The Barefoot Brides Collection

Posted at Sep 6, 2018 7:41 am

7 Optimistic Women Walk Various Roads to Reach Their Dreams
Connected to nature and carefree of heart seven historical women would prefer to travel through life without shoes, especially if giving away their only pair would comfort someone else in need. Will these women of faith change their ways under society’s pressures and the lure of romance?
Barefoot Hearts by Lori Copeland
Edgar’s Cove, Arkansas, 1876
Annie Lawson was perfectly content with her life on the banks of the muddy Mississippi—or so she thought until the man of her dreams, Doctor Gabe Jones, agreed to temporarily fill a void in Edgar’s Cove—but it turned out the void was in Annie’s heart. Could a simple baseball score decide the answer to a lifetime dream?
Castles in the Sand by CJ Dunham
Victoria, Vancouver Island, 1899
Carefree Jennie Farrow befriends an orphaned baby seal and a crusty old fisherman. When the seal brings gifts from the sea, they recognize something from a missing boat and set out to find the wreck. A man found on a beach has no memory, and Jennie helps to nurse him back to health. But what will become of a budding love when his wealthy family come and whisk him away?
A Teacher’s Heart by Cynthia Hickey
Ozark Mountains, 1932
Small Town teacher Mary Jo Stevens yearns to make a difference in her community. As a Demonstration Agent for the Arkansas Welfare Department, Bill Wright travels to every hill and hollow in the Ozarks to teach men and women how to make the best of their situations. But he needs the assistance of someone like Mary Jo. Can she trust an outsider who thinks he knows best?
Between the Moments by Maureen Lang
Kansas, 1879
Everyone in town knows Eddie Tucker who lived with the Apache for seven years as a child and now keeps to himself—until Mary Elliot arrives in town. As the daughter of missionaries, Mary rejects her grandfather’s wealth, preferring to spend time with the poor. The two outsiders have much in common, but will Mary’s family and Eddie’s deep wounds keep them apart?
Promise Me Sunday by Cathy Liggett
Boston, 1890
Adeline McClain’s mother always preached “to thine own self be true.” But when Adeline is orphaned and brought East to live with well-to-do relatives, being herself—caring, down-to-earth, and often barefoot—is getting her into trouble. When it comes to love, could Adeline’s eccentricities cause Everett Brighton to have to choose between Adeline or his inheritance?
Lady Slipper by Kelly Long
Pennsylvanian Appalachia, 1922
Local resident Fern Summerson agrees to help a young missionary distribute shoes to her people, but the journey becomes fraught with tension as Jacob Reynold falls in love with his guide and discovers that her connection with nature is more beautiful than any well shod foot. 
Hope’s Horizon by Carolyn Zane
Oregon Trail, 1843
Hope Dawson agrees to become engaged to an older man in order to relieve her family of one more mouth to feed. But on the Trail, she is forced to walk while Julius and his mother ride in the wagon. Fellow traveler, William Bradshaw sees her plight, but can he help without losing his heart?

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Hope and Kindness Campaign

Posted at Feb 16, 2017 11:03 am

In the little increments of time that tick past in our fast-paced and increasingly me-focused world, how often do we take a moment to think of where others—family, friends, or total strangers—might be in their hearts and lives? Maybe they have silent struggles from personal hardships they’re facing, or they might feel a little hopeless and troubled by current events unfolding around us.

But what if we could bring a little hope and kindness into their day? In Cathy Liggett’s newest novel, The Sisters of Sugarcreek, three women cross paths after tragedy strikes and form an unlikely friendship. As the Secret Stitches Society, they are dedicated to bringing a stitch of hope to others, and they sneak around in the night to anonymously drop off gifts that let those who are hurting or in need know someone cares.

A stitch of hope, Rose would always say, was just the thing that could get a person through. . . .

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, let’s all take a cue from the Secret Stitches Society. Dedicate the entire month of February to opening your heart and brightening the day of the person next to you, and then take it one step further: inspire him or her to pay that hope and kindness forward. Imagine the beautiful tapestry we could stitch together through little acts of kindness, woven full of hope and love.


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Come meet Cathy Liggett * Shelley Shepard Gray * Heather Blake

Posted at Feb 16, 2017 10:57 am

Saturday, March 25th                                    


Barnes & Noble

Waterstone Center  – 9891 Waterstone Boulevard 

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Posted at Dec 13, 2016 7:02 am

I’m so thankful to all the reviewers out there for sharing their praise about

The Sisters of Sugarcreek!

To celebrate the good news, I’m doing a Good News Giveaway –

which I hope will be good news to you!

“Kindness, when given away, keeps coming back.”

-Amish Proverb



              – A hardcover copy of The Sisters of Sugarcreek

          – A $25 Gift Card to Joann Fabrics

                 – Plus a one-of-a-kind handstitched, Amish made pot holder from Sugarcreek!

Congratulations, Cindy W.! You’re the Good News Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated.


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The Sisters of Sugarcreek

Posted at Nov 7, 2016 2:11 pm

Many lives were changed the day a fire burned down Faith Community Church, devastating the small town of Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Now a young Amish widow, Lydia Gruber faces an uncertain future. Her husband, a craftsman and volunteer firefighter, always took care of everything, keeping her isolated from others in their community. Without anyone or any skills, how will she survive?

With the death of her beloved aunt Rose in the fire, single mom Jessica Holtz inherits Rose’s Knit One Quilt Too cottage. Though determined to keep the shop open in her aunt’s memory, she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting and quilting and begins to see her aunt’s dream slip through her fingers.

When Liz Cannon lost her dear friend Rose, she also lost her partner in the Secret Stitches Society―the name they gave themselves while delivering gifts of hope to troubled folks in the dark of night. Liz convinces Jessica to keep the anonymous society going, despite the younger women’s inadequacy with knitting and sewing needles. But soon Liz has problems of her own as the life she has rebuilt for herself begins to crumble again.

When Liz and Jessica choose Lydia for their first mission, the three women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. As they walk together through triumph and heartbreak―through grief and new chances at love―they begin to discover that with friends by your side, a stitch of hope can be found anywhere.


New Website Launches

Posted at Nov 7, 2014 7:46 am

Cathy’s new website launches!

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Heartland Weddings

Posted at Oct 17, 2013 8:35 am

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Posted at Jun 13, 2013 7:41 am

Just got exciting news that my story “A Perfect Ten” was TOP TEN in Family Fiction’s Create Romance Short-Short Fiction Contest.

Here’s the link to my story:

And also a link to the other winners:

Thanks so much to voters and to for this opportunity!

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Holiday Booksigning

Posted at Sep 26, 2012 9:01 am

Barnes & Noble
Saturday, December 8th
2 to 4 pm
9891 Waterstone Boulevard
(off Fields Ertel Road)

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