ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Books from the Heartland of America

Updated on September 15, 2014

Book Recommendations from authors who live in the Heartland of America

This article will discuss and recommend a series of books written by authors who live and work in the heartland of America, from Ohio in the east to the foothills of the Rockies in the west. I have read and enjoy books by these authors and I recommend them to you. Some are current, some are from the recent past, and some might be considered classic. The books each focus on relationships, family, and place as well on good storytelling.

I welcome your suggestions of other similar books and authors.

I took the photo above, myself, in the Heartland of America.

Snow Melts in Spring
Snow Melts in Spring

"Snow Melts in Spring" by Deborah Vogts

Book #1 in The Seasons of the Tallgrass Series from Zondervan

This book is filled with stories typical of ranch and small town life in the Kansas Flint Hills. The young country veterinarian, Mattie Evans, attempts to treat an aging horse she came upon along a gravel road. This act of good faith puts her in the center of a feud between former pro football quarterback Gil McCray and his aging father, a close friend of Mattie. For me, the portrayal of the elderly rancher was outstanding having just done oral histories with several of them, myself, shortly before reading the book. Obviously, the off and on romance that develops between Mattie and Gil is at the heart of the story of the book. The vivid portrayals of life on the ranch and nearby small town are what make this book distinctive, to me.

Seed of Summer by Deborah Vogts
Seed of Summer by Deborah Vogts

Learn more about author Deborah Vogts - Author of The Seasons of the Tallgrass series from Zondervan

The book images above came from the website below.

"Seed of Summer" by Deborah Vogts

Book #2 in The Seasons of the Tallgrass series by Zondervan

This book, set in the same Kansas Flint Hills small town and ranch country as "Snow Melts in Spring," introduces us to former rodeo queen, Natalie Adams, at about the time she meets the new young pastor in Diamond Falls. As Vogts develops these new characters in this new storyline, she weaves in some of the characters from the first book in the series as secondary characters while continuing to share with us the special insights of someone born and raised in this distinctive prairie ranching environment. The book is written as a Christian Romance but fits well in my favorite genre, the family saga, as well. I enjoyed both books a lot and highly recommend each of them.

"Bearer of the Pipe"
"Bearer of the Pipe"

"Bearer of the Pipe" and other books by Don Coldsmith

All books of the "A Spanish Bit Saga" series

This book recommendation is really a recommendation of any book written by Don Coldsmith. A physician in Emporia, Kansas, Coldsmith became a prolific author of western fiction, served as president of the Western Writers Association, and wrote a weekly column in the acclaimed local newspaper for decades during his lifetime. I have read nearly all (if not every one) of his books and enjoyed every one I read, very much. They are written in a distinctive style, so you will likely really like them (or not) - I liked them.

The book image came from the Amazon site - click on the book cover image to be taken there.

"Back to the Homeplace"
"Back to the Homeplace" | Source

First of the "The Homeplace Saga" books on Amazon

Back to the Homeplace
Back to the Homeplace
The first novel in "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga historical fiction stories.

The Homeplace Series Blog

The images from both books come from the files of Vision to Action Publishing.

"Back to the Homeplace" by William Leverne Smith

A book from Vision to Action Publishing

This is a family saga about a family in crisis in 1987 in the southern Missouri Ozarks. The mother of four siblings has passed away, and now the two brothers and two sisters must wait to see what is in her unusual video will defining how the homeplace farmland will be distributed. The younger folks in the family are still seeking love and acceptance. I wrote the book but I have also read the book. It has received good reviews, as seen in the blog reference - click on the image of the book cover.

"The Homeplace Revisited"
"The Homeplace Revisited"

"The Homeplace Revisited" by William Leverne Smith

A book from Vision to Action Publising

This Homeplace book is set in 1996 as Christopher is settling in as a small town lawyer in the Ogden Law Firm and Jennifer arrives back in Oak Springs to set up her veterinary clinic. More family history is explored as a subplot related to the farm that has been in the extended family for over 150 years in the southern Missouri Ozarks. I wrote the book but I have also read it. It turns out to be two romances in one family saga book. Check it out for yourself, in print or Kindle editions.

The Homeplace Revisited
The Homeplace Revisited
Follows Back to the Homeplace by 9 years....

The latest book in "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga historical fiction stories

Christmas at the Homeplace
Christmas at the Homeplace
The latest novel in "The Homeplace Saga" series of stories.
Bannon Brothers: Trust
Bannon Brothers: Trust

Books by Janet Dailey - this is the latest

"Brannon Brothers: Trust"

Janet Dailey, based in Branson, Missouri, has written hundreds of easy-to-read books in several genre. Her latest is "Brannon Brothers: Trust" a mystery. I have read a few hundred of her books in the past and would recommend any of them. Take your pick! ;-)

Click on this image of the book from Amazon, to be taken to to this book.

"Just on Season in London"
"Just on Season in London"

Books by Leigh Michaels

Leigh Michaels is an Iowa-based writer that I have read for years. I have used the Amazon photo of her latest book, but feel confident it, or her other books which I have read, would be enjoyed just as much. Have you read her books? Give them a try.

Thank you for awarding this lens the Purple Star! ;-)


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)