Kimberly Grist

About Kimberly Grist:

Kimberly Grist is married to her high school sweetheart, Nelson, who is a pastor in Griffin, Georgia. She and her husband have three adult sons, one with Down syndrome, and they have a passion for encouraging others with family members with special needs

"Kim has enjoyed writing since she was a young girl. However, she began writing her first novel in 2017, "I wear so many hats working inside and outside the home. I work hard, try harder and then begin again the next day. Despite my best efforts, sometimes life just stinks. Bad things happen. I need and want an outlet, an opportunity to relax and escape to a place where obstacles are met and overcome." 
Fans of historical romance set in the late 19th -century will enjoy stories combining, History, Humor, and Romance with an emphasis on Faith, Friends, and Good Clean Fun. 

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Current Books by Kimberly Grist:

Rebecca's Hope

Raised by her guardian and influenced by the mostly male population of Carrie Town, Texas, Rebecca benefited from a forward-thinking, unorthodox education not typical for a young woman in the late nineteenth century. As an adult, she is armed with skills that most would covet, yet she lives in a boarding house, works as a waitress, and struggles financially. Most single women in the area didn’t stay single long. Most, but not her. The one man she had said yes to was dragging his feet. 

The townspeople all agree she is in need of a husband. Even the young girls in her Sunday School Class have taken action and writing an ad for the paper. 

Wanted: Husband for Rebecca Mueller. **Must be handsome, nice, like children, and live within walking distance of Carrie Town School. 
Will her circumstances change and allow her to hold out for true love?

Emma's Dream

Eighteen-year-old Emma Brady, loves nothing better than working in the garden, but her cooking skills leave a lot to be desired. While other young women in the late nineteenth century are reading about proper housekeeping, she studies herd improvement.  Emma's dream is to implement plans for the ranch’s profitability. Unfortunately, things are not running in her favor. 

Combining history, humor, and romance with an emphasis on faith, friends, and good clean fun, Emma’s Dream is a delightful tale of love being tested by distance and reminds us how God uses adversity to strengthen us and draw us closer to Him.

Lois's Risk

Lois Weaver has been schooled to comply with society to be proper, lady-like, honest, proficient at cooking and sewing so that at the appropriate age, she would marry. She's shattered her parent's expectations and risked everything to start her own business. Now the handsome bank owner has come calling. So why isn't she happy? Moreover, why can't she forget about the farmer with big brown eyes? 

Daniel Lawrence, former Texas Ranger, gained immense satisfaction when he purchased his farm and livestock. The only thing lacking was a wife and family. He was just shy of proposing to Lois when tragedy struck, and he had to bring his niece and grief-stricken widowed sister home to live with him. How could he bring a new wife home to this?

 Can Lois once again go against the nineteenth-century convention of how a woman should behave? Can she summon the courage to take another risk and tell Daniel how she feels?

Twenty-year-old Meriwether Walker enjoys the challenge of teaching her varied group of students in the one-room schoolhouse. What she doesn't like is the nomadic lifestyle that comes with it as she rotates boarding with families in the community on a month to month basis. Meriwether longs for a home of her own, but since single female teachers have to follow so many rules, she doesn't see any end to her plight--until the letter from the attorney handling her uncle's estate arrives.
When Meriwether discovers her uncle left her his ranch, the one she loved to visit when she was a child, she quit her job and moved without hesitation to Trickling Springs, Texas to take over her property. But when she arrives, deed in hand, she discovers her decision has put her at odds with Jake Harrison, the man who rents property from her uncle and seeks to buy the land and water rights for his cattle. They butt heads, tempers flare, but Meriwether stands her ground. Yet she can't deny the romantic sparks that fly, and she can tell it's mutual. When he comes courting, can she trust Jake Harrison, or is his real attraction the property and the water rights he needs, and she has inherited?

