I’m delighted to introduce you to debut author
and her historical romance
A Bride for Keeps
Who is Melissa?
I am a stay at home mother on a tiny little farm with a fixer-upper house. As much as I love writing and reading about homesteaders, I am so glad I’m a homesteader during an era with modern grocery stores to take up for my slack. I am an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher by trade, and I still work occasionally in that field along with being my church’s financial secretary.
A Bride for Keeps
Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won’t humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again–not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She’s the prettiest woman he’s ever seen, and it’s just not possible she’s there to marry a simple homesteader like him.
Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she’s determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas.
Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?
Enjoy this favourite snippet from Melissa:
She’d proven she intended to stay—at least bodily. But this was not how he envisioned living with her for the rest of his days. She’d drive him insane. “I don’t need you to work so hard, especially if you could get hurt.”
She glanced up in between a hammer blow, but kept pounding until the nail lay flattened, nice and sideways. She sat back on her heels. “That was the deal. You provide for me. I work for you.”
“But that’s not why you’re here.”
“What else do you need me to be doing?”
Warming me at night, laughing with me, sitting under the stars and dreaming up names for our future children.
I want you to live with me.
How could he tell a woman so attractive, so distant, what he desired?
Looks like another one to add to the wishlist ~ it releases this October!
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