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In 1906, I was barely over fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She opened her mouth to say something, but then her face flushed, and she turned her head to look out the window. After a second, she squeezed my hand and looked back in my eyes. She said, “You’ve always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now, you’re going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?” I didn’t understand, but I nodded my head anyway. It sounded strange to me, the way so many things did. I would do what she told me. I didn’t have a choice, any more than I had a choice in being born.
Wealthy heiress Jessica McCarthy desperately wants to be married and have a family. A rogue and a scoundrel, Zachary Belk, the handsomest man in Manhattan, is the only one who has proposed. Even though her father warns her that Zachary won’t make a good husband, she marries him. She soon discovers that her father was right. When the stock market crashes, and both families are left penniless, Zachary seeks a new fortune on a property he owns in another Manhattan, in Kansas. They are only there a short time before he deserts her. With a new baby, Jessica must learn to survive and support her family in an unfamiliar frontier land with only her faith and determination to guide her. Can she make her own way in the world and find the love she was meant to have in a place so different from the home she left? Just as she believes she has read more
In the second of The Manhattan Stories, Emma is nine on the day they meet, hot-headed and wild-haired. Akecheta is twelve, already the man of his house. He saves her life and tells her she belongs to him. As they grow together up on the frontier surrounding Manhattan, Kansas, he teaches her how to fish at Pillsbury Crossing, how to hunt deer in the woods at Deep Creek, and how to survive in a land where bears, snakes, accidents, and even nature itself can steal away your life in an instant. She slowly teaches him how to trust and how to share the burdens of his shameful past. When he graduates from high school an aunt sends him to a university in the other Manhattan, in New York. Emma continues her education at home, graduating from high school and then becoming one of the first women to study animal husbandry at Kansas State University. read more
In the third of The Manhattan Stories, it’s 1930, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains are home to a town of renegade Mormons. On Nancy’s 18th birthday, her father tells her she must marry her cousin Abner, the town’s blacksmith. He’s already married to three other women, one of them her younger sister. Terrified of what being married to Abner would mean, Nancy runs away and gets lost in the woods. Hungry and cold, she finds a seemingly deserted cabin and takes shelter. When she meets Jake, the man who owns it, she must decide if he is a man she can trust. She has nowhere else to go except home to marry Abner. At first reluctant to let her stay, Jake finally agrees.Tired of living alone in the wilderness, he is willing to wait for Nancy to learn to care for him. As they slowly get to know one another, she learns to love read more
Kimimela Kansas 1852 Half-breed Everett Snipes discovers a newborn baby crying by the body of her mother. He recognizes the mother as the second wife of his cousin Wakiza, chief of the village of scouts located a few miles from the Army base. Everett rescues the infant and takes her to her family. The child’s people are being pushed out of their ancestral lands. In the east, rumblings of the coming war over slavery are already spreading across the nation, and Kansas, Bloody Kansas, will not escape the carnage. The Kansa Indians once controlled the entire territory. Now, white settlers are flooding in and, in spite of treaties, stealing reservation lands while the white government takes no action against the invasion. As she grows, Kimimela and her family fight marauding Pawnees, the white man’s diseases, and changing times. read more
In the fifth of The Manhattan Stories, it’s 1861, in the small town of Manhattan, Kansas, the Curran girls have expectations of what their lives will be. D’Arcy, 12, redheaded and freckled, curious and rebellious, wants to grow up and dominate her world. Suzanne, not yet 18, wants only to marry her handsome lieutenant from Fort Riley, Jonathan Taylor. The beginning of the Civil War and Suzanne’s one night of passion sends everyone’s lives in an unexpected direction. Jonathan is sent to the battlefields that will determine the survival of the nation. To avoid scandal in their small town, the girls are sent to Detroit to live with family. They not only find a welcoming aunt and uncle, they discover a burgeoning city, both ugly and beautiful, rough and cultured, drunk and refined. As she matures, D’Arcy develops a read more
In the sixth of The Manhattan Stories, and the second in the saga of the Curran Family, the Civil War ended, but the turmoil of D’Arcy Curran’s life did not. Rather than give up the child she raised from birth, sixteen-year-old D’Arcy kidnaps her sister Suzanne’s son. The only safe place for her and little Danny is home…Manhattan, Kansas.
Once there, D’Arcy learns that danger comes in many forms, and some of them are too close for comfort. Her father is murdered by marauding Jayhawkers. Her mother is lost in grief. D’Arcy faces the disapproval of many when she wears trousers, carries a gun, and takes over the responsibility for the farm.
She’s drawn to Royce Quinn, her foreman, who years earlier swore his love to Suzanne. When her sister comes home, D’Arcy fears Suzanne is there to take Danny away read more
Las Vegas casino owner, Alberto Minnelli, has everything a man could want; wealth, power, family, friends, and a woman he loves. The only thing he needs that he can’t buy, is time. He finds there are still three people on his list, his nephew, Michael Bart, whom he raised as a son, his beautiful, young, talented Director of Entertainment, Alexandra Merritt, and Dr. Zachary Peters. Before it’s too late, Alberto wants to care for two of them, and he intends to kill the third.
When Alexandra Merritt inherits a Las Vegas casino worth three hundred million dollars her life is turned upside down. While trying to learn every phase of the operation, she has to contend with a wild variety of Vegas visitors. There are egomaniac movie stars, ambitious stand-up comics, thieves, coked-up athletes, and a fabulously beautiful blonde with two things on her mind–becoming a movie star and murdering everyone who gets in her way. When Nikki sets her sights on Alex, the feisty redhead has to scramble. The life she has to save, is her own.