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About Anita Stansfield
Anita Stansfield has been a queen of romantic fiction for more than a decade. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield's characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget. Anita also writes mainstream historical fiction (Horstberg Saga) under the name Elizabeth D. Michaels. The first book in that series is called Behind the Mask. You can see her Elizabeth D. Michaels books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J23ZXF8.
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The Shadows of Brierley Series 5 Book Bundle includes:
- Towers of Brierley— Set in eighteenth century Scotland, this fast paced historical romance sweeps the reader into a world of suspense, intrigue, murder, vengeance, and a love strong enough to conquer Brierley and all it stands for.
- Shadows of Brierley, Vol. 1: The Wanderer — As he neared the edge of the crowd, Ian could hear a loud voice preaching some kind of sermon. He bristled from the inside out. Nevertheless, with a few of his remaining coins, Ian purchases a copy of the book from which the "preacher" is quoting, an act that somehow gives this troubled prodigal the courage to leave the dark alleyways of London and begin the long journey home—home to his beloved Brierley and to the woman whose heart he hopes to win.
- Shadows of Brierley, Vol. 2: A Far Horizon — The journey had been long and difficult and full of mishaps—even deadly ones. But Ian knew he was exactly where God wanted him to be, and so were those who constituted his family. . . . They were where God wanted them to be; they were on the right path, in the right place at the right time, and they would soon achieve their goal and be united with God’s people.
- Shadows of Brierley, Vol. 3: A Distant Shore — The year is 1842, and it is late spring in Nauvoo. Ian and Wren Brierley have settled into their new home and are enjoying the blessings of the gospel and the companionship of the Saints. Their joy seems full to overflowing as they eagerly anticipate the birth of a new baby. The future couldn’t look brighter, until Joseph Smith pays a visit to their home with a message destined to change their lives and challenge their faith.
- Shadows of Brierley, Vol. 4: In the Valley of the Mountains — Jamie walked away . . . He wondered why he was even trying. He felt certain there was nothing he could ever say or do to compete with a man like Hugh Montgomery, and he was fooling himself to believe that he could ever truly be a contender for Gillian Brierley’s heart.
The year is 1862, and the setting is Salt Lake City. Gillian—Ian and Wren’s eldest daughter—has grown into a lovely young woman who is a source of help and strength to her family. Little does she realize that her life is about to be turned upside down.
Suddenly she must choose between two men who love her, yet whose lives and lifestyles are completely divergent.
Little does he realize the impact this book will have on him and his family as they struggle with the grim consequences of unrestrained compulsions and passions, and the seemingly insurmountable challenges of mental illness. As the threads that hold the tapestry of the MacBrier family together threaten to unravel, Ian realizes that The Book of Mormon had been destined to come into his hands, and he was destined to follow where it led him.
Haunted by secrets and questions about his birth, Gavin leaves Brierley, returning years later to confront the lies of the past.
To Anya Ross, Brierley is like the fairy tale castle of her dreams. But when her great uncle is murdered, and the remnants of the MacBrier family torment her at every turn, her dream turns into a nightmare.
Anya and Gavin are drawn together by the bond of a mottled past they share. But this bond becomes a wedge that threatens to drive them apart as sinister forces confront them at every turn.
When Allison decides to stay in Provo rather that go home to Australia for Christmas, she has no way of knowing that this holiday season, her life will be changed forever. Oh, yes, love is in the air . . . but so are lingering doubts and ghosts of past regrets. Will the love Allison finds be strong enough to overcome the secrets of her rebellious youth – or will romance once again slip through her finders as it has so often before?
Home for Christmas . . . a tender story that illuminated the power of love and shares the miracle of Christmas.
This doppelganger claims to be Dougal Heywood, a friend of Daniel's from America, brought together by the bizarre coincidence of their uncanny resemblance. Through Sylvia's shock and her inability to turn away anyone in need, she agrees to take him in and care for his wounds. When dangerous men arrive looking for him, the obvious solution to both hide Dougal and explain his presence in Sylvia's home is to convince the town that Daniel Hewitt has indeed returned from America and has taken ill. But the obvious solution is far from simple.
