Trail of Dreams [Book 1] Lissa Whitaker's comfortable life in Philadelphia changes after a fire in 1865, and she reluctantly heads to Dakota Territory with her family. Lars Oleson, who helped fight the fire, gave her father the idea of settling there, and for that Lissa can barely be civil to him. Dangers on the trail quickly force her to draw on her inner strength to face the journey's perils and hardships. The Whitakers rescue Lars, when he is injured, and Lissa and Lars realize they care for each other more than they should because his uncle is sending brides from Norway the following spring for him and his brother. With the adversity of the trail forcing them to travel together, they struggle to reach his brother's cabin in the Dakota Territory before the deadly prairie winter sets in. Saving the Dream [Book 2] Trapper Ingor Oleson rescues an Indian maiden, Still Water, who was kidnapped in the Dakota Territory by two drunk whites. She is the niece of the Chief of a Sioux tribe he has traded with. Together for weeks as he nurses her, they each must face the hard fact that their dreams of a life of a white and an Indian together is impossible. The Army is relocating Indians from the Dakota Territory to make room for white pioneers. The Indians, not wanting to go, are fighting back. A brave from her tribe, who wants her as his wife, has vowed to kill whoever has taken her. Ingor can't let his actions threaten his brother Lars and his family homesteading a day's ride to the west. Avoiding the two drunks seeking revenge for their lost prize and the Army rounding up Indians, Ingor must return her safely to her uncle and face the brave. Can the couple save their dream in the midst of hardship and hate? Double the Dream [Book 3] After Ingor Oleson left Norway to claim a part of the Dakota Territory as his own, his brother Lars follows to do the same. Now another year later, their uncle keeps his promise and sends Anne and Katrin Anderssen to marry his nephews. The young women are excited and expect their husbands-to-be to have a good life already carved out for them in the unknown land of the Dakota Territory. Lieutenant Adam Johnson allows the sisters to travel with the Army families moving west to the forts there now that the War Between the States has ended. Sergeant Tavis McDougal is his right-hand man. The sisters are charmed by the officers, and wonder if they will find the Oleson brothers as charming. And what will become of them if they can't find the brothers? Will they ever have the happy lives they have come so far to find?
About the Author
Lois Carroll, who also writes under the name Lois Schwartz, has been writing since her childhood when she received a daily diary as a gift. With a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a master's in Theater, she began her writing and editing career working at a publishing company as a copy editor. Now a wife, mother, and grandmother, she writes full time. She lives with her husband in the high desert of Arizona. When she's not writing, she's working on her service project, Sophie's Smocks, that gives away feeding/craft smocks free to kids and adults with Angelman Syndrome. To date she has published five hard cover books, four paperbacks, over a dozen e-books, plus short stories and non-fiction articles in national magazines and journals. You can read about her available books and email her through her web site at: http://loiscarrollbooks.com/