Rosanne Bittner: Heart of the West
Where Heaven Begins Walk By Faith Follow Your Heart
I have always wanted to write strongly faith-based novels; I'm sure that those of you who have read most of my books have noticed a thread of faith throughout all my stories. Though these stories are billed "inspirational," they are not much different from the Bittner books you are accustomed to reading. All are full of history, adventure and passion, and you will not be disappointed! (You might want to read my article, Religion In Secular Fiction vs. The Inspirational Romance.)
"Dear Rosanne -- I enthusiastically endorsed your books in my bible class last week. Into the Valley and Where Heaven Begins were two of my favorites. I have read six of your novels thus far. Your use of scripture, especially those from Psalms, were especially helpful and inspirational. It was obvious that each scripture was carefully and prayerfully chosen to help the reader understand the spiritual context of the saga." -- Mary
WHERE HEAVEN BEGINS
Reprinted in Hardcover by Severn House Publishers Inc., 6/11!
Original Steeple Hill edition, left -- Severn House hardcover, right.
WHERE HEAVEN BEGINS has been named first runner-up for the prestigious 2005 WILLA Award, presented by Women Writing the West! This is a literary award named after Pulitzer Prize winner, Willa Cather, one of the country's foremost novelists.
To quote the Women Writing the West website, "Awarded annually for outstanding literature featuring women's stories set in the West, the WILLA Literary Awards are chosen by a distinguished panel of twenty-one professional librarians."
"Rosanne has written a truly inspiring high adventure that will invigorate your senses and reaffirm your faith in God's wisdom." -- Affaire de Coeur
"Bittner brings to life the dangerous and beautiful Alaskan wildernes sof the gold rush days. Clint is a hero who'll pull at your heartstrings." -- Romantic Times
"I have been reading your books for years and years. I have loved every single one. I just bought WHERE HEAVEN BEGINS. I am so happy to see an inspirational book from you. I love westerns, pioneer fiction, pioneer romance, and inspirational books, so your books are really great reading for me. I'm so glad to hear there will will be a second in the inspirational series out in January. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!" Mary Lou
Against the rugged splendor of Alaska during the 1890's Gold Rush comes an inspiring love story and journey of discovery....
With rough miners stampeding to the Klondike's golden hills as her shipmates, Elizabeth Breckenridge sets sail for Alaska to find her brother in Dawson. But when Elizabeth falls overboard midjourney, she is rescued by a man very unlike her minister brother Clint Brady, a cynical bounty hunter who notoriously shoots to kill.
Together, this unlikely couple struggle for survival in the wilderness as they make their waynorth amid the awesome beauty of the Alaskan frontier. Dawson, peopled by "heathens," holds further surprises for Elizabeth. Perhaps most astonishing, Clint proposes marriage. Elizabeth returns his love but fears that his inability to let go of the past could cost them their future. Unless she can make Clint see that heaven is no abstraction in the sky, but something they can experience together....
WALK BY FAITH
Reissued in September 2008!
"This standout novel is truly in a class of its own." -- Romantic Times
"A tale that will touch the heart and engage the emotions on many levels." --Romance Reviews Today
"Bittner shines with this new inspirational historical!" -- Literary Journal
This is the story of a man and woman headed West under the Homestead Act, each for his or her own reasons. Both have suffered tragedy and disappointments that have affected their outlook on love and trust. The journey West brings these two together in unexpected ways, and both realize they have one thing in common a desire to start new lives and leave the past behind them.
Through the trials and hardships of their westward journey, hero and heroine each come to admire the strength and courage of the other, an admiration that blossoms into love, although both still fear trusting anyone. One particular disaster as well as the trust of the heroine's little girl, teach these two about faith in Christ and prayer and opens their eyes to total love and the realization that they want to spend their lives together in a new land.
Against the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains during the 1860s land rush comes an uplifting romance about the power of forgiveness....
To provide a better life for her young daughter, Clarissa Graham joins a wagon train headed west. But as the trail tuns increasingly dangerous, Clarissa fears her decision could cost them their lives.
Help comes in the unlikely form of a jaded ex-soldier who knows nothing of grace, forgiveness or even love. And it's this man Dawson Clements who stays behind with Clarissa when her daughter becomes gravely ill. But as the makeshift "family" finally nears Montana, Clarissa knows her greatest challenge still lies ahead. Can she convince Dawson to remain by her side for a journey that will last a lifetime?
FOLLOW YOUR HEART
Reissued in Hardcover in September 2013!
"Follow Your Heart is one of the best inspirational Christian books I've ever read. Rosanne Bittner is the best historical writer, ever. This book is so touching and moving that I made need to read it again. Forgiveness and Love are both priceless gifts from God. She hit this one out of the park."-- Tonya Lucas
"Bittner's characters spring to life...extraordinary for the depth of emotion with which they are portrayed." -- Publisher's Weekly
"Rosanne Bittner retains her title as a premier romance writer... Poignant and startling." -- Romantic Times
"True-to-life characters who stay with you long after you've turned the last page!" -- Los Angeles Daily News
Devastated by the droughts and plagues that have ravaged her familys homestead on the Nebraska Plains in the 1870s, settler Ingrid Svensson regards wealthy Jude Kingman as her sworn enemy. But Ingrid gradually sees that Jude shares her commitment to seeing justice served, and when personal tragedy strikes at everything she holds most dear, this strong, independent woman must reconsider her previous assumptions and open her heart to forgiveness and love.
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