This is one of my all-time favorite books (of all childrens' AND adult fiction books). I have re-read this book numerous times over the years (not this particular copy though!). My 12 year old daughter loves it too.
"Irma will be very happy when you go!" Carl's words made her angry, but in truth Sara would have been equally happy to leave. Coming to Africa to care for her invalid sister, Irma, had brought her problems. Irma had married Ray Barton, the man Sara had once loved, and her jealous accusations made them all miserable. But the cold-blooded solutions suggested by Carl van Der Linden, their neighboring landowner, appalled Sara. She disliked Carl more than any other man she'd ever met!
Katie Bradshaw takes a job caring for Daniel McCabe, an ill widower. When Daniel's mother-in-law threatens to take his children, he claims that Katie is his new wife. And soon they find that their arrangement is more than convenient, as they grow in love to become a family.
Once, Kate loved Gideon from afar, but her feelings were not returned. Gideon was married, and had the kind of family life that Kate knew she could never have. Distraught, she fled, determined never to return.
Now, years later, Kate meets Gideon again. Life has changed them both Kate is still tortured by her rootless upbringing, while Gideon is bringing up his two children alone. Kate craves to get close to him again, as he does to her. But that will mean finding the courage to confront her past...and find her future. Her reward could be fulfilling her lifelong wish: having a family to belong to....
The only daughter of Heather and Brian O'Rourke, Daisy is far from a coddled hot-house flower. Determined to be a Harvey Girl-a waitress at one of Fred Harvey's famous restaurants-she tumbles headfirst into a Wild West adventure. And adventure she finds in abundance! From the breathtaking peaks of Washington State to the rough-riding Arizona Territory, Daisy gets what she bargained for, and more. Along the way she not only grows up, she becomes a young woman of God. Furthermore, along the way Daisy falls in love. Who is this mystery cowboy, and is he the one whom God has chosen for this irrepressible flower of the West?