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Mary's Blessing
By Lena Nelson Dooley

Series: McKenna’s Daughters Series, Book 2
ISBN: 978-1-61638-617-7
Realms/Charisma House
May 2012

“Lena Nelson Dooley paints a vivid picture of all the tragedies and triumphs of nineteenth-century life. The charming characters, godly themes, and tender love story will leave you wanting more and eagerly awaiting her next book.” —Margaret Brownley, New YorkTimes best-selling author of Brides of Last Chance Ranch

When her mother dies, Mary Lenora must grow up quickly to take care of her brothers and sisters. Can love help her to shoulder the burden?

Mary Lenora Murray knows she is adopted. As she was growing up, her mother called her “God’s blessing.” But now that she’s gone, Mary no longer feels like any kind of blessing. Her father, in his grief, has cut himself off from the family, leaving the running of the home entirely in Mary’s hands.

As she nears her eighteenth birthday, Mary can’t see anything in her future but drudgery. Then her childhood friend Daniel begins to court her, promising her a life of riches and ease. But her fairy-tale dreams turn to dust when her family becomes too much for Daniel, and he abandons her in her time of deepest need.

Will Daniel come to grips with God’s plan for him? And if he does return, can Mary trust that this time he will really follow through?

5 stars~
I really enjoyed this story and read it quickly. The writing was good and the style easy to follow, yet rich with language that evoked emotion. The prologue alone was enough to choke me up. Then the story launched into various dramatic situations that made me think about a few Little House on the Prairie episodes. Daniel was a sweetheart, but he had some maturing to do. I couldn't help pitying Mary's situation and how much responsibility she had, but at the same time I could see how much she needed her family to help fill that gap in her life that couldn't seem to ever be filled.

The spiritual and emotional ARC was well done for a number of characters including Mary's younger sister. I liked seeing her growth and also watching Daniel mature into a young man that could be trusted. The situation with Mary's dad was sad, but there was a lot of truth in what he said about our days being numbered. It's easy to forget that we won't all live to a ripe old age, but there is nothing we can do about that. Anyway, I liked watching this couple slowly rebuild their relationship, and witnessing Mary learning to trust Daniel again. It was a heartwarming story with a sweet ending. The best part was it never bored me but kept me reading. These days I am easily bored, so that's a clear sign that this novel is a good book.
--Michelle Sutton,

Maggie's Journey
By Lena Nelson Dooley
ISBN 978-1616383589
Realms/Charisma House
October 6, 2011
McKenna's Daughters Series, Book 1

Maggie's Journey grabs you on page one with characters and events that reflect real-life joys and heartaches that change the characters forever. Make room on your "keepers" shelf! —Loree Lough, best-selling author of 80 award-winning books, including From Ashes to Honor.

A girl who’s been lied to her whole life…

Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she was adopted. The daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed both by her real parents and by the ones who raised her. 
Maggie desires a place where she belongs. But her mother’s constant criticism and reminders that she doesn't fit the mold of a young woman of their social standing have already created tension in their home. With the discovery of the family secret, all sense of her identity is lost. 
When Maggie asks to visit her grandmother in Arkansas, her father agrees on the condition that she take her Aunt Georgia as a chaperone and his young partner, Charles Stanton, as protection on the journey. Will she discover who she really is and, more importantly, what truly matters most in life? 
Lena Nelson Dooley is an award-winning author with more than 650,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers—where she received the Mentor of the Year award in 2006—DFW Ready Writers, and Christian Authors Network. She lives in Hurst, Texas, with her husband of over 45 years.

Maggie's Journey, received 4 stars from Romantic Times Magazine.

Winner of the Selah Award for historical fiction at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference

Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico
By Lena Nelson Dooley
ISBN: 978-1935416746
Summerside Press
Historical Romance

All that glitters is not gold.

It’s 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride—despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeline Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip—and Jeremiah himself—the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her reputation beyond redemption.

Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, received the Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in western fiction.

Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, received 4 stars from Romantic Times Magazine.

Endorsements and reviews:

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel by Lena Nelson Dooley. It’s now one of my favorite Love Finds You titles. The story structure reminded me of Tracie Peterson’s style, but this author added her own personal touch to make it uniquely hers.

The writing style was smooth and intelligently put together. It was easy to read without feeling choppy. I got a bit misty-eyed a few times as well, which is not a frequent occurrence for me. That only happens when my heart is engaged, and in this case the author did a great job of making me care. The baby in the story was a big part of that bonding process. The author used that character well in connecting various situations and thus making my eyes water.

