Books by Penelope Williamson

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The Passions of Emma

For years I put off reading The Passions of Emma because it didn’t sound all that romantic to me. I didn’t want to read about the heroine’s dying close friend whose husband is the eventual hero – especially when the romance doesn’t begin in earnest until the last quarter of the book. But t ...

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Heart of the West

When I read Heart of the West for the first time three years ago, I was not aware that I had a romance in my hands. Nor did I expect to become so engrossed in the book that I could not think of anything else for days. Re-reading it again for this review only confirmed my opinion that this is one of ...

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Keeper of the Dream

If I had to choose one author whose books I would take to a desert island, it would probably be Penelope Williamson. Her books really are buried treasures and, without exception, keepers for me. Her characters are explored in depth, her stories excel through the richly textured historical background ...

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The Outsider

The Plain People are a religious group, similar to the Amish or the Mennonites. A member of their sect, "Plain" Rachel Yoder, lives peacefully on her Montana ranch, tending to her sheep and enjoying her "straight and narrow" way of life. She is not truly happy, though, and every time she looks at he ...