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First published in her teens, Barbara Dan admits to enjoying a varied series of life experiences, including working as an actress, model, night club comedienne, singer/dancer, comedy writer, puppeteer, a theatrical producer in Hollywood, screenwriter, publicist, fund-raiser, real estate saleswoman, hands-on builder of houses, escrow officer, co-teacher of couples communication workshops with her family therapist husband, as well as publisher, editor, adjunct college professor andóby far her biggest joy and challengeóbeing mother to four now grown children and grandma to five very lively grandchildren.
Best Kept Secrets
Corruption and tragedy haunt the small western town of Happy Valley. After the brutal murder of Olaf, she was left without a husband and father to raise her son. If it hadn’t been for her husband’s best friend, Walker Simmons, Mitzi would’ve had to fight and survive the harsh lifestyle alone.
Walker was a man of principle and was willing to do anything for Mitzi and her son. When he proposed a union of marriage, a convenient way to take care of the widow, his imagination and expectations hadn’t come close to how good it could be.
A well-written page turning, happily-ever-after for all historical fiction and western romance lovers.
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No one in Happy Valley ever suspected Walker Simmons' deep, dark secret. Indeed, how could they? Easy going, well liked, and dependable, Walker Simmons is just your average, easy-going cowboy. He works hard, cracks jokes when the going gets tough, and even comes up with pretty fair Sunday sermons in his spare time at church.
Not that he's a holier-than-thou kind of guy. No calling down fire and brimstone on cowpokes hung over from Saturday night. None of that. Walker Simmons is a friend to everyone, be they saint or sinner, man, woman or child. Never married, though a few young ladies cast a hopeful eye in his direction . . .
But all that changes one bone-chilling day in March of 1889, when tragedy struck at the Gunderson's ranch down the road. Secretly in love with his best friend's wife Mitzi for years, Walker convinces the grieving young widow that with a ranch to run and a ten-year-old son to raise, she needs a man around the place to do the heavy lifting. And, oh, yes, by the way, perhaps they should tie the knot, so as not to shock the neighbors?!
Roundup the Brides
Stuart Braden is a recent transplant to America via London, England. He and his father had come to Wyoming in 1889 in search of gold and other prospects to invest in. The last thing he expected to invest was his heart in the cinnamon eyes of one Suzanne Gallagher, schoolteacher, and her home of Happy Valley. Can an Englishman help the good people closest to her and win her heart in the process or will certain members of the Cheyenne Executives' Club get what they want, no matter the cost?
Roundup the Brides is an historical Christian Western Romance. Although it’s the second book in the series, it is not confusing to a new reader. Barbara Dan takes her readers to Happy Valley on the trail of love.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Meg Wolverton is a young Easterner who takes a job as a housekeeper for a rancher in rural Wyoming, 1873. Along the way, she's responsible for seeing orphaned children to their new parents. Three kids, Susie, Davey, and Jimmy don't get adopted, so when she arrives, her new boss, widower Sam Gallagher, realizes he has a ready made family and suggests they get married. Meg gets a crash course in being a housewife and mother on the frontier. Can this marriage of convenience complete with adopted children turn into a love match?
Home is Where the Heart Is is a heartwarming historical romance with a Christian message. Meg is readily reliant and has a strong relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, but after his wife and young daughter died, Sam has closed his heart to the Lord. However, Meg's warmth and love for the children and their developing relationship causes him to reconsider his anger towards God. The spiritual message is well done and not preachy. Faith in God is a part of the character's lives, not an editorial. Humorous and populated with interesting characters, along with a passionate relationship between the leads, this is a good Western historical romance novel.
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