Ever wondered what it might be like to be a mail order bride? Or the groom, already married to a woman he's never laid eyes on?
On the Canadian prairies in 1886, having a mail order romance wasn't unusual. Noah Ferguson desperately needed help on his farm. Annie Tompkins knew she couldn't go on working in Lazenby's cotton mill. So she'd been a little less than honest in her letters, was that really so terrible?
It was unforgivable, Noah fumed. He'd wanted an older widow, and Annie was a young virgin. But even that wasn't the full extent of her lies.
Problem is, Noah hasn't exactly been straight with Annie, either, and his secret has the power to break Annie's heart.
Can even a special Christmas gift make their marriage work?
©2013 Bobby Hutchinson (P)2016 Bobby Hutchinson
I really, really enjoyed this short story. The characters had substance and that is hard to achieve in a short novella like this. I would have given this 5 stars had the narrator been just a tiny bit better. She seemed to be in a bit of a hurry and a lot of her sentences ran right together.
But the story is perfect! I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a good short story, with a little bit of sex and great characters.
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