James Kennedy is the only doctor in town. Settling into Letterby, Texas, he serves the local community, coming to their aid when they need it most. There’s just one problem, he’s desperate for an assistant, but there’s no money for hired help. Why not find someone that can solve both problems at the same time? A wife? Elise is desperate to get out of her predicament, her life as a saloon girl singer is fast becoming jaded and she yearns to start afresh where no-one knows of her past. Becoming a mail order bride sounds like a plausible way to leave her old life behind and start anew, where no-one knows her secrets. She answers James Kennedy’s advertisement for a wife, traveling to Letterby in the hope of leaving all traces of her previous life behind. Can Elise keep her past hidden and will James accept her for a wife? Especially when he finds out that Elise was a saloon girl…
A desperate woman on the run… An overwhelmed sheriff who needs a wife… A tragedy that threatens their fragile relationship… Amy Gordon is a swindler escaping from a deal gone bad and the former partner who blames her. Determined to stay out of trouble and out of his clutches, she takes the first train leaving Chicago. When the train derails, she steals the ticket of a crash victim headed to Angel Creek in Montana Territory. Amy believes if she can make it to Angel Creek, she can evade the vengeful former associate. But coming from Chicago, Amy had no idea such a desolate landscape existed. She decides to play her part until spring but then she will head for civilization and a new life. Sheriff Spencer Wood has become guardian of his three young nieces and needs help caring for them. He admits he’s lonely and is ready for a companion to share his life. He sends for a mail-order bride and looks forward to a wife who will be a good example and caregiver for his nieces, and for the future children he and his wife will have. When Spencer is severely injured, he wonders what will happen to his family if he doesn’t recover. Spencer is the kind of man Amy had hoped existed but never thought she’d meet. He treats her with respect and charm. But raising children is confusing, and she is a novice at managing a household. How long before she can move on? She hardens her heart against her husband and the girls, but finds herself slipping. Will she have the courage to stay or will she run?
She’s holding on to her late husband’s memory. He won’t let go of his secrets. Will an old flame light up a second chance at love? Kelsey Swain knows there’s no such thing as a knight in shining armor. Her late husband had one foot out the door when a mysterious accident left Kelsey a widow. Now her only chance to keep her and her young son afloat is to revitalize the family restaurant. She plans to do it all alone, even when her late husband’s business partner wanders back into the picture… Ben Dempsey has never been able to get Kelsey off his mind, but his traveling lifestyle didn’t mesh with the young mother’s important responsibilities. When he takes a job in Sweet Creek, he wonders if there’s a chance for them to reconnect. But when the flame still burns for the girl who got away, he’s not sure if he can give up his life’s work. Or if he can tell Kelsey the truth about her late husband… Can Ben and Kelsey face their past heartaches to find a new future together?
He’s still reeling from the breakup. She’s ashamed of what she did. Can a chance reunion mend the fence, or are some hearts forever broken? If you like second chance stories, buried passions, and big country settings, then you’ll love Carolyne Aarsen’s heartfelt novel.