in another state that I don’t see often.
Lavender Bethel is the eldest daughter of her adopted mother’s gaggle of noisy, overly excitable children. And while she loves each and every one of her brothers and sisters, she yearns for a life outside of Porter’s Grove. When she isn’t teaching in her mother’s school or caring for the large garden, she is day dreaming about what lies over the mountains in the distance.
Ashley “Ash” Tucker, is looking for blacksmithing work in any small town that’ll welcome him. Since losing his brothers, he can’t seem to find the peace he once had, and so he wanders…looking for it. When he stumbles upon an all-girl’s home, he can’t believe his eyes—the teacher is the most beautiful, maddening, and amazing woman he’s ever met. And when he finds work with a man desperate to get his hands on the woman’s land, he’s stuck fighting to keep his heart from getting involved.
So what happens when Ash and Lavender end up on separate ends of a land feud? Will Ash be willing to give up his search for peace to finally find what he’s really been searching for?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2U3dVGB
I’ll be doing a reveal for the next one soon.
Walk the Lightning
This story is part of the multi-author Whitcomb Springs series.
Reverend Paul Isaacs has known the weight of loneliness for 35 years. Day by day by day, the silence and heartache batters him. And in the town of Whitcomb Springs, there’s no one to ease that ache, to fill that void…
Alivia Ryder isn’t one to allow sorrow to rule her life; having lost her husband of 5 years she is determined to start over. To live and thrive again. And when she arrives in Whitcomb Springs, her heart draws her to the handsome, reserved, and sad-eyed preacher.
When a storm strands Paul and Alivia in the church, one stunning realization brings the two lonely hearts to the brink of something powerful.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2TWGKnV
This is book #11 in the multi-author Alphabet Mail-Order Brides series. It also takes you back to Dry Bayou.
Determined to create something that will leave a legacy, Katriona Wigg heads west to Dry Bayou, Texas, where she plans to marry a man she’s never met. Being a mail-order bride isn’t ideal, but she doesn’t have a choice. Offered a chance at something extraordinary, Katriona is willing to do whatever it takes to make her dream a reality, even marry to get the money she needs to build her own vocational school.
But if her new husband thinks he can tie her down, he is in for fight of his life.
Race Tucker has spent years watching the people around him find love and contentment, and when the bug finally bites him, he does what any overly busy ranch foreman does—he sends for a mail-order bride. To have and to hold, to keep and to provide, Race believes he has what it takes to be a fine husband. But he doesn’t know what to do with the woman who arrives in town to marry him—a woman more at home in trousers than dresses. A woman more than capable of bringing him to his knees.
When their marriage starts to get rocky, can these two opposites find a middle ground? Or will Katriona’s keeper let her go?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2GWzhkS
Stay tuned for a post featuring her alter-ego.
You can connect with Lynn:
Her Website – https://www.lynnwinchester.com/
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