Maggie's Strength

Twenty-year-old Maggie Montgomery, a petite young woman, ahead of her time. She's had a wonderful childhood and enjoyed spending time with her father and five brothers, and is happiest working in the smithy with them. A competent cook and housekeeper, as a favor to the local doctor, she moves in to assist his wife who is struggling to recuperate from a bout of pneumonia.

A tomboy at heart, she ignores her mother's pleas to dress more appropriately. Until the son returns. A recent graduate of medical school, although handsome the young doctor is stoic and obviously put out that his father has hired her to help his mother recuperate. Sparks fly, and suddenly for the first time Maggie is concerned more about how she is perceived by others. especially the young doctor. The question is why? Can they get past their first impressions? 

Maggie draws on unrelenting strength where iron sharpens iron—a lesson straight from the blacksmith’s shop—forging an unexpected result of the romantic kind. 

Carol's Choice

After the deaths of her mother and stepfather, twenty-year-old Carol Stone finds herself in reduced circumstances with two younger siblings to care for. The suggested marriage of convenience is out of the question, so she stalls for time. When Carol learns she is the sole heir of a small home in Carrie Town, a newly expanded railroad village, she throws caution to the Texas wind and packs her bags. Though warned of the extreme change in lifestyle, she's shocked at the size of the Sunday House. 

Leaving her lifestyle of shopping, lavish parties and holiday endeavors for a simpler life is a temporary solution until she can make a match of her own design. Carol struggles to let go of the past, embrace the present, and hope for a better future. What she doesn’t bargain for is the handsome livery-stable owner, who understands the true meaning of family and Christmas. 

And why didn't she think to ask about indoor plumbing? Will love conquer lavish?

Garnet's Gift

Twenty-two-year-old Garnet Adams longs to marry and have a houseful of children. Forced to support her widowed mother, she embraces her role as a teacher, although the Carrie Town board of education's rules for female teachers leave no opportunity for a social life. She contents herself playing the violin at church. 
Tall, bearded and rough around the edges, Deputy Noah Scott would rather hunt than socialize. Garnet thinks he's a rude, insensitive drifter, and Noah's sure the last person he'd want to court is a schoolmarm- especially with her unladylike sneeze. As the needs of her students bring them together, opposites seem to attract until a certain Christmas present derails their future.
Memphis Rose Griffin loves teaching at Counting Stars Children's Home. The girls and staff are like family, and working here ties her to her mother, whose last wish was for Memphis to take her place as teacher. But something's missing. Now at the age of twenty-eight, her teenage dream of having her own family has all but faded.

Until her pastor and the orphanage founder come with a proposal that will change her life forever. Should she become their first candidate for their new matchmaking venture? Though grim, at least her life at the orphanage is familiar and certain. Can she risk an unknown future with a man she's never met?

The last thing thirty-three-year-old Mike Montgomery wants is to marry again, especially to someone he's never met. His family has other plans for him and completes the application without his permission--even changing some of his preferences to make him seem more intriguing. Can two star-crossed candidates dare to dream again?

 A Bride for David  

A teacher longing for security, a businessman about to lose the only family he has; and a proxy marriage that can give them both what they need. 

Willow's Worth 

Willow craves the outdoors. Leo loves community life and wants to live in town. Can a matchmaking agency really help two independent people realize the opposing desire of their hearts?

Opposites attract, but does this former debutante have what it takes to be wife, mother and live on a ranch? Can a controlling cowboy who is more concerned with his axle than his wedding, find a way to steer a courtship in the right direction?  

A Recipe for love or disaster? Choosing to participate with a matrimonial agency as a mail-order bride. Magnolia proceeds methodically and uses her skills as a cook to create the perfect recipe for a husband. 

A successful businessman, the idea of putting another person's needs in front of his own is foreign. He's shocked when a young cook from an orphanage intrigues him. Can he measure up?  

A Bride for Alston 

A potter in need of a home, a businessman thirsty for the inheritance his marriage will bring; and a proxy marriage that will mold and reshape them both.

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