The theme of forgiveness was strong and beautifully written. I didn’t see any flaws or downsides to this novel. The spiritual thread was strong and flowed naturally, which is not often the case with historical fiction. The church setting enhanced the novel and I adored the elderly man, Phillip.

The hero, Jeremiah, was dreamy. Though he had his weaknesses, they didn’t feel contrived and just made him more intriguing and heroic to me. The heroine was strong in her own way, while remaining somewhat dependent like women tended to be in those days, especially women who had limited financial resources. Sometimes when I read a historical novel I get annoyed when the women seem atypically strong for that time period. This heroine was perfectly constructed in this case. I enjoyed spending time getting to know these characters. I highly recommend this book.
Michelle Sutton
"Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico is a well-researched novel brimming with emotive conflict. Lena Nelson Dooley has crafted a historical romance that demonstrates that courage comes in many forms, but the courage to love is the most difficult of all." -- DiAnn Mills, author of Sworn to Protect and A Woman Called Sage

"Two strangers are presented with a 'golden' opportunity for love in this quintessential East meets West tale by well-loved author Lena Nelson Dooley. I found myself swept away by the beautiful writing and enmeshed in the lives of the players, who face many twists and turns in their journey toward the ultimate happily-ever-after. Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico is truly one of the loveliest historical romances I've read in ages. Highly recommended." -- Janice Hanna Thompson, author of Love Me Tender and Swinging on a Star

I’ve plunged into the midst of your wonderful book, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. I love the book—compelling plot and intriguing characters. Who couldn’t love that sweet ol’ guy, Philip or the wonderful Sneeds, or want to snuggle little Pearl, so thanks for doing a terrific job in painting your secondary characters! I also loved that you made Maddy an intelligent young woman who is growing up through her quandaries—and understanding so much more about the world. I admired Jeremiah for his love and protection of Philip (though I did want to kick Jeremiah in the keister every once in a while so that he’d notice Maddy.) But it was those little things that kept me reading…and hoping…that the two of them would get together. And that made the romance ever more satisfying! A brilliant job, done well, Lena!” – Ramona Cramer Tucker, former editor of Today’s Christian Woman magazine, Virtue magazine, and edited books by many well-known authors including Lisa Beamer, Brock and Bodie Thoene, Sigmund Brower, and Deborah Raney

I struck it rich with this historical romance. I’d not read any of Lena Nelson Dooley’s books before, but because of her excellent reputation, I knew I’d be in for a treat, which I was. This story is well crafted from start to finish. The mining town of Golden, New Mexico is described so well, I felt I was there hearing the stamp machine, experiencing the heat of the sun-drenched summer days, and seeing the adobe homes echoing the soft colors of the desert landscape. What brings this story to life, though, are Dooley’s vibrant characters, with whom I enjoyed spending time. Strong but suspicious Jeremiah, warm and caring Maddy, and a host of secondary characters, including bighearted Philip, are likeable people. They pulled me into the story and were my fictional friends throughout. I longed to see good things come out of Maddy and Jeremiah’s struggles and found his faith journey to be a highlight. I highly recommend Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico and am grateful for my review copy. Lena Nelson Dooley is now on my favorite authors list. - Keli Gwyn, 2010 Golden Heart finalist

Lena Nelson Dooley's historical romance, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico is ALL about love. Anyone who has studied the five different types of love--attraction (epithumia), romance (eros), affection (storge), friendship (phile), and selfless giving (agape)--will recognize examples of every facet of love in the characters Dooley created for her story. Surrounded by a vivid setting in the 1890s mining town, Madeline Mercer and Jeremiah Dennison interact with kind, lovable God-fearing friends, as well as selfish, conniving criminals, before finding one another. You'll find yourself turning pages far more swiftly than you might expect while reading a book set in this time and place. If you enjoy inspirational, historical, romantic fiction, you'll want to pick this one up. - Cecelia Dowdy , multi-published author

This book is well-written with a fast paced plot. But the thing I enjoyed most about this novel were the characters. It struck me how varied they were. Many times most of the characters in a novel seem very similar. Lena’s talent shines with the varied characters in this Love Finds You novel. I felt everything right along with them. And the setting . . . Part of the novel takes place in Boston and part takes place in New Mexico. She did an awesome job showing those two settings, specifically the differences.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend you read it! - Heidi Main:

