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A World Such as Heaven Intended

by Amanda Lauer

2016 YA Catholic Arts & Letters Award

Book 1 in the Heaven Intended Civil War trilogy

Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the Civil War. 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 not only jeopardize 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.


“From the first pages, A World Such as Heaven Intended hearkens back to the pinnacle of epic Civil War romances, Gone With the Wind. ~ Carolyn Astfalk, contemporary Catholic author."


~ Carolyn Astfalk, contemporary

Catholic author

Fun fact

This story is based on the real-life adventures of a true American Civil War hero!

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A Life Such as Heaven Intended

by Amanda Lauer

Book 2 in the Heaven Intended Civil War trilogy

"A civil war romance that blends heroic choices with faithful love." - A.K. Frailey

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.


“The research, detail, and imagination that went into A Life Such as Heaven Intended have made it an absolute treasure!"


~Marge Fenelon, Catholic author,

journalist and speaker

Fun fact

In historic fiction, Amanda enjoys intersecting true historic figures & places with fictional characters


Amanda Lauer featured A World Such as Heaven Intended on the 10th Faith Through Fiction episode about courage. Check it out here.

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A Love Such as Heaven Intended

by Amanda Lauer

Book 3 in the Heaven Intended Civil War trilogy

A sweet love story that history lovers are sure to appreciate.

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


“This was a beautiful and insightful way to appreciate the Civil War. Through the character's lives, we see how the war affected day-to-day life as well as how it affected an entire generation."


~Laura M., Amazon reviewer

Fun fact

The Heaven Intended heroines are modeled after Amanda's three daughters Stephanie, Samantha, and Elizabeth respectively