Stealing a groom is not for the faint of heart.... or the hapless Adelaide Delaney!While on a trip to meet her fiance in an arranged marriage, Adelaide Delaney meets Charlotte, a mail order bride who is on her way to marry a rancher. When their bags, along with their train tickets, are accidentally switched, Addie impulsively takes Charlotte's place. Simply wanting to avoid the marriage her father has arranged, Addie never imagines the difficulties of being a rancher's wife, leaving a trail of hilarious catastrophes in her wake. Will there be any truth beneath the pretense? Or will Addie decide that she is a poor substitute for Josh Harding's bride.
Stealing a groom is not for the faint of heart.... or the hapless Adelaide Delaney! While on a trip to meet her fiance in an arranged marriage, Adelaide Delaney meets Charlotte, a mail order bride who is on her way to marry a rancher. When their bags, along with their train tickets, are accidentally switched, Addie impulsively takes Charlotte's place. Simply wanting to avoid the marriage her father has arranged, Addie never imagines the difficulties of being a rancher's wife, leaving a trail of hilarious catastrophes in her wake. Will there be any truth beneath the pretense? Or will Addie decide that she is a poor substitute for Josh Harding's bride?"
This book explores the history of Russian peasant bride theft - abduction, capture - from the adoption of Christianity in Kievan Rus in the late tenth century to the very early twentieth century. It argues that bride theft in eighteenth and nineteenth century Russia was practised in large part by, but not exclusively by, Old Believers, the schismatics who rejected the Church reforms of the mid-seventeenth century and shunned contact with the Orthodox Church; and that the point of bride theft, where the bride was often a willing party, often married secretly at night by an Orthodox priest acting illegally, was to absolve the bride and her parents of the responsibility for engaging in a formal Orthodox ritual which Old Believers regarded as sinful. The book also considers how bride theft originated much earlier in Russia and was a continuing tradition in some places, and how all this fitted into the Russian peasant economy. Throughout the book provides rich details of particular bride theft cases, of Russian peasant life, and of Russian folklore, in particular bridal laments.
In "Charade of Love," a young woman suspects an ulterior motive in her war hero fiance+a7; a poor woman falls hard for her cousin's prospective bridegroom in "The Right Bride," and a lady allows herself to be kidnapped to save her beau. Original.
Kidnapped as a child, sold to a con man, she'd fast learned how to sweet-talk her way out of trouble. Now all Sophie wanted was to be left alone to build a new life—one that was honest and decent, based on truth, not trickery. Clay Connor was the last man she should care about. Upright and honorable, the town's marshal deserved better than a woman with a tainted past. But if only Sophie could learn to trust again, she might find this lawman would make her new life complete.…
PLAYING HOUSE OR PLAYING FOR KEEPS? Motorcycle-riding judge Wyatt Carter runs his life by the book…mostly. But when his old friend Amber Towers calls him in need, he doesn't hesitate to help her, even though inviting the single and secretly pregnant lawyer to stay in his house has suddenly made him the scandal of Conard County! Wyatt is the port in Amber's stormy situation. Even though their friendship sizzles with an underlying attraction, she has to steer clear, because she is pregnant—and he is headed into an important election! But why, this time, does it seem like Wyatt and Amber are willing—no, eager!—to give the town something to talk about?
Acquitted for the murder of her husband through the perjured testimony of psychiatrist Christian Hunter, Elizabeth Carleton struggles to uncover the true murderer, rebuild her life and business, and find new love. Reprint.
When following God's Will may keep her from following her heart? Charlotte Mason believes that it's God's will for her to be a mail order bride. But whilse on her way to meet her groom, her bags and tickets are accidentally switched with wealthy heiress, Adelaide Delaney. With the plans for her life hijacked, Charlotte finds herself forced to play the part of a railroad tycoon's fiancée.Unfortunately, the role is a tall order for a simple girl from Georgia. Plagued by hilarious mishaps, Charlotte must unravel the mystery of God's will and find where she belongs. In the end, Charlotte must choose whether to follow her heart or her mission to be a mail order bride.
He lost one bride, but now he can't seem to rid himself of another! Pete Harding is a man haunted by regret. But when four mail-order brides are stranded at his ranch, he may need to rethink his belief that women don't belong on ranches. When her train is derailed, will her heart be as well? Jo Franklin finds herself stranded on a Texas ranch. She has waited so long to start her life, and after deciding to be a mail-bride bride, she is now on hold yet again before she meets her fiance. But while she strives to keep her temper amidst a series of humorous episodes with an infuriating cowboy, she also struggles to keep her heart on track toward her would-be husband. But what if the man waiting for her at the end of the line isn't who she thinks?"
When young mother Rachel Dorset flees a life of luxury and an abusive husband for the rugged world of Arizona, J. C. Tyler is hired by her husband to track her down, but when he lays eyes on the fiery redhead, he knows he cannot return her to her life of terror. Original.
When Hallie is caught in bed with Ritter Sloane, a notorious gunslinger and the man who has saved her from an icy snowstorm, her three brothers force her to marry him. Original.