All Aboard for Paradise
Five Star, Feb 2004, 26.95, 348 pp.
In 1886 Claire Chadwick raises her teenage daughter Joanna by herself in Westport, Missouri. Claire barely keeps food on the table working as a waitress at the Westport Café, but though her boss Axel Kohl kindly allows her to take leftovers home; he also wants to marry her. When another café employee Randy Plank buys a ticket to take the train to Los Angeles, Claire decides to take advantage ... Sweet Grass
Five Star, Apr 2003, 26.95, 282 pp.
In 1886 Lindstrom, Minnesota, twenty-nine years old Lili Tornquist believes her life is over as her father is remarrying after fifteen years as a widower. The new spouse will take over the household that Lili has run for more than half of her life. When a letter comes from a distant cousin Gunnar Jorgeson asking Lili to marry him, she decides to accept and moves to his Montana sheep ranch.