Bonanza Legacy


Ben:  "Today's story will be read by Puchi."
Adam & Hoss:  Making themselves comfortable in their favorite chairs.
Little Joe:  Sitting with his feet on the table.



Title:   Be My Valentine?
Rated:  G
Summary:  For twelve-year-old Joseph Cartwright, things go from bad to worse as he struggles with the most "mushy-gushy" school assignment he's ever been given. When all his efforts to solve his dilemma fail, there's only one person who can stand between him and the painful consequences he's destined to reap---Adam.

Title:   Never Alone
Rated:  G
Summary:  The first few weeks after the death of Inger Cartwright, as seen through the eyes of seven-year-old Adam. The time and location of her death correspond with the Heritage of Honor series and are to a minor degree different from the series Bonanza.

Title:   Solitary Witness
Rated:  PG
Summary:  When twelve-year-old Joseph Cartwright plays hooky one wintry day, he learns that having Pa find out is the least of his worries.

Title:   The Daring Deeds of the Deadeye Kid
Rated:  G
Summary:  When bandits invade the Ponderosa, a fourteen-year-old boy with an overactive imagination fed on dime novels decides that he and he alone can save his family.

Title:   The Final Bequest
Rated:  PG (intense emotions)
Summary:  In this retrospective on two episodes of Bonanza, Adam and Joe reflect on the loss of their best friends.

Title:   We'll Be Home for Christmas
Rated:  G
Summary:  Having promised Pa that they will be home for Christmas, the three Cartwright brothers are ahead of schedule as they return from a late-season shopping trip in San Francisco. A sudden snowstorm in the Sierras, however, may make keeping that promise ­ or even staying alive ­ impossible

Title:   Santa's Little Helper
Rated:  G
Summary:  With eighteen-year-old Little Joe the only Cartwright not confined to bed, the prospects for a merry Christmas appear bleak. Ben has even ordered the cancellation of the annual Christmas Eve party, but in a burst of Yultide enthusiasm, Joe decides to host the party by himself. After all, how hard could it be? And then his carefully laid plans begin to unravel.

Title:  Fred, A Turkey's Tale
Rated:  G
Summary:  In this excerpt from "A Dream's Darkest Hour" a young Hoss convinces Ben to let him raise a turkey for Christmas dinner, but grows attached to the big bird.  When Ben announces that it's time for Hop sing to prepare the turkey for roasting, Hoss determines to save his new friend from the ax, whatever the cost to him personally.

Title:  It's A Bonanza-Ful Life
Rated:  PG (references to difficult situations and some violence, though nothing highly graphic)
SummaryIn this Bonanza adaptation of the Frank Capra holiday classic, Ben Cartwright is facing a Christmas so bleak that he finds himself wishing he'd never been born.  Enter one slightly unusual guardian angel with the offer to let him see what the world would have been like without him.

Title:  Forty-Five Minutes on C Street
Rated:  G
Summary:  Little Joe Cartwright, on his own in Virginia City for only 45 minutes.  What could possibly go wrong?

Title:  A Dream Deferred   (Heritage of Honor, Book One)
Rated:  G
Summary:  Ben Cartwright meets and marries Inger Borgstrom.  With young Adam, they journey west, meeting new people along the way, developing friendships that will last a lifetime, and adding one more member to the family before Inger's death and Ben's settlement in what will become Nevada.

Title:  A Dream's First Bud  (Heritage of Honor, Book Two)
Rated:  PG-13 (general fight scenes)
Summary:  As he deals with problems in a sparsely settled land, Ben fights his own loneliness after Inger's death.  Another death takes him to New Orleans, where he meets Marie, and they return to struggles at home and the birth of a third son.

Title:  A Dream Imperiled   (Heritage of Honor, Book Three)
Rated:  PG-13 (Indian-Settler violence, etc.)
Summary:  The Cartwrights are caught up in ever-increasing conflict between Indians and white settlers, culminating in the greatest peril of all, the Pyramid Lake Indian War

Title:  A Dream's Darkest Hour  (Heritage of Honor, Book Four)
Summary:  Ben Cartwright begins to see his boldest dreams take root and blossom, but dark clouds loom on the horizon.  The long-dreaded storm of the Civil War breaks, and the death of Marie plunges the Cartwrights into the darkest hour of their lives.

Title:  Centennial
Summary:   When two of the Cartwright brothers travel east to visit the great Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, they learn that the greatest discoveries are not in the world around them, but hidden within the heart of the other man.  As a side treat, discover what YOUR country sent to show the world what it had to offer in 1876.

Title:  On Edge
Rated:  PG
Summary:  Joe's in a precarious position, and he can only pray that rescue will come before it's too late.

