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Empire in Pines by Naomi Musch

In the 1800s raw wilderness of Wisconsin, hopes and dreams grow as strong and untamed as the timber covering the land, especially for one family and three generations of women. Colette is newly come to the deeply veiled woods of Wisconsin Territory, where she must leave childhood longings behind and choose between two futures to discover the woman she is meant to be. Lainey's reputation in the north woods is widespread; she's the shrew able to make any man miserable who has guts enough to come calling, until a pair of drifters causes love's spark to flame. Jesilyn longs for her twin sister's fiancé and is willing to risk anything to win him, including her honor and her sister Corianne's forgiveness -- but she hasn't counted all the cost.

As men and women of both high and low estate flood into the infant state, some are marked by generosity, hard work, and zeal; others by selfish ambition, deception, and greed. Still others come to forget who and where they've been. As the lives of Colette, Lainey, Jesilyn, and Corianne intertwine with the prospects of speculators, railroaders, lumberjacks, and preachers, some dreams and passions crumble, while others are made new. A forest empire ruled by lumber barons and railroad kings is born, and in unexpected places, through unimaginable trials, love blooms.

From pioneer beginning to lumber-era boom, three generations find four women starting over, each discovering courage, love, and faith amid the tumultuous struggle of a growing Empire in Pine.

Books in series: 3

Genre: Inspirational Historical Women's Fiction