Runaway Heart/ Promise of the Valley Author:Jane Peart Runaway Heart (Book One)- "End of the line!" The stagecoach driver's shout sent a chill down Holly Lambeth's spine. What an ominous sound! Was Riverbend, Oregon, to be the end of the line for her? She had come West to escape the humiliation of being jilted. She had come here to find a welcome new life, but her cousin's chilly reception tells h... more »er she has made a terrible mistake. Here in Riverbend, 2,000 miiles from Kentucky, in a town barely more than a mining camp, Holly faces the fact that she is unwanted and unwelcome. Knowing this unhappy truth, Holly reaches another conclusion. Only she can change her situation. Both the sophisticated editor of the loacl newspaper, as well as the town's dedicated doctor, are attracted to the pretty newcomer. But Holly has more than romance on her mind. An unforeseen opportunity presents a challenge and brings Holly to a decision that will not only change her, but alter her own vision of her future.
Promise of the Valley (Book Two)- Twenty-six-year-old Adelaide Pride stepped out of the horse-drawn buggy to gaze one last time at the charred remains of her childhood home. Six generations of Prides had lived and entertained there under warm Southern skies. That was before the Civil War -Robbing Addie of her youth, her parents, and the man she whould have married! Fortunately, an aunt and uncle had taken her in, but they could scarely afford to feed themselves. Not wishing to remain a burden, Addie accepted a positon as a companion to a Yankee spinster a a health spa in Napa Valley, California. Addie shivered with a mixture of fear and anticipation. Very soon she would journey by train to the remote land that was untouched by conflict and overflowing with financial prosperity and social opportunities. Did she dare to hope that her dreams of love and belonging were yet possible? Or would she become lost in a world of the sick and aged, ending up a spinster like her employer, Mrs. Amberly?« less