By Deeanne Gist
In 1860s Seattle, a guy with a spouse may possibly safe himself 640 acres of timberland. yet due to his wife's premature loss of life, Joe Denton reveals himself approximately to lose half his declare. nonetheless in mourning, his most sensible answer is to shop for a kind of Mercer ladies getting back from the East. a girl he will marry in identify yet retain round generally as a cook dinner. Anna Ivey's trip west with Asa Mercer's women is an break out from the griefs of her prior. She's no longer speculated to be a bride, even though, only a prepare dinner for the women. but if they land, she's passed to Joe Denton and the 2 locate themselves in a knotty scenario. She refuses to wed him and he is approximately to lose his land. With just a couple of months left, can Joe persuade this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride?
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It wasn’t much thicker than the sapling he held, but Joe assumed a serious air and scrutinized the boy’s arm, squeezed his muscle, then whistled. ” The boy beamed. ” “I can’t roll up my sleeve right now. ” His little shoulders wilted. ” “Could you let me squeeze it, then? ” Joe glanced at the slightly cracked door, then flexed, making his arm bulge. Sprout’s hand couldn’t begin to encompass the muscle, but he squeezed what he could, his eyes huge. ” Ruffling the boy’s hair, Joe chuckled. “I imagine they will.
Mercer leaned back in his chair. “Well. ” She straightened. ” Mercer gave her a quick appraisal. ” “He’s a lumberjack. I’m not sure how many men are involved in his operation. ” A lumberjack. The word conjured up visions of pine forests, fresh air, and wilderness—something far removed from the bustling city, the aftermath of the war, and Hoke Dantzler. “Goodness,” she said, a flicker of anticipation whisking through her. ” He rubbed his hands against his legs. “Well, he was very specific with his request.
But she’d never marry and she’d never have children. The risk was simply too great. Latching the bag, she touched her chest to be sure her watch pin was in place, then grabbed her cape. The stagecoach office was just up the road. She’d secure a ticket to Amherst. From there, she’d catch the Boston & Maine to New York City. A corner of Anna’s cape whipped back, allowing the frigid New York wind to beat against her tattered woolen gown. Clenching the edges of her cape with one hand and her carpetbag with the other, she stopped in front of a modest brick building on West Street.
A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist