Maude Harkey is resigned to a loveless life until a baby is born—and orphaned—at her boarding house home. She'll never be a wife… but she can still be a mother. Yet a boarding house is no place for a newborn. Enter Jonas MacLaren—a handsome, exasperating rancher with an offer too good to refuse.
Jonas can handle running a ranch—but handling his cantankerous mother is another matter. Maude matches his mother's stubbornness so she'll be a perfect live-in companion. But she's there for his mother, not for him. He'll just have to keep his wounded heart closed to her beauty, her humor, her warmth and strength—and her irresistibly adorable baby.
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As my biography indicates, I wrote sixteen historical romances as Laurie Grant. I'm an evangelical Christian, however, and a few years ago the Lord opened the door for me to write for Him—that's how I view writing inspirational fiction. To me, one man + one woman + faith =one dynamic story.
I'm a native Texan, though I now live in "exile" outside that wonderful state—hence my tagline of "Deep in the Heart Historical Romance." While Heaven is my soul's eventual home, Texas is my heaven-on-earth. I'm never so happy as when I'm gazing at a field of glorious field of bluebonnets in the spring, breathing in their faint, somewhat peppery scent, or staring in awe at the rolling blue hills in the distance in the Hill Country, watching a roadrunner streak down the side of the road, wandering around through liveoak groves or over cactus- and mesquite studded hills, dishing into some wonderful Texas "soul food"—steak, blackeyed peas, Tex-Mex dishes, or visiting with my relatives who still live there…
Currently I'm writing a series called "Brides of Simpson Creek" for Love Inspired Historicals. The series takes the "mail order bride" idea and turns it around. In 1865, the Civil War has ended, but the single ladies in the small Texas town of Simpson Creek are faced with a dilemma: no unmarried men have returned from the war. They're not willing to meekly surrender to spinsterhood, nor do they want to leave home to find husbands, so they organize and advertise for mail order grooms. In March of 2015 the eighth book in the series, HILL COUNTRY COURTSHIP, will be published, but if you didn't start reading the series with the first one, MAIL ORDER COWBOY, and continued in order through THE DOCTOR TAKES A WIFE, THE SHERIFF'S SWEETHEART, on through HILL COUNTRY CATTLEMAN, THE PREACHER'S BRIDE, and THE RANCHER'S COURTSHIP, don't worry. Each story stands alone, but don't be surprised if reading one makes you want to hunt up the others!