Authors: Indiana Wake
Tags: #Clean, #Western, #Historical, #Romance, #Frontier, #Pioneer, #Forever Love, #Christian, #Religious, #Faith, #Inspirational, #Spirituality, #Love Inspired, #Bachelor, #Single Woman, #Anthology, #Collections, #Five Books, #Head West, #Bundle, #Mail-Order Brides, #Marriage Of Convenience, #Matrimony, #Sacrifice, #Responsibility
Mail Order Bride
Pioneer Love 5 Book Boxed Set
Damaged Brides Head West
©Copyright 2015 Indiana Wake, Belle Fiffer books 1,2,3 & 5
©Copyright 2015 Terri Grace book
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This story is a work of fiction any resemblance to people is purely coincidence. All places, names, events, businesses, etc. are used in a fictional manner. All characters are from the imagination of the author.
This book is a collaboration of three bestselling western romance authors.
And Terri Grace.
The books have been chosen because they celebrate the brave women who traveled West in the 1800’s to find love, marriage and a new family.
Many of these women were unsung heroes for they birthed the sons and daughters who molded the West. They were true pioneers who left behind all they knew with just a few letters and a promise of marriage. The journey could be perilous and so could their lives, but they went forth with hope and faith and created a better world.
All the brides in these books had even more difficulties than normal. No one would accept them back home so they set their hearts free and headed West in search of love and acceptance. Read on to find out if they found it.
The first three books are a series about three women, the next two are standalone.
We hope you enjoy all the books and look forward to our adventure together.
Mail Order Bride
Pioneer Brides Mail Order Brides Agency
– Anna Book 1
Indiana Wake & Belle Fifer
©Copyright 2015 Indiana Wake & Belle Fiffer
All Rights Reserved.
Her heart beat against her chest as if she were walking into battle, and for a second her nerve left her. Anna froze on the dirty street, she dropped her skirts into the melted snow and effluent that ran past her shoes. What was she doing here? Surely there was another way, but no matter how she racked her brains she could not think of one.
It was time.
If she wished to make something of her life, then she had to be bold.
Picking up her skirts, she walked as best as she could towards the red door. It seemed a shameful color; she reached to the cross at her throat and said a little prayer. “Please Lord; guide me in this darkest hour.”
That done she was ready; she walked through the door and into her new life.
Sat at her big old oak desk, Mrs. Hawkins looked towards the door. Had that been a shadow? Did she have a customer? No one entered, and nothing passed the windows. She must have been mistaken, she glanced around her neat and tidy office. On the far wall was a daguerreotype of Mr. Hawkins. Even now he made her knees feel weak and caused her heart to hammer against her tired old chest. “Why did you leave me Jefferson?” she asked the empty office.
There was no reply, and she knew she was not the only widow that still grieved twenty years after the war. It was not his fault she was alone. Not his fault she had to run the Pioneer Brides Agency, and not his fault that she enjoyed it so much. But this last week had been slow and the last thing she needed was time to think.
Usually, her days were spent contacting clients from various parts of the country. She would then search through her list of ladies and proceed to make the best arrangements. How she loved to hear of the marriages between various clients, and she was good at match making. Always knowing what to tell a prospective husband and what to leave out. Often she would stay up late at night pouring over her forms and deciding who she deemed was most suited for each other. It was basically a long distance marriage bureau and so far Mrs. Hawkins was doing a wonderful job with it.
But this week had been slow. There were no new clients writing or walking in to ask for help getting hitched and that meant no money coming in to pay the bills. She needed a client and pulled out her bottom drawer. It held the people she thought could not be matched. Maybe if she took another look, something would come to mind. As she bent down, the doorbell chimed and in walked a beautiful yet timid young lady.
She had auburn ringlets for hair and blue eyes. Rosy cheeks complimented her face. Looking at her as she stood awkwardly in the door, Mrs. Hawkins couldn’t help but wonder what such a beautiful thing like her was doing in a place like this. That was until she took her first step through the door.
A beautiful red dress graced her fine young figure and she lifted it slightly and looked to the floor. Why was she so shy? Ah, such a shame. The gorgeous young girl had a pronounced limp as she made her way to the desk. Now it was obvious to Mrs. Hawkins why a pretty thing like her had been passed up. She was defective in the eyes of so many, so no one must have even bothered to take the time to get to know her.
A lump formed in Mrs. Hawkins throat, she felt a sudden bond with the young girl, and smiling at her kindly, she waved her forward. “Come in, child, she said. “No need to be shy. I am not that bad a lady.” She laughed at her own joke and saw the young girl relax a bit. She limped into the room and took a seat across the big, tidy desk.
Mrs. Hawkins smiled at her. “What is your name, dear?” she asked.
The girl looked down at her hands for a moment and Mrs. Hawkins was beginning to worry. But then she looked up, her clear blue eyes all shiny and scared.
“I’m Anna – Anna Montgomery,” she said in a voice that was barely audible.
“Hello, Anna, it is nice to meet you. I’m Mary Hawkins, but you can just call me Mary. I know how difficult this must be for you, but do not worry. Think of me as an Aunt, who will guide you through the process. Now let’s get a few details from you and I will see if I can find you a wonderful husband. Here are the forms I need you to fill out.” Mary handed over the large document and noticed how Anna’s eyes widened.
Do not worry if you can’t answer everything and do take your time. There is a desk over there if you prefer, and if there are any questions, feel free to ask me. Once you have filled them in, I will go through your likes and dislikes. Your tastes and passions, what you’re looking for in a partner, and we will find the most suitable match or matches for you. Once you have approved of your potential match, I will then proceed to contact them on your behalf and if God be willing, soon you can travel out to meet the would-be suitor. Is the process so far, reasonable?”
“Yes, it is; Thank you,” Anna replied timidly.
Taking the form she got up and limped over to one of the corner seats, as far away from Mary’s desk as possible. She began to fill out the forms nervously and Mrs. Hawkins couldn’t help but feel bad for the poor thing. If not for her minor disability, she would have been such a catch. Her clothes though not expensive were nicely made, she obviously had skills, and despite her shyness Mary believed she had a strong spirit. She made a resolution to find the best possible match for her, and to send her off to a place where she would be happy and accepted. With these thoughts in mind, she turned back to her paperwork and gave the girl as much privacy as she could.