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Louisa: Cap Garland’s Irish Mail Order Bride

 

Coming October 2017! 

Three friends are in love with Cap Garland, the most eligible bachelor in Springvale. Only one is his true mail-order bride. 

The Widow Garland is once again preparing to deliver Springvale’s newest baby. Her young assistant, Allison, is not too proper to ask questions of the young widow — questions that bring up a painful past.

In an impetuous moment, Louisa had answered a mail-order bride ad from Edmond Garland, only to travel with her friend and a stowaway and find themselves all three in love with him. 

Can Louisa give him up for the sake of her best friend? 

Bill MacNeill once promised Louisa he would come for her whenever she called on him. She hasn’t taken him up on his offer, but 10 years after Cap’s death, is it too late to try now?

Louisa is Book 4 in the Sweet Land of Liberty Brides series. 

 

Blessed Brides and Babies: Inspirational Mail-Order Bride Box Set

 

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A Boxed Set Treasury of Blessed Mail-Order Brides and Babies! Four inspirational stories of courage, maternal love, and romance in one boxed set!

Includes Celia’s Secret Baby, Angie’s Hope, Saved by Grace, and Susan’s Secret Christmas Baby.

About Celia’s Secret Baby: Celia has suffered terrible loss in her life, from her mother’s death, to her abandonment at an orphanage, to the death of her best friend. When she is faced with leaving a new baby to a similar fate, she will do anything – even lie to her presumed new husband and his family – to keep her.

About Angie’s HopeAngie is ready for her engagement to expire when she meets and falls in love with Cal. But her brother in Kansas City now has different plans for her that don’t include Cal. Can Angie marry the man who truly loves her before it’s too late?

About Saved by Grace: In Saved by Grace, a widowed farmer is ready to take a new wife, but his twins Willie and Annabelle want to have a say in his choice. Grace Haggerty brings love, laughter and music back into their home, but can Will trust his heart to marry for love again?

About Susan’s Secret Christmas Baby: A widow with a secret heads to the Oklahoma Territories as a possible wife for a lonely farmer with three children. 

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Christmas Bride: Susan’s Secret Baby

Widowed before Her First Anniversary
Before Susan Gardner has even celebrated her first wedding anniversary, she finds herself a widow — with a secret she is too proud to reveal.

Struggling to Cope
Widow Caleb Gardner is a man still in love with his wife and struggling to raise his three children alone.

A Secret to Protect Her Privacy
Susan can’t stand the pity and gossip that she would surely endure if her small town of Clover Fields, Georgia, knew that not only was she a widow, but she had been left alone with child.

Susan’s Secret Christmas Baby is a standalone book in the Christmas Babies Mail Order Bride series. Written in collaboration with the fiveother authors of the SWEET & CLEAN BOOK CLUB, featuring stories that make you go “aww,” this series is about a group of young women who attend the same YWCA Bible Study. Will each of them find the love they seek?

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Mail Order Bride: Saved by Grace

A reader favorite!

A pair of twins whose widowed father is about to remarry send for a mail-order bride to prevent him marrying a woman they hate.

Twins Annabelle and Willie are inseparable since the loss of their mother in a tornado. Their father is convinced he must marry Harriet, who he thinks will help Willie overcome the trauma and speak again. Annabelle and Willie instinctively dislike her, and set out to find their father a different wife.

Grace Haggerty is tired of being the designated town spinster. Everyone in the county knows she can never have children, and big farms are a way of life. Her sister encourages her to marry an older man who doesn’t want children, but she still dreams of love and a family of her own.

Saved by Grace is a standalone book in the Blessed With Twins Mail Order Bride series. Written in collaboration with the six other authors of the Sweet & Clean Book Club, featuring stories that make you go “aww,” this series is about a group of young women who become mail-order brides and each a mother to a set of twins.

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Silvia: The Stockman’s Slovak Mail Order Bride

A young Slovak girl in 1890s New York flees a troubled past only to fall for a reformed Irish stockman who must fight to save her life 

Silvia is the story of Nathalie’s friend from Book 2 in the series! Silvia was left behind in New York when Nathalie headed west to marry Isadore. Silvia has suffered the death of her parents and must care for her younger brother, while being led on by Frederick, whose professions of love for Silvia will only bring her shame and disgrace if she chooses him.

Dell Casey is trying to break his temper and fighting ways to fight for his ranch and beloved horses. He must marry to secure his ranch, but when he fights to save Silvia, she will have nothing more to do with him. When new violence threatens, can she forgive Dell for loving her more than keeping his promise?

Find out what’s happened to Nathalie and her growing family when Silvia comes to join them in the 1890s South Dakota prairie!

Silvia is Book 3 in the Sweet Land of Liberty Brides series.

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Mail Order Bride: Celia’s Secret Baby

Abandoned as a Child
Celia’s father never came back after leaving her at the orphanage. At 19 now, Celia faces a life of drudgery working in the orphanage kitchen. With her best friend gone, does she have the courage to follow their plan alone?

Under Her Thumb
Thomas is working hard to earn the rights to his own 50-acre farm. But more and more, his sister is trying to run his life. It’s time to settle down in a home—and with a wife—of his own.

