Nebraska Series

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Her Heart’s Desire (Book 1)

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Some men don’t realize the right woman is the one they aren’t pursuing….

As soon as Sally Larson meets Rick Johnson, she knows he’s the one for her.  The catch?  He’s interested in her friend, Ethel Mae.  But Sally has a plan.  With Ethel Mae’s help, she convinces Rick that the only way he’ll get Ethel Mae is to make her jealous.  So he agrees to pretend to be interested in Sally in order to get Ethel Mae’s attention.

But Rick has a trick or two up his sleeve, and Sally just might find that the one playing cat is really the mouse.

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A Bride for Tom (Book 2)


Tom Larson is having trouble finding a wife, and Jessica Reynolds decides to help him overcome his awkward and clumsy manners so he can attract women.

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A Husband for Margaret (Book 3)

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When Margaret Williams posted an ad for a husband, she expected Paul Connealy to arrive. But Paul couldn‘t make it because of a fatal accident. However, Paul had a brother and that brother needed a wife in the worst possible way.

Joseph Connealy jumped at the chance to marry Margaret. Sure, he didn‘t know her, but he saw her ad and figured she‘d suit him just fine. His only hope was that when he arrived, she‘d accept his proposal…and his four young boys that came with it.

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Eye of the Beholder (Book 4)


Mary Peters despairs that she will never get married.  At nineteen, she has no prospects of finding a husband, so she takes matters into her own hands and becomes a mail-order bride.  When she arrives in Omaha, Nebraska to meet the man she’s due to marry, he takes one look at her homely appearance and rejects her.

But fate has other plans for Mary.  Dave Larson happens to be nearby and thinks she will make a good wife.  Though she is stunned that someone as handsome and as kind as Dave would ask her to marry him, she accepts.  She knows that this marriage will not bear the fruits of love.  Love, after all, is for beautiful women.  Isn’t it?

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The Wrong Husband (Book 5)

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Owen Russell is in deep trouble.  In order to save his aunt from poverty due to a bad gambling problem his uncle had, he wins back the money from the group of gamblers and returns it to her.  Realizing that they want to kill him, he flees from the southern state of Louisiana to Nebraska where he runs into the sheriff who mistakes him for Irving who signed up to be his deputy.

Owen decides that this beats death, because there are wanted posters all over the place seeking his arrest.  So he plays along and pretends to be Irving.  What he didn’t realize is that Irving agreed to marry Jenny Larson.  One look at her tells him that she is beautiful, so he agrees to marry her.  His lies, of course, do keep building and eventually catch up with him when the real Irving shows up.

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Shotgun Groom (Book 6)

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April Edwards, a young widow, is content to manage a farm with her fourteen-year-old brother and a one-year-old daughter. Nothing, after all, could be worse than being married to her deceased husband. Nothing, that is, until her unscrupulous brother-in-law decides to marry her. With no other recourse, April and her brother concoct a plan–one that involves the unsuspecting doctor’s assistant, Joel Larson.

Joel Larson doesn’t want to be married. In fact, he’s perfectly happy with things the way they are, but when he’s sent to check on April’s sick child, things take an unexpected turn for the worse. In one instant, he finds a gun and a mandate to marry April staring him in the face. Can a marriage that begins with a shotgun be just the thing Joel needs or has April just confined herself to another miserable marriage?

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To Have and To Hold (Book 7)

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In Eye of the Beholder, Mary Larson left Maine for a new life in Nebraska, a new life that almost ended at the train station if not for Dave Larson. Six years later in To Have and To Hold, Mary’s journey continues. All her dreams for marriage and children have come true, and she couldn’t be happier, until a fateful accident erases her memory…

Now she has to adjust to life as the wife of Dave Larson and mother to Isaac and Rachel. When news of her father’s impending death comes from Maine, Dave suggests they travel to her hometown in an effort to help her recover her memories.

In Maine, Mary will come face to face with the family she left behind. Will her love for Dave be enough to overcome the unpleasant aspects of her past, or will past insecurities keep her from regaining her former happiness?

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His Redeeming Bride (Book 8)


 When Sarah Donner learns she’s pregnant, she hopes this blessing will be the thing to make her husband finally love her.  But to her horror, he announces that she will go live with her overbearing mother-in-law.  Weeks before she is due to give birth, they are traveling to her mother-in-law’s when some thieves kill him.

Ready to give birth, she has to rely on the aid of the one man others had warned her about:  Neil Craftsman.  She knows of his tarnished past, and no respectable woman will go near him.  But when she learns her husband left her with no home and no money, she has nowhere else to go but to the one man she’s shunned.

As she gets to know Neil, she learns that there is more to him than meets the eye.  But when his past comes back to haunt him, will her newfound love be enough to redeem him – or will he always be a shunned man?

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Forever Yours (Book 9)

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This is Dave and Mary Larson’s third romance. Romance doesn’t have to end just because you get married and have children. In Eye of the Beholder, their marriage borne of practicality led to love. In To Have and To Hold, Mary had to learn to let go of her past once and for all. Now, in Forever Yours, both will learn that a trial can solidify a union when two people are committed to their marriage.

Author’s Note:

In this book, Dave suffers from a fall from a horse and is confined to the indoors. This will be difficult for him since he’s used to being outside all the time. At one point, he’s going to go out during a storm to protect the animals, and this is where he gets sick. Up to now, Dave has always been the strong one.

I thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if Mary gets to be the strong one for a change. We all have our moments where we face insecurities and fears. I had thought, “What if Dave had to face those things? What would happen?” So that’s what the basis of this book will be like.

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Isaac’s Decision (Book 10)

 “Stay away from the Craftsman girl.” For the past three years, Isaac Larson obeyed his father, making sure to keep his distance from Emily Craftsman. But day after day, he’s reminded of how beautiful she is and knows she is the only woman who has the power to make his blood boil with desire.

