Sweetbriar #1 (ebook)
The Beginnings of an Empire and the Story of a Remarkable Love. Louisa Boren journeys West to carve out a new way of life. Out of her rugged determination and deep faith comes an enduring love and the founding of one of America's greatest cities—Seattle.
Twenty-four and unmarried, Louisa is an unusual woman for the year 1851. And she knows what she wants—David Denny. An empire builder, David is a born pioneer and destined to be the founder of Seattle, Washington. But he is only nineteen...and younger brother to James, whose love for Louisa runs deep.
This first in Brenda Wilbee's best-selling Seattle Sweetbriar Series is a story of remarkable love and the conception and birth of Seattle, Washington.
Sweetbriar Bride #2 (ebook)
Beautiful Louisa Boren. 24 and unmarried, is an unusal woman for the year 1851. And she knows what she wants; his name is David Denny, and he is destined to be the founder of Seattle.
The Sweetbriar Bride brings the continuing saga of Sweetbriar, the remarkable love story of Louisa Boren and David Denny, and the growing pains of one of America's greatest cities. The scenes have changed, but the challenges of life are no different today than in the mid-1800's: The conflict of human relationships, the struggle for balance in an unblanced world, the stengthening of love amidst the uncertainties of life.
Sweetbriar Spring #3 (ebook)
—Louisa Boren Denny
In 1851 two women kissed each other goodbye in a sweetbriar garden. They wept for they knew they’d never see each other again. Louisa was moving to Oregon.
At 24 years old Louisa Boren bids farewell to her childhood home and friends, and begins her journey toward destiny. Sweetbriar Spring, the captivating sequel to Sweetbriar and Sweetbriar Bride, continues this remarkable love story of Louisa and David Denny duing the long, dark winter of 1854. Today her sweetbriar mingle with the wild roses that bloom each spring in the Northwest—a tribute to the victory of faith, hope, and love amidst worry and anxiety over agitated Indians, war aflame in Europe, and devastating news at home.
But not all is grim in 1854.
Sweetbriar Summer #4 (ebook)
Summer 1854 finds Louisa and David, and baby Emily Inez, on their claim in today's Seattle Center, caught up in the first fruits of their labor and basking in their hard-won hopes and dreams.
New settlers, new industry, added shipping lines, gold beyond the mountains—everything adds up to strong economic times. Yet beneath the heady air of prosperity runs a current of fear as rumors of Indian unrest ominously rumble.
In the middle of everything comes word that David's brother James is dying. Will Louisa and David abandon their improvements and rush to his bedside in far-away Oregon? Can they even make it in time?
Sweetbriar Autumn #5 (ebook)
When SWEETBRIAR AUTUMN opens, war erupts 30 miles southeast of Seattle. Outlying settlers and farmers flee for the safety of town, including Louisa and David's friends, the Brannans.
Assured of safety by the acting governor and autumn's harvest, the Brannans and other families and farmers return—to hostile Indian territory. Tays later, they flee back downriver with the cry, "Indians!" They report gunfire, smoke, and blood-curdling screams from farther upriver where Elizabeth and Will Brannan live. Louisa's beloved husband must go at once to the rescue. Or will it be to bury the dead?
Sweetbriar Hope #6 (ebook)
Historians agree. Louisa Boren Denny was the epitome of the pioneer woman. She endured the Oregon Trail and laid to rest the first foudation of an American city. In this sixth, and final, novel in the Seattle Sweetbriar Series, Puget Sound's Treaty Wars move ever cloer to Seattle.
When Owhi and his allies attack Seattle at dawn, David Denny races to join fellow pioneers in quick defense of their vulnerable position. Lousia, eight months pregnant, is left to huddle in a darkened blockhouse with the other panicked women and children. They can only hope and pray—and wait out the bloody crossfire between navy cannon and native gunfire.
Will David's friendship with Chief Seattle and others Indians be enough to save Seattle?
“Emily, why must you go?” her sister asked. Emily had only one answer. “I love him.”
