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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┬áreserved 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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