By Janette Oke
Responding to an commercial, She Crossed an Ocean to satisfy a complete Stranger and have become a Mail-Order Bride-Kathleen O'Malley stood at the deck of the Barreth Lily and watched the land she'd known as domestic for greater than a dozen years slip from her view. She had inspiration she will be joyful to work out the final of it, yet she used to be now not. feelings in turmoil, her entire being yearned to slide from the send and go back to what she knew. although Kathleen had now not been proud of her scenario, it was once all she had ever identified. because the coastline light into the morning mist, her simply walk in the park used to be that she used to be certain for the US to marry a guy whose identify she didn't even recognize and whose face she had by no means seen.On the opposite aspect of the Atlantic, Donnigan Harrison anxiously awaits Kathleen's arrival on a prairie farm faraway from her port of arrival in Boston. He has identified the beauty of a dream fulfilled a comfortable body cabin, the good log barn and outbuildings, an outstanding herd of cattle, and plants within the box that made his eyes sparkle. but Donnigan felt a loneliness at the western frontier that pierced his very soul. With so restricted possibilities for locating a spouse, the inspiration of ordering a spouse that after appeared unthinkable had come to make a few experience. Now that the time has come, Donnigan sounds like a small boy expecting Christmas.But Donnigan's anticipation is overshadowed with terrifying uncertainties What have I performed? And that question is echoed in Kathleen's middle as she nears the po
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But I—” began Kathleen. ” asked the man. “I know nothing about—” He interrupted her, “If you are concerned about the gentleman that you will marry upon your arrival in America, let me assure you that they all have been carefully reviewed and selected. ” Kathleen began to shake her head again. “And if you fear that you would be rejected over a simple little limp, you do the men of America a grave injustice,” he continued. “They are much more sensitive than that, Miss. The true person is found within.
I was late for work this morning—and I don’t want to be late again. ” The younger girl did not respond. Kathleen patted her arm in the darkness to let her know that she was not upset with her, then rolled over onto her side to try to get some much-needed sleep. The minutes ticked slowly by. In the darkness Bridget stirred. “Kathleen,” came a whisper at last. “I really meant it. ” “You may have no choice,” Kathleen responded without turning over. ” As Kathleen lay beneath the blankets, the even breathing of Bridget telling her that the younger girl was asleep, her troubled thoughts would not allow her the luxury.
I want a real wife. One who will be a fitting mother for my children. ” began Donnigan. ” cut in Lucas. Donnigan knew that Lucas had read his mind—was ready with the answer to his unasked question. How did one ever know if a marriage would be a good one? One that would bring happiness to both partners? Donnigan took a deep breath and leaned back in his chair. For a moment the two men sat in silence, eyeing each other coolly. Then Donnigan asked his last question. ” Lucas straightened in his chair, but his face did not flush as he again looked straight into Donnigan’s eyes.