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September 2014, Book Eight in the Charity House series, HIS MOST SUITABLE BRIDE

The Marriage List

No one in Denver knows how close Callie Mitchell once came to ruin. Dowdy dresses and severe hairstyles hide evidence of the pretty, trusting girl she used to be. Now her matchmaking employer wants Callie to help find a wife for the one man who sees through her careful facade. 

For his business's sake, Reese Bennett Jr. plans on making a sensible marriage. Preferably one without the unpredictable emotions that spring to life around Callie. Yet no matter how many candidates she presents to Reese, none compare with the vibrant, intelligent woman who is right under his nose—and quickly invading his heart. 



April 2014, Book One in Renee's new contemporary series, Village Green.

Unexpected Love 

After losing her high-powered job, Olivia Scott finds herself back home in Colorado. She never imagined she'd be taking care of kids, let alone being the nanny to longtime crush Dr. Connor Mitchell's adorable twin girls. But what began as a favor to the handsome widower is growing into something more. Connor's confused by his growing feelings for his best friend's little sister. She's become a beautiful woman with a caring soul, but he can't risk his--or his girls'--heart. Olivia's planning to head back to her city life. Unless this small-town doctor can convince her to stay...forever. 

Village Green: Offering love, faith and a place to call home in Colorado

Claiming the Doctor's Heart

Book 5 in the Charity House series is CHARITY HOUSE COURTSHIP. But, really, that book is the prequel to the series. If you wish to read the books in order (chronologically, not numerically) then read them as follows:

CHARITY HOUSE COURTSHIP (Marc and Laney’s story…Book 5)
THE MARSHAL TAKES A BRIDE (Trey and Katherine’s story…Book 1)
HANNAH’S BEAU (Beau and Hannah’s story…Book 2)
LOVING BELLA (Shane and Bella’s story...Book 3)
THE LAWMAN CLAIMS HIS BRIDE (Logan and Megan’s story…Book 4)
THE OUTLAW’S REDEMPTION (Hunter and Annabeth’s story…Book 6)
FINALLY A BRIDE (Molly and Garrett’s story…Book 7
HIS MOST SUITABLE BRIDE (Reese and Callie's story...Book 8)


February 2009, Book One in The Charity House series,
The Marshal Takes A Bride...

A True Hero Never Leaves a Damsel in Distress--He Marries Her!

U.S. Marshal Trey Scott is fixin' to walk down the aisle just as soon as his stubborn bride-to-be agrees to say "I do." Katherine Taylor's five-year-old sister and an orphanage full of children are depending on her. So why won't the pretty schoolteacher marry him to save her tarnished reputation? Granted, Trey isn't willing to abandon his quest to avenge his first wife's murder. His name alone will protect Katherine until he returns, but she thinks he should leave vengeance to a higher power. Will the sacrifice demanded by the woman he loves be too great to bear...or will it be Trey's ultimate redemption?

Setting: Colorado 1880

Bible Verse: For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18

...Don't miss this wonderful story about redemption and forgiveness. The characters are lovable, and likable, even at times when they're not nice, and the faith message is interwoven without being overbearing and preachy.

- Patsy Glans, Romantic Times Review

July 2009, Book Two in The Charity House series, HANNAH'S BEAU...

A career on the stage is deemed unseemly for any lady, let alone a preacher’s daughter. But then, actress Hannah Southerland is no ordinary lady. When a foolish elopement threatens her sister Rachel’s reputation, Hannah will risk everything to bring her home. Reverend Beau O’Toole, brother of Rachel’s paramour, agrees to help Hannah find the missing pair, but after that they must separate. Beau’s looking for a traditional wife—which Hannah is not. But could this unconventional woman be his perfect partner—in life and in faith?

Setting: Colorado, 1883

Bible Verse: Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7

...With book two in her Charity House series, Ryan writes with passion and love, as always.  She knows what readers expect and never disappoints.

-- Patsy Glans RT Bookreviews

May 2010, Book Three in The Charity House series, Loving Bella

She Was Talented, Famous, Successful...

But when a scandalous offer ruined it all, Isabella O'Toole escaped her life as a celebrated opera singer and sought refuge in Denver, Colorado.  Working as an assistant to Dr. Shane Bartlett is worlds away from her glamorous old life--and she loves it.  Loves the work, loves the chance to reconnect with her family and her faith...and slowly begins to love the handsome doctor, as well.  Until her dark secret finds her again, threatening her new life--and her chance for Shane's heart.

Loving Bella

April 2011, Book Four in Renee's Charity House series, The Lawman Claims His Bride

The Marshal's Homecoming

For five years, U.S. Marshal Logan Mitchell has dreamed of returning to his sweetheart in Denver. He never imagined he'd find Megan Goodwin locked in a prison cell. Megan has no memory of what happened the night the outlaw was murdered. And though Logan is sure of her innocence, proving it is only half the battle. Remembering the killer's identity will clear Megan's name but could lead danger right to her door. Logan will protect her life with his. But forging a true marriage takes trust, faith and the courage to open their hearts to God's plan-wherever it leads...


