Enjoy a new spin on an old song — Twelve Christmas Days of Mail Order Brides!
Dear Mrs. Walters,
One of my fellow clergy told me of Denver’s Benevolent Society of Lost Lambs. I believe your organization is just what our town needs to become a community of virtuous men and women. To do that, our men need to be united in holy matrimony, start families and thus build a town of pure-hearted, respectable citizens …
At least that’s what Reverend Chase Hammond hoped when he devised his marriage scheme to save the town. Unfortunately, if he didn’t get the men of Noelle married, his and every other man’s hopes of having the railroad come would die, Noelle right along with it. But planning to marry the men off to save the town and actually doing it were two different things. Some didn’t like the idea, thinking a mining town should be mining, not marrying! But that was only one of Chase Hammond’s problems. Problems that if not fixed immediately, would seal Noelle’s fate …
Felicity Partridge was in trouble. Big trouble. An active voice for Suffragettes, she’d managed to get herself arrested more than a few times. Now her father demanded she marry to keep her out of more trouble. But how could she further the cause of women shackled to a husband? But when her father gave her the choice between marriage and jail, she decided it best to further her cause elsewhere, and Noelle, Colorado seemed just the place to do it! Especially when she found out who her husband to be was …
Unfortunately, he had other ideas about marrying.
Enjoy this sweet, clean and wholesome romp about the little town of Noelle and its inhabitants. The first in a 12 book series!
Culver Daniels spent years cultivating a peaceful, orderly existence with his blacksmith shop and livery business. Then the pastor of Noelle landed upon a crazy scheme to save the town by sending for a bunch of mail-order brides. Despite his determination to remain single, Culver finds himself among those agreeing to wed. The moment he meets the beautiful gypsy woman he’s promised to marry, he realizes life will never be the same.
Widow Kezia Mirga has no desire to marry again. Yet, for the sake of her most cherished treasure, she decides to wed a man in a remote Colorado mining town. She arrives to find nothing as she expected, the town in a state of turmoil, and her intended far more handsome and charming than she imagined. Dare she dream of a future with the burly blacksmith, or should she escape back to Denver before she loses her heart?
Will true love triumph over secrets and surprises in this sweet and wholesome holiday romance?
Liu Meizhen has been searching for her long-lost brother for what feels like forever. Her journey has taken her from China to San Francisco to Haskell, Wyoming, and beyond. But she’s tired of searching, and when the opportunity arises to end her wandering in Noelle, Colorado by becoming a mail-order bride, she leaps at it. Noelle is exactly what she’s been looking for, and Woody, the man she has promised to marry, is everything she could have hoped for.
Woody Burnside knows he’s not the smartest man in Noelle, but he works hard, cares deeply for the animals that are entrusted to his care, and believes with his whole heart that he could be a good husband. And the three hens that shadow him wherever he goes, Mimi, Gigi, and Fifi, seem to agree. Meizhen is more than he could have hoped for in a bride, and he is determined to make her the happiest woman in Colorado.
But just when everything looks like it’s going to be happily ever after, the ghost of Meizhen’s past shows up in the most unlikely place. She suddenly finds herself torn between her duty toward her family and the promise she made to Woody. And with time running out for Noelle, she must make a decision that she fears will hurt someone she cares for deeply.
Many years have passed since Bernadette Bellamy fled the Cariboo Gold Rush and her reputation as the sister of a French-Canadian gang of thieves. Armed with only an honest talent for sewing and a willingness to lead a solitary life on the run, she stays one step ahead of everyone seeking her brothers’ last—and now lost—heist. Until a craving to settle down makes her reinvent herself as Birdie Bell, a dress shop owner. The arrival of an old foe combined with her desire to hold onto her treasure trove of fabrics has Birdie joining a wagonload of brides bound for a remote town.
After losing his leg and his wife, Jack Peregrine buries his pain under a mountain-high pile of work. He only agrees to sign up for a mail-order bride to save the town of Noelle, keep his freighting business, and care for his absentminded grandfather. But Jack’s request for a sturdy bride who won’t crumble under his burdens brings him a woman as tiny as she is troubled. Can two mismatched people band together to become the perfect match?
A wanted woman’s flight, a man in pursuit of honesty, not stolen gold…and only nine days left to save the town.
Pearl knows she’ll only ever be a whore. Her chance to be anything more was snatched away long ago, and the bitterness has eaten at her for years. What keeps her looking to the future is the opportunity to take care of and protect the other working girls at La Maison des Chats… Well that, and one particular customer who holds her heart, even if he would never consider a life with someone like her.
On Christmas Eve, a dozen new brides arrive in Noelle and are forced to take up residence in La Maison. Pearl is happy to be able to offer comfort and support, because the poor things need her help…even if their very presence is a sharp reminder that she can never be one of them.
But when the reverend’s scheme to get the brides married off falls through on only the second day of Christmas, it looks as though the town will never be stable enough to entice the railroad spur they all desperately need. So Pearl agrees to a deception that will not only save the town, but bring her what she desperately wants: a marriage–even a pretend one–with the man she loves.
Little do they know just how dangerous this deception will turn out to be…
And on the Sixth Day of Christmas…
After a disfiguring accident leaves her on the run, Molly Norris is seeking a fresh start far away from home. Traveling with her only companion, an overly protective goose, she dreams of having a life of adventure with a new husband. When the town of Noelle does not live up to its description, she can only hope everything else about her journey is true.
Having a horse ranch in the Colorado mountains provides a comfortable life of solitude for Storm Thornton. Removing himself from society seems easier than facing the constant judgment of others due to his mixed heritage. When he is forced to choose between a life alone or one with a total stranger, hiding behind the walls he’s built around his heart seems like his best option.