A Lie of Desperation
Celia had never meant to lie to him. She didn’t mean to forge his name. But when a baby left at the orphanage back door wasn’t going to be properly taken care of, she felt she had no choice but to take it with her on the orphan train. Will Thomas’s sister be able to ruin everything before Celia can tell him the truth? And can Thomas forgive her keeping something so secret as a baby—one she had given his name?

CELIA’S SECRET BABY is a standalone book in the Blessed With Babies Mail Order Bride series. Written in collaboration with the six other authors of the SWEET & CLEAN BOOK CLUB, featuring stories that make you go “aww,” this series is about a group of young women who attend the same YWCA Bible Study. Will each of them find the love they seek?

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Mail Order Bride: Angie’s Hope


A jilted love spurs a society girl to head west unknowingly into a second marriage arrangement that would hold no love for her. 

Angie Simmons has been intended for Elmer Farley since they were both children. When Elmer returns from five years away at school, Angie is shocked to learn that he has a proposal for her: To enter into a sham engagement, until he can marry the girl he loves.

Despite this blow right before Valentine’s Day, Angie gains courage when her bible study friends agree to all find husbands of their own as mail-order brides. Angie won’t marry a man who doesn’t love her, and determines to set in place the means to escape the certain social devastation that will occur when her engagement is officially broken.

Cal Jones has nothing left to lose.A talented jack-of-all-trades, his successful stint as a gold minder ended in failure when his claim was overtaken by a larger company. Now he is forced to take a job in the new coal mines in Kansas, built to support the railroad expansion. But can he follow his friend Joe into a happy marriage, and be satisfied with a woman from the East?

Angie is ready for her engagement to expire when she meets and falls in love with Cal. But her brother in Kansas City now has different plans for her that don’t include Cal. Can Angie marry the man who truly loves her before it’s too late?

ANGIE’S HOPE is a Valentine Mail-Order Bride Series book. It’s part of a collaboration with the seven authors of the SWEET & CLEAN BOOK CLUB, all women, each of whom write sweet and clean romance, and stories that make you go “aww.”

The Valentine Mail-Order Bride Series books tell the story of seven young women who attend the same YWCA Bible Study. Will each of them find the love they seek?

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White Pumpkin Love

For our wedding five years ago in October, we decorated the Inn with white pumpkins, purple flowers, eucalyptus and magnolia branches. 

We're still in love, and I still love white pumpkins!​

Any other October brides? Post your anniversary in the comments! 10/30/10.

Nathalie: The Circuit Rider’s Rhineland Mail Order Bride

Can Practical Nathalie Find Love in the Strong Arms of an Intellectual Dreamer?
This book was fun to write, inspired as I was by the true life stories from one branch of my husband’s maternal family. Isadore and Nathalie are family names from his mother’s side, and their history as Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition is a fascinating piece of history. Maduro was a name taken to hide the Jewish roots of their ancestral family name. Once they settled in the United States in the early 1800s, the family nurtured many successful businessmen, painters, and even an ambassador under President Grant.

Alone in New York City, Nathalie Luxe is a young German girl determined to beat the odds and succeed. But when her livelihood is threatened, her no-nonsense style could help or hurt her chance for love.

Fun-loving, smart, and terrible with money, Isadore Maduro is a Jewish American with his head in the clouds and a law degree to finish while he struggles to keep the family business afloat. In debt and in need of a wife, he must leave everything to Nathalie when he is unexpectedly appointed to ride the circuit as a temporary judge.

Is the love Isadore feels strong enough to help Nathalie when she needs him the most? This is a standalone book in the Sweet Land of Liberty Brides series, but you’ll enjoy catching up with Giovanna, Rosa, and Mrs. Pavente from Book 1 in this series.

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The Cowboy’s Calabrese Mail Order Bride

Can a young Italian widow win the love of a Nordic cowboy in time to save the only thing she loves?

The first story in the Sweet Land of Liberty Brides series, Giovanna’s character is based on a young girl from my Italian grandfather’s ancestral home of Calabria, Italy. Growing up, my fondest memories of my Italian relatives are the love, laughter and emphasis on family that filled our home. And yes, we also loved to argue and make and eat delicious meals together!

Laars is based on many people I have known of Nordic descent. I know many of us have grown up in homes where our parents are from two different backgrounds or have different personality types, so I was drawn to describing Laars’s more reserved Northern traits combining with Giovanna’s passionate Southern European upbringing.

It’s 1892, and Giovanna is a young widow struggling to raise her daughter on her own. Hard-working, beautiful, and honest to a fault, Giovanna’s dreams of a life with her husband, Frank, were cut short when he died soon after they arrived from Calabria, Italy, four years earlier. Now Giovanna must find a way to help her sick daughter, Rosa, before she loses the only thing she loves!

Laars Gundersen has broken from his family in Minnesota to work a claim in the Dakota Territory. He needs a wife, but his work ethic and cool Nordic ways don’t leave much time for children. Will Giovanna find the love she deserves and be able to care for Rosa before it’s too late? Find out in this clean, sweet historical romance, Book One in the Sweet Land of Liberty Brides series.

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