Title:  POW002
Rated:  G
Summary:  POW Challenge

Title:  POW009
Rated:  G
Summary:  POW Challenge

Title:  POW030
Rated:  G
Summary:  POW Challenge

Title:  POW042
Rated:  G
Summary:  POW Challenge

Title:  POW071
Rated:  G
Summary:  POW Challenge

Title:  A Near-Perfect Day
Rated:  PG
Summary:  Joe wins the easiest assignment of the day, and it turns out even better than he'd hoped.
Note:  All in a Day's Work, A Trilogy  These stories relate what happens to each of the Cartwright brothers during a single day's work.  Please read in order, whichever boy is your favorite.

Title:  A Day For Respect
Rated:  PG
Summary:  Adam faces the challenge of a day beneath Pa's eagle eye, but gains something of value by its end.

Title:  A Day Beyond Endurance
Rated:  PG
Summary:  Hoss is probably the only Cartwright strong enough to survive a day like this without losing his perspective.

Title:  My Brother's Keeper, WHI (What Happened, Instead)
Rated:  PG13 - general western violence, as seen in the episode
Summary:  What if Hoss and a Ponderosa ranch hand had met Adam and Joe on the Virginia City road, instead of the Reardons?  This alternate adaptation of the beloved episode explores that possibility.

Title:  Showdown at the Bar of Justice
Rated:  PG 13 - a little gunplay
Summary:  A WHN for Showdown.  Little Joe is determined to win the lightest sentence possible for Sam Kirby, but first he and Sam must manage to stay alive.

Title:  POW224
POW Challenge (Crossing the Rubicon . . . Again)

Title:  Follow the Star
Rated:  G
Summary: Facing his first Christmas without his mother and with Adam away at college, Little Joe, armed with a completely confused interpretation of a Sunday sermon, sets out to make everything right.

Title:  Here in the West
Rated:  PG - for mild violence
Summary: Adam reflects on a wrong decision he almost made.

Title:  A Brother's Torment
Rated:  PG
Summary: A WHN for "The Crucible," this time from Joe's point of view

Title:  Water For a Burning Soul
Rated: PG
Summary: In this followup to "A Brother's Torment," Adam returns home with Joe in search of Pa's help in dealing with what he endured in "The Crucible."

Title:  Damsels in Distress
Rated: G
Summary: In California to help the widow of an old friend, Ben suddenly finds himself the official knight in shining armor to every needy female in town.

Title:  Dear Santa, 1859
Rated: G
Summary: Although he’s now grown, Joe still writes an annual letter to “Santa”, knowing full-well that his father will read it.

Title:  Dear Santa, 1861
Rated: G
Summary: In the third installment of the "Dear Santa" series, Little Joe is writing to "Santa," (aka Pa) about the events of season three.

Title:  A Near-Perfect Courtship
Rated: G
Summary:  A followup to A Near-Perfect Day, although it can stand alone. Little Joe pursues a relationship with his pretty neighbor, in hopes that it might lead to matrimony.

Title:  A Separate Dream, Book One: A Fresh Beginning
Rated: PG-13
Summary:  This novel begins a new series, A Separate Dream, which is a companion to my Heritage of Honor books. In “A Fresh Beginning” Adam Cartwright travels east to attend college, meeting new friends and facing new challenges throughout his freshman year against the backdrop of a nation at war.

Title:  East, West: Home’s Best—The Easterner
Rated: G
Summary: When Adam's Boston friend George comes to visit the Ponderosa, the entire family finds him instantly likeable, but a few comments soon have Little Joe feeling that Hop Sing, Adam and even Joe himself might be threatened by the continued presence of the Easterner. When he takes it upon himself to nudge George back home, however, will he be able to deal with the unforeseen consequences?

Title:  Cougar Kill
Rated: G
Summary:out looking for strays, Joe spots some tracks he feels compelled to follow, despite knowing the objections his family would raise.

Title:  A Dream Divided (Book 5 of Heritage of Honor)
Rated: R (implied sexual content)
Summary: After the death of Marie Cartwright and Adam’s departure for college, Ben Cartwright and his younger two sons struggle to deal with both losses while meeting the challenges of a growing community and the crises in the lives of their friends.

Title: Let’s Try That Again
Rated: PG
Summary:  Have you ever had a day that started on the wrong end of a deluge of water . . . and went downhill from there?  Join Little Joe Cartwright as he struggles to reach the end of a particularly problematic Monday.  Includes the entire family.

Title: On the Hunt For Brotherhood
Rated: PG-13
Summary: Adam had been reluctant to take 16-year-old Little Joe on a hunting trip, but when he is incapacitated by a freak accident, only his baby brother stands between him and certain death.

Title: To Set the Captives Free
Rated: PG
Summary: When Adam returns from a business trip to California, where his father still remains, he finds one brother seriously injured and the other missing. While caring for the injured, he races to solve the mystery and find his missing brother before it’s too late.

Title: A Dish Best Served
Rated: R - contains the violent death of an adult, though not graphic
Summary: The course of true love rarely runs smoothly for any Cartwright, especially when a vindictive father and son are determined to punish the one they hold responsible for their personal tragedy.