What better opportunity to put a bullet in Dan Tyler’s heart than being his trusted wife? Murder is Jenny Linden’s motive in answering the former prison guard’s ad for a mail order bride. She’s ready to avenge her father’s death in a Confederate prison camp. Packing her purse with a revolver — and a Bible, to convey a false identity — she sets out to Winslow, Arizona, to marry him, kill him, sell his ranch, and return a rich woman. Can the light of love break into the darkness of Jenny’s schemes?
Romance and revulsion, distance and determination frame a story that spans the continent in the late 1800s. McClain Reardon had saved ten-year-old Rya’s life when the fugitive John Wilkes Booth held her at gunpoint in Virginia. Reuniting with McClain years later on the wagon trail to California, lovely Rya falls in love with her lifelong hero, and they plan to get married. But there is one dark shadow on this bright future: a sore old suitor’s merciless harassment. Even though the Reardons have found true love, separation seems unavoidable. Trusting God is crucial when there is so little time…
Romance and revenge, hot tempers, and cold feet frame a gripping story set in rural Elkton, Idaho, in the 1860s. Young Jordan Shaw angers easily and lives wildly, experiencing prison and kidnapping before his family attempts to tame him with marriage. To avoid their choice, he seeks a mail order bride, pretty Diana Morrow, who suffers the abuse of a violent father before escaping her tumultuous family home. When Diana arrives in Elkton and finds Jordan suddenly missing, will a handsome distraction change her destiny? How three young people’s paths entwine — and how God meets each deep need with sufficient grace — make this riveting story both vastly entertaining and faith-inspiring.
Shaken by events in the closing days of the Civil War, young Dr. Quint Roberts flees the Union army to start a new life in Bozeman, Montana. In this seventh installment of the bestselling Mail Order Bride series, the challenge of reconstructing relationship losses is explored. When his brother is killed, Dr. Quint suddenly finds himself responsible for three young children. Can he alone provide for their needs? Annamarie Taylor — a bereaved Southern belle in Atlanta — also searches for answers to the age-old question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
In this sixth installment in the popular Mail Order Bride series, Dorianne DeFeo is a lovely, loyal daughter to widower Franco DeFeo, who works on the docks in Brooklyn. When Franco catches two fellow workers smuggling diamonds, they stab him and he dies in Dori’s arms. Persevering through her grief, Dori finds her employment opportunities diminishing and finally answers an ad from Arizona lawman Stone McKenna for a mail-order bride. Traveling west, Dori experiences another shock, and her tired mind shields her from more hurt with a psychologically induced blindness. Will Stone still want his bride now that she’s blind? Will the young couple let God penetrate their pain? Can a miracle accomplish what medicine can’t? Together Dori and Stone await the daybreak in the darkness of their lives.
In this fifth installment of the bestselling Mail Order Bride series, two young couples seek freedom and love amidst slavery-rich Charleston, South Carolina.
When nineteen-year-old Benjamin arrives from South Africa, he is scheduled to be sold into slavery–but is set free by a Christian who takes him in as a paid worker. The man’s son, Dan Johnson, befriends Benjamin, and the two make plans to start a cattle ranch in Texas. With bold dreams and the support and courage of their mail order brides, they struggle against bigotry and hatred to find their dream of happiness.
In 1878 Adam Burke leaves Philadelphia for North Platte, Nebraska. The young lawyer wants to start a new life after being spurned by his fiancee. Adam also has another reason to leave — he accidentally ran over and killed a woman named Nancy Mason in a thunderstorm. In North Platte he finds success in more ways than one when Rachel Mason answers his ad for a mail order bride. Adam considers the last name an odd coincidence — but only after their marriage and after they both come to the Lord do they discover the awful truth: Adam killed Rachel’s mother. Thanks to a pastor’s intervention, Rachel overcomes her shock and bitterness to forgive Adam, just as God forgives us all.
After a lifetime apart, a widow and a widower wonder if their hearts still harbor…the tender flame
Grant Smith and Lydia Reynolds fell in love at a young age and their “tender flame” continued to burn. When President Polk suddenly announced that war with Mexico was inevitable and Grant, who had just graduated from West Point, is sent to Mexico, his plans to marry Lydia are put on hold. Lydia is grief stricken when she learns that Grant was wounded in battle and believed dead. After two years, Grant escapes from a Mexican prison and returns home to find that Lydia has remarried and is now living in the Northwest. Many years pass until they meet again, both now widowed, and realize that the “tender flame” has never gone out. Grant and Lydia come to realize that “As for God, His way is perfect.”
Kathleen O’Malley Stallworth a mail order bride? Not likely! But the Lord works in mysterious ways. Her parents and siblings died in the great Chicago fire; her husband was killed by a mugger; now her fabulously wealthy in-laws have taken her daughter Megan from her, claiming she’s not fit to be a mother. In a newspaper ad for a mail order bride, Kathleen sees a chance to seek revenge on the Stallworth family. Instead, her westward adventure transforms her world and restores her faith. She returns to Chicago to fight for Megan but soon discovers God has prepared a victory she could never have imagined.