The Daughters of Riverton Series


The Daughters of Riverton Series



I’d like to introduce you to my Daughters of Riverton series. These historical romances are set in the early 1900s, and they take place in a fictional town based on my own home town and people who lived there.



Sarah’s Smile

The Daughters of Riverton Series, Book 1


A would-be missionary longs to leave heartbreak behind. 
A widowed pastor yearns for the way things were. 
They shared a past, but can they share a future?


In 1902, Sarah McCall is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man she once loved steps back into her life. Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, she strives to overcome a tarnished history she didn’t create and a heartbreak she can’t forget.

Peter Caswell returns to his Wisconsin hometown a widower, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and congregation. But no matter how hard he tries to move on with his life, he can’t forgive himself for his wife’s death.

When she learns that Peter is returning to Riverton, the letter giving her departure date for Africa can’t come soon enough for Sarah. They were best friends—she loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years have passed since he left Riverton, Peter hopes Sarah still cares enough to give him a second chance. But a charming newcomer pursues her affections—and Sarah’s childhood nemesis manipulates her way into Peter’s life. Will Sarah and Peter find their way to forgiveness and each other, or will past mistakes make a life together impossible?



What will you find when you open the pages to Sarah’s Smile?

Romance . . . heartbreak . . . scandal . . . secrets . . . and second chances.

Book club members – You’ll also find 20+ questions included for discussion and reflection.


Available on Amazon in e-book and paperback. 

Available on Barnes & Noble.com in paperback. 



What readers are saying about Sarah’s Smile  . . .

“This book creates a feeling of not only stepping back in time, but of walking into a peaceful, Midwestern town. The author’s descriptions are delicious! Her voice is distinctive and fresh in historical fiction. She has a way with dialogue and story that will make this book-and this series-reader favorites.”

“Peopled by realistic and well-rounded, late Victorian characters with hurts, foibles, and redeemable traits, this story revolves around the themes of trust, disappointment, forgiveness, and the consequences of poor choices. The writing is first class.”

“It was a heartwarming and inspirational story. I wept. Sarah and Peter have remained live in my thoughts.”

“I couldn’t put this book down!”

“A captivating story of love with a well-crafted lesson of true forgiveness woven by characters that are real and refreshingly human.”

“This story delighted me, challenged me...quite surprisingly.”

“This story touched me on so many levels. This writer appreciated the author's ability to make her forget it was only a story.”  





Hope’s Design

The Daughters of Riverton Series, Book 2


An independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion designer
falls for a stubborn artist from the country.
One desires to be known, the other to work in secret.


In 1904, Hope Andrews, an aspiring fashion designer, struggles with leaving New York City. But with no job, her parents leaving the country, and an abusive ex-fiancé refusing to accept their broken engagement, Hope doesn’t have much choice but to give in to her parents’ wishes that she move far away and live with her cousin indefinitely.

Talented Benjamin Greene can’t deny his passion for painting, but guilt over a painful incident in his past keeps him from sharing his gift. Instead, he devotes much of his days to helping his younger sibling rebuild a farm inherited from a great-uncle. Only his brother is aware that Ben spends his spare time in a studio on their property.

In the small rural town of Riverton, Wisconsin, Hope and Ben can’t help but be thrown together. But as feelings for each other deepen, tension thickens over how talent should be used. Their mutual passion for art brings them together, but will it also drive them apart?


Book club members – You’ll also find 20+ questions included for discussion and reflection.

Available on Amazon in e-book and paperback. 

Available on Barnes & Noble.com in paperback.  
 



What readers are saying about Hope’s Design . . .

“I think of the writing as ‘soft’-a gentle watercolor as opposed to the often bold and bright images of modern art.”

"I was pleased by the way Ms. Kinzer didn't quite take the expected way out. For a read that gives you a satisfied ‘Ahh...’ feeling, I recommend Hope's Design.”

“The author has a way of making you want to come and sit with the characters over a cup of tea and talk about life. There is a sense of longing to be part of a town that she paints in the book.”

“This is a book that once started, you never want to put down until you're finished and it has left me longing for the next one in the series.”

Hope’s Design does not disappoint. Once again, Dawn Kinzer writes with such warmth and excitement keeping us captivated to the very end.”

“I would get excited to know what would happen and wanted to hurry the book up but at the same time I didn't want the book to end.” 




Rebecca’s Song

The Daughters of Riverton Series, Book 3


This story is still in development.







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