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Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer’s request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon. When a tragic accident leaves her a widow soon after becoming a wife, Aundy takes on the challenge of learning how to manage a farm, even if it means her stubborn determination to succeed upsets a few of the neighbors. 

Born and raised at Nash’s Folly, the family ranch, Garrett Nash loves life in the bustling community of Pendleton as the 20th century approaches. When his neighbor passes away and leaves behind a plucky widow, Garrett takes on the role of her protector and guardian. His admiration for her tenacious spirit soon turns to something more. He just needs to convince the strong-willed woman to give love another chance.

“A delightful, traditional romance that lets you escape into another time and place.”

“I really liked the grit of this woman who sure did have an ‘I can do it!’ attitude.”

On the run from the Italian mafia in New York City, feisty Caterina Campanelli travels across the  country to the small town of Pendleton, Oregon, trying to hide her past while she decides what to do  about her uncertain future. Seeking comfort in her cooking, she battles her attraction to one of the  town’s most handsome men. 

Kade Rawlings is dedicated to his work as a deputy in Pendleton. Determined to remain single and unfettered, he can’t seem to stay away from the Italian spitfire who rolls into town keeping secrets and making the best food he’s ever eaten. Using his charm, wit, and brawn to win her trust, he may just get more than he bargained for.

“Full of romance, humor and a little suspense, you just cannot help but fall in love and it’s a book to read again and again.”

“Terrific character development!”

One of the most talented seamstresses of her time, Ilsa Thorsen could sell her creations anywhere in the world, but she ends up on her sister’s ranch in the western town of Pendleton, Oregon. Disgusted with the dust, smells, and nearly every aspect of rural life, Ilsa wonders how she’ll survive, particularly with the arrogant Tony Campanelli constantly underfoot. 

Enterprising and hardworking, Tony Campanelli embraces life in the small community of Pendleton with his sister and their friends, especially since Ilsa Thorsen moves to town. The uptight seamstress just needs to learn to have some fun, and Tony’s convinced he’s the man for the job.

“I loved the way the story opened with excitement from the very beginning. Filled with adventure, intrigue and a lot of laughter.”

“If you think you know what to expect, throw that out of the window! This book twists and turns through history with loads of details and fun, flirting and frivolity, fear and freedom.”

Condemned to a future of shame and regret, Marnie Jones battles herself to keep going one day at a time. Divested of hope, she’s all but given up when a handsome stranger arrives in town. Desperate for the marshal to ride on out of Pendleton, Marnie fears he’ll rekindle the embers of her broken dreams into a roaring flame before he leaves. 

Married to his career, US Marshal Lars Thorsen avoids relationships of any kind. Spending his days transporting prisoners, guarding political figures, and chasing down fugitives, he doesn’t have room in his life for feelings or emotions. Especially not the tender, protective feelings stirred by the woman who wants him or the two orphans who need him.

“Shanna is a master at bringing good ‘Hallmark’ quality stories to life.”

“I enjoyed the fact that the bad girl ended up being the good girl. It is nice to see families come together no matter what.”

Author note: When the idea for a new historical western romance series began bubbling in my head, I looked at several towns in Eastern Oregon. I discovered, much to my surprise, Pendleton was a happening place to be in the early 1900s. Modern and progressive for its time, Pendleton was a unique blend of Wild West and culture. They had plenty of crime and wild rowdies, as one would expect in a western town. Pendleton also boasted an opera house and theater, a teashop, a French restaurant, and a wide variety of businesses in the early years of the new century.