(Hearts of Owyhee novella)
A new novella by the talented Jacquie Rogers, released as part of the Prairie Rose Publications Third Birthday Bash. Congratulations to Prairie Rose Publications as they continue to celebrate three successful years! Visit the Prairie Rose Publications Blog here for additional giveaways and historical western romance stories.
The Murdock brothers have a fine ranch in Owyhee County, Idaho. The only things missing are wives and kids, so Hec orders a couple of brides for Christmas. The catch is, woman-shy Zeke doesn’t know about it. Dinah and Stella have a plan— If the grooms don’t work out, they’ll start a restaurant. Farm chores are hard enough, but a peckish chicken and a raging blizzard don’t help matters. Can Hec and Zeke capture their hearts?
There’s just something about Christmas that has “romance” splashed all over it—the season for sharing and putting our differences aside.
The whole idea of mail-order brides—why a woman would leave everything she knew for a man she didn’t know—fascinates me. In this story, we have two brides. Dinah Goode lost her husband and baby within a few weeks. Her goal is to own a restaurant and women couldn’t be chefs in Cleveland. But those rules didn’t apply in the Idaho Territory where women could own property in their own right, and the only way she could afford to get there was to accept a proposal as a mail-order bride.
Schoolteacher Stella Clemmons has stars in her eyes—she wants children but she’s already nearly thirty years old and time’s marching on. Meeting Dinah on the train was fortuitous because now she has a plan. If Mr. Ezekiel Murdock doesn’t pan out, she and Dinah will still be fine. Restaurants were few and far between—and even then, she could still find the right man to marry.
But neither lady knows one thing about country life. And neither brother is quite sure what to do with these city women.
I loved the idea that Hec ordered brides for himself and his brother for Christmas. How romantic! But can you imagine how surprised Zeke would be? How would he react? And how does the culture of the East blend with that of the West?
This novella is part of the Prairie Rose Publications Third Birthday Bash. Free books are being offered all week at http://prairierosepublications.blogspot.com.
Would you like a copy of I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day? Just tell us what you love about Christmas stories. Do you read them year-around? Does the snow cool you off on a hot August night?
I’m a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but always a bookworm. Reading is my passion–westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, and all with a dash of romance. If an author can make me laugh, I’ll buy every book he/she ever wrote.
While I’m a country girl by birth, I currently live in suburbia with my very patient husband (important point: we are the staff of one cat) I don’t think you can ever take the country out of a girl’s heart. That’s probably why my stories often take place in Idaho where I grew up. (Hearts of Owyhee series and some of my short stories, too.)
All the Hearts of Owyhee novels and novellas are set in Owyhee County, Idaho Territory. “Owyhee” is the original anglicized spelling of Hawaii, and the area was named after some fur trappers from the Sandwich Islands were lost there in 1819.
Hearts of Owyhee novel series: https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Owyhee-5-Book/dp/B016DF60PY/
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