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Novellas & Compilations by Author Carol Cox

Where the Heart Is - Carol Cox
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Where the Heart Is Romance Collection

Journey along with nine women who find themselves on the move out of their comfortable lives and into the unknown as they set up new homes, take on new jobs, seek out loved ones, and encounter romance. Will their faith endure the hardships, and will love form when life is in transition?

The Wonder of Spring (Carol’s story)

Charlene Matkin has been using a pen name to sell her grandfather’s Western adventures to a charming Baltimore publisher. Now Matthew Benson is coming to the Arizona Territory to meet “the author”–and “Charlie” is in trouble!

Stories by Sally Laity, Rhonda Gibson, Pamela Kaye Tracy, Andrea Boeshaar, Claire Sanders, Jane LaMunyon, and Erica Vetsch are also included in this collection by inspirational romance authors who have a passion for American history and faith.

A Woman's Place by Author Carol Cox
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A Woman’s Place

Cattle have gone missing from ranches in west Texas.

Headstrong Amelia Donovan can’t get anyone to pay attention to her ideas on how to track down the thieves that have been plaguing her father and neighboring ranchers. In their minds, a woman should focus her attention on keeping house and raising children, not on livestock or rustlers. But maybe the Texas Ranger who’s been called in to investigate will listen to her.

Ranger Jake Thornton has never encountered a case quite like this one. He is committed to the task of finding out who’s behind the mysterious string of cattle thefts, but he didn’t expect to have to ride herd on an unpredictable group of ranchers as well. On top of that, he has to deal with Amelia Donovan. With her wild ways, Amelia is unconventional, to say the least…and certainly not the kind of woman Jake would expect to draw his interest.

Danielle by Author Carol Cox
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A chance meeting has Dani and Chase ready to run in opposite directions–but somehow, their paths continue to collide…

Easygoing Danielle Gallagher loves her job in a gift shop at the Grand Canyon. Spending her days with visitors from all over the world and living in one of the most beautiful spots on earth, she savors each day to its fullest.

Dani has turned her back on the pitfalls of the dating game and made a commitment to wait for the man God has in mind for her, instead of searching for Mr. Right on her own. That decision set her free…free to be herself and take life as it comes, using her creativity to serve the Lord instead of wasting her time on dead-end relationships.

Chase Sheppard once made the mistake of giving his heart to a woman who didn’t share his priorities. He isn’t about to make the same blunder twice. A committed Christian, Chase has no intention of getting involved with a woman who isn’t as serious as he is about pursuing a relationship with God…and that most certainly applies to carefree Dani Gallagher, with her lighthearted approach to life.

Despite some well-intentioned meddling by their friends, neither one of them is remotely interested in the other. But does God have something more in mind—a way to create harmony from this clash of personalities?

No Match for Love by Author Carol Cox
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No Match For Love

Andrew can’t fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch.

When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Don’t miss this fun eBook-Short from Bethany House.

Also featured in the Match Made In Texas novella collection below.

Practically Christmas by Author Carol Cox
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Practically Christmas

Practical—that has always been Sara Jennings’s approach to life.
But this Christmas season, things are about to change…


When Sara gets a call from her great-aunt to help with a little problem, Sara feels sure the task can’t be too difficult. After all, who couldn’t love Aunt Esther’s exuberant holiday cheer and her loving gospel message? And spending Christmas in the small-town setting of Minton, Missouri should be just what Sara needs to escape the pressures of city life and help her unwind.

But when she arrives, Sara finds the situation is far more complicated than she expected.

Aunt Esther’s “little problem” involves a complaining neighbor who takes issue with her elaborate outdoor Christmas decorations. To make matters worse, he is also the uncle of the attractive lawyer Sara met on her train ride to Minton.

What happens when the town’s most ardent supporter of the true meaning of Christmas goes head to head with the neighborhood Scrooge?

And can a chance meeting on a train stir practical Sara into making some quick decisions that will alter the course of her future?

Golden Gate Gazette by Author Carol Cox

Golden Gate Gazette

with DiAnn Mills, Darlene Mindrup, and Kathleen Y’Barbo.

In 1860 in San Francisco, when newspaper workers strike, four women take the task of reporting the news in a man’s world while skirting danger and romance.

Amy’s allegiance is questioned when arson fires seem linked to her family. Jennie’s curiosity gets her into the middle of a murder investigation. Helen makes a printing mistake that hurts an innocent man. Penney attempts to prove her value as a writer.

When the newspaper stories hit the stands, will these four women’s faith-and lives-endure to grasp the hand of love?