I’ve read two books in the Love Finds You series, and both have been a real treat. Lena Nelson Dooley’s Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico has a special meaning to me because for many years, I lived just over the mountain from this location. As I read this delightful book, the Wild West came to life for me again, along with sweet memories of the breathtaking scenery. But the best part about the book is its heartwarming story of love, redemption, and forgiveness. There is a huge surprise in this book, one that kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for the “other shoe to drop.” I was not disappointed when another twist came along, making the road to Golden a pleasurable journey indeed. - Louise Gouge -

Fiction and Faith

By Kathy Ide, with 17 contributing authors including Lena Nelson Dooley
ISBN-13: 978-1936127078
Treble Heart Books/MountainView Publishing

Stories that Speak to the Soul.

When Jesus walked this earth, He taught most often by telling stories. We call them parables. Afterward, He explained to His listeners (or, in some cases, exclusively to His disciples) the parallels and meanings that could be derived from the story. Fiction and Truth follows this effective format. Christian authors tell engaging short stories with memorable characters in fascinating situations.

Following each story is a brief Author s Application in which the writer suggests how the lessons of the stories can be applied to the reader s daily life.

Wild West Christmas

By Kathleen Y'Barbo, Lena Nelson Dooley, Vickie McDonough, Darlene Franklin
ISBN 978-1-60260-566-4
Christmas Courtships Corral Four Sisters in Texas

Charlsey Ames can ride, rope, and work the ranch with the best of them. But things don't add up when she finds herself attracted to accountant Harold Miller III, a citified tenderfoot. Will he ever see the gentle woman beneath the coating of trail dust.

Sharp-shooting Lucy Ames is thrilled to join Major Paulson's Wild West Show. But is she setting her sights too high when she begins falling for budding evangelist Gordon Paulson? Would she be better off aiming for a stable, widowed rancher?

Although horse-trainer Sarah Ames is stunned when her pa hires the part-Mexican Carson Romero to take over her job at the ranch, she gradually becomes attracted to the drifter. But when cattle go missing, Carson seems the prime suspect Has Carson stolen Sarah's heart as well as some prime longhorns?

An expert tracker, the plain Bessie Mae Ames resolves to spend her life taking care of her widowed father. That is until Texas Ranger Josef Mueller rides back into town, trailing a wanted man. Will the soon-to-be-smitten ranger find both he and his prey sweet on an unsuspecting Bessie Mae?

Will these cowgirls be tamed and live to celebrate Christmas romance?

Wild West Christmas appeared on an Amazon Bestseller list and Barbour bestselling list.

Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe

By Lena Nelson Dooley, Jeanie Smith Cash, Jean Kincaid, Jeri Odell
ISBN 978-1-60260-563-3

Love Hits the Slopes at Christmastime

Four young women, fresh out of college, pursue their careers at a new ski lodge at Lake Tahoe's Incline Village during the winter season.

Bethany Stillman's resolve to focus on her RN career falters when she meets paramedic Cole Beckman. Cole wonders how long it will be before Beth realizes he's to blame for crippling her grandfather. Can a Christmas miracle forge a path to love and forgiveness?

Social director Scarlett McKaye loves planning things down to the last detail. But what she didn't count on was having to spurn the bold advances of a reckless suitor. How far will daredevil Derrick Greene go to cancel Scarlett's reservations?

Stephanie St. John is determined to make a go of the time-share program at Snowbird Lodge. But Darrin Hart seems to be undermining her efforts, her confidence, and her reputation. Will misunderstanding be resolved, or will Stephanie succeed in business only to lose at love?

A wounded-at-the-heart Michaela Christianssen has chosen a male-free existence. But her friends and an eleven-year-old girl have other ideas. Widower Jonas Bradley is content with his life as father and forest ranger, until he finds himself pining for Michaela. What will it take to fell her oppositions to romance?

Will these four women hear wedding bells chime this Christmas?

Can You Help Me? And Caught Red-Handed
Lena Nelson Dooley and Yvonne Lehman
ISBN-13: 978-1410417992
Thorndyke Large Print Edition

The Spinster Brides of Cactus Corner

By Lena Nelson Dooley, Jeri Odell, Frances Devine, Vickie McDonough
ISBN-13: 978-1410417800
Thorndike Large Print Edition

Cranberry Hearts

By Lena Nelson Dooley, Lisa Harris, Elizabeth Goddard
ISBN 978-1-60260-488-9
Romancing America - Massachusetts
Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Hearts Are on the Line in Three Suspenseful Romances

Three modern women’s lives have been turned upside down. But going home to the Boston area leads them to encounter both love and danger.

