Faith-Filled Fiction
A Prairie Heritage
Girls from the Mountain
Laynie Portland
Growing Up in God
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One family . . . steeped in the love and grace of God, indomitable in their faith, tried and tested in the fires of life, passing forward a legacy to change their world. The compelling saga of family, faith, and great courage. Available in print and in Kindle, Nook, and iBook format.

Rose Brownlee has suffered more loss than most people can endure. Now she must find a purpose and a way to move on with her life.

Will she bow to conventional wisdom or will she, like Abraham of old, choose to follow where God leads her . . . even to a wild and strange land she does not know?

Set in the American prairie of the late 1800s, this story of loss, disillusionment, rebirth, and love will inspire, challenge, and encourage you.Book 1 in the series A Prairie Heritage.

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What Readers Are Saying:
The whole book is great—I did not want to lay it down! I loved every aspect of it: The sadness and tragedy of how life can be, the clear Gospel invitation, and important spiritual changes. Vikki writes in a very captivating manner, and I loved the details of farm life. The end was an unexpected surprise for me and I loved it! Totally awesome!

Fans of A Rose Blooms Twice will love Wild Heart on the Prairie as brothers Jan (Yahn) and Karl Thoresen leave their native land of Norway and brave many perils and hardships to bring their families to America—the land of freedom and hope. Like thousands of others, Jan and his wife Elli long for the opportunity of a better life and a future for their children.

After enduring an ocean crossing and the arduous journey west, they encounter a land so vast and wide that it defies mastery. Jan finds that his struggles are not only with the land, but with a restless and unmanageable heart. Will Jan find a way to overcome this wild land or will the prairie master him?

Wild Heart on the Prairie, is chronologically the prequel and companion to A Rose Blooms Twice.

What Readers Are Saying:
Are you weary of Kindle books with poor grammar and innumerable typos - books that are in dire need of a good editor? Are you tired of predictable stories in which the weak heroine is rescued by the strong man? Then Vikki Kestell is for you --strong men, strong women, and a realistic portrayal of the highs and lows of life on a homestead in the late 19th century. This is a great read.

Finalist 2014 Selah Christian Book Awards
for Historical Fiction!

The little town of Corinth, Colorado, lies in the gateway to the majestic Rocky Mountains just west of Denver, just far enough from the city to avoid close scrutiny, but close enough to be accessible. Few know of the wickedness hidden in the small town, so picturesquely set in the foothills of the mighty mountains.

Joy on This Mountain: The legacy of Jan and Rose has far-reaching and unexpected consequences.

What Readers Are Saying:
I believe this to be one of the best books (and series) I have ever read. I have given all three books 5 stars and can't say I've enjoyed one anymore than the other. They've just gotten better with each one and are all great reading.

The Captive Within picks up the day after Joy on This Mountain ends. The two infamous houses of Corinth, Colorado, are closed and the young women who had been imprisoned there have been released. Rose and Joy leave Corinth to establish a home and a haven for “their” girls in Denver.

Before long, Rose and Joy face a heartbreaking challenge: What does it take to unlock and free the soul of a defiled woman? And as they wrestle for a foothold in Denver, Rose discovers that the long abandoned house given to them hides a dark secret of its own.

What Readers Are Saying:
I encountered the first two books of this series during an incredibly hard time of my life, and they became a great boon to me . . . kind of a life preserver thrown out on a rope to bring me back to God. This installment will not disappoint. By my vote, it is the best written series in a long time. Its not shallow, not moody,nor pathetic and unbelievable as many popular novels are today. The writing is candid, the plot is realistic and grabs at your mind and elicits a tremendous sense of justice. The morals ring true sithout having to cling to a fairy-tale ending, which adds to the validity of the storyline and leaves you craving the next novel. Read it! Read the whole series!
—A. H.

Denver, 1910: Stolen returns to Denver and Palmer House—a most extraordinary refuge for young women rescued from prostitution—and to the lives of Rose Thoresen, Joy Thoresen Michaels, and their unorthodox “family.”

Taking up where The Captive Within leaves off, Stolen finds Mei-Xing safe, but after six harrowing months of captivity, Mei-Xing stuns those who love her when she returns to Palmer House with child.

If Su-Chong’s mother, Fang-Hua Chen, discovers that her son, now dead, has left behind a child, will she allow Mei-Xing to keep him—or will she set in motion plans to steal him away? Will O’Dell, Martha Palmer, Minister Liáng, and others concerned for the safety of Mei-Xing and her child be forced to face off with those who would see Mei-Xing and the work of Palmer House destroyed?

What Readers Are Saying:
Stolen is one of those books you can get lost in. It completely captured my attention. Vikki has a way of writing so that when you are reading, you feel as if you are part of the story.

Joy Thoresen Michaels has lost the two most precious people in her life: her husband and her only child. She cannot receive her husband back from the dead, but she has hope for her son—hope that he will be recovered:

I spoke a moment ago about my prairie heritage—the enduring faith my papa and mama lived as an example for me. It is because of their faith that I have such hope for Edmund even though he is, today, lost to us.

You see, what is lost to us is not—is not—lost to God! I remember Papa saying this very thing: In God, the lost are found. Our Lord sees the entire world—and nothing in all of his creation is hidden to him! I am comforted to know that wherever Edmund is, God is there with him.

Four families bind themselves in a solemn pledge: They vow to never stop searching for Edmund and to never stop trusting that God will restore him to them, whether in this life or the next.

Lost Are Found chronicles how God answers those who utterly trust in him, no matter the circumstances—and no matter how long the wait.

All God's Promises, Book 7 and the stunning conclusion to A Prairie Heritage is available now!

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So many unanswered questions.

Who am I really? Kari wondered again. I am not Kari Hillyer. Not Kari Granger. They tell me my real name is Kari Thoresen Michaels.

But who is that person?

She frowned. And where are my sister and brother? Who took them? Where are they now?

“Lord, my uncle and my cousins urge me to trust you. They say that you will help me through this difficult transition. And they say that you know where Elaine and Samuel are, that I can trust you—that in you the lost are found! But I am so new to this faith thing. It is hard to believe you will find them after all these years.”

Kari pledges her considerable fortune toward the search for the social worker who, thirty-three years earlier, took three-year-old Elaine and infant Samuel from the scene of an accident—the same accident that killed Kari’s parents—and sold them in an illegal adoption.

And she is not alone in the search for Elaine and Samuel. Private investigators Anthony Esquibel and Owen Washington join efforts to unearth the identity of the social worker and trace the adoptions of Kari’s siblings.

Will the last of the lost be found? Will Kari discover for herself that all God’s promises are true?

A Prairie Heritage
Book 1: A Rose Blooms Twice
Book 2: Wild Heart on The Prairie
Book 3: Joy on This Mountain
Book 4: The Captive Within
Book 5: Stolen
Book 6: Lost Are Found 
Book 7: All God's PromisesBook 8: The Heart of Joy—A Short Story (eBook only)