A Stitch in Time by Author Carol Cox

A Stitch in Time

with Tracey Bateman, Cathy Marie Hake, and Vickie McDonough.

Raised in No Man’s Land – a wide-open tract west of the Oklahoma territory – the Stafford siblings stitch together a legacy of faith and family history.

But each one struggles to recognize the arrival of true love: Micah can’t imagine falling for the refined visitor from the East who “can’t ride a horse or shoot a gun.” Louisa, a tomboy, almost loses a chance at love by trading her holster for ribbons and bows. Josh is surprised to find the “young man” he rescued is actually Rachel Donovan, disguised to survive the harsh pioneer terrain. Sam takes a closer look – through God-colored spectacles – and discovers a sweet, soft spirit in his bumbling bride-to-be.

In spite of the prejudices, false assumptions, and misleading disguises, God can tie up the loose threads of these lives and bestow His own plan – the unexpected perfection of love.

A Match Made in Texas featuring Author Carol Cox
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A Match Made In Texas

with Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, and Regina Jennings

There’s a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can’t keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she’s also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

No Match for Love (Carol’s story!)
Andrew can’t fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn’t sure who hired him to repair Clara’s roof–he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace’s doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though–and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

Meeting Her Match
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker’s son how much she cares for him?

Hidden Motives by Author Carol Cox

Hidden Motives

with Gail Gaymer Martin, DiAnn Mills, and Jill Stengl.

Suspense, mystery, and danger pervade the four stories of this romance collection.

As love blossoms for four women, threatening situations also arise. Laurel’s resolve is tested when a cyber stalker begins sending menacing E-mails. Gerri goes undercover as a housekeeper in an attempt to vindicate her wrongfully accused grandfather. Shelby travels to her vacant childhood home in Louisiana to find the key to recurring migraines. Stephanie works to restore an old church only to be warned by mysterious lights to leave things as they are.

Should they proceed with their dangerous tasks? Can they trust their hearts to guide them?

To Catch a Thief by Author Carol Cox

To Catch a Thief

with Lisa Harris, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and DiAnn Mills.

In a time when women find career options limited, four Chicago women get the chance of a lifetime – busting a ring of train robbers for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Working undercover in Windmere Falls, Colorado, they begin to unearth clues overlooked by their male counterparts.

Ruth Hunnicutt clothes mysterious characters in her dress-maker’s shop. Could her interpretation of the clues destroy a blossoming romance? Sidney de Clermont falls off the train – and back into the life of an old family friend. Can she keep her cover and protect her heart at the same time? Working on a ranch even though she’s terrified of horses, Moment Alexander filters a jumble of new clues. Can she overcome her fears to chase down thieves – and at the same time lasso a husband? Despite what the other agents think, Lady Victoria Barrett-Ames is convinced the real mastermind behind the train heists has yet to be caught. Is her boss the real suspect. . .or a possible new love?

Nobody’s expecting much from these female operatives – but breaking the case may take only some womanly intuition and a little faith. Will they ride the rails to success…and love?

Aloha by Author Carol Cox


with Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter, and Gail Sattler.

Beautiful, romantic Maui is home to the four Harrigan brothers, who, since taking over Harrigan’s Cove resort from their father, spend their days focused on work. There are endless details involved in keeping the business afloat – but love can’t help checking in.

As manager, Barnabas thinks he’s figured out his snobby rich clients, but one high-class woman doesn’t fit the usual mold. Will Barnabas let God use teach him a few things about appearances – and love?

Connor can’t understand why a pretty client would rather follow him on his maintenance rounds than join the other vacationers. Could revealing his status as part owner destroy their budding friendship?

Alex feels for a woman alone on what should have been her honeymoon and is sure the activities he directs would be the best medicine for her broken heart. But is it too soon to expect her to return his growing affections?

Steve the logical accountant, thinks his brothers have become lovesick pups – but working with an old girlfriend to clean up an IRS mess could land him in the same boat. Can he keep his focus?

With love perfuming the tropical breeze, can the four brothers balance their romantic interests with the hard work of making Harrigan’s Cove a success?

Home for Christmas by Author Carol Cox

Home for Christmas

with Colleen Coble, Terry Fowler, and Gail Gaymer Martin.

One distant, shared memory binds four siblings, separated early in life and reared in different families. This year, a new memory could begin for them as one determined friend, a short Internet message, and God’s miraculous timing bring them Home for Christmas.

When she was eight, Eden Walter’s family was divided by death and social services. In her adulthood, with little hope of finding her three siblings, Eden turns her Heart Full of Love toward fostering neglected children. When her special relationship with one child is threatened by the toddler’s uncle, where will Eden find her strength and hope?

