By Deeanne Gist
In 1860s Seattle, a guy with a spouse may possibly safe himself 640 acres of timberland. yet as a result of his wife's premature demise, Joe Denton reveals himself approximately to lose half his declare. nonetheless in mourning, his top resolution is to shop for a kind of Mercer women strolling back from the East. a girl he will marry in identify yet continue round as a rule as a cook dinner. Anna Ivey's trip west with Asa Mercer's ladies is an get away from the griefs of her prior. She's now not speculated to be a bride, notwithstanding, only a prepare dinner for the ladies. but if they land, she's passed to Joe Denton and the 2 locate themselves in a knotty state of affairs. She refuses to wed him and he is approximately to lose his land. With just a couple of months left, can Joe persuade this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride?
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Rountree handed him back the newspaper. “Well, you’d better marry that gal the minute her slippered feet hit this shore. ” THE ALTA CALIFORNIA The only thing Mr. Mercer has to fear, so far as I can see, is that in case the girls are young and pretty, they may be snapped up by some of your wifeless young men in the ports of call. . Lota, Chile April 13, 1866 Anna tapped lightly on Mrs. Wrenne’s door. “Mr. Mercer has called a meeting for nine o’clock. ” The elderly woman stepped out, her eyes alive with excitement.
Men turned. Shoulders jostled. And like a ball shot from a cannon, a man was shoved from the pack and into the hub of the circle with her. With his flannel shirt and denim trousers, there was no mistaking him for anything other than what he was. A lumberjack. A tall, hulking giant of a lumberjack. Golden curls brushed his collar. A face colored by many hours in the sun possessed the requisite eyes, nose, and mouth—but there was nothing ordinary about them. Every feature had been put together by a master craftsman.
We’ll marry. ” He paused. ” Gathering her wits, she prayed for courage. ” He cocked an eyebrow. “There is no question that you can hit me and force me to your will. You are bigger and stronger. ” He frowned. ” “I mean it, Hoke. If you do this, you’d better never, ever, not even once, close your eyes for a bit of rest. Because the moment you do, I’m going to slip down into the kitchen, get the meat hammer, come back to your chamber, and break your arm. Your right arm. ” He blinked. The door at the bottom of the stairs opened.
A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist