WINNER, 2016 Catholic Arts and Letters Award, Young Adult Fiction
Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the conflict. Dedicated to the Confederate cause, Amara offers to help out at her uncle’s makeshift hospital in Atlanta. Fate brought Nathan to their doorstep and into Amara’s life. Little does Amara know that the wounded soldier she cares for harbors a secret that will jeopardize not only his life but hers as well.
Follow Amara and Nathan’s story from the heart of war-torn Atlanta to the Northern Georgia battlefields to the plains of East Texas as their lives become intertwined in a way that shatters the separate worlds they once knew.
A WORLD SUCH AS HEAVEN INTENDED also received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval in 2014.
“Amanda Lauer brings history to life in this fast-paced, emotionally charged, splendid tale. Extremely enjoyable.” May McGoldrick, author
“The South of 1864 springs to life in A World Such as Heaven Intended. Rich in details of language, setting and social mores, Lauer takes readers on the journey of her protagonist, Amara McKirnan, a strong woman ahead of her time who wrestles with her blended family and the horrors of the Civil War to find the peace and happiness she is convinced awaits her.” Marni Graff, author, The Nora Tierney Mysteries
“A World Such as Heaven Intended is a fast-moving historical romance that will keep you turning pages until the very end! An excellent read.” Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Author, The Catholic Baby Name Book
“A charming romance with well-drawn characters and clear imagery, offering the reader a chance to slip away to another era and come home refreshed.” A.K. Frailey, Author, The Deliverance Trilogy
A Life Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer (Book Two)
In A Life Such as Heaven Intended, the Civil War rages around her, yet Brigid McGinnis has her life planned out. That was, until she stumbles across an unconscious Confederate soldier on her father’s property.
A blow to the head stole Dominic Warner’s memory. The beautiful fraulein who nurses him back to health steals something even more important — his heart.
For political and societal reasons, Brigid and Dominic must go their separate ways. They each get caught up in the war and put their lives on the line to remain true to the values and faith they share. Follow Brigid and Dominic from the battlefields surrounding Atlanta, along slave escape routes, to Little Rock, and eventually to the plains of Eastern Texas, as they learn to trust, forgive, love, and surrender to a plan greater than their own.
A LIFE SUCH AS HEAVEN INTENDED received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval in 2018.
“A moving love story set during the Civil War, Amanda Lauer’s newest novel is packed with historical details from actual battles to the type of shoes the soldiers wore, and even the novels and candy popular in that period. Lauer brings to life different perspectives, fears, and hopes of people on both sides of this terrible war. Faith plays a beautiful part in this story, as the protagonists face trials, choices, and self-evaluation. I highly recommend A Life Such as Heaven Intended for lovers of historical American fiction.” ~Theresa Linden, author of award-winning Battle for His Soul
“A Life Such as Heaven Intended provides a combination of history, romance, adventure, and a touch of mystery that will keep you turning pages. You’ll enjoy going back in time with this engaging novel. ” Patrice MacArthur, author
A Love Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer (Book Three)
In A Love Such as Heaven Intended, budding Civil War socialite Josephine Bigelow is inspired by the words of Louisa May Alcott to make a name for herself as an investigative writer covering the plight of Confederate soldiers held in Federal prisons. Little did she know that one of the inmates she would encounter was her brother’s roommate from West Point Military Academy.
Even though her father is a Union brigadier general, Josephine’s infatuation with the handsome Confederate soldier Michael McKirnan is rekindled. As captivating as Josephine is, the last thing Michael needs is to entangle that beauty into his life of intrigue. The strong-willed Josephine will not be deterred and their lives become intertwined as they embark on a journey of a lifetime, trying to stay one step ahead of the military and a madman bent on revenge. As they journey from Washington, D.C., to St. Louis, Atlanta, and finally East Texas, the two of them discover what love, faith, compassion and loyalty truly mean.
“A Love Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer is a sweet love story that history lovers are sure to appreciate. I enjoyed the first two books in the Heaven Intended series, so it was fun diving into the third book. We even get a glimpse at characters from the previous two books. Fans of historic fiction are going to love this!” Theresa Linden, award-winning author
“Thoroughly enjoyable! This book abounds with the virtues of faith, hope and love. Lauer shows us that even during times of war, love wins.” Virginia Lieto, Author, Editor and Public Speaker
“The third installment in Amanda Lauer’s Civil War romance series matches beautiful and determined Josephine with Michael, a West Point Military Academy graduate who seems to be on the wrong side of the conflict. Filled with historical and military detail and a unique setting for a Civil War novel, A Love Such as Heaven Intended will please both fans of history and of romance.” Carolyn Astfalk, Author, Stay With Me and Rightfully Ours
Heaven Intended #4. Despite her royal heritage, Alice is the third generation of women in her family to be enslaved — and the last, if she has any say in it. The only thing standing between her and freedom is a certain Confederate soldier, First Lieutenant Marshall Kent. Follow Alice and Marshall’s story as suspicions turn to trust and a sense of admiration turns to something more as they navigate life during the last year of the Civil War.
WINNER, Inspirational Novels, 2022 Catholic Media Association Book Awards
Amanda Lauer’s Heaven Intended series continues with this fourth tale full of intrigue, deception, compassion, and love. I have been a huge fan of this series for years, so I anxiously awaited the newest book. It was definitely worth the wait. Lauer once again seamlessly intertwines fascinating bits of history into her compelling story. Each book focuses on a different couple drawn together amid the tumultuous Civil War. A Freedom Such as Heaven Intended adds a captivating new dimension to this hard-to-put-down series! Leslea Wahl, award-winning author of The Perfect Blindside
This is my favorite of the series. A Freedom Such as Heaven Intended is the first of Lauer’s acclaimed Civil War YA novels to feature an African American as the female lead role: Alice, the mysterious fugitive discovered by Brigid in A Life Such as Heaven Intended, tells the story of her own enslavement, a tragic-but-royal past, and the tiny infant she must care for as she attempts the heroic journey to freedom. Lauer lends a unique voice to each of her characters. Catholic, law-abiding First Lieutenant Marshall Kent must choose between his religious beliefs and his sworn duty to defend the Constitution of the Confederate States. Jeanie Egolf, award-winning author
Once again a great Civil War novel by Amanda Lauer. Lively and lovable characters, an engaging plot and just the right amount of history and romance; the honest and true Catholic faith of Alice and Marshall makes their storylines interesting and truly enjoyable. An amazing read! Sophie Habsburg-Lothringen
When the men from Tonica, Illinois, are shipped off to fight in the Civil War, Ruth Simmons decides to tag along after her older brothers and her sole male classmate. Disguised as a drummer boy, Ruth finds herself in over her head as the regiment arrives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the eve of one of the bloodiest battles of the war. A chance encounter with a Confederate prisoner of war in the aftermath alters the course of her life.
Captain Ben Holt, a brilliant young surgeon, has sold his surgical skills to the highest bidder. What he hadn’t bargained on was being put to the test by the beguiling Ruth Simmons, a sharp young woman with the preposterous notion of becoming a surgeon herself.
Their two lives are entwined as they make their way from Gettysburg to Washington City, where they are caught up in the events occurring during the monumental final year of the Civil War, including the attack on the capital city, the attempted kidnapping and subsequent assassination of President Lincoln, and the hunt for his killer. With their lives on the line, Ruth and Ben must set their differences aside and, using their shared faith as common ground, determine a way to escape the District of Columbia so they can pursue the lives of which they’ve dreamed.