Leiann Hambrick is called home to meet the grandfather she never knew, but Gerome Mays suspects her of stealing from the elderly man. Can Leiann forgive those who lied to her—and about her?

Kayla Marceilo left Boston to heal, only to have her ex-fiancé find her. But Ty Lawrence’s past still makes loving him a risk. With the danger so tangible, can Ty every win her trust?

Riley O’Hare gives up her dreams to run the family’s cranberry farm, and just when she thinks her new life is peaceful, Zane Baldwyn brings danger to her door. Can they work together to solve a mystery and save the farm?

Can these three women learn to trust God and man when uncertainty darkens their lives?

A Barbour Bestseller

The Prairie Romance Collection

Twelve Complete Stories
ISBN 978-1-60260-435-3
Barbour Publishing

Expanding western borders, turning the land, and finding a place in which to live and love defines the pioneer Heart. Within this unique collection are twelve complete stories of romance on the American Great Plains penned by twelve different multi-published authors.

After the Harvest by Lynn A. Coleman
Love Notes by Mary Davis
Mother’s Old Quilt by Lena Nelson Dooley
The Tie That Binds by Susan K. Downs
A Heart’s Dream by Birdie L. Etchison
The Bride’s Song by Linda Ford
The Barefoot Bride by Linda Goodnight
Prairie Schoolmarm by JoAnn A. Grote
The Provider by Cathy Marie Hake
Freedom’s Ring by Judith McCoy Miller
Returning Amanda by Kathleen Paul
Only Believe by Janet Spaeth

Enjoy history relived through the pioneer’s adventures, heartaches, challenges, victories, and romance. You are sure to have more than one favorite to warm your heart and encourage your faith.

Wild Prairie Roses

By Lena Nelson Dooley, Laurie Alice Eakes, Lisa Harris
ISBN 978-1-60260-415-5
Barbour Publishing

Lost Gold Leads to a Treasure Trove of Romance

In the decade following the Civil War, rumors of gold lost near Browning City, Iowa, lead three couples on quests for treasure.

Constance Miller’s father’s dying request sends her on a manhunt. Once in Iowa, local blacksmith Hans Van de Kieft shadows her every step. Will Constance find more than she bargained for in riches of the heart?

Among a family famous for their heroics, Tara Young seeks the chance to make a name for herself recovering the gold cache. Government agent Aaron Jefferson is on a similar mission. Can they work together, or will the prize remain elusive to them both?

Lily Reese can’t wait to leave her boring town—until Ben Purcell arrives, looking to set down his roots. When stories of treasure sweep them both into a whirlwind of danger, will they each have to give up their dreams to reap a reward?

Can the little town of Browning City handle so much excitement? Will it relinquish its treasure or reveal it in matters of the heart?

Earlier Releases

Snowbound Colorado Christmas

By Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Tamela Hancock Murray
ISBN 978-1-60260-116-1

Love Arrives with a Blizzard

Thalia Bloom’s Christmas Party on December 3, 1913, is the talk of Denver, but no one dreams the gently falling snow will continue six days and accumulate nearly four feet.

Fires of Love by Tamela Hancock Murray

Thalia Bloom looks forward to her party, except for seeing heartbreaker Maximilian Newbolt. Sparks fly between them. Maximilian is waylaid by an allergy to a strawberry and rhubarb tart, and illness means he must linger. Aunt Dorcas is even unhappier than Maximilian, discouraging any newfound love between the couple. Has God used a fruit tart to free this couple from the bondage of fears and insecurities so they can find true happiness in love?

The Best Medicine by Lena Nelson Dooley

When Thomas Stanton shows up at the holiday party of Rose Fletcher’s best friend, his appearance reminds Rose of the infatuation she felt for him when he worked on her father’s ranch. Although her heart wants to continue those long ago feelings, her mind remembers that he doesn’t share her faith in God. Thomas can’t understand why rose seems so standoffish. Will it take God’s intervention to show these two people just what He has planned all along?

