The Girl Called Ella Dessa
Ella Dessa Huskey bears ugly scars from a young mountain lion’s attack. After her mama’s death, the disfigurement symbolizes her pa’s rejection and his selfish decision to abandon her in a rugged cabin on the mountain. His rejection and her scars convince Ella Dessa she’ll never be worthy of love. When two brothers show concern for her safety and urge her to leave the cabin, she finds herself thrilled. But she’s even more self-conscious of her blemishes.
At the foot of the mountain, in Beckler’s Cove, Ella Dessa finds shelter. She moves in with a pregnant woman whose gold-seeking husband has abandoned her. The overburdened woman needs help with her household of five children, and Ella Dessa is eager to repay her for a place of shelter. She finds afternoon work at the only store in the cove and jumps at the chance to attend school. God’s grace brings friendship, even love. But will Ella Dessa ever be cherished for the inner beauty blossoming beneath her scars?
Within the Candle’s Glow
Ella Dessa’s dreams included the hope Jim McKnapp might realize she is no longer a child and fall in love with her. But it is his younger brother, Samuel, who learns her ways, loves her laugh, and slowly wins her heart. Their friendship forges a bond both can count on during stressful times.
Then, at a church picnic, a wounded man rides a horse into Beckler’s Cove. Josh Ragget brings with him a bag of gold nuggets and one goal in mind — to make Ella Dessa his wife. In a fit of rage, Josh kidnaps her, forcing her down a mountain trail.
With This Peace
The third installment in Ella Dessa’s story. Florida’s alligator-infested swamps and flat landscapes fail to impress Ella Dessa McKnapp. She longs to abandon their journey and return to the beautiful Georgia Mountains, and when her husband’s two younger brothers ride away—heading for a village called Tampa—the fear of a Seminole Indian attack is ever present.
Ella Dessa and her husband must continue the journey alone, not realizing a tragedy will place her and their two children at the mercy of Indians and a runaway slave. Only the shelter of a deserted cabin and the return of her husband’s youngest brother bring the hope of peace. But will the hurricane of 1848 rip away that hope?