Both Molly and Storm feel an immediate, unexplainable attraction to one another, but what they see on the surface may not be everything it appears. Will their scars from the past – and that darned goose – be enough to keep them from discovering a deeper love?
This book contains some mild swearing and kissing. Heat level 2 out of 5/PG
A beautiful woman with secrets comes to Noelle to confront a powerful person with the truth…and only six days left to save the town.
Avis Smith is willing to go to Noelle to marry a man she doesn’t know in order to avenge a fourteen year wrong–her abandonment to a life of misery and abuse when she was just six years old. In order to get to Noelle, she has to lie about who she is, but her thirst for vengeance is so strong, she transforms herself into the pious, beautiful bride that JD Jones wants. Still, she never expected to be abandoned at the altar.
His work as an abolitionist and fighter for justice will not allow storekeeper Liam Fulton to turn his back on the beautiful woman his archenemy is willing to leave at the altar. He figures a way to help Avis out of her predicament, offers to showcase her in his store so that other potential grooms in Noelle will see her and might want to marry the young woman with the long and elegant neck.
When swans mate, they mate for life. When Liam offers to help Avis, he never expects that in working with her to find a resolution to her problem, he discovers a fierce need to protect her. Avis doesn’t know that she might find something better than what she was looking for–a new way to a family and bonds of a strong and life-long lasting love.
A wanted murderer, a young maid on the run…and five days left to save the town.
Accused of murder and shunned by his former peers, Colin Deane tells himself he doesn’t want a wife but will take one to save his hometown of Noelle. He owes Noelle. The town came to his rescue all those years ago, after the war, when the country was still a seething mass.
Cara Donnelly is on the run from the marriage her domineering Mama has arranged to a senator triple her age. Leaving her Boston family behind after they discover she was working as a maid at the local orphanage, she heads first for Denver. But when she finds out that she isn’t yet free of the senator’s clutches, she opts for a mail order husband and sanctuary in the mountains of Colorado.
Sparks fly when both Colin and Cara discover lies have been told, secrets are about to unfold and everything they once believed in is threatened. Can they come together to defeat the mistakes of the past or will it keep them apart forever?
A flamenco dancer in disguise and a driven diner owner fighting his own desires.
What could possible go wrong?
Her dream was to become a celebrated entertainer. So, how did Josefina de Zapatero end up with the life of a sporting lady? Determined to escape a repulsive past and oppressive future, her salvation appears in the form of a mail order bride request for a domesticated cook. The fact that she can barely boil water shouldn’t matter too much, though. She has learned to dance circles around her competition. Surely, she can cook up something to please the man. Right?
Having suffered a life of lies and loss, Ignacio Villanueva has learned the importance of making wise choices. He’s determined to find an upstanding woman who will be the helpmate he needs to make his restaurant successful. Honesty and the ability to cook well. That’s all any man really needs. Isn’t it?
It’s a match of stubborn wills and unexpected thrills when the two of them pair up. Will the new menu at Noelle’s favorite Mexican restaurant include a marriage meal made for two… or a recipe for disaster?
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Desperately trying to avoid an arranged marriage to a cruel lord, an heiress takes on Minnie Gold’s identity to marry a man she hopes will be kind. He has to be better than what her parents have planned.
Hugh Montgomery is proud of the life he’s built in Noelle, and he’s determined to help Noelle survive- even if it means taking on a mail-order bride. Burned by love, he knows marriage is about commitment and companionship, and is looking forward to sharing his life with someone who doesn’t expect his heart.
However, when a woman from Hugh’s past arrives, she reveals secrets that Hugh and Minnie were desperate to hide. Hugh can’t marry Minnie, knowing her true identity, but he also can’t let her return home. As Hugh and Minnie fight to save their respective futures, will the growing affection between them ruin everything? Or can they find a way to build a future together?
Twelve men. Twelve brides. Twelve days to save a town.
A young war widow, a secret confession from the soldier chosen to return her deceased husbands belongings, and a forbidden kiss. Genevieve Walters has spent the last decade delving into her matchmaking mission work to quell the unsettled emotions the solider stirred within her. But a new mission will take her on a journey to Noelle, Colorado, where the magic of the season and fate will challenge her to face the past in the form of a mysterious mountain man. When his identity is revealed will she consider him her perfect match?
Making the promise to his Captain to return both his watch and letters to his wife should the unthinkable happen, wasn’t supposed to occur. Just like his midnight confession and the kiss he’d shared with the new widow that fateful night ten years ago. Zeke Kinnsion has survived the worst that life has thrown at him and has since found his peace as a fur trapper in mountains of Noelle. But fate is about to rattle his life when a familiar matchmaker breezes into town determined to marry off her twelve mail-order brides. Suddenly facing down a four-hundred-pound bear pales in comparison of once again facing the only woman he’s ever loved.
On the 12th day of Christmas, will love overcome a lifetime of bad luck?
Behind her back, they call her Bad Luck Penny. After being twice widowed before the age of thirty, misfortune follows her all the way to Colorado, culminating in humiliation when the third groom skips town on the day they’re to be wed.
Mayor Charles Hardt will do anything to save Noelle, the town he founded, as long as it doesn’t involve taking a wife. But then a jilted bride shows up at his door, begging for a ride out of town on the day before the town must deliver twelve married couples as part of a deal to secure Noelle’s survival.
Under no circumstances will Charlie allow the last bride to escape, even if Penny is certain Noelle can’t take any more of her bad luck. For that matter, neither can Charlie…
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