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The Strong One

The Strong One

Sarah Songan is a woman on the run.

In an attempt to find peace with their neighbors, the Apsáalooke chief has promised her hand to a soldier at Fort Smith, and Sarah’s determined not to be traded or bartered like an ornament. She strikes out on her own, leaving behind everyone and everything she has ever known. However, a woman travelling alone in 1866 Montana territory can fall prey to unscrupulous men. Sarah must confront her fears and draw on an inner strength she didn’t know she had, as well as a new-found hope in God, if she is to survive. 
Bill Hanover is a tired and lonely cowboy. After four long years fighting in the War Between the States, he returns to his family ranch in Montana only to discover it’s no longer his home. He heads south to Cutter’s Creek, where he encounters a beautiful woman whose feisty spirit takes his breath away. But she’s hiding a secret, and her past is about to catch up with her. Bill turns to God for help and guidance, and encounters a new kind of love.
Set in beautiful, wild, and untamed nineteenth century Montana, this novella will take you on a journey back in time to the perilous life of a pioneer on the western frontier.

Find out what happens next to Sarah Songan and Bill Hanover in Of Peaks and Prairies.

What Readers are Saying

“The writing is fluid and rich and the story complex.”

The Betrothed

Lady Charlotte Beaufort of Beaufort Manor, England, is accustomed to the finer things in life. She’s used to everything going her way. But it’s all about to change.

When her parents force her into an engagement with the Duke of Notherington, a man she barely knows, she runs away – traveling aboard a steamer to the New World.

Harry Brown, a silversmith’s apprentice from Greyburn, doesn’t stand a chance with the beautiful Charlotte. Then he runs afoul of the local thug, and he and his sister have to leave town. When Charlotte and Harry cross paths, the attraction is undeniable – but can they overcome generations of social barriers to admit their true feelings for one another? 

Take a journey from the beautiful Lakes District of England to untamed Cutter's Creek, Montana Territory, where the rules of love are bound to be broken.

What Readers are Saying

“There wasn’t a page of this storyline that I didn’t totally enjoy. This author has become quite the story teller and I admire her work. Each and every book is better and better. I can hardly wait to see what Ms. Holt comes up with next. Thanks for a great read.”

The Betrothed


Camilla Brown always wanted a family of her own. But it seemed destiny had other plans. She’d begun to feel as though she'd always be in the background, helping others build their families, leaving her dreams to wilt and die.

That is, until the handsome Winston Frank comes courting at the church picnic. But then, Sheriff Clifford Brentwood sweeps her off her feet, literally! Both men make her pulse race. Both are determined to claim her love. Only one can win her heart.
When an unexpected danger threatens her very life, Camilla will have to make a choice. Who will she choose?
NB: This book can be read as a stand-alone, but also continues the story of Camilla Brown from The Betrothed.

What Readers are Saying

“…Flashbacks, honest emotions, confusion, heartfelt desires, daydreams, and even life and death situations…(also) moments when we must be still and listen to the quiet voice of God speaking to our heart.”

Season of Love

Six orphans, a dark and handsome cowboy, and the woman who must expand her heart to love them at Christmas.

Margaret Hutchins has been alone since her parents died of influenza in Chicago a decade earlier. When she moves to Cutter’s Creek in Montana Territory for a fresh start, as the new teacher for the little school, she discovers a cozy community where she’s welcomed and appreciated.

Heath Moore had his heart broken by Charlotte Beaufort years ago, and he’s hesitant to court again. Until, that is, he runs into Margaret just before Christmas – she’s beautiful, intelligent and compassionate. But when she makes a decision that changes her life forever, it threatens to drive a wedge between them. 

Enjoy spending a white Christmas in Cutter’s Creek, as a season of love unfolds in the most unlikely way.

What Readers are Saying

“This is one of your more wonderful stories. I can’t believe you have it in you to write such a great story!”

Season of Love


Kidnapped by her husband's killers, this pioneering woman is forced to marry one of her abductors. Can love blossom between two avowed enemies? 

Maria Holloway is a captive.
Abducted by Lakota, and forced to live with the people who killed her husband, the pioneering woman refuses to give up hope that one day she’ll be saved.
Far from civilization, and everyone she knows and loves, she’s given in marriage to a Lakota warrior. Full of bitterness and despair, she turns to God for help, wondering if even He has abandoned her. She tries to escape, but is returned her enemy over and over again.

Bodaway is angry and alone. His wife died and left him to raise three young children on his own. With no plans to remarry, he prefers to lead a solitary life, keeping to himself. That is, until Maria Holloway is thrust into village life.
Suddenly, he finds himself saddled with a new wife, one he never wanted. He doesn’t know what to do with her, or how to act. And feels like a stranger in his own home. But when tragedy strikes, and he thinks she is lost to him forever, his true feelings come flooding to the surface.

Can love blossom between two avowed enemies?

Journey back once again to the quaint little hamlet of Cutter’s Creek, Montana Territory. Where love is true, and no one’s a stranger.

What Readers are Saying

“Wow!!! Is all I can say. Loved it I couldn’t put it down! Well done, 5 plus stars!”



When Scarlett Johnson, a sporting woman from the Rosita Saloon, is chased by a scoundrel from the only place she can call home, she boards a train bound for the western frontier. But a chance encounter with a regretful Mail Order Bride gives her an idea - what if she could impersonate the woman? Even if only for a few days - for a warm bed and a hearty meal or two. She won't marry the man, but maybe she could hole up on the ranch for a while, just until she figures out a way forward.

Joe Baker, a cowboy working on the Moore ranch, waits in Cutter's Creek for the stage coach to deliver his Mail Order Bride. But when she arrives, she isn't the woman he expected her to be. She's beautiful and colorful and makes his heart pound. But is she the bride he sent for?

Will Scarlett's ruse be exposed? Or will she beguile the man she has no intention of marrying?

When secrets from the past come back to haunt them, both Joe and Scarlett have decisions to make, and Scarlett's life will be thrust into danger. Can they find love? Or are they destined to be torn apart by circumstances beyond their control?

Journey back to Cutter's Creek where old friends await, good always triumphs over evil, and love overcomes all else in the old west.

What Readers are Saying

“Beguiled is a delightful and well-written story that will have you believing in love. The story line is fresh and moves along at a steady pace while being engaging, captivating and attention grabbing. This story hooked me from the very start and I could not put it down. The characters are easy to connect with and well developed. Vivi Holt knows how to create a story with enough romance and action to keep the reader entertained and interested. This is another fantastic book from a remarkably talented author.” – Between the Coverz

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What Readers are Saying

"I really enjoyed each story set in the Cutter’s Creek series. They are heart-warming and sweet love stories that have a bit of adventure in the west and happily-ever after’s. I would recommend this set to any western romance readers." Advanced Copy Reader

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