I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day
(Hearts of Owyhee novella)
Prairie Rose Publications
Available on Kindle Unlimited
The Murdock brothers have a fine ranch in Owyhee County, Idaho. The only things missing are wives and kids, so Hec orders a couple of brides for Christmas. The catch is, woman-shy Zeke doesn’t know about it. Dinah and Stella have a plan— If the grooms don’t work out, they’ll start a restaurant. Farm chores are hard enough, but a peckish chicken and a raging blizzard don’t help matters. Can Hec and Zeke capture their hearts?
There’s just something about Christmas that has “romance” splashed all over it—the season for sharing and putting our differences aside.
The whole idea of mail-order brides—why a woman would leave everything she knew for a man she didn’t know—fascinates me. In this story, we have two brides. Dinah Goode lost her husband and baby within a few weeks. Her goal is to own a restaurant and women couldn’t be chefs in Cleveland. But those rules didn’t apply in the Idaho Territory where women could own property in their own right, and the only way she could afford to get there was to accept a proposal as a mail-order bride.
Schoolteacher Stella Clemmons has stars in her eyes—she wants children but she’s already nearly thirty years old and time’s marching on so she decided to accept a mail-order proposal. She’s nervous about doing so, but meeting Dinah on the train was fortuitous because now she has a plan. If Mr. Ezekiel Murdock doesn’t pan out, she and Dinah will still be fine. Restaurants were few and far between—and even then, she could still find the right man to marry.
But neither lady knows one thing about country life. And neither brother is quite sure what to do with these city women.
I loved the idea that Hec ordered brides for himself and his brother for Christmas. How romantic! But can you imagine how surprised Zeke would be? How would he react? And how does the culture of the East blend with that of the West?
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