Emily has always pursued what she wants, and she wants Isaac. Determined to find out why he avoids her, she disguises herself as a man and befriends him. Will she find out the secret behind his silence? And, more importantly, can she stop him before he thinks of marrying another woman?

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14 Responses to Nebraska Series

  1. Tina Angels says:

    I really love those Nebraska series. Last book is Isaac and Emily. I need to know are you going make more books of Nebraska Series. I am also still reading your another series. I love Nebraska and wants more

  2. Ruth, I found your books through B&N on my Nook. I am an avid fan. I came here to your blog to see if you where going to continue Sep’s story. Shotgun Groom broke my heart for him and his sister. But the one I relate to the most is Mary Larson. I am the youngest of 9, 6 girls and 3 boys. I was born late in my mothers life and like Mary life for me was harsh. People always talked about how beautiful my sisters where and would even be shocked when they realized I was part of that family. It took me many years to realize that I was different than them. But my differences where not bad. I am lucky to have a husband much like Dave that reminds me daily that to him I am the most beautiful woman in the world. Heck I know I am not. But I love that he sees me that way. Your stories just touch my heart. Each time I read more about the Larsons I feel like I am checking in on old friends. I have also read the Native American series and hope you will continue telling your stories. I have to admit they keep me up at night reading much longer than I should but hey, it’s worth it. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us all.
    Sandy Markley

    • Hi Sandy!
      Thank you. 😀 I’m glad you told me your story is similar to Mary’s. From time to time, people tell me it’s unbelievable that something like that could happen, but I never understood why they thought that way. I’m not that great looking either, and it’s nice when my husband overlooks my faults and tells me I’m attractive to him. (The author picture I have is me wearing a wig. Usually, I wear hats. But let’s just say if I don’t wear something, people think I’m my kids’ grandmother. I’m in my late 30s so this shouldn’t be the case with kids who are in middle school.)
      Your husband is a sweetheart, and I’m so glad you found him. 😀
      To answer your question, I am going to write Sep’s story. So far, all I know is that he’s going to do something to rescue a woman from marrying a man who would mistreat her. I’m not sure what else is there in the plot, though, which is why I haven’t written it yet.

      • Abuse is a horrid thing to experience no matter who does it to who. Sep story had me in tears. I was so happy to see Joel begin to truly understand his role in Sep’s life. I Think you have a way of touching peoples hearts like no other author I have read. I am on the last of the Nebraska series. And I keep wanting to shake Dave until his teeth But regardless how nice a person can be sometimes that same person just has a real problem getting past something that happened as in what Neil did to Mary. So it does make sense. Not sure which group of stories I am headed to of yours next, but I am positive I will be reading them all. So keep those stories rolling.
        Like I said before, I feel like I am reading about old friends as I go from one story to the other. I do love how you keep tying things together so nicely. Have a wonderful week.

        • Thank you, Sandy. That is so sweet you to say. 🙂 I’m very touched.

          LOL on wanting to shake Dave. He was pretty thick in the head about Emily. I had hoped people would feel that way because of the grief he was putting Isaac through. I also hope he was able to redeem himself in the end. 🙂

          You made my week such a great one with your comments! Thank you again. 🙂

  3. Yes by the end Dave had redeemed himself, and also I found it comical that him and Neal had a friendship. I haven’t started another series yet. However I have already read Loving Eliza so I think I will read the rest of those next. I have to say also I just adore Eliza. She has a heart of pure gold. How you come across so perfectly with their personalities amazes me. Is Sep’s story ready yet… are we there yet?

    • I’m glad he redeemed himself. 🙂

      The series with Loving Eliza in it is my personal favorite. Eliza was one of those characters that just popped out of the page. She was easy to write. I’ve discovered if I can’t feel everything the character feels, then the story isn’t worth writing.

      I haven’t started Sep’s story yet. I’ve finally decided on a title for his book, which is The Swapped Bride, and I finally have the basic plot. He’ll rescue a young woman from marriage to a man he knows is bad news. I haven’t decided if she will know how bad the other guy is or not yet, though. Until I have a clear idea of where I’m going, I can’t start the story. But at least I’m getting there.

  4. Joni Boulet says:

    Hi Ruth Ann. I am absolutely in love with the Nebraska series! Your Owen character is hilarious and so very likable! I can almost hear his Louisiana drawl. Thank you for your good work! I’m thrilled that you will give more back stories of the folks in this series as I don’t want to leave Omaha! Your stories make me yearn for those old days. Am about to begin Eva’s story!

    • Hi, Joni. I’m so sorry I didn’t answer this sooner. I had it flagged in my inbox but kept forgetting to sort through my emails. I finally sat down and did it today, and when I saw the date on your comment, I wished I had come over here right away when I first read it.

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Nebraska bunch! They’re my favorite family. 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this comment. I feel very blessed, and I hope I can continue to entertain you in future books. 🙂

  5. Karen says:

    I love your books. I became so involved with the Nebraska series that I hope you write stories about all of the characters. I am anxious to hear what happens to Dave’s son Adam and the other siblings. I just love the Larson family and their spouses. I think the sexual scenes you put in show the love between the spouses. Keep the books coming. Karen

    • Thank you so much, Karen. 😀 That means a lot to me. The Larsons are my favorite family. I intend to keep writing about them. Adam is one character I’ve been wanting to get to. I’m waiting for the right plot to come along. That’s been the hold up. I’ve been trying to debate what kind of women will be the best match for him. He seems more reluctant to marry than the other Larsons.

      I really appreciate the comment about the sexual scenes because that’s always been my hope in these books. I want to show the beauty of the intimate relationship in a marriage. Thank you!

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