You are here because you love classic, LDS romance novels. And when it came to cranking out the best selling genre at Deseret Book, no one could touch Anita Stansfield. From 1994 (First Love and Forever) to 2000 (Towers of Brierley) she was the "Jane Austin" of LDS Romance; these "Golden Years" marked some of her best and finest work.
This quote says it best.
Then, something happened. With the publication of Where the Heart Leads (2001) her writing took a sharp turn from the easy, approachable, storytelling form we all loved, to a didactic, condescending, overly-moralizing style and theme.
With their strong inclination to teach and instruct, rambling character dialogue and thinly developed plots, her books were no longer fun to read. This lower-quality writing would (so far) continue for the remainder of her career.
Anita Stansfield has also written under the pseudonym Elizabeth D. Michaels, publishing her work with White Star Press. She's also started writing again for Covenant. Her latest LDS novels, Legally and Lawfully Yours (2015), Now and Always Yours (2016), The Heir of Brownlie Manor(2016), Color of Love (2017), Lily of the Manor (2017) and Love & Loss at Whitmore Manor(2017) are all quick and easy reads.
You can follow her latest news on her own blog which includes a very helpful Book List.
In keeping with the spirit of my other LDS book blog: The Work and the Glory Series: a book by book synopsis, I intend to take every Anita Stansfield book published between 1994 and 2013 (all 57 of em!) do a chapter by chapter summary of each and list them here in a Complete Book List.
This project will probably take a few years, so bear with me.
Just click on each title (as they become available) to access and happy reading!
Bestselling Author on Overcoming Low Self-Esteem Deseret News, 2011
Stansfield introduced in this 1996 Deseret News article
Covenant Communications rejects Stansfield's Newest 2004 Novel
A Reader Chimes In
Stansfield Mentioned in LDS Fiction article
ANITA STANSFIELD: THE COMPLETE BOOK LIST
Title Publication Date
1. First Love and Forever 1994
2. First Love, Second Chances 1995
3. Now & Forever 1996
4. By Love and Grace 1996
5. A Promise of Forever 1996
6. Return to Love 1997
7. Home for Christmas 1997
8. To Love Again 1998
9. When Forever Comes 1998
10. A Christmas Melody 1998
11. For Love Alone 1999
12. The Gable Faces East 1999
13. The Three Gifts of Christmas 1999
14. Gables Against the Sky 2000
15. Towers of Brierley 2000
16. A Star in Winter 2000
17. Where the Heart Leads 2001
18. When Hearts Meet 2001
19. Someone to Hold 2002
20. Gables of Legacy Vol I: The Guardian 2002
22. Gables of Legacy Vol II: A Guiding Star 2002
22. Gables of Legacy Vol III: The Silver Linings 2003
23. Gables of Legacy Vol IV: The Eternal Bond 2003
24. Gables of Legacy Vol V: The Miracle 2003
25. The Captain of Her Heart 2004
26. Captive Hearts 2004
27. Hearts Crossed 2004
28. Gables of Legacy Vol VI: Full Circle 2005
29. Timeless Waltz 2005
30. A Time to Dance 2006
31. Dancing in the Light 2006