Sylvia quickly becomes conflicted about this new addition to her household. Dougal is exactly the man Sylvia had hoped Daniel would become-charming, considerate, kind. In his presence, old grief she thought she had overcome surges back to the surface, battling with the new fondness that is slowly blossoming in her heart. Now Sylvia can't decide which would be worse: betraying her husband's memory by falling for a familiar stranger, or losing a possible second chance at love.
Ella Brown grew up in one of London’s privileged homes, with all the comforts and luxuries that money can buy. But when tragedy strikes her family, Ella is forced from a life of safety and abundance to one of scarcity and fear. Clinging to survival on the filthy streets of the city, she’s betrayed by her only friend and left desperate and alone. When Ella arrives at the hospital in a life-threatening state, she needs an angel of mercy, and one soon arrives: Irene Corbett, an American midwife who has come to London for advanced medical training at the great sacrifice of her family. Irene soothes Ella’s physical and emotional pains, helps her back on her feet, and joins her on a voyage to America aboard the ship Titanic—where epic disaster awaits the two friends. Deeply shaken by the catastrophe, Ella finds comfort and healing in the care of rescue crewman Jonathan Moreau and his loving family. But will the dark weight of Ella’s past destroy her delicate hopes for the future? Bestselling author Anita Stansfield delivers a powerful story of compassion, hope, and survival set against a backdrop of the greatest tragedy of the early twentieth century.
When Duty To Your Country Is All You Have To Live For, How Do You Go On Living?
Ericha is a woman with nothing—not even her father’s name. Following her mother’s death she is guided to Horstberg in search of answers and contentment. When her path repeatedly crosses with the brooding Stefan Heinrich, she is drawn to him by feelings too profound to ignore. The love they share is intense and undeniable, but Ericha’s ignorance of Stefan’s circumstances puts her on a scale in his life opposite to the country he rules and the wife he loathes.
While Stefan questions daily what kind of madness drove him to marry the deceptive and tawdry Johanna Von Bindorf, a princess from the neighboring country of Kohenswald, he is torn between his commitment to do what is right and his love for a woman that he cannot have; a woman who fills his aching soul. Years of spiraling downward in hopelessness finally drive him to make Ericha a part of his life as far as it is possible, while deep inside he knows that eventually a price for his happiness will have to be paid.
As Ericha develops a deep bond with the legendary Abbi du Woernig, she unknowingly breathes life back into the heart and soul of Horstberg. But happiness and peace for the entire family are fleeting and fragile. Both Stefan and Ericha quickly realize the price for their choices is higher than either of them ever could have imagined. When Horstberg’s freedom is bargained for with the life of its ruler, Stefan knows that he must sacrifice everything to once again prove himself worthy to serve the people of his country with dignity and to live his life with the woman he loves.
What readers are saying
"Every time I read I had difficulty putting it down. It was an emotional roller coaster at times. I love this entire series. It was almost addicting."
"Loved this book. Loved the whole series!"
"... There is murder, adultery, deceit, mystery, betrayal, drama, tears and a lot of frustration and tension. (There is also great bravery, honor, sacrifice, patience, understanding, love, truth, and a great many hard choices to make)... These are REALLY good books! I’m giving a very very rare 5 stars for the entire series."
"This was a super good one. So much intrigue, treachery, betrayal, love, impossible choices to make and so much more..."
When A Man Is Torn Between Honoring His Country And The Woman He Loves, The Best Option Might Be To Choose Both
When Maggie du Woernig willfully ignores her parents’ admonitions and entangles herself with Nik Koenig, she is certain he’s the only man who will make her happy. Blind to Nik’s real intentions, she throws herself recklessly into a situation that could not only destroy her life but compromise the safety of her country.