It was 1870. Emily and her husband, Captain Richard Gurney Wooldridge, were setting sail on the adventure of their dreams. Destination—the Horn of South America and beyond. Invoragated by life at sea, Emily is determined to find her identity in a world of men and take her rightful place beside her husband. Then tragedy stikes. In the face of impossible odds, Emily seeks inner strength of faith in God to face the outward circurcmstances.
She must...her life depends on it.
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Skagway: It's All About The Gold
Skagway: It's All About The Gold is the book every Skagway tourist is looking for; a brief but concise and pictorial history of Skagway, AK, at the time of the 1898 Gold Rush—and an expansion of everything seen and heard but which none can hope to remember.
Recognized three times by Princess Cruise Lines as Tour Guide of the Month and popular on Trip Advisor, Brenda invites you to take a tour with her through pages that will keep Skagway and its earliest days ever alive...
"Is there really a dragon out there? Wait...I'm supposed to do something about it?" —Eve, the Innocent
IN THIS HIGHLY CREATIVE APPROACH to the problems all women face in varying degrees througout their lives, Brenda Wilbee identifies the many choices women have when faced with conflict and pain. Beginning with Eve the Innocent, Wilbee asserts that even though women would like to go back to the Garden of Eden and childhood innocence, they must confront their inner and outer dragons and grow beyond denial into the kind of action that brings a strong and healthy self-awareness—and allows us all to become a healing force in the world.
Based on six archetypes identified by Carol S. Pearson in The Hero Within, Brenda defines six major choices women have at their disposal for any given conflict. Each choice is explained using women from the Bible, history, literature and fairy tale, and from contemporary women and herself. Her research is extensive and woven throughout the stories.
Wilbee, a gifted writer and a keen observer of life, has written a book that could not be more timely for women as well as men.
..........—Bruce Larson, author of Living Beyond Our Fears
A wonderful application of ideas in The Hero Within to the issue of conflict resolution for women in a conservative context. It is well filled with stories, examples, and pertinent biblical parallels.
..........—Carol S. Pearson, author of The Hero Withing
Theresa Parker has waited four years to marry Ron, who finally tells her "it's not God's will." She goes to Thetis Island in British Columbia, Canada, to get over her heartbreak and there meets Shawn Malone. When Ron follows her, full of regret, she realizes her future lies elsewhere.
The past is over. God had collected her tears and turned them into tears of joy.
We often talk about body memory when it comes to trauma. We can forget it works both ways. Body memory can take us back to the very best of our lives.
When I painted my grandfather's garden bench and found some new cushions I liked, I sat down with a good book—and was surprised by the serenity I felt. I noticed the same sensation when I went out to read a second time. The serenity came from deep within, from some mysterious place. The third time I went out, I put down my book to just feel it—and within seconds the same serenity and contentment returned. What was going on?
It finally came to me. My body was remembering sitting on this very same bench with my grandfather as a six- and seven-year-old kid, out by his fishpond, overlooking Boundary Bay and where I'd been born.
But it wasn't just Grandpa's bench. . .
THE "SUMMER OF 17" a young girl moved to Arizona...that would be me.
I'd suffered a back-from-death experience the summer I turned 17, and my health that fall was such that I'd been given the choice of either going to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN—or go live with family friends moving to Tempe, AZ. Let me see, eenie-meanie-miney-moe... My mother and I hitched a ride with a couple who happened to be driving down, and I arrived at the Ney's house on October 26, 1969.
In this "Year of 17," it was the worst of times because the doctor under whose care my mother placed me before going home to Iowa, molested me. A well-known Christian man, he was also the leader of Young Life at Scottsdale High, and therefore his molestation was a double whammy—an assault on my emerging sexuality (and hence my identity), and he dragged God into it. The worst of times, yes.
Yet it was the best of times. It truly was. For I had Wayne.
I'm reading Katie's Life of Pi and Yann Martel deals with this a lot via his main character Pi. Pi is sharing a lifeboat on the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger, and probably someone who knows a little about fear--and faith. Pi says: I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.
—Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman.
Of course, this was written by a man.