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A Marshal for Christmas

Spinster Mail-Order Brides, Book 1
Narrated by: Linda Mooney
Series: Spinster Mail-Order Brides, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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A lonely and abused woman without a home. A marshal who is given the sudden responsibility of two children. A mail-order bride situation that has fallen to ruin. Can Lottie find a home and a family by Christmas?

December 1880 

When Lottie Reiner lost her father in the war, her mother fell to pieces. At the young age of 11, Lottie began caring for her catatonic mother. But when both her mother and grandfather pass away months apart, Lottie becomes nothing but a burden to her family. Her grandmother pushes Lottie to get married before it’s too late. But Lottie is a 27-year-old spinster with no experience raising children. Isn’t it already too late? 

Deputy US Marshal Archer King comes from a family of lawkeepers. His father was a US Marshal, and his mother worked as a Pinkerton agent with Kate Warne. When his only sister passed on in childbirth, his brother-in-law swore he could care for the children on his own. And Archer was to check in on them, but in almost two years, he’s neglected that duty to his sister. When the father, Sam Hodge, goes missing, he finds out exactly what kind of dire situation the children have been subject to. 

After being turned out of her home, Lottie heads to Durant, Oklahoma, where Sam Hodge and his two children live, in the hopes of becoming a new wife and mother. Only the mail-order situation does not turn out the way Lottie had hoped, and many of the things that Sam had told her in his letters turn out to be lies. The only thing true is the children, and Lottie is fast becoming attached to them. But what will happen when Sam is found? Will she have the opportunity to get a home and a family before Christmas?

©2019 Pauline Creeden (P)2019 Pauline Creeden

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Sweet western romance

Lottie one of the main characters has a neglectful family. Without her knowledge her grandmother answers a mail-order bride ad for her. She has no choice but to go across the country to marry a man whom she has never met. Archer is a loner and likes his life. This book is full of emotion for such a short story. ! It has sadness, adventure, anger and love.