Josie Attfield's green eyes burned with pain and pity for the slum dwellers as she took her evening walk. Everything about this place reeked of poverty and misery. She had lost her parents at a tender age of eight, and had spent all her life in the slum. At first, her parents had made plans to leave Tremont and start a new life somewhere else. But when a plague hit the slum dwellers, all their plans kissed the dust as they lost their lives along with others.
Josie's tiny nostrils flared as a rotten stench of decayed fruits spiraled in the air. She was supposed to get used to the smell of this place; for she had been born and raised in the slum. But she wasn't yet familiar. Each day presented a new guttery odor, which plunged her deeper and deeper into sadness. Life in this part of Tremont wasn't exciting or fulfilling in anyway. Life in this hellhole was pathetic and she yearned for a way out.
At first, her hope was ripe and her faith was tall when her parents were alive. Even though she played with the other kids in the slum, she knew she would leave them one day. Her parents had always made her understand that she didn't belong in the slum. She was their princess, and would one day live in a beautiful castle like in the stories. A sad smile curled her lips as she remembered how her parents tried all their best to give her a better life.
The plague that hit the slum didn't just take her parents away. It swept her dreams and ambitions in life too. She had always dreamt of becoming a medical doctor, and her parents had shared in her vision. Her father had never been the type to obstruct her dream because of gender. He loved her with everything in him, and promised to help her achieve her dream. But being a medical doctor was just what it was; a dream.
How could a woman in a slum become a doctor all on her own? She had no family and no one to help her financially. Josie sighed in despair as she stared at the azure clouds. She was not happy being here, she was almost ...
If you love a sweet mail order bride romance, you will love this story. It is a clean and wholesome romance about American Mail Order Brides set in Oregon in the late 1800s.
Jessamine Black takes charge of planting a garden for the Sawyerville Ladies Home so they can have fresh vegetables and greens. She knows a thing or two about gardening and about keeping animals away from the fledgling plants.
Stanley Ritter is assigned to watch over the garden and provide guidance to Jessamine and the other prospective brides. He was a farmer in Idaho before coming to Sawyerville and he lends a hand by giving tips and advice on the planting and guarding against the animal kingdom.
Haunted by her ghosts and scars from a childhood tragedy, she sometimes violates Stanley's advice, putting herself in danger. But he has an intuition about her tendencies and seems to always be around in her time of need.
This is their story of love and bonding over nature.
Jessamine's Garden is the 8th book in the Sawyerville Mail Order Bride series, a series of stories of brave and courageous women who traveled over land or by sea to seek a new life and love in the western frontier.
Ride the wild west with the ruthless Deadeye and his gang of outlaws. Indians and outlaws crash in this exciting western. A one eye outlaw and his gang terrorize the west. Deadeye will find out what revenge is.
Clara Early loves adventure. But when her outlaw uncle reappears after four years' absence and threatens to kill her, Clara embarks by stagecoach on her wildest adventure yet... and unexpectedly finds love along the way.
Seeking fortune to prove his worth, Hal Horner buys a silver mine in the Owyhee Mountains, feeling the solemn darkness of the underground mine reflects perfectly the emptiness in his own heart. He succeeds in finding treasure, though it's not the shiny type he intended.
Both Hal and Clara know her nefarious uncle will find her eventually, but can their love stand strong when he does?
"I enjoyed myself in this world, and really isn't that why we read?" Marsha, Keeper Bookshelf
"The story makes for a good comfort read as it combines mystery, adventure, romance, and history all in one story. Evil has a means of finding its victim. But so does love." Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
"The story is the first in the Heart of a Miner series and was a page-turner. I liked the characters and their interaction. It will take on a life and death situation and show how far a man is willing to go for a woman he loves. The story is a clean historical western, including action, and adventure, that ends on a happily ever after." Kathy, RedRabbitt's Reviews
When Quinn Mendosa's gun-runners steal fifty crates of rifles from Fort Stirling, Sheriff Rourke Bowman reckons that plenty of trouble will be heading his way.
But that trouble arrives sooner than he expects when his jailbird brother Dave Bowman rides into town and raises hell. Rourke has enough trouble on his hands, but when Dave offers to help him capture Mendosa by infiltrating his gun-runners it's an offer that's just too good to refuse.
Can the unreliable Dave complete his mission before those rifles fulfil their deadly purpose? Or will Rourke live to regret not running Dave out of town the moment he first clapped eyes on him?
When Miss Bea Sterling asks Arthur Malcolm to take her for a ride to see mountain caves, everyone in Pine Tree Ridge believes Miss Bea is setting her cap for Arthur. The town concludes, it is only a matter of time before the couple marries. What starts out as an innocent trip turns into a disaster. Arthur's denials are met with a wink and a sly nod. He wonders how he got into the mix-up. Then, his heart tells him the town is correct. It is only a matter of time before he and Miss Bea marries.
Two lowlifes want him dead, moral crusaders want him gone, and cocky young gambler Curt Prescott's caught between two women who want his love.
23-year-old Curt Prescott plays better poker than men twice his age. His skill raised him from a life of degradation on the streets to a comfortable living with his girl, saloon songstress, Del, in Victoria, BC.
In the spring of 1877, a new preacher, his wife, and daughter, Mary, arrive. The preacher hopes to save the souls of Victoria's "misguided". His wife forms a committee to eradicate them. Curt must fight back with everything he has - including a plan to seduce Mary and shame the family.
As a notorious criminal, and Del's jealous rages, threaten them all, Curt's battle for his lifestyle becomes one of right and wrong, life and death, and love lost and found.
Chock-full of action, romance, and courage of the heart, High Stakes is an adventure for men and women alike.
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