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Journey to Sawyerville is the third book in the Sawyerville Mail Order Bride series. Sawyerville is a fictitious logging community just in from the central coast of Oregon.
The third book is a 32,000 word novella and follows the stories of over 50 mail order brides as they journey to Sawyerville, Oregon, to meet their potential husbands. Once they arrive at their destination they learn that the loggers are a bunch of the roughest, crudest of men who inhabit this uncivilized area of Oregon.
Sawyerville is a place that needs a big dose of female influence to tame the wild ways of these loggers. And it won't be an easy job!
The brides travel by wagon, clipper ship around Cape Horn or the Isthmus of Panama, and by any other means needed to reach their destination. These were a determined bunch of women who had set their sights on finding their happiness in Sawyerville.
No matter the route, their travels were challenging and required the women to reach deep inside to their innermost parts to handle the many hardships and difficulties then encountered along the way. These are stories of brave women, who chose to leave behind a bleak future in the East for the rugged, uncivilized life in the West. None of them knew what to expect, but surely none knew how uncouth the loggers could be until meeting them firsthand.
The loggers act like heathens and at first they do not properly welcome the women, despite several attempts by community leaders to teach the men better etiquette. The men are told that if they don't improve their welcoming ways, the women will not stay for long. Some men thought the women should leave and that the community leaders should just bring a bunch of saloon