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.


Loudoun County, Virginia, 1873

With pert opinions and a less than perfect figure, 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. When she accepts a position teaching in a Freedman’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer Ruth Ann is likely to receive forcing her to choose between life as a lonely spinster or reinventing herself to secure a proposal from a man she doesn’t love.

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 he craves. After a chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton, Benjamin is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality. When others ridicule his choice, Benjamin must decide if he will follow his heart or put ambition first.

Early Reviews for A Love Restored


A sweet, touching story of true love, filled with characters who linger with you long after the story ends! Misty M. Beller, bestselling Christian historical romance author of This Treacherous Journey.

Talented author, Kelly Goshorn, emerges onto the Christian historical fiction scene with a strong voice in her debut. With bona fide credibility as a Southern writer, Goshorn brings a fresh perspective to post-Civil War Virginia. –ECPA bestsetter, Carrie Fancett Pagels, author of My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring, a Romantic Times Book Review TopPick

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 June 29th, 2018 from Pelican Book Group.