Stories in chronological order
After Inger's death Ben, Adam and baby Hoss journey west.
Adam makes a new friend
and the family find a new home.
The Solitary Way - two volumes
Synopsis: The period of Adam Cartwright's life from Marie's arrival at the Ponderosa
until after Joe's birth.
The Good Samaritan
Synopsis: Ben tries to teach a young Hoss the
parable of 'The Good Samaritan' but Hoss turns the tables on him and
Ben learns the real meaning of the story.
Synopsis: First love can be painful in more ways than one. When Adam first begins to
explore the world of girls and
love the whole family find this out as they and he try to come to terms with his growing pains.
Synopsis: Hoss is having trouble
at school and uses a boast of Adam's to help him out. The boast threatens to have
tragic consequences when Adam feels obliged to carry it through.
The Christmas Engine
Synopsis: Good little boys always get what they want for Christmas, even if
Santa needs a little help sometimes.
Synopsis: The story of Marie and her relationship with Adam told
Synopsis: Adam and his friend Ross decide to take a fishing
trip, to Adam's dismay two little brothers manage to go
along too. Of course with a mischievous six-year-old along the trip is not quite what Adam had planned.
Synopsis: Little Joe finds out all about
yard chores and his brothers wish he hadn't!
Synopsis: Follow up to Promises, deals with the aftermath of Marie's
Synopsis: Adam reads a letter from Hoss that makes him realise how
much he misses his brothers. Hoss and Joe are
missing their bossy older brother, he had his uses! Ben is simply worried about his youngest sons who are
Impossible Dream -
Volume 1 - The story of Adam’s first year in college, its highs and lows
as he changes from boy to man.
Volume 2 -
The Unreachable Star - in progress
Synopsis: The bond between brothers and a boy
and a horse. Set on Adam's return from college.
The first story I wrote of the adventures of the Cartwrights.
Synopsis: One Sunday, one sermon and four different people in the congregation. What
thoughts go through the
Cartwrights' heads as they listen (or not) to the preacher.
Synopsis: Joe cries wolf once too often, but his brothers help prove that this time he was telling
A Chill In The Air
Synopsis: Through their troubles the Cartwrights are gently reminded of the
true meaning of Christmas.
Synopsis: Adam tried to get Joe out of trouble
with Pa and Miss Jones but only succeeds in making trouble for himself.
Treasures in the Attic
Synopsis: Adam and Joe bring down
some trunks from the attic and Pa relates a hundred year old family story to
amuse a bored Little Joe on a winter’s day.
The Gunpowder Plot
Synopsis: A Snowy winter day and Joe hears another story of his older brothers’
waits for her husband to come home and reflects on what might have been if they had not met in New Orleans. (Warning
for Marie fans - this is how I see her past based on the Episode The Stranger. It may not suit your view.)
Synopsis: Third of the stories told on a winter’s
day to amuse Joe. A young Joe begs for a new story to while away
another winter's afternoon. Ben responds by telling how a simple request for Adam to find Hoss a new pastime
rebounds on him.
Little Joe opens an old diary and jumps to
conclusions way too fast.
Voice from the Past
Synopsis: Ben falls in love with a mirror image of his first wife.
Synopsis: Joe and Adam plan on an afternoon at the summer picnic,
unfortunately their plans aren't compatible.
has plans too but he ought to know better than to listen to Joe if he wants a quiet boys' afternoon!
Synopsis: Joe and Mitch are in real trouble with the law.
But their alibi is one that neither is too keen to reveal to
A Clear Cut Case
Synopsis: Joe defends a friend accused
of murder when all the evidence is against him
Unwillingly to School
The Cartwright boys are only too willing to help out the new schoolteacher. This causes a little
between them but Adam
and Joe learn that you should never jump to conclusions.
Synopsis; After a cave in at the mine Joe discovers that his older brother is always
there for him, no matter
the circumstances. (Published in the 1999 Convention Anthology)
Ripples on the Lake
Synopsis; Ben opposes a new railway to
carry lumber to the mines because it means losing a piece of land that means
a lot to him. Will he re-think his attitude when he finds out who is to engineer the project.
in the 1999 Convention Anthology)
One Good Turn
Synopsis: Trouble for the Cartwrights in San Francisco. Ben finds out that deeds
he did in his past come back to
haunt him; fortunately it’s the good deeds that prove to be most useful. (Published in the 2002
Lady in Waiting
Synopsis: A young lady invites the Cartwrights to her birthday party and then waits for the right
man to ask her to dance. But who is the right man? (Published in the 2002 Convention
Synopsis: The bond between brothers is strong, but is it as strong as Hoss believes.
(Published only in the 2005 Convention Anthology)
Gift of Love
Synopsis: Adam discovers that to love someone means to put their needs before your own.
A Good Example
Synopsis: Adam decides to set a good example with
Nine Tenths of the Law
Synopsis: A trip to check on line shacks
turns into a gun battle for Adam.
Synopsis: On the eve of Joe’s wedding, the Cartwright boys spend a day at the lake,
old times and the first time Adam and Hoss took Little Joe sailing.
The Road that Leads Me Home
Synopsis: Adam is
going home but what will he find when he gets there?
in cheek story of what our favorite family might make of a modern day purchase. Inspired by a fun day spent
assembling flatpack furniture. We imagined what the boys would have made of the less than explicit instructions.
"The British Ally".. rated G
the Civil War Ben is caught up in a range war for timber, can his new neighbour help him win, or is there another agenda.
"The Black Stallion" rated G
A wild horse helps Adam and Joe come to a new understanding
"The Coffee Pot" rated G
The keeper of the coffee pot hears everything, as Ben learns.
"The Rabbit Drive" rated G
Rabbit Drive is a Native American Tradition but what happens when the Cartwright boys join in
Stagecaoch Whip" rated G
Adam and Joe remember a
wild stagecoach journey when they read of the death of the driver in the newspaper.
The Last Ace
Comparing the Cartwrights to the four suits of cards
A study in what grief feels like for one of the Cartwrights
and the Bear
Adam reads the story of Goldilocks and the Bears to his young brothers (written as a prelude to a longer story which
has never yet been written)
I Don’t Know what made me Say it.
We all say things in anger that we don’t mean and Adam is no exception
Can Adam’s caution and brotherly advice save Joe’s life?
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