Almost Home by Susan Page Davis

Patricia Logan leaves Thalia’s party and heads for home at her uncle’s ranch. Her ride is sidelined by the blizzard. A chance meeting with Jared Booker, an old friend, prompts Patricia to beg for a lift. They set out on horseback and become snowbound in a shack for two days with an outspoken midwife and their past. Can they rekindle their old camaraderie and see it transform into lasting love?

Dressed in Scarlet by Darlene Franklin

Natalie Daire, a rich young heiress, has an automobile accident on the way home from Thalia’s holiday party and finds herself snowed in with other guests at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. Fabrizio Ricci, the mechanic who fixes her motorcar, is also snowbound at the hotel. Can these two people from the opposite ends of the social spectrum find true love?

If they live through the storm, will love be there to greet each young woman on Christmas morn?

Snowbound Colorado Christmas was on the CBD Bestseller list.
Snowbound Colorado Christmas was on the Barbour Bestseller list.
Snowbound Colorado Christmas is in an Amazon Bestseller list.

Who Am I?

ISBN 978-1-59789-782-2
Heartsong Presents
Book 1 in Massachusetts contemporary series

Leiann has been lied to her entire life.

Leiann Hambrick was settled into a comfortable life as a Texas schoolteacher. . .but then her mother dies and her world is turned upside down. A letter Leiann receives causes her to question her very identity. What will she learn when she goes to Boston to meet the grandfather she nas never known?

Gerome Mays has discovered that someone is stealing from his wealthy stepfather. When Leiann shows up claiming to be his stepfather’s long-lost granddaughter, Gerome wonders if she’s involved. But as his attraction for her grows, unexplained accidents lead Gerome to a more sinister plot.

Will Leiann learn to forgive those who lied to her and find her true identity in the Lord? Can Gerome save Leiann’s life and his stepfather’s fortune?

One Year Life Verse Devotional
Compiled by Jay K. Payleitner
ISBN 978-1-4143-1262-0

Lena was privileged to be included in this devotional book containing scriptures from 364 other people. Some of them are well-known, some are not. This would make a wonderful gift or choice for a personal devotional.
Montana Mistletoe

By Lena Nelson Dooley, Lisa Harris, Debby Mayne, Kim Vogel Sawyer
ISBN 978-1-59789-820-1

Love Comes in Unexpected Packages

Four childhood friends from Mistletoe, Montana, made a pact to find true love by their twenty-eighth Christmas. As the deadline looms, each woman keeps busy with expanding careers and experiences that threaten to douse their Christmas spirit – as well as their chances for romance.

Christmas Confusion by Lena Nelson Dooley

Lori Compton, mayor of Mistletoe, needs ideas for ways to prop up the sagging economy. After having her heart broken by the former pastor, she doesn’t want to spend time with the new pastor. Rev. Russell Brown has plenty of ideas, even one that includes his spending the rest of his life with the beautiful mayor. Will Lori be able to move beyond her hurts and recognize God’s intentions for the future of the town – and for her own future?

Return to Mistletoe by Debby Mayne

Deanna Moss assumes Frank is the man she’ll marry, until her old flame, Anthony Carson, arrives in town on business. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but she doesn’t want her heart to be broken again. Anthony has a reputation for not staying in one place for long. Deanna loves Mistletoe and wants to protect not only her heart but the place she loves from people who only care about the bottom line. Will Anthony ever convince Deanna that he’s serious about loving her and making Mistletoe his permanent home?

Under the Mistletoe by Lisa Harris

When Madison Graham leaves the quaint town of Mistletoe for New York City to buy products for her year-round Christmas store, Under the Mistletoe, she’s positive she has met her man. Albert Kendall is everything she’s ever dreamed of: successful, good-looking, and well off. But is worldly success really what she’s looking for in a man, or have the bright lights of the city so blinded her that she’s forgotten the real meaning of Christmas?

All I Want for Christmas Is. . .You by Kim Vogel Sawyer

When Kathy Morgan returns to her childhood home of Mistletoe for a stroll down memory lane before accepting the marriage proposal of her business-partner boyfriend, she doesn’t expect to have her world turned upside down. But local postman Erik Hoffman ends up delivering more than mail – he delivers the disturbing message that Kathy needs to get her heart back in order with her Savior. Although Kathy resists Erik’s advice at first, she slowly comes to realize he’s right – what she need most for Christmas isn’t a husband; it’s faith.
When Romance Arrives in Unexpected Packages, will Each Woman Be Able to Accept the Gift?

Montana Mistletoe has appeared on the CBD bestseller list and Barbour Publishing bestseller list.

Carolina Carpenter Brides
ISBN 978-1-59789-581-1
By Janet Benrey, Ron Benrey, Lena Nelson Dooley, Yvonne Lehman
Contemporary Novella Collection

“Love connection, aisle 8. . .” Brianna Griffith Needs to deal with ugly wallpaper in her new office, so she signs up for a how-to course at her local Home & Hearth Superstore. She never expected to run into Zach Wilson, an old flame from her college days. Will her bad decisions be fixed as easily as the wallpaper?

Kaitlyn Ferrer, an investigative reporter for Blue Ridge Sun, is writing an undercover story on the dating scene at the H&H. Her half-hearted efforts accelerate when she meets dashing Chris Taylor, who is also working “under cover.” It will take more than good words for these two clandestine overachievers to build an honest relationship.

When Valerie Bradford asks a Home & Hearth employee for assistance, she doesn’t guess that she will get more than she bargained for. Austin Hodges can’t believe what the feisty blond woman plans to accomplish by herself. Because of his profession, he knows hoe much help she needs, but for right now, his advice will have to do. Can God lead them through the misunderstandings they encounter toward a bright future together?

Gary Andrews works security at the H&H when Janice Jones begins working in the flowers and plants department. Soon her activities become suspect. He can have her arrested or try to save her from a life of crime when personal feelings and moral responsibility become entangled. This Carolina superstore is buzzing with romance, but will love find a firm foundation to build upon?

The Spinster Brides of Cactus Corner
 By Frances Devine, Lena Nelson Dooley, Vickie McDonough, Jeri Odell

 ISBN 978-1-59789-583-5
Historical novella collection

The Cactus Corner singles scene is shrinking. . . . Many were unmarried by choice, others by circumstances, but single women living the 1800s carried the unfortunate label of “spinsters.” Once branded, can a spinster find love?
India Cunningham is happy running the ranch her father left her when a man she doesn’t remember from her childhood arrives to help her. Can she trust Joshua Dillinger, or is he there to steal her land?
Lawyer Anika Windsor is pitted against her first and only love, law school beau Tucker Truesdale. Can these two opposites find true and lasting love, or will their differences keep them apart forever?
 Elaine Daly has dedicated her life to caring for orphaned children and has no desire for a husband. But when new doctor Dan Murray comes to town, he changes her world. Can he also change her heart?
Jody McMillan is determined to raise enough money to buy a vacant property to expand the overcrowded orphanage. Unknown to her, Aaron Garrett has already bought the lot.
Can they come to an agreement? Or will both lose what they want, including the one they love?
My novella in this collection, The Spinster and the Cowboy,wais a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year contest.

My novella in this collection, The Spinster and the Cowboy,was a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year contest.

The Spinster Brides of Cactus Corner received 3 stars from Romantic Times.

Pirate's Prize Audio Edition
A Daughter’s Quest 
By Lena Nelson Dooley
ISBN 1-59789-511-3
Hiatorical Romance
Constance Miller is on a mission As he lies dying, Constance’s father asks her to seek out a troubled friend of his from the war and tell him about God’s love. Although she would rather stay with those she has known all her life, Constance obeys her father’s wishes. She leaves her home in the mountains of Arkansas on a quest to find Jim Mitchell, reportedly living in Iowa. Constance soon discovers that locating Jim will not be as easy as she had hoped, especially if she wants to avoid raising suspicions among the townsfolk of Browning City. And for reasons that escape her, the local blacksmith, Hans Van de Kieft, seems to take her on as his special concern, shadowing her every step.
Will Constance find Jim, or will her quest lead her instead to a destiny prepared by her heavenly Father, on that she would have never envisioned on her own?
“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.” — Proverbs 16:20

A Daughter's Quest is a 2007 Book of the Year finalist at American Christian Fiction Writers.

Never Say Never

ISBN 1-59789-056-1
By Lena Nelson Dooley

Charlotte Will Never Love Again

When Charlotte Halloran’s husband was killed by a drunk driver, her heart died, too. Now, one year later, Charlotte and her teenaged daughter are boarding a cruise ship to take their minds off their loss. But when the Pearl of the Ocean’s captain catches her eye, Charlotte wonders if “never” was God’s idea or–hers.

