Book 1: A Mighty Fortress
Joshua and Ruth Brookings are traveling by stagecoach to finally join their parents in Montana. Attacked by murderous outlaws, the teens barely escape with their lives and must survive in the barren Wyoming and Montana territories and escape the man who’s hunting them.
Seven years ago, Jed Stuart ran away from home and joined Tom’s gang. Jed is tired of the lawlessness and wants out. The only problem? He is the boss’s right-hand man and will never be able to leave. And what’s one more stagecoach robbery, anyway?
Can Joshua lean on God’s strength to keep himself and his sister alive until they find a town? Will Jed be able to face his anger or will it consume him completely? All three are running–the hunter and hunted. What will happen when they meet?
“A wonderful Christian story of overcoming obstacles, forgiveness, and redemption.”
“The best fiction book I’ve read this year.”
“Inspiring writing, with a clear gospel message.”
Anna Stuart is comfortable with her life. She may be a 30-year-old spinster, but she has her routine and enjoys taking care of her father and older brother. One letter shatters all her routines, comfort, and enjoyment. After learning of her brother’s death, Anna feels like her life will never be the same again.
Then she meets two motherless boys. Did God place them in her life to lead her to a new vision of life? Can she trust God to give her the desires of her heart before she even knows what they are?
“This is a sweet romance that was a pleasure to read as I relaxed at the end of the day.”
“Clean romance, good plot, interesting characters. It was neat to see how the characters and plot in this book connected to the characters and plot in the first book of this series. Can’t wait to see what Faith Blum comes up with for the next book!”
Book 3: Amazing Grace
As Caleb struggles through some inner battles, he secretly starts a correspondence with a widow and her daughter. Their unabashed faith in God convicts him and increases his inner struggles.
Unable to find a steady job, Maggie places an advertisement to become a mail-order bride. Her daughter, Rachel, is her motivation and encouragement, but if Maggie doesn’t find a job or husband soon, Rachel might not survive through the next year.
Can Caleb learn to trust God despite his past? Can Maggie and Rachel hold onto their faith despite all their trials? What will happen when they meet in person?
“Amazing Grace explores the loneliness, doubt, hope, and joy that often accompanied these long-distance courtships…This is a novel centered around relationships, transformed lives, and faith in God.”
“The relationships are tangible and while there is a bit of romance, it is tempered with a down-to-earth reality that creates hope without undue fluff and fantasy.”
Book 4: Lily of the Valley
Howdy, Teacher! You don’t know me, but my kids talk bout you a lot. I been lookin fer a wife and mother fer a few years and was wonderin iffen we cood meet and get to no each other a bit. I’ll come after skool to git yer answer. Grover Miller
Unruly schoolchildren, three suitors, and too many things to do. When Ruth Brookings rejects one of the suitors, he refuses to accept no for an answer. To make matters worse, when she prays for guidance, she’s answered with a challenge instead: To encourage her friend to find a wife—whether he wants one or not. Will she lose her friend just when she needs a friend the most? Will she be able to weather the storms she’s about to face?
Book 5: The Solid Rock
Joshua woke with a quiet groan. As his senses woke up one at a time, he cracked his eyelids open. Sure enough, there was a silhouetted form standing at the foot of the bed. From the sickly sweet smell, the person was either from the brothel down the street or had recently left one. He forced himself to breathe evenly and reached for the knife in his thigh holster. With as tough and evil a voice as he could imitate, he spoke, “State your intentions.”
Pinkerton detective, Joshua Brookings, is sent on a job that seems simple on the surface. His fellow detective has been kidnapped and his boss, William Pinkerton senses foul play. Joshua is sent to investigate Edward’s case in hopes of finding the kidnapped detective and helping solve the case that has taken over ten years to investigate.
Arriving in Cheyenne, Joshua finds much more than a simple kidnapping. Yet again, he must go undercover, something he made his boss promise never to make him do again. The only Christian in the outlaw group, Joshua falters and almost loses faith in God’s providence. Will he stand on the solid Rock or drown in the sinking sand?
“An amazing reminder that we may lose our path, but can find it again.”
“A thrilling adventure, complete with outlaws, galloping horses, telegraphs, and the saving grace of God.”
“The setting felt authentically western. Faith did her research, too, and it shows.”
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this series?
BLUM: My hope is that people will see that not all of the Wild West was truly Wild. There were some decent, God-fearing people who did their best to live a life pleasing to God.
CIR: What makes this series unique?
BLUM: Every single book in the Hymns of the West series will be completely clean with no swear words, despite the Western genre. Even the two or three books that will have some romance in them will be clean romance-wise. One of my goals is to promote how a romantic relationship is possible without getting physical until marriage.
BLUM: The uniqueness of each book. The first book is more of an adventure novel while the middle three are three very different romances and then book five is a mystery.
Learn more about Faith Blum and her writing at faithblum.com