Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride Collection. Six historical romance novellas set in the Old West.
Sissy: The idea of being a mail order bride is particularly unappealing to me as I can’t get out of my head all the possible negative outcomes of such a move. Any toothless, stinky, backwater wino could hire/coerce someone to write an attractive sounding bunch of letters to an innocently desperate young woman and she could find herself west of nowhere in the clutches of wife-beating Walter and his six runny-nosed, lice-infested offspring. What then, I ask, what then?
Bubby: That’s quite the scenario that you paint, Sissy. That probably actually happened back in the day, but for the purposes of these stories we will ask you to suspend your disbelief and trust in the inevitable happy ending. (For more on the true story of mail order brides in the old west, check out this excellent article in The Campfire Chronicle).
Sissy: True love and happiness it is, then. Lucky for me the first novella, Written in Her Heart by Stacy Henrie, was possibly my favorite and thus allows me to plunge fully into the happy love place. It takes Georgeanna getting desperate enough to send out mail order bride notices to get long time friend Clay to realize how he feels about her. What does he do about it? Something different from what you might think!
Bubby: Wanted: Midwife Bride by Kristin Holt introduces us to Naomi and Joe. Naomi has to run from her evil rotten no good bas-
Sissy: Basket of worm droppings husband?
Bubby: Yes, exactly! And Joe has been waiting all his life for a woman who can be his full partner. The whole situation seems too good to be true for Naomi. Then the shooting starts…
Sissy: Sounds exciting. And dangerous! Equally dangerous and fully despicable Victor in The Sound of Home by Annette Lyon is trying to force Marilyn to marry him. If she refuses, he will have her framed for murder. She tries to escape the situation by answering a mail order bride ad. The man sending for the bride, Harry, provides a sweet and interesting twist that I really enjoyed.
Bubby: For Better or Worse by Sara M. Eden also has a twist–when mail order bride Mary meets-groom-to-be Gerald, the wrong sort of sparks fly. It turns out that they knew each other before, and that’s not a good thing! Can they put the past behind them and discover some chemistry? I’ll never tell.
Sissy: The chemistry sure was cooking in The Inconvenient Bride by Heather B. Moore, but not between Carmela and her proposed groom. He turns out to be inconveniently dead, and his brother Samuel is not quite sure what to do with the exotic, stranded bride on his doorstep.
Bubby: The Price of Silver by Sian Ann Bessey is another story involving two brothers and one bride. Katie might be torn between Jake and Caleb, but in the end two hearts will not be denied their choice.
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