Monday, April 26, 2010
The Anonymous Bride
It's been years, but Luke Davis is back--older and wiser--and still alone. Returning as Lookout's new town marshal, Luke is determined to face the past and move on. He flippantly tells his cousin he'd get married if the right woman ever came along. But then he discovers that the woman who betrayed him is now a widow, and all his plans fall at his feet.
Rachel has carried her guilty shame for eleven years. Her marriage to James Hamilton was not what Luke or the town thought it to be. Now James is dead, and her long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics.
Could they possible find love a second time?
Rachel begs his forgiveness, but Luke finds he has none to give.
And then the brides arrive. Three of them--ordered for Luke through newspaper ads by his incorrigible cousins. The only place in town for them to stay is Rachel's boardinghouse. And none of the ladies is willing to let Luke go. When choosing a bride becomes a contest, the chaos that ensues is almost funny.
When the mayor forces Luke to pick a bride or lose his job, will Luke listen to his heart that still longs for Rachel or choose one of the mail-order brides?
Will Rachel find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Anonymous Bride, go HERE.
"With friends like these who needs enemies?" That has to be what Luke was thinking! He just accepted the job as town marshall thinking it would be a nice change after serving in the military. Lookout is a fairly quiet town and despite leaving in a hurry with a broken heart, he is ready to return and get back to some form of normalcy. Then his friends decide they will "help" him. They decide he needs a wife to take care of him. So they write a few letters to see if some women might be interested. The problem is that some woman are interested and they start showing up on the stage coach. Luke is appalled at what his friends has done especially since his heart is already spoken for even if he is the only one who knows it.
Every woman who shows up has a story about why they would be willing to be a mail order bride, but one is more interesting than the others and it winds up putting everyone in danger.
Fun read! Definitely one to add to your summer reading list.