Delightful, cozy, quietly romantic, idylls of a Friends family through 4 generations. The Walls, Quakers by birth, make Indiana their home, specifically New Garden. Each of 4 stories takes a new young woman of the Wall linage through an experience of romance, and other issues beyond and contrary to their control. So you'll read some action, find some historical moments, link a bit to the Quaker dread of violence, and find true depictions of how this religious form molded young girls into wonderful wives and lovers. Granted, I'm a sucker for historical Indiana, Quaker, and Christian fiction, so this "tripped my trigger."
Stories in order of appearance in the book:
NEW GARDEN'S HOPE by JENNIFER HUDSON TAYLOR, 70 pages
Stated 1808, Josiah Wall bends on a knee saying "Wiltest thou be my bride--only later--again?" Not a perfect "post-pon-prosal." Shalt she be violent? Meet a famous cousin. Is Josiah destined to put an Indiana Territory border between him and lost love? Will Ruth cross a river of regret?
Also recommended is this author's book, Highland Sanctuary.
NEW GARDEN'S CROSSROADS by ANN E. SCHROCK (Indiana author), 93 pages
Deborah Wall works for Quaker & cousin Levi Coffin, believed engineer on the Indiana Underground Railroad. A slave bounty hunt goes badly and Deborah finds herself ministering to physical and spiritual troubles of a man who earns money recapturing slaves. A tough choice for an 1841 `Friend' when romance gets involved.
NEW GARDEN'S INSPIRATION by CLAIRE SANDERS, 104 pages
An arranged nuptial, partners unmet, till Leah Wall's wedding day. Handsome, widower Caleb, father of 2, marries a housemaid, and immediately leaves in 1861 to fight in the Civil War. How does a wife deal with a Captain who bartered for a work `Friend', not a bed chamber mate. Who says a Quaker woman can't get `fired up?'
At any time of year, read Sanders story in the book, A Quaker Christmas (Romancing America).
NEW GARDEN'S CONVERSION by SUSETTE WILLIAMS, 76 pages
Contemporary, dated by HIPAA rule reference, Catherine Wall meets Jaidon while nursing a gun shot patient. Both volunteer at a youth center in a bad part of town. Affection blooms, frequently happening to `Friends' in New Garden, and church affiliation is an issue if a romantic relationship can endure. But life-death gang violence also plays a role.
Romancing America, Indiana, 4 good authors in one lovely book.