Crista McDaniel has lived with a sense of inferiority, believing her parents abandoned her. Organized and efficient, she teaches a college course – where one particular student challenges her to break free from her routine and schedule. Will she let her heart Ride the Clouds like the balloons that have always thrilled her?

Don’t Look Back is Angelina Collier’s motto as she struggles to raise her two children alone. When she finds the ideal nanny, she is determined to keep her, despite the objections of the girl’s father. Can Angelina learn to lean on her friends – and her Lord – and accept that God has miracles in store for her?

In To Keep Me Warm, Tim Richmond is also alone with a son to raise. Dealing with the boy’s handicap has been less intimidating than facing the emotional turmoil of dating. When he finally meets the “perfect” young woman, he doubts that an orphaned factory worker like himself can ever meet her needs. Who can convince him otherwise?

See how faith, love, and romance combine to bring Eden, Crista, Angelina, and Tim together again- to begin a whole new collection of special memories.

Yellow Roses by Author Carol Cox

Yellow Roses

with DiAnn Mills, Darlene Mindrup, and Kathleen Y’Barbo.

Texas Rangers are the pride of the Lone Star state as law officers, not as sons-in-law. Few parents welcome a courting ranger, with his hard, dangerous life. Who would want his daughter involved with a lawman of the Old West, in a state full of characters willing to break the law in any possible way?

But the attraction of the ranger is hard to resist, as Serena Talbot learns. Though her father is planted firmly in the path of her dreams, she knows she must follow her heart and trust God to provide Serena’s Strength for the challenges awaiting a ranger’s wife. Amelia Donovan discovers that love can strike unexpectedly when she ignores A Woman’s Place and offers a ranger her opinions on snagging cattle thieves. What will he do about this headstrong woman?

Wrongly accused of aiding a band of robbers, April Hansen is The Reluctant Fugitive in the custody of a Texas Ranger. How can she prove her innocence? Her love for a ranger tore Grace Delaney from her family years ago. Could another ranger end up Saving Grace from an even crueler family separation?

Relive the Old West with the men who protected it and the courageous women who stood by them. With their lives ultimately in God’s hands, these women will rise to the call of love.

Gift of Love by Author Carol Cox

Gift of Love

with Pamela Griffin, Veda Boyd Jones, and Darlene Mindrup.

Gifts have become an expected part of Christmas tradition. But a gift given without love is wasted…..It is Practically Christmas when Sara Jennings makes the trek to her great-aunt’s home. Will a gift from a new friend change the course of Sara’s future?

Christmas is a time for giving, and nothing bonds two hearts together like a gift given in love. Enjoy four inspirational novellas about modern couples who discover love and seal it with a gift.

Forever Friends by Author Carol Cox

Forever Friends

with Kristin Billerbeck, Colleen Coble, and Gail Sattler.

Friendship is forever as four modern women will discover in this collection of novellas. Amanda is waiting out a long engagement, Brittany is widowed with a young daughter, Collette is returning home from the mission field, Danielle is focused on staying single while squeezing the best out of life.

Heart's Promise by Author Carol Cox

Heart’s Promise

with Yvonne Lehman, Peggy Darty, and Pamela Kaye Tracy.

Introducing four novellas in modern settings that reflect on the anticipation of entering a new year–new calendar, new goals to accomplish, and a new chance at love.

Rejoice in the transformation of a young woman in Remaking Meridith by Carol Cox.

Throughout Beginnings, Peggy Darty will have you laughing and crying as two lonely adults are laid up in the hospital over the holiday season.

Then, discover how setting goals brings together a church singles’ class and sparks the flame of love in Never Say Never by Yvonne Lehman.

Finally, in Letters to Timothy, see how author Pamela Kaye Tracy unites five needy people with one pen pal letter.

Spring's Memory by Author Carol Cox

Spring’s Memory

with Colleen Coble, Judith McCoy Miller, and Darlene Mindrup.

A nostalgic look at spring times past, and the joy of love discovered. Spring’s Memory is the latest collection of historical inspirational novellas from Barbour Publishing.

Includes the stories A Valentine for Prudence by Darlene Mindrup, Set Sail My Heart by Colleen Coble, The Wonder of Spring by Carol Cox, and The Blessings Basket by Judith McCoy Miller.

Retreat to romances of Springs gone by and experience the season of love all over again.

If you like Carol’s Novellas & Compilations, be sure to check out her Historical Novels and Mysteries!
For a complete list of Carol’s books, visit her Bibliography page.