Friday: Bride by Arrangement Excerpt

It is Friday, and thank God in my neck of the woods the bitter cold left us for a few days. I actually walked in January today. Unbelievable but nice.

Our anthology, Bride by Arrangement, has been doing well. We want to thank all those who purchased it either in e-book or paperback.

Each week I have been alternating between excerpts from our two novellas – Ruth Ann Nordin’s The Purchased Bride and mine She Came by Train – included in the anthology. The story begins with our two characters meeting on a train traveling from Virginia to Lincoln, Neb., in 1876. Ruth’s novella is a mail-order bride story. where the promised husband has something different about him. My story’s character, Opal, becomes a governess to two children of a widower businessman. He falls in love with her, but a minister from Virginia also vies for her affections. Only her heart will determine whether she will return by train.

Here is an excerpt from She Came by Train:

“For the first time, he realized what a smart woman he brought here. Not just in her intellect, but she also was levelheaded and charming. What a combination! A surge of warmth filled him. ‘Have a seat, if you don’t mind. I forgot to open my mail.’

‘Go ahead.’ She settled in a seat in front of his desk.

He picked up a letter opener, slit the envelopes open, glimpsing at each one before he stopped at the last one. He examined the return address then opened it and read the letter. His jaw clenched. Raising his head to Opal, he said in a low voice, ‘Reverend Stone should arrive tomorrow.’

Her face blushed and she wiggled in her seat. ‘Oh, that’s wonderful.’

His stomach twisted in resentment. He could not understand his reaction. Stuffing the letter back in its envelope, he returned it to his desk and glanced up at her. ‘We’d better get going.’”

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About janetsyasnitsick

Visit blog for writing, marketing tidbits to dazzle your creative endeavors. New book: Courtships and Carriages, a sweet Christian romance, (two proposals but who wins Gwen's heart?). Other works: Ruth Ann Nordin's and Janet Syas Nitsick's anthology, Bride by Arrangement; Janet's five-star, inspiring-historical romance, Lockets and Lanterns; 10th place story, "The Silver Lining;" and Best of Year book, Seasons of the Soul. Background: former journalist and language-arts teacher.
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One Response to Friday: Bride by Arrangement Excerpt

  1. Thank you, Dorothy, for liking this post. God bless you.

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