Jilted and humiliated by the man she had expected to marry, Emma Hartwood now feels that she is a burden at home. In desperation, she starts corresponding with a gold prospector out West named Harry and decides to become a mail order bride.
Nell, a beautiful young orphan and seamstress living on her own, works for the abhorrent Mr. Smithers. When he makes advances towards her, leaving her in shocking circumstances, she must fend for herself and move away from the city. Nell hopes the way out of her peril and to resolve her current situation is by answering an advert for a bride placed by Edward Chance. But when she arrives to Great Falls in Montana, Edward is not the man she thought him to be.
This wonderful full length novella tells the story of Siobhan and Isaac. Siobhan has grown up to be the sort of women that a father fears, fierce, hot headed and full of anger. Despite his best intentions he is unable to find a husband for her in their little Irish town. With his reputation to consider and a deep seated blame from the past, he sells her to a gang of kidnappers who take her to America to become a mail order bride.
Dragged home by her father from her husband's funeral, 19-year-old beauty Katie Westinhouse is going to be sold to her father's fat, aging boss. She plays the last card she has remaining...the fact she is pregnant. But still that doesn't stop her father and his ambitious plans. She plans with her friend, Addie, a route of escape and the two beautiful women head west. Katie has agreed to become a mail-order bride for a rancher named Daniel; it seems like the ideal solution.
Connie and her son, Sean, sail the seas to join Conner out west. However, things are not quite as they first appear. The ranch that was promised is little more than a shack and when the local Sheriff arrives, she finds out there is more to her new husband than she could have ever guessed, and she doesn't like it at all.
Clara Tempest in is trouble. Widowed and in debt...a lot of debt, she is all but imprisoned by her creditors. And the biggest shock of her life comes: she is sold off to become a mail order bride for a cowboy. Clara is informed of her husband's debt before the grave diggers have even had time to fill up the grave with dirt. She finds herself having to work off the impossibly large debt or face debtor's prison. She was all but imprisoned anyway.
Bella Rose is nervous but excited in becoming the wife of Robert Chester, the town lawyer after corresponding with him for so long. She is finally travelling the long way to Bear Dance, Montana to make her dreams of love and devotion come true. But tragedy strikes when she gets off the train. She is forced to accept an offer from Robert's brother, Jack, the town sheriff, to save her. Jack is a widow and has a young baby Ella May. He has no emotion left in him after the death of his wife a year ago.
Josephine Swift is a seamstress at a dress store in Chicago. After a harrowing incident at the store, she takes flight and makes a brave decision that will change her life forever. She begins writing to Anthony Douglas, a ranch owner in Oklahoma. It isn't long before she is on her way there to marry him. When she arrives in Oklahoma, events take an unexpected turn when she finds an abandoned Indian baby in the fields. Unable to leave the child to the elements and dangers of the wild, she takes him in.
Flossie heads west to marry a man she has never met. Her excitement is tinged with sadness, because she is leaving behind a very special man in her life. Robert has been reluctantly searching for a mail order bride, Flossie seems to be the answer to his prayers. There is an instant attraction between the pair when they meet. But Flossie senses that Robert is harboring doubts about their relationship. However, the secret that he keeps close to his chest is more heartbreaking then she could ever imagine.
Viola True responds eagerly to the advert placed by widower and town sheriff Jerome Callow. Jerome lives in a small town called Haven with his two children. Viola sees this as a plan to escape her abusive husband Marshall, fearing he will eventually kill her if she stays. Viola travels to Haven to become Jerome's wife with the guilt that she hasn't told him about the dark secret that haunts her. She slowly begins to trust and develop affection for Jerome and his children, slowly letting love back into her life.
"A Pleasant Book to Listen to"
When Isabelle Bishop is forced to marry a much older man at the demand of her father, she takes matters into her own hands to escape. She runs away to Nevada to be a mother to a child she has never met. Before he became Sheriff of Rock Creek, Louis "Chayton" Dreyfus had to deal with prejudice and judgment on a daily basis, simply because he was different. He finally proves himself to the entire town and the judgmental stares were replaced with friendly smiles
Tiffany Brooks is a hardworking young woman trying to make ends meet for her family and her forthcoming wedding. But sudden unexpected circumstances drastically change things for her. She finds herself applying for a job as a nanny. Her fiancé doesn't want her to go, but she is drawn to the advertisement. Mr. Lance Fleming, a widower, is hoping to find someone to help raise his baby daughter. When Tiffany arrives at his ranch, she quickly falls in love with the little family.
Devastated by the loss of one of her babies, Bella's life takes a further cruel twist when her husband, Albert, dies suddenly, leaving her poverty-stricken. Bella must find a way to provide for her baby and keep searching for the baby so cruelly snatched from her. Bella begins to write to cowboy Clayton Rock, a widower, too, caring for a young baby of his own, in hope of becoming his new bride. When Bella arrives at her location and meets Clayton Rock, she encounters a shocking discovery.
Connie Miller is considered old by most people to still be a spinster. She declined many offers of marriage to remain caring for her two younger sisters. With both sisters now married, Connie is alone and scared. Marriage seems to her only escape from a precarious situation. She hopes to find solace in Samuel Small, a small-town doctor in Texas. When circumstances become more dangerous for Connie, she takes flight, praying her unannounced arrival will be welcomed.
Abby Johnson is returning to Jamestown a year after escorting her cousin, Charlotte, to the same town to become a mail order bride. Abby has now made the same leap of faith - well, not quite. She has at least seen the man she has agreed to marry, Sam, the stranger she met on the train during the previous journey. The handsome Sam is now the doctor at Jamestown, but he still has a dream of making his fortune as a rancher. The good news is that Sam is just as Abby remembers him...or so she believes.
Cattle ranch owner Jacob and his wife Maria live in a state of happiness, both look forward to the birth of the baby they have longed for until tragedy hits home. Jacob is left alone, grieving and heartbroken with his baby son, whom he can't look at or name because this baby took his beloved Maria away from him. Jacob falls into despair and his ranch is suffering, he can't find it in his heart to care for the child. He decides to advertise for a 'wife' to be the child's mother and take the burden away.
Emily is attending her brother Jake's wedding in Wild Water Creek. Yet, that is not the true reason for her visit. She is looking to escape from the horror that awaits her in the city. Back home in the city, she is engaged to a rich and powerful man; she must return straight after the service for her own wedding. Landon is the black sheep of the Creek. Many believe that he secured his ranch by cheating at cards one night. Yet Landon could be just the escape route that Emily is seeking.
Hannah Fox is on her way west to marry handsome cowboy Piers Cole. When she finds an old battered suitcase filled with a double surprise, she believes God has chosen her for a very special purpose. However, when she arrives at her destination, will the God-fearing cowboy accept this unexpected turn of events? And when a young girl has a change of heart, what will this mean for Hannah and the new lives she has grown so fond of?
Abby Johnson and her younger cousin, Charlotte, are heading to Jamestown, North Dakota. Charlotte has arranged her own wedding to a man she has never met. Her more sensible older cousin cannot believe that she has become a mail order bride. Their journey is shared with a strange frontier rancher who enthralls the young women with tales of the west. As Charlotte casts her eyes on the man she will marry in a few hours for the first time, Abby is shocked that the stranger rancher is heading for the same destination.
Charlotte and Sebastian finally have their desperately longed for baby, a healthy happy boy named William. However, circumstances surrounding the birth of baby William take a shocking turn when Sebastian commits a terrible act, a dark secret he decides to keep from his wife Charlotte. When fate spirals further out of control for Charlotte, she finds solace in Bennett Owen, a ranch owner out west. She believes she has finally found peace for her and her baby.