Captain Gareth Van den Hout knows the pain of losing love. Three years ago, he lost his precious wife to cancer. His time aboard the cruise ship created a chasm of secrets between them, and he’s vowed it will never happen again. But when he sees Charlotte, Gareth is compelled to risk his heart and get to know the petite, black-haired beauty, even if only for a short time.

Could the Lord have plans to heal and unite two broken hearts convinced “never” is forever?

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” — Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

Never Say Never was selected by the Heartsong Reader Poll as the #6 Favorite Contemporary Heartsong in 2006.

Windswept Weddings

ISBN 1-59789-085-5
By Lena Nelson Dooley, Pamela Griffin, Rachel Hauck, and Lynette Sowell

Nature’s Fury Can’t Stop Love

Severe weather disrupts four weddings with the worst nature has to offer. Will the couples survive the emotional turbulence brewing with the storms?

Christine Dailey’s perfect wedding is threatened when the worst snowstorm in years hits Minnesota. Can Christine trust God to take care of them and get them to the church on time?

Three strikes and you’re out. The morning of a third attempt at a ceremony, Dale’s best man takes him out chasing a tornado. Is Marie’s dream wedding about to be blown away–again?

An august hurricane targets Florida, and Allie Seton’s dream wedding swirls into a full-blown nightmare. And worse yet, her fiancé, Kyle Landon is stranded in New York City. Will Allie learn to lean on God in the midst of chaos? Will Kyle get home in time for the wedding?

Lightning ignites a wildfire that threatens beautiful Settler Lake, California. On Luke and Krista’s wedding day, the wind changes and the couple lands in danger Will they trust God to be an ever-present help in their time of trouble?

Minnesota Brothers

ISBN 1-59789-108-8

Is Four Stories of Swedes Who Find Romance in Their New Homeland.

Minnesota Brothers contains four complete romantic novels in one volume: The Other Brother, His Brother’s Castoff, Double Deception, and Gerda’s Lawman. Readers will also enjoy reading a letter from the author where she shares more of her life with them.

Love Sets Down Roots

The Nilsson family of Sweden has decided to settle in Minnesota, where each of the brothers seeks a wife.

When Lars suddenly elopes, Gustaf is left to meet his younger brother’s original fiancée at the ship and explain his brother’s absence to her. Could God have designed all along for these two to be together?

August admires his older brother Gustaf, but perhaps not enough to accept his castoff for a wife. Can Anna Jensen recover from the death of a fiancé and the marriage of another beau in order to see August as more than just a friend?

Lowell and Ollie are both fascinated by a mysterious young woman who has come to town–thought she is good at eluding their affections. Will Rissa Le Blanc drive a wedge between the brothers?

Gerda Nilsson envies her brothers’ wives, but there has been no romance for her–until a tight-lipped cowboy rides into town. Will Gerda trust her fanciful heart or lean on her faith to guide her?

Experienve an immigrant family’s adaptation to a new home as each sibling searches for acceptance, fulfillment, faith, and love.

Pirate's Prize

Is there any way to escape from a pirate ship?

Angelina de la Fuente Delgado, the pampered daughter of a wealthy merchant, is on her way home from a trip to Spain when her ship is attacked by pirates. The brigands capture her and her aunt and steal all the merchandise on the ship. After forcing most of the crew to walk the plank, they sink the vessel into the Atlantic. Brian O’Doule, who is secretly in love with Angelina, is also kidnapped by the pirates. Driven by feelings of guilt for not preventing the disaster, he does everything in his power to protect the women and to find a way for them all to escape. Will Angelina ever see her home and her beloved father again? Or will she be forced to marry the fierce pirate captain, Etienne Badeau?

Pirate’s Prize was given the Craig Hart Reviewer’s Choice Award for November, the only mass market book to ever receive this award.

Pirate’s Prize was selected by the Heartsong Reader Poll as the #4 Favorite Historical Heartsong in 2005.

The cover for Pirate’s Prize was voted the favorite historical cover in the Heartsong Reader Poll in 2005.

Pirate's Prize was a featured choice by the American Christian Fiction Writers Book Club.

Gerda's Lawman
Frank Daggett is on a mission. . .

Years spent tracking a swindler and his daughter have cost Frank dearly in time and money. When his search leads to Litchfield, Minnesota, the former U.S. Marshal finds more than he bargained for—in the form of his quarry and Gerda Nilsson.

