Are you following the Love Train Series? These sweet historical westerns feature a heroine who falls in love while riding the train. Not just any train, but the Union Pacific with Engine #1216, which includes a matchmaking conductor. To increase the tension, each heroine or hero or both have a secret. We all have secrets, don’t we? Mine are small—like the cost of the blouse I bought at the last Macy’s sale. Riders on the Love Train have more serious secrets not so easily overcome.
These are by some of my favorite authors, so let me help you keep up to date with the releases.
IVY by Kit Morgan, July 1st
Ivy Pembrooke has a problem. With her brother gone, she’s now heir to the Pembrooke fortune and estate. That is, if she lives long enough. After overhearing a plot to kill her, she does what any other heiress would do—she makes a run for it. But how is she going to elude her would-be killers and claim what is rightfully hers? Especially when said killer is her uncle? She decides to run now, and figure out things later. In the meantime, she needs a way of escape.
Darius Jones made a promise. Quit the ranch he worked for in Texas, and return to Oregon, and take his half-blind mother to Clear Creek. The doctor there was said to work miracles, and Mama needed all the help she could get. But his mother wsn’t the only one. A passenger in the form of a petite, blonde-haired spitfire was going to be the death of him. Literally. Was someone trying to do her harm or was trouble her middle name? Yet there was something about her, and doggone if he didn’t try to help. He just hoped doing so didn’t get them both killed.
AINSLEY by Jo-Ann Roberts, July 15th
Some people come into your life as lessons…
Unexpected fatherhood finds former bank detective Lucas Harmon desperate for a woman to care for his orphaned nieces. A governess … perhaps? A housekeeper … maybe? A wife … definitely not! Six years ago the wealthy Chicago socialite he planned to wed publicly spurned his affections. Despite his determination to determine his feelings, a meddling matchmaking conductore and an encounter with a past acquaintance threatens to upend his heart.
… some come as blessings
Anxious to leave behind the whispers and stares of two jilted love affairs, Boston socialite, Ainsley MacKenzie, hopes for solitude on the way to New Hope, Kansas. But when the kindly conductor enlists her help to care for two orphaned girls, she couldn’t say no. Little did she know their uncle and guardian was the one man she couldn’t forget… Lucas Harmon.
Taking a chance, Ainsley offers Lucas an unusual (some might say scandalous!) arrangement. She’ll look after the children, read them stories, and cook their meals until Christmas, giving Lucas time to find a permanent replacement. Yet, the longer she cares for the family the more she longs to be part of it—whatever the risk to her heart.
And you can preorder the final two books that end the Love Train Series with a strong finish!
TALULLA by Winnie Griggs, August 1
Will returning home bring Talulla the peace that’s eluded her for half her life?
Ten-year-old Talulla watched in horror as her beloved older brother fell through the ice trying to save her. Thanks to the quick actions of Max, her brother’s closest friend, she survived. Her brother didn’t. When she overhears Max tell her father that she’s to blame, Talulla feels betrayed by the two people she thought she could most trust.
Unable to bear their disappointment, she begs to be sent to a boarding school halfway across the country, and in twelve years she’s never looked back. Until now.
Widowed father Max is traveling home with his seven-year-old daughter. When a bad case of travel sickness overtakes the little girl, Max turns to the conductor for help. When the man finds a passenger willing to share her Pullman section, Max is relieved until he discovers his daughter’s benefactoris Talulla, a woman who abandoned her own father and whose last words to Max were an impassioned I hate you.
Can these two find a way to push past their mutual distrust to regain the friendship they once shared? And perhaps something more …
FANCY by Linda Broday, August 15th
A stolen baby
An orphan child
A bargain struck with rugged Jack Coltrain
Om the midst of a raging storm, a shadowy figure appears and shocks Fancy Dalton with the truty. Her baby—thought to be dead—is alive and well! After all this time, she has an address and a name. From despair springs hope.
One thought drives her—finding and getting him back. Selling everything she owns, Fancy buys a one-way ticket to Denver. Nothing and no one will stop her. In a mad dash to board the train, she collides with Jack Coltrain. As fate would have it, the rugged cowboy, on a mission of his own, sits next to her. Experience has taught her to be wary of men. But when her bag is stolen, he gets it back and earns a small piece of her trust.
As the iron wheels roll, taking her closer to her two-year-old son, Fancy and Jack discover an orphan girl who needs their help and open their hearts to her. Hours from their goal, Fancy and Jack strike a deal—her help for his. Desperate times for both call or creative solutions … but marriage even in name only? However, nothing is off the table. She’ll do whatever she must to save the orphan and get her child back. Still, giving Jack her heart … that’s not part of the bargain.
Stay safe and keep reading!