When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.
Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn’t get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs?
Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.
Rating: 5 stars
Want Ad Wedding by Cheryl St. John is a realistic portrayal of the old times in history when towns were just beginning to form. Some towns made it and others didn’t. Inside of this brilliantly told story, readers get a glimpse into the past of what a woman’s life was like and how one decision can change one’s future forever.
Cheryl St. John brings readers to a town started out by a group of men who met and became friends. They soon bought property and started getting more men to come to their newly built town. Now, that they had plenty of men, shops, and a hotel, they wanted to bring women for the men to marry in order to expand their town. Luckily for these friends, that a railroad decided to be built near their town. Thus, their plan of putting Want Ad Wedding, onto paper, to seek out women worked. Only one of the men wasn’t expecting to find a wife on the first train load…and she wasn’t expecting to find a man whom she could easily love as well as one that knew from her younger days. Then there’s another man whose new fiancee is wanting to marry him only for his money….only issue is that he doesn’t know that until a mutual friend informs him…but how will he accept it and will his friend who decides to marry, marry for love or out of mutual respect for a woman? I loved reading this historical fiction piece. The reality of the harsh life back then and the dangers it presented as well as the emotional attachments made this novel a must have for me. I love a good romance with an air of adventure, danger, and intrigue. The characters were believable and the plot kept me hooked. Overall, I would highly recommend Want Ad Wedding to readers everywhere.