Gerda, surrounded by happy couples, is entranced by the intense blue-eyed gaze of an unknown cowboy. But several misunderstandings cause her to become wary of his intentions—and his spiritual well-being.

Has this unsaved lawman captured Gerda’s heart, or will the Lord deliver her from the temptation of Frank’s presence? What will it take for Frank to win this lovely lady and become Gerda’s lawman?
Scraps of Love
Fabric Binds Family Through the Generations

As long as women have sewed, there have been boxes of scraps and recycled garments in their homes. The women of the Collins family have such a treasure box, which down through time is opened by:

Bridget, free as the wind on the Dakota prairie, who may have found love in the form of a sedate minister. Will making her own wedding dress prove to be her undoing? Marry for Love by Janet Spaeth

Maggie, who suddenly finds herself all alone in the world. Can she find healing for her broken heart in restoring a quilt for the new railroad stationmaster? Mother’s Old Quilt by Lena Nelson Dooley

Leah, who struggles even to clothe her son during World War II. Should she trust the stranger who befriends her boy, in spite of rumors surrounding the man? The Coat by Tracey V. Bateman with Frances Devine

Colleen, who believes love has reentered her life–only to have her hopes dashed by scandal. Could the scrapbook she assembles from bits of fabric help to piece her faith back together as well? Love of a Lifetime by Rhonda Gibson

In the scrap box, each woman finds lessons passed on from her ancestors–vital bits of history, pieced together with love, bound by threads of faith.

Scraps of Love was on the CBD Bestseller list for five months in 2004 and 2005.

It has also appeared numerous times on two different bestseller lists on

Scraps of Love received 3 stars from Romantic Times magazine.

Double Deception
Rissa lives a double life.

Since her mother died, Rissa’s stepfather, Pierre Le Blanc, has been her guardian. She hates the life they lead—always traveling from one place to the other—and longs for a way to escape. She has no hope—until they arrive in Litchfield, Minnesota. Friendship with some of the townspeople gives her a glimpse of what life can be like.

Lowell and Ollie Jenson are brothers as well as best friends, working side-by-side on their father’s horse farm. When they become interested in the same women—Rissa Le Blanc—a wedge is driven between them. Her attention, swinging from brother to brother, only worsens the problem.

Can Lowell or Ollie help Rissa escape her emotional prison? Will the brothers find healing for the rift between them and allow God to work His will in their lives?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recoving of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:18)

His Brother's Castoff
Anna Jenson’s love isn’t enough.

Of that, she’s certain. After all, with one former beau married and another dead, Anna knows there must be something wrong with her. She busies herself with dressmaking, hoping her pain will diminish in time.

August Nilsson is consumed with envy for his older brother. Gustaf has everything August ever wanted—a wife, a child, and a home. And before it all, Gustaf had courted Anna—the same woman who captured August’s heart upon his arrival in Minnesota.

Will these two allow the Lord to speak truth into their hearts? Will August be able to overcome his feelings of inferiority to Gustaf? Will Anna ever see herself through August’s eyes, instead of believing herself to be merely his brother’s castoff?

All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.” (Psalm 25:10)

His Brother’s Castoff was awarded second place in the 2004 ACRW Book of the Year contest.

His Brother’s Castoff was selected by the Heartsong Reader Poll as the #6 Favorite Historical Heartsong in 2004.

The Other Brother is one of the novels appearing in Crossings Book Club’s new Heaven Sent series volume titled Cross My Heart.  It is also available through Doubleday Book Club and Rhapsody Romance Book Club. Also available at: 
The Other Brother
Promises broken and hearts left bare. . .
Olina Sandsrtom is traveling to America to marry her fiance. In her heart, she carries a secret that stands like an insurmountable wall between her and God. Gustaf Nilsson is an eldest son, expected to correct the problems his younger brother creates. It’s not a role he enjoys, and the mission his is on now is the most odious he has ever had. When these two lives collide, will Olina and Gustaf seed that God’s hand has brought them together? Will they let Him lead them both to the better life He planned for them all along?
“A man’s heart deviseth his way; but the LORD directeth his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
The Other Brother was selected by the Heartsong Reader Poll as the #9 Favorite Historical Heartsong in 2002.
Home to Her Heart
Home to Her Heart was first published by Heartsong Presents in 1992. When it went out of print, it was a featured book on the Storybook Series web site.