Eppie Winner, 2007 for Best Inspirational Romance
Jesse Tyler spent her life riding with her father's outlaw gang. When she sees her chance to escape she takes it, only to catch a bullet in her... More > back from one of her father's men. Waking to find a lawman at her bedside she knows it's only a matter of time before she loses her life at the end of a rope.
After losing his wife and unborn child when the Tyler gang robbed the bank in the town where Russ Martin was the sheriff, Russ only wants to see a Tyler hang. Instead of the satisfaction he hoped to gain from Clay Tyler's death, Russ learns of the two youngest members of the gang Gary and Jesse Tyler. When Jesse Tyler appears in Loveland, Missouri, the town where Russ is the sheriff, he has a decision to make. Can he come to love her in the way she deserves to be loved?< Less
Gary Tyler knew his future would end with a hangman's noose. When he was spared such a fate he vowed to do his best for Eli Otto for being willing to take a chance on a man by the name of... More > Tyler.
Clara Otto couldn't understand why her grandfather would bring a non-believer into their home. She felt drawn to the handsome outlaw, but knew unless he believed in God nothing would ever come of it.
Although Gary didn't want to believe, little by little he came to realize he was comfortable exchanging his gun for God. Especially when the prize could easily be Clara Otto.< Less
David Long gave up a promising law career when God called him to preach the word. Little did he know the red headed pianist at his church in Mortonville would capture his heart.
Hattie Fairchild... More > knew the only proper place for a proper maiden lady to play the piano was in church. Even though she didn't believe, she found she could ignore the minister's words by staying hidden away in the balcony and reading her novels during the sermons.
When David Long came to town. Not only did he move the piano from the balcony to the main floor of the sanctuary, he also decided to restore her faith in God. In the process she found herself falling for the man who looked more like a black smith than a preacher.< Less