Bestselling Author of Historical Romances and Romantic Comedies
Ruth Ann Nordin's Books
These books feature everyone from the "Nebraska world" that started with Dave and Mary Larson in Eye of the Beholder. After I wrote Eye of the Beholder, I wanted to write about Neil Craftsman, Jenny Larson, Jessica and Tom Larson, Joel Larson, Mary and Dave's oldest son Isaac Larson, and more. This page is the chronological order for all of the books, and I will add to it in time to come since I plan to write more based on these characters.
Please note: These books don't have to be read in order.
Tender romance (R)
This light-hearted romance is rated R.
Some men don't realize the right woman is the one they aren't pursuing....
As soon as Sally Larson meets Rick Johnson, she knows he's the one for her. The catch? He's interested in her friend, Ethel Mae. But Sally has a plan. With Ethel Mae's help, she convinces Rick that the only way he'll get Ethel Mae is to make her jealous. So he agrees to pretend to be interested in Sally in order to get Ethel Mae's attention.
But Rick has a trick or two up his sleeve, and Sally just might find that the one playing cat is really the mouse.
Romantic Comedy (G)
Tom Larson is having trouble finding a wife, and Jessica Reynolds decides to help him overcome his awkward and clumsy manners so he can attract women.
Light and Tender Romance (R)
This is a historical romance (R) that was inspired while I was writing "A Bride for Tom". In "A Bride for Tom", Jessica had a good friend named Margaret who had a terrible time finding a man, so at the end of the story, she had posted an ad for a husband.
When Margaret Williams posted an ad for a husband, she expected Paul Connealy to arrive. But Paul couldn‘t make it because of a fatal accident. However, Paul had a brother and that brother needed a wife in the worst possible way.
Joseph Connealy jumped at the chance to marry Margaret. Sure, he didn‘t know her, but he saw her ad and figured she‘d suit him just fine. His only hope was that when he arrived, she‘d accept his proposal...and his four young boys that came with it.
Tender Romance (R)
Story Sample: Dave Meets Mary
Mary Peters despairs that she will never get married. At nineteen, she has no prospects of finding a husband, so she takes matters into her own hands and becomes a mail-order bride. When she arrives in Omaha, Nebraska to meet the man she's due to marry, he takes one look at her homely appearance and rejects her.
But fate has other plans for Mary. Dave Larson happens to be nearby and thinks she will make a good wife. Though she is stunned that someone as handsome and as kind as Dave would ask her to marry him, she accepts. She knows that this marriage will not bear the fruits of love. Love, after all, is for beautiful women. Isn't it?
Romantic Comedy (R)
Story Sample: Owen Marries Jenny
Owen Russell is in deep trouble. In order to save his aunt from poverty due to a bad gambling problem his uncle had, he wins back the money from the group of gamblers and returns it to her. Realizing that they want to kill him, he flees from the southern state of Louisiana to Nebraska where he runs into the sheriff who mistakes him for Irving who signed up to be his deputy.
Owen decides that this beats death, because there are wanted posters all over the place seeking his arrest. So he plays along and pretends to be Irving. What he didn't realize is that Irving agreed to marry Jenny Larson (Dave Larson's sister from Eye of the Beholder). One look at her tells him that she is beautiful, so he agrees to marry her. His lies, of course, do keep building and eventually catch up with him when the real Irving shows up.
April Edwards, a young widow, is content to manage a farm with her fourteen-year-old brother and a one-year-old daughter. Nothing, after all, could be worse than being married to her deceased husband. Nothing, that is, until her unscrupulous brother-in-law decides to marry her. With no other recourse, April and her brother concoct a plan--one that involves the unsuspecting doctor’s assistant, Joel Larson.
Joel Larson doesn't want to be married. In fact, he’s perfectly happy with things the way they are, but when he’s sent to check on April’s sick child, things take an unexpected turn for the worse. In one instant, he finds a gun and a mandate to marry April staring him in the face. Can a marriage that begins with a shotgun be just the thing Joel needs or has April just confined herself to another miserable marriage?
In Eye of the Beholder, Mary Larson left Maine for a new life in Nebraska, a new life that almost ended at the train station if not for Dave Larson. Six years later in To Have and To Hold, Mary's journey continues. All her dreams for marriage and children have come true, and she couldn't be happier, until a fateful accident erases her memory...
Now she has to adjust to life as the wife of Dave Larson and mother to Isaac and Rachel. When news of her father’s impending death comes from Maine, Dave suggests they travel to her hometown in an effort to help her recover her memories.
In Maine, Mary will come face to face with the family she left behind. Will her love for Dave be enough to overcome the unpleasant aspects of her past, or will past insecurities keep her from regaining her former happiness?
Tender Romance (R)
Story Sample: Neil Marries Sarah
When Sarah Donner learns she's pregnant, she hopes this blessing will be the thing to make her husband finally love her. But to her horror, he announces that she will go live with her overbearing mother-in-law. Weeks before she is due to give birth, they are traveling to her mother-in-law's when some thieves kill him.
Ready to give birth, she has to rely on the aid of the one man others had warned her about: Neil Craftsman. She knows of his tarnished past, and no respectable woman will go near him. But when she learns her husband left her with no home and no money, she has nowhere else to go but to the one man she's shunned.
As she gets to know Neil, she learns that there is more to him than meets the eye. But when his past comes back to haunt him, will her newfound love be enough to redeem him - or will he always be a shunned man?
This is Dave and Mary Larson's third romance. What is the worth of a man? Is it in what he can do or is it much more than that? When Dave suffers from a fall off his horse, he has to spend the summer recuperating. I'm still working on the plot.
“Stay away from the Craftsman girl.” For the past three years, Isaac Larson obeyed his father, making sure to keep his distance from Emily Craftsman. But day after day, he’s reminded of how beautiful she is and knows she is the only woman who has the power to make his blood boil with desire.
Emily has always pursued what she wants, and she wants Isaac. Determined to find out why he avoids her, she disguises herself as a man and befriends him. Will she find out the secret behind his silence? And, more importantly, can she stop him before he thinks of marrying another woman?
Everyone has their story...
In Falling In Love With Her Husband (find it on this page of this website), Kent Ashton was the villain... Or at least that is how Ann Statesman and Todd Brothers saw him. But was he really? Why did he really end his courtship with Ann? Was his scandalous behavior with Rebecca Johnson the reason he became engaged to her? And what compelled him to go after Ann after she married Todd and moved to North Dakota?
This novella tells why he did what he did. And it paves the way for the book that will lead to his own happily ever after.
Please note: This is the prequel to Lassoing Her Groom. It does not have a "happily ever after" ending. The happily ever after comes in Lassoing Her Groom.
After spending time in Ireland, Kent Ashton has returned to America. It's his chance at a new start, and he's determined to go all the way to California--far away from his past and list of regrets he's left behind. But while in Omaha, Nebraska, thieves rob him and leave him for dead in the back of an alley. That's when Dave Larson finds him and brings him home so he can recover. And Kent plans to leave for California as soon as he's better.
But Dave's daughter, Rose Larson, has other plans for him. She's bound and determined to make him her husband. Sure, he might protest, claim he's not the right one for her, that his past is too tainted for a proper young lady. But she's not one to give up lightly, and if she has to lasso him to get him to the alter, then so be it.
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