By Deeanne Gist
In 1860s Seattle, a guy with a spouse may possibly safe himself 640 acres of timberland. yet as a result of his wife's premature dying, Joe Denton reveals himself approximately to lose half his declare. nonetheless in mourning, his most sensible resolution is to shop for a kind of Mercer women returning from the East. a lady he will marry in identify yet maintain round in general as a cook dinner. Anna Ivey's trip west with Asa Mercer's ladies is an break out from the griefs of her earlier. She's now not speculated to be a bride, notwithstanding, only a prepare dinner for the women. but if they land, she's passed to Joe Denton and the 2 locate themselves in a knotty scenario. She refuses to wed him and he is approximately to lose his land. With just a couple of months left, can Joe persuade this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride?
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If the boys ever discovered he’d succumbed to such sentimentality, he’d never hear the end of it. But he had to do something. His bride would most likely feel frightened and out of place. He’d been here for eleven years. He knew all the folks in town. He was accustomed to the rain. He was used to the quiet. Not so her. The move out west would be difficult. So he’d fixed up the house and stuck a few wild flowers here and there. He was only doing what he’d do for anybody. He couldn’t help but think it should have been Lorraine, though.
Rountree blew out a huff of air. “There’s no question in my mind your intentions were genuine. But the fact remains, it’s been ten years and she’s never shown up. ” Tightening his hands on the arms of the chair, Joe reined in his exasperation. “She died. ” “And if you produce a death certificate, then I’m willing to rule in your favor. But even that is pushing things a bit. ” “No, Joe. I’m sorry. The only thing the clerk would be able to attest to is that the courthouse burned down. ” “The only reason I need one is because you say I need one.
Sitting a little straighter, she forced herself not to squirm. Finally, he turned again to his desk and retrieved his pen. “Very well, Miss Ivey. S. m. S. R. carrying off a petticoat brigade for the benefit of the long-haired miners and miserable old bachelors of the Pacific NorthWest. The cargo of Bay State Virgins sailed off in black stockings, candlewick garters, shirtwaists, spit curls, green specs, false teeth and a thirst for chewing gum. First Night at Sea January 18, 1866 The more the ship rolled, the more Anna’s concern grew.
A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist