Our anthology, Bride by Arrangement, now is released. The book includes two separate novellas where two women meet on a train traveling from Virginia to Lincoln, Neb., in 1876. Mine is She Came by Train. Ruth’s is The Purchased Bride. This is a mail-order bride story. Ada steps off the train with an uncertain future with a man she has never met. Who is this quiet man, Pete Kelly?
Here is an excerpt from Ruth’s novella, The Purchased Bride:
“With each mile that separated Ada from Virginia, she didn’t know if she felt better or worse. She kept telling herself that her brother wasn’t a bad man. He’d made the arrangement with Pete Kelly because he needed the money and because it would ensure she’d be provided for for the rest of her life.
“But even as she tried to console herself with such logic, knowing her brother had seen fit to sell her to a stranger out in Nebraska—far removed from anyone she’d ever known—hurt. What kind of man needed a wife so badly he’d post an ad offering to buy one? …”
Here is an excerpt from Janet’s novella, She Came by Train:
She Came by Train to a desolate land. With mixed feelings, Opal Preston steps onto the platform to meet her employer, Alexander Boyer. She accepts his hand and climbs into his wagon to begin her role as the governess of his two children. As she executes her duties, she wonders how she’ll cope without the finery she left behind. Soon two men are vying for her affections. Alex cannot imagine his life without her and looks for a way to convince her to stay in Nebraska. But a preacher from Virginia also is smitten with her and offers to take her back to Virginia. She Came by Train, but only her heart can determine if she’ll return that way.
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