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Romancing the Drifter

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A handsome drifter shows up, but he's not all he confesses to be. Caught in a jam, circumstances force the heroine to extend a needy hand, so a bond of cooperation forms between them out of necessity. Can they put differences aside to overcome the looming obstacles ahead? Only true affection can level the path separating two independent hearts, but it will have to work overtime when a drifter rides into town. Enjoy these four historical romances when life was simpler and trust was built on integrity in the moment.

Riding the popularity of Florida's expanding rail line in 1904, Mattie Jo Pike has to administer first aid after two hobos squabble at her water tower stopover in Favoretta. The kindly victim, Mo Rudyard, doesn't seem like the train-jumping type, but her stern Florida cracker father won't let the man hang around long enough to learn more about him. Undercover, Morrison can't seem to please his entrepreneurial father, and to aggravate matters, his priceless secret token has been stolen. He traces the token's path to a hobo village where anarchy rules the cutthroat roost. With the kingpin of the hobos his target, the last thing he wants is for lawless Dell Wilkes to end up in Favoretta - where lovely Mattie Jo has taken up selling her orange marmalade to the tourists. A clash of shifty railroad characters leaves the local sheriff scratching his head as to who can be trusted. Mattie Jo sets out to settle the conflict, armed with a sassy attitude and a pistol hidden in her skirt.

No man steals her kisses and then jumps a train without explanation -
because she's had about enough of a one-way relationship along a two-way track.

Twenty-two-year-old Garnet Adams longs to marry and have a houseful of children. Forced to support her widowed mother, she embraces her role as a teacher, although the Carrie Town board of education's rules for female teachers leave no opportunity for a social life. She contents herself playing the violin at church.

Tall, bearded, and rough around the edges, Deputy Noah Scott would rather hunt than socialize. Garnet thinks he's a rude, insensitive drifter, and Noah's sure the last person he'd want to court is a schoolmarm--especially with her unladylike sneeze. As the needs of her students bring them together, opposites seem to attract until a certain Christmas present derails their future.

Leila Abbott, despaired of ever finding a husband, has one goal in mind--to raise enough money for a library and a new addition for the clinic. Jake Halliday's goal is to find a place he can call home after five years of drifting from town to town. Leila's attraction to the tall, dark stranger grows as he blends in with the people of Paradise Valley and lends a hand with his wood-working skills to help organize the largest fund-raising event ever seen by the town. Leila's enthusiasm and determination strike a chord in Jake as he searches for answers about faith and forgiveness. Their hopes and dreams for the future may well drive them apart, or bring about the love they both have sought

Everything is going wrong at the Buttercup Inn. Following the fire, the accident, and the theft, Winnie's confidence as an innkeeper is at an all-time low. If it weren't for Matthew Lister's steadying presence and help, she'd sell the inn and move away from St. Augustine. What's more, the chemistry between Matt and herself is more than she can handle, especially since he answered her all-important question the wrong way. He didn't have a camel.

Genre: Inspirational

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