Ruth and my anthology, Bride by Arrangement, is in e-book and on Amazon in paperback. The anthology includes two novellas where two women meet on a train, traveling from Virginia to Lincoln, Neb., in 1876. The women becomes friends. You will love the scenes of them together.
Ruth’s story is The Purchased Bride. After days of crying, Ada steps off the train to meet her arranged-marriage husband, Pete Kelly. What is her future and why is this man so quiet? Find out by reading Ruth’s novella.
My story is She Came by Train. Opal Preston did not want to leave her beloved Virginia, but her father’s diminishing financial situation caused her to take a governess job to two children of a widower businessman. After stepping off the train, she looks at the desolate land of Lincoln, Neb., and wonders if she indeed can adapt to it and the unruly children she encounters. Soon her employer and a traveling minister from Virginia vie for her affections. She Came by Train but only her heart determines if she will return that way. Here is an excerpt:
“’Charming,’ said the masculine voice.
Miss Preston turned her gaze from the music to Alex. ‘Why thank you, Mr. Boyer.’
Abigail jumped down. ‘Papa! Miss Preston is going to teach me how to sing from the diaframe.’
Her teacher snickered. ‘It’s diaphragm.’
Rocking, Abigail raised her head to her pa. ‘Don’t matter what’s it called. Miss Preston is going to teach me how to sing like an angel.’
‘You an angel?’ Her father winked.
‘Oh Papa, I ain’t always bad.’ She hung her head low before the corners of her lips curved up into a smile. ‘You made joke.’ She laughed and spun on her heels before she darted out of the room.”