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At The Captain's Command

A heroic British naval captain, son of an influential earl, dares to fall in love with a provincial American girl. Then he discovers her family's devastating secret.

Loyal to the British Crown, orphaned Dinah Templeton has vowed never to marry a seafaring man, for her father died at sea and her merchant captain brother is always away. But when Captain Thomas Moberly sails into St. Augustine to defend the East Florida shores from American pirates, Dinah finds that her heart may overrule her head regarding this seafarer.

Captain Thomas Moberly, captain of HMS Dauntless, has been assigned to capture the notorious American pirate Nighthawk, who plagues the Atlantic coast of East Florida. War-weary and hoping for a refreshing visit with his brother and sister, who live near St. Augustine, Thomas never expects to find love. But how can he resist the lovely Miss Templeton, even though she is what his father, Lord Bennington, would call a common American?

April 2011, Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical, ISBN 0373828659 / ISBN 9780373828654


— Four-Stars for At The Captain's Command from RT Book Reviews

The Captain's Lady

Torn Between Love and Duty

Captain James Templeton's orders from General Washington are clear. His target: Lord Bennington, a member of George III's Privy Council. The assignment: find Bennington's war plans. The risks: the future of the East Florida Colony, Jamie's life...and his heart. In spite of the dangers of their hopeless situation, he's fallen in love with Lady Marianne Moberly, Lord Bennington's daughter.

Desperate to protect his country, Jamie carries out his orders with a heavy heart. But Marianne's persistence is a challenge he never expected. With love and faith, they must navigate troubled waters to win their future together.

March 2010, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, ISBN 0373828322


— Four-Stars for The Captain's Lady from RT Book Reviews

Love Thine Enemy

2009 CBD Bestseller in Love Inspired Historicals

The tropics of colonial Florida are far removed from America's Revolution. Still, Rachel Folger's loyalties remain with Boston's patriots. Handsome plantation owner Frederick Moberly's faithfulness to the Crown is as certain as his admiration for Rachel—but for the sake of harmony, he'll keep his sympathies hidden. After all, the war is too far distant to truly touch them...isn't it?

A betrayal of Rachel's trust divides the pair, leaving Frederick to question the true meaning of faith in God and in country. Inspired by Rachel to see life, liberty, and love through His eyes, Frederick must harness his faith and courage to claim the woman he loves before war tears them apart.

July 2009, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, ISBN-13 9780373828159


Then Came Hope

2008 American Christian Fiction Writers Historical Book of the Year - 2nd place

Delia was born into bondage and battered for 17 years. But in the wake of the Civil War, she joins a ragtag band headed North through a bitter and defeated South. Can handsome Union soldier Ezra Johns help Delia realize her true value to God? Will he gain the respect his war service deserves?

June 2007, Emerald Pointe Books, ISBN 0978513738


Four and a half blue ribbons awarded by Romance Junkies for Then Came Hope:

"I hope every reader who enjoys historical fiction will pick up THEN CAME FAITH and THEN CAME HOPE, because this well-researched series shines the light on post-Civil War like no other novel Ive ever read from this time period."

— Sherri Myers, for Romance Junkies [read full review]

Then Came Faith

The Civil War is over. Juliana wants to help the South heal and repent of its past. André swears never to forgive the North for what they did to his family. She, a former abolitionist. He, a Confederate naval hero. Their attraction is immediate and obvious, but they quickly discover how diverse two people can be in their values and beliefs.

August 2006, Emerald Pointe Books, ISBN 097851372X


Then Came Faith has earned FOUR blue ribbons from Romance Junkies.

"Louise M. Gouge is an author who is completely new to this reviewer, but is one I'd like to read more from in the future. Ms. Gouge does a really good job of depicting the trials and difficulties experienced by the South during the early days of the Reconstruction era in the first book of her new Civil War Series, THEN CAME FAITH."

— Sherri Myers, for Romance Junkies [read full review]

Road To Romance REVIEWER'S CHOICE Award

"THEN CAME FAITH is no ordinary Christian romance ... at times, quite shocking in its realism. At other points in the story, THEN CAME FAITH is heartwarming and encourages one to have faith in the Lord."

— Janean Nusz, for The Road To Romance [read full review]

Ahab's Legacy

Inspired by the rich history and profound themes of Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick, Louise M. Gouge has continued the story of Captain Ahab by telling of Ahab's Legacy: his wife and his son. Impeccably researched, and true to Melville's original themes of vengeance, conscience, and man's relationship to God, this trilogy adds Louise's own blend of romance, adventure, and compelling characters set against an intricate historical tapestry.

Ahab's Bride—Book One of Ahab's Legacy

A compelling novel about the legendary Captain Ahab of Herman Melville's Moby Dick and how he changed a young woman's life and Hannah Rose who, through the power of love, tried desperately to prevent his vengeful quest for the white whale.

From RiverOak Publishing, ISBN 1589190076 [read an excerpt]

Hannah Rose—Book Two of Ahab's Legacy

Ahab is dead, the victim of his own pride. His widow, Hannah, and their son must now make a new life outside of the whaling community of Nantucket. Hannah meets the kind and warm Captain Lazarus, and the dashing Captain Longwood; but she also has another encounter that shakes the very foundation of all she believes...slavery. Hannah must face her own convictions.

From RiverOak Publishing, ISBN 1589190408 [read an excerpt]

Praise for Hannah Rose

2006 WINNER of the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest for Long Historical Novel!

"Hannah Rose was just wonderful, completely engrossing. I kept reading when I should have been doing other things. When something called me away from the book, I itched until I could start reading again. It's the perfect way to spend a winter afternoon."
— Mary Connealy, Reviewer for The Road to Romance [read full review]

— Four-Star rating for Hannah Rose from Romantic Times BOOKclub magazine

"Louise Gouge creates a unique story that weaves love and courage into Hannah Rose. As the spirited heroine steps forth courageously to build a life with her son, she finds the choices involving her heart are the most difficult of all."
— DiAnn Mills, Author of the acclaimed Mail Order Husband

Son of Perdition—Book Three of Ahab's Legacy

Timothy Jacobs, a handsome midshipman at the U. S. Naval Academy, is determined not to sail the disastrous course that destroyed his infamous father, Captain Ahab. Certain of his own goodness compared to the man he both hates and admires, Timothy feels his good works are salvation enough. But after he is tragically wounded during a Civil War sea battle, his all-consuming rage at God launches him on a bitter journey all too reminiscent of the father he vowed not to be like. Will Timothy learn the lessons his father ignored? Will childhood sweetheart Jemima show him the account of his father's ill-fated voyage in time? Can Timothy accept that both he and his father have misunderstood the merciful, loving nature of God?

From RiverOak Publishing, ISBN 1589190416 [read an excerpt]

Praise for Son of Perdition

"Louise M. Gouge has once again combined history, romance, and adventure to create a story as grand in sweep as the distance from the bottom of the sea to heaven on high."
— Charles M. Todorich, author of The Spirited Years: A History of the Antebellum Naval Academy.

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Contemporary Novels

Janice could just see the tabloid headlines: "Football Star Weds Small-Town Waitress." The crowd, the bodyguards, and last night's ride in the team owner's limousine all contrasted with her life in Colorado, reminding her of who she was and where she came from. It frightened her to think about entering such a different world.

Crossway Books, ISBN 0891079823

She didn't know what to feel. All the anger of all the years gone by seemed drained out of her. She wanted to be angry. She wanted to scream at him to get out of her life. So often when times had been hard for her and Billy, she had cursed him in her heart. Now she just felt numb. What could he possibly want of her after all this time?

Crossway Books, ISBN 0891078045

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