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A Love Restored

 She was nothing like the woman he’d envisioned for his bride, but he was everything she’d ever dreamed of—until a promise from his past threatened their future.


Virginia, 1873

Twenty-year old Ruth Ann Sutton doesn’t measure up to society’s vision of a perfect lady. She would rather read Jules Verne than join the Women’s Benevolent Aid Society or teach Negro children to read and write than practice her voice lessons. Her pert opinions and less than perfect figure kept many suitors away. When Ruth Ann accepts a position teaching at the Freedmen’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer she is likely to receive. Should she risk life as a lonely spinster or reinvent herself to accept a proposal from a man who doesn’t love her?

Determined to rise above his meager beginnings, Benjamin Coulter’s reputation as a fast learner and hard worker earn him the opportunity to apprentice with a surveyor for the railroad—a position that will garner the respect of other men. All he needs now is a woman to share his promising future with. When Benjamin has a chance encounter with Ruth Ann, he is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality, but can he overcome a promise from his past to marry a woman other men would envy?



A Love Restored is the winner of the 2015 COTT Olympia contest and has received recognition as a semi-finalist in the 2015 ACFW Genesis contest, and as a finalist in the 2015 WisRWA FAB 5 and Tara Contests. It was also a finalist in the 2014 ACFW First Impressions contest. A Love Restored is anticipated to release in 2017 from Pelican Book Group.