Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want - and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.
"An opposites attract love story......"
Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: It sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas. To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn't count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother's skepticism, or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter.
Bernice Caulder had been unlucky in love for as long as she can remember, and now that she was a mail-order bride, she wondered if her bad luck hadn't followed her from her home town of Independence, Oregon all the way to Nowhere, a tiny speck of a town in the Washington territory. Why else would her husband-to-be be having such a hard time making up his mind about her?
When Sadie Jones, the daughter of cattle baron Horatio Jones, set out on her own in search of her dying birth mother, she got more than she bargained for. She never dreamed the stage would be robbed and she herself taken along with the rest of the loot! After all, being kidnapped was the last thing on her mind that morning. Unfortunately it was the foremost thing that afternoon.
Eloise was the least adventurous of her sisters, and thought she wanted a life of peaceful serenity alongside a quiet man, one civilized and genteel. But did she know herself well enough to stick to her own assumptions? Seth Jones gave the appearance of a dutiful, yet bumbling hotel clerk, while his brother Ryder was considered the rugged hero, one who'd saved his wife and himself from death. How could Seth compare to that?
Duncan Cooke had a problem. A really BIG problem. As the next Duke of Stantham, he would have power and position, a wealthy estate and the means to take care of his family for years to come. His father and mother could only dream something like this would happen to their eldest son and now their dream was a reality.
"Another Great book!"
Sheriff Clayton Riley asked for a pair of boots for Christmas, not a mail order bride! Unfortunately for Clayton, his brother and mother figured a bride would look better on him than a new pair of boots! After all, he'd been sulking around long enough after the death of his wife, and his family decided it was time to take matters into their own hands and see to it Clayton had a very merry Christmas!
"Same old same old"
The mystery matchmaker has struck again! Independence was a quiet little town, until the antics of Mercy, Martha, and Maude brought a mail-order bride last summer for their unsuspecting pastor. Now, four mail-order brides later, the town is about to get another, only this bride, (not to mention three out of the previous four) were sent for by a mystery matchmaker! This time Jess Templeton is the unsuspecting groom, and chaos erupts when his bride arrives.
Someone in Independence is sending off for mail-order brides and they've struck again! This time Julian Smythe is the culprit's latest victim, and naturally, he hasn't a clue. Throw in the antics of Mercy, Martha, Maude, and their newest partner in crime, Mahulda, and you've got enough chaos to drive any mail-order bride crazy. And that's exactly what the four matrons do!
Duncan Cooke, aka The Duke of Stantham, had a problem. He had a huge estate in England to manage, one not far from London, and it came with all the headaches one would expect with an estate in disarray. Including six unwed cousins, women no man would touch for fear of losing a limb, or worse. Strange things happened to all who tried to court them, so they were left unwed. But Duncan realized that his hometown of Clear Creek had exactly what he needed. Men! He concocts a plan to send his cousins there.
"The English Invade Clear Creek"
Samantha Carter had never considered becoming a mail-order bride. She was to marry as soon as she turned 18 and thus be out of her uncle's hair, not to mention his house. But her uncle had other plans, and wanted Samantha for himself. When she found out his intentions, she ran to the only mail-order bride service she knew of and begged Mrs. Ridgley to send her somewhere, anywhere.
What happens when meddling mothers order their sons mail order brides and not tell them? It happened to Clayton Riley, it happened to his brother Spencer, and now it's Matthew Quinn's turn. There was just one, little, problem. He was already in love...
"A great story"
Sheriff Spencer Riley and his mother recently ordered his big brother Clayton a mail order bride for Christmas! Too bad neither one of them bothered to tell Clayton, so imagine his surprise, and Spencer thought it to be one of the funniest things ever...until it happened to him! "After all," his mother told him. "If Clayton can have a mail order bride for Christmas, why can't you have one for New Year's?" So much for the annual scarf and mitten set she usually got for him this time of year!
Adaline Dermont had a dilemma. She was losing the home she and her aunt had lived in for the last seven years. Their money embezzled away by a crooked solicitor, Adaline must either become a mail order bride or face the cruel streets of New Orleans. Her aunt had someplace to go; Adaline didn't. Mrs. Ridgley's Mail Order Bride Service looked like her only hope.
Orient is an isolated town on the north fork of Long Island, its future as a historic village newly threatened by the arrival of wealthy transplants from Manhattan - many of them artists. One late summer morning, the body of a local caretaker is found in the open water; the same day, a monstrous animal corpse is found on the beach, presumed a casualty from a nearby research lab. With rumors flying, eyes turn to Mills Chevern - a tumbleweed orphan newly arrived in town from the West with no ties and a hazy history.
"Great read and rear"
Newly released from prison, the last thing Colin Cooke expected to see in Clear Creek was an angel. But there she was, just getting off the stage, and was of course everything an angel ought to be. Beautiful, of exquisite form, and with honey gold curls that bounced when she walked. Unfortunately, she walked straight into the arms of Mrs. Irene Dunnigan! The one person everyone avoided as best they could. At least until they needed something from the mercantile, then they had no choice.
"A very good sweet read"
Sam Cooke gave up the notion of finding anyone from Clear Creek to marry. What available women there were, were either too young or too old, and heaven help him if his mother, Belle Cooke, got his matchmaking Aunt Sadie to help find him a bride. No, some things a man had to do on his own. But when he travels east on business to fetch his mail-order bride, little did he know what sort of hi-jinx awaited him on the journey home with her!
The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese Americans, she's kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents' abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive.
"Good book, but felt unfinished"
Andel Berg came to Clear Creek under the guise of becoming the new blacksmith, but little did the townspeople of Clear Creek know that he was so much more! Madeline Van Zuyen came to Clear Creek for a new beginning and the chance to start a new life. Little did she know that SHE was so much more!
"A lovely story"
They say love covers a multitude of sins, and for matchmakers Mercy, Martha, and Maude, it's a good thing! Fearing the town's new pastor is lonely, they decide to take matters into their own hands and order him a mail-order bride! Imagine his surprise when he finds out. Only he doesn't! Mercy, Martha, and Maude see to that!