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.

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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 bestseller, Carrie Fancett Pagels, author of My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring, a Romantic Times Book Review TopPick

“Kelly Goshorn has a place on my go-to authors shelf after this riveting debut novel with a timely and important glimpse at a pivotal time in our nation’s history.” Carrie Booth Schmidt, Book Blogger & Reviewer, Reading is My Superpower

“There is one particular thing about this book [A Love Restored] that totally took my breath away. Ruth Ann. She is my favorite heroine of the year.” Jessica Baker, Book Blogger & Reviewer, A Baker’s Perspective

“From the first page to the last, this novel was thoughtful, tender, emotionally stirring, and ultimately uplifting. I recommend it wholeheartedly.” Elisabeth Espinoza, Book Blogger & Reviewer, Lis Love’s Reading.

“Kelly Goshorn has written a phenomenal story, one that not only drew me into the lives of the characters but a story that touched my heart and has lingered with me long after I close the page.” Trisha Robertson, Book Blogger & Reviewer, Joy of Reading.

“This is a strong debut from Goshorn, and there is so much to love about it!” Leslie McKee, Editor & Book Reviewer, Edits & Reviews by Leslie

“Ruth Ann is my kind of heroine – feisty, opinionated, not afraid to say what she thinks, and do what she believes she is meant to, with a heart for God, and a deep love of all those around her, I was entirely smitten from the beginning!” Paula Marie, Book Blogger & Reviewer, Fiction Full of Faith

A Love Restored is the winner of the 2019 Director’s Choice Award for Adult/YA Fiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. Also in 2019, the novel received recognition as a Selah award finalist in Historical Romance, and as a Maggie Award finalist and International Digital Awards finalist for Inspirational fiction.

A Love Restored released June 29th, 2018, from Pelican Book Group.