Han Heinrich has resigned himself to working in the castle stables, mostly as an excuse to have contact each day with Maggie. His aspirations for a more fulfilling career seem fruitless, in spite of his father’s position as the duke’s highest advisor. But when Han learns about Maggie’s precarious situation, he is willing to sacrifice everything to protect the woman he loves, and to save the country he would die for. He only hopes that someday Maggie will forgive him.
What readers are saying
"Elizabeth Michaels/Anita Stansfield's books have been a great earthly, even spiritual support, as I have left my own life to move into my father's home and care for him (age 95). They give me a life to look forward to as I retire each night. A life that is encouraging, lifting and motivating. Thank you, Anita!"
"My husband and I just loved reading this book together. There was humor, love and adventure. But it was not a racy book. The love content was well written."
"So enjoyable, satisfying (my) every requirement for over the top writing with each volume of this saga. Most beautiful and wholesome romance, riveting drama, characters so real and endearing ... Loved it!!"
"I enjoyed each of the Horstberg Saga books. A little mystery, a little romance, what could be better."
"It was thrilling and suspenseful while having the romance attached. I loved it!"
"... This has mystery, romance, betrayal, risks, dreams and espionage as war threatens peaceful Horstberg. I love these characters ..."
Vivian Peyton and Theodore Weatherby could not be more different: she is a penniless orphan, raised in humble circumstances by her grandfather, and he is the cold-hearted nephew of a wealthy widow. One common thread connects these strangers—the same shipwreck took their parents’ lives. But the commonality has left Theo with a simmering hatred for the Peyton family. Or what’s left of it.
As Vivian’s grandfather’s health begins to decline, he takes to telling her stories of his life. So when Vivian learns of her grandfather’s first love, she vows to find the woman and reunite the star-crossed couple. There is, however, a complication: the woman is none other than the aunt of Theo Weatherby, whose disdain for Vivian is palpable. Even as their elderly relatives rekindle the ill-fated romance of their youth, Theo and Vivian are thrown into a complicated association as hostilities battle with a growing attraction that catches them both off guard. But not all is as it seems, and just as the tentative new couple begins to accept their feelings for each other, an unexpected arrival threatens to tear them apart.
He Was Born To Inherit A Country, But The Crown He Is Destined To Wear Is The Very Threat Against His Life
Erich du Woernig grew up knowing he would someday inherit his father’s position as the Duke of Horstberg. He also grew up observing the powerful and tender love shared by his parents. Determined to find that same kind of love in his own life, he is holding out for a woman who can see more in him than a marriage that will give his future wife prestige and great wealth.
After more than a decade of searching for the right woman, Erich may have finally found a love beyond anything he’d imagined. But his happiness and the stability of the country is at risk when a long-dormant evil comes to the surface in Horstberg, threatening his life and that of his young nephew, who is Erich’s heir. While Erich tries to remain confident that he will live long enough to claim his right to serve his country, he is haunted by premonitory dreams that imply his life will come to a tragic end.
As a force of extremist revolutionaries force Horstberg to the brink of war, the entire du Woernig family must flee into hiding for the sake of their own survival. Only when everything is on the line does Erich come to fully understand what truly matters.
If you missed the first three books in the Horstberg Saga, they are now available in one ebook called Horstberg Saga Volumes 1-3 at a considerable savings over the single titles.
What readers are saying
"... Full of hope, love and suspense. She has a way of pulling me into each story as if I were there. I laughed, and cried in each book. Loved the continuing story line."
"I would recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys historical romance. Compelling stories."
"Loved this series! I enjoyed the improbable romance of Kathe and the prince. The characters are well written, the description is great. The author has built a beautiful world that was very visual for me. The book can be a perfect stand-alone, you don't have to have read the others as the author neatly brings in back story, but the others are so good why would you not want to read them all!"
"Continuing the story, another excellent read. Lots of action, suspense, drama, and clean romance. Well done again."
"It was a book that I was dreading the way it seemed to be ending. It was a great love story and mystery together."
But the peace is shattered by a sudden family tragedy that will change their lives forever. While Ritcherd battles through intense grief and fury that threatens to rip their family apart, old demons from his past resurface, and a treason investigation threatens to send both Ritcherd and Garrett to the gallows.
The brothers must somehow outwit their accusers, even as Ritcherd struggles to find himself again and heal wounds both recent and long past. His life-and his marriage-hangs in the balance.
Over the past few years, Tamra Banks, a confused, new convert from a troubled family has blossomed into a faithful Church member. Friends, family history, a mission in the Philippines, and the sacrifice of all she knows bring about this change. But stability in life does not mean stability in love. And now, Tamra is faced with her greatest challenge.
Tamra moves into the home of Michael and Emily Hamilton, a couple from Australia she met during her mission. The Hamilton's son, Jess--burdened by the guilt of being involved in an accident that killed his brother and sister-in-law--believes that life is no longer worth living. And though Tamra at first finds Jess brooding and harsh, she cannot deny her attraction to him, because she sees who he once was, and who he could become. Living in his ancestral home, sharing the stories of his family's history, Tamra begins to connect with Jess, and a cautious love develops between the two. Jess's depression runs deep, however, and the day is fast approaching when he may choose isolation over marriage, and a permanent end to his pain.
Join best-selling author Anita Stansfield in her thrilling new series, Gables of Legacy. Volume One: The Guardian, is an exhilarating story of triumph over despair, of ancestral connection, and of the decisions that could mean the difference between eternal love or bitter tragedy.
See also Guiding Star, Silver Linings, Eternal Bond, Miracle, and Full Circle.
When You’re Hiding For Your Life, What Do You Live For?
Abbi has the gift of dreams. But her uncanny ability to see glimpses of the future has no apparent purpose or meaning until a dream leads her to a man on the brink of despair and destruction.
Cameron is a man without a name and without a country, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Long ago forced into exile and believed dead, the passing of years have defaced him of all hope.
The country of Horstberg suffers beneath the weight of tyranny, and only Cameron holds the secret that could see her ruler undone and restore the people to peace and prosperity. While revolution brews and whispers of treason threaten all that is dear to Abbi, she remains unaware of her own ability to answer a nation’s prayers.
Trusting only her heart and the power of her dreams, Abbi gives all that she has to lead Cameron back into a civilized world, where love is real and freedom comes only in facing what hides behind the mask.
Please note that this book contains the entire Volume One of the Horstberg Saga, over 1,080 manuscript pages!
What readers are saying
"I was delighted to find a book that had the same degree of character development as the likes of Hugo, Dickens, Dumas, and Tolstoy. This book is very well written. Elizabeth Michaels is a great author. If you're looking for a quick read where action overshadows content, this book is not for you, but if your looking for a story with characters you can relate to and can inspire you then this book is a must read."
"This is one of the best books I have ever read! It has romance, drama, mystery, and suspense all rolled into one! The author has a way of putting you right in the middle of the story! You feel like you are there with them! I couldn't put it down! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book! If you like Historical Romance then this is one of the best!"
"I've read everything that Anita Stansfield - Elizabeth D Michaels - has written and this is amazing! Over the last several years I have read many "romance", "christian romance", "proper romance" as well as "relationship fiction" authors and Elizabeth Michaels tops them all. Her characters are vibrant, believable and consistent. The conversations flow easily and are fun as well as meaningful and insightful. The plot is intriguing with exciting with twists and turns and even a fairy tale involved. This is my all time favorite book and I can't wait for more. Yeah!"
Alone in a country at war, Kyrah becomes a victim of the breach between her own impoverished circumstances and the aristocratic upbringing of the man she loves. They had been best friends and confidants for more than half her life, but now she wonders if Ritcherd will ever be able to find her-or if he'll even try. And she fears that the chasm between their worlds can never be bridged.