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Follow Your Heart ~ Spotlight

An inspirational historical romance.

Leann and Ralph Wade struggle through tragedy and heartache during the first year of their marriage. Leaving a large family to live on an isolated farm with her husband is difficult for the new bride. Will Leann reach deep into her heart for the faith and strength needed to mend her marriage? Continue the Wade family saga in Follow Your Heart.


Beautiful love story of a young couple just starting their lives together and the struggles they face.

They learn to read the Bible and pray for guidance as they seek God’s will. I am ready for the next book!!! It is very well written.

Excellent reading. I recommend this book to others. I enjoyed reading it very much and I am looking forward to more books in this series.


Follow Your Heart is a poignant tale of a young couple’s struggles to overcome difficulties during the early years of marriage in post-Civil War Missouri. The novel tells about a love strong enough to survive the hard times and bound by the cords of family values.

Leann Clark Wade faces loneliness and isolation on the family farm during the first winter of her marriage. Ralph, her new husband, has little success helping Leann. She returns to the support of her family leaving Ralph with the pain of rejection. Leann must find strength to face the struggles of depression and loneliness with her husband on their family farm. Is their love strong enough to overcome the hardships a new bride faces in post-Civil War Missouri?


 September, 1869

An early autumn gust of wind pushed through the open window, past the lace curtains to wrap around Leann’s shoulders. The gust jerked the wrinkled faded paper from her hand, and took it to the floor. She shivered, then rose to close the window.

Sue picked the paper up and examined it. “Are you still reading this letter from Sonny Wade when you’re marrying his brother next week? I thought you threw it away ages ago.”

“Hand that to me.” Leann had not heard her sister enter the room. She snatched the letter from Sue’s hand, tearing the fragile paper. “Really, Sue, my letter is none of your business. I should have thrown it away, but I felt sorry for Sonny, being in the war and a Union prison camp. And besides, I forgot about it being in my drawer.”

“You were hiding that letter.” Sue’s eyes narrowed when she looked directly into Leann’s.

“I didn’t hide it. You and the family read it.”

“Several years ago. You’ve been hiding it ever since, and probably reading it in secret.”

“Don’t be silly.”

“Have you seen Sonny since he got out of the army? Or do you just read his letter and dream about the handsome guy?”

“No, to both questions. He works on a Mississippi River riverboat and has only been home a couple of times. Tom told me he saw Sonny and Joe Jr. in town last year. He spoke to them and they talked for awhile. Sonny seemed restless and headed for the saloon while Joe Jr. went into the general store.”

“Well, you should have thrown it away. What if Ralph finds out you secretly kept his brother’s love letter?”

Leann tore the already ripped paper into tiny pieces and threw them into a small trash basket sitting beside the bedroom door. “Are you happy now? It wasn’t a love letter. You read it. He only told about the war and being homesick. I didn’t answer, so he never wrote again.”

Leann grabbed her younger sister by the arm while looking directly into the girl’s blue eyes. Sue stared back with the same velocity. “And don’t you tell anyone about me keeping the letter. I forgot about it until I started packing. Do you want to cause trouble with Ralph or the family?”

“I won’t tell if you will let me keep your pretty green parasol when you leave.” Sue pushed Leann’s arm off her own.

“That’s my only good one. It matches my green voile dress. I won’t have anything to take to the socials.”

“Make your husband buy you a new one.” Sue was unrelenting.

“Okay. I will leave my green parasol with you. Just don’t tell I kept the letter. Sonny Wade means nothing to me.”

“Well, he must mean something or you would have thrown his letter away. He may not have put in writing that he loved you, but he came around here pretty often before he joined the army and gave Ralph room to move in.”

“I was only thirteen when he left.”

“Well, I’m thirteen and I love Johnny Townsend. I plan to be married when I’m seventeen, just like you. What if Sonny hadn’t gone to war? Would he have won your heart instead of Ralph?”

“No. I’ve always loved Ralph and always will.”

“Well, let’s hope so. After all you’re marrying him next week. Ma wants you to come on downstairs and help with breakfast. She said we have a lot to do today with finishing your wedding dress so you can wed your beloved.” Sue gave a small giggle, opened the door and headed downstairs to the kitchen. Leann followed.

How could she have been so careless as to let Sue see Sonny’s letter? It should have been thrown away years ago. She forgot it lay hidden in the far back corner of her underwear drawer until she began packing her things to take to her new home. She loved Ralph and the excitement of becoming his wife filled her heart and soul. Hopefully, Sonny would stay away forever and she would never have to face him again.

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Author Brenda B. Taylor

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The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.

Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.

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