By Deeanne Gist
In 1860s Seattle, a guy with a spouse may perhaps safe himself 640 acres of timberland. yet due to his wife's premature loss of life, Joe Denton reveals himself approximately to lose 1/2 his declare. nonetheless in mourning, his top answer is to shop for a kind of Mercer ladies strolling back from the East. a lady he will marry in identify yet preserve round in most cases as a cook dinner. Anna Ivey's trip west with Asa Mercer's ladies is an break out from the griefs of her earlier. She's now not alleged to be a bride, even though, only a cook dinner for the women. 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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But she couldn’t see anything beyond the shoulders of all these men. ” Murmurs of agreement flitted throughout the group. Removing a handkerchief from her pocket, she dabbed her hairline and neck. Fifty pairs of eyes tracked every pat. She tucked the handkerchief into her sleeve. ” Whiskey Jim asked. Turning his chin to the side, he spit on the ground. Frowning, she forced herself to take slow, deep breaths. ” “Yer man? ” She nodded. ” She pulled the piece of paper from her pocket and opened it.
Wrenne. Trunks and valises were shouldered. Her own bag disappeared into the hands of a portly man walking away with a group of locals who escorted another shipmate, Miss Ida Barlow. A man with a mouthful of rotted teeth took Anna’s elbow, guiding her along a road filled with packed dirt and sawdust. Men crowded around them, pushing them toward some unknown destination. At least she was going in the same direction as her bag. “Howdy, miss,” the man escorting her said. Stiffening, she missed a step.
A husband? Even with teeth, this woman would be hard-pressed to find a spouse at her age. Tiny brown eyes the size of coffee beans looked at Anna from beneath heavily creased eyelids. “Mr. ” “Well,” Anna said, scrambling for an appropriate response, “I cannot imagine why he would promise such a thing. Perhaps you misunderstood. The passengers are guaranteed positions as teachers, domestics, or nannies. ” The woman waved away Anna’s words. “How can we teach children when dere are none? Only men.