Many of you have asked for Marc and Laney's story.  I'm happy to report CHARITY HOUSE COURTSHIP is finally here (Book Five in The Charity House Series).  You can find out where it all began in August 2012.

Thanks to a troubled childhood, Laney O'Connor knows the struggles faced by the offspring of society's most desperate women. These young innocents need a safe place, which Laney seeks to provide at Charity House. When foreclosure threatens her haven, she'll let nothing stop her from keeping the orphanage open. Not even handsome hotel owner Marc Dupree. A series of misunderstandings put Laney and Marc at odds, but telling him the truth would mean breaking a promise-and jeopardizing the funds Charity House needs. And as Marc and Laney struggle with faith and trust, a secret from the past could ruin everything....

Charity House Courtship

July 2013, Book Six in the Charity House series, THE OUTLAW'S REDEMPTION


Who would guess the most formidable adversary former gunslinger Hunter Mitchell ever faced would be a fiery, violet-eyed female? Now that he's served his time, Hunter intends to claim the daughter he's only just discovered. While the law is on his side this time, his daughter's devoted aunt certainly isn't.

Annabeth Silks can't bear to let a onetime outlaw take little Sarah. As the daughter of an infamous madam, she knows the hardship of an unstable home. But every glimpse of Hunter's reformed character dares Annabeth to look beyond his the family and future she never thought to find.

The Outlaw's Redemption

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November 2013, Book Seven in the Charity House series, FINALLY A BRIDE

Reclaiming the Runaway Bride

Seven years and two broken engagements haven't erased Garrett Mitchell from Molly Scott's mind. Her employer insists Molly and Garrett belong together. To appease the well-meaning matchmaker, the pair agrees to a pretend courtship. But too late, Molly finds herself falling for a man who might never trust her.

Garrett is a prominent Denver attorney now, not the naive seventeen-year-old who always felt second-best. Surely the string of suitors Molly's left behind only proves her fickleness. Does Garrett dare believe that she has only ever been waiting for him? The third engagement could be the charm, for his first—and only—love.


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World War II Books

DANGEROUS ALLIES, the first in Renee's new WWII series, for Love Inspired Historical, September 2010


Deadly Disguise

In Nazi Germany, British agent Jack Anderson risks his life working undercover as an SS officer. And his latest mission--to uncover intelligence about a Nazi secret weapon--is his most perilous yet. Especially since he'll have to work with Katarina Kerensky. The famous actress is too dangerous to trust--and too beautiful to ignore.

Desperate to save her mother from the Gestapo, Katia reluctantly agrees to work with the coolly handsome Jack. But can she trust a man whose sense of honor is tangled in a web of lies? In a race against time, Jack and Katia forge an alliance to take down the enemy...and learn whether love can survive in a world gone wrong.



September 2011, the next in my WWII series Courting The Enemy


Mission Irresistible

His assignment: woo the beautiful widow. Savannah Elliott's father is a suspected Nazi sympathizer. Gaining her confidence could help undercover agent Trent Mueller derail a plot to sabotage the U.S. war machine. With so many lives at stake, the undercover agent can't afford to feel guilty at his deception. Nor should he find himself captivated by Savannah when her very allegiance is in question...

In war, trust is a luxury. Yet Savannah is appalled to learn that her own father is a suspected traitor. By working with Trent to discover the truth, Savannah hopes to prove her father's innocence. But if Trent's hunch is right, can love withstand the ultimate test of loyalty?



Contemporary Books

August 2010, Homecoming Hero

A Soldier's Battlefield Promise

Army Captain Ty Wolfson assured a dying soldier that he'd stop the man's sister from going to the Middle East as a missionary.  But when Wolf knocks on the door, he finds a beautiful woman determined to fulfill her mission--for her brother.  No matter what Wolf says about the dangers, Hailey believes it's her duty to bring hope overseas.  Wolf can't seem to change her mind.  Until he realizes it's a certain homecoming hero who needs to change first.  By opening his heart to the Lord--and to Hailey.

Homecoming Hero

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May 2012, MISTAKEN BRIDE, Book 2 in the Irish Brides Love Inspired Historical continuity.

The Wrong Bride...the Right Woman?

When William Black's mail-order bride fails to appear at the Boston docks, he's relieved when beautiful, vibrant Bridget Murphy steps in.  However, she has a surprise in store.  She will be a temporary nanny to his young twins...but she will not marry without love.

Faith Glen, Massachusetts, is worlds away from the poverty Bridget knew in Ireland.  And William Black couldn't be more different from her faithless ex-fiance.  Yet that integrity Bridget so admires binds William to a promise that could keep them apart forever.  In this new land of opportunity, does she dare to wish for a happy ending?


February 2010, Heartland Wedding

Rebecca Gunderson’s fresh start in High Plains, Kansas, is destroyed when a deadly tornado wrecks the immigrant’s new home—and her reputation. Everyone knows Rebecca rode out the storm with the town’s blacksmith, and no one believes her time with Pete Benjamin was totally innocent. To protect her, Pete offers Rebecca his hand in marriage...but the grieving widower can’t give her his heart. Is Rebecca trusting her happiness to a man trapped in the past? Or will faith and trust finally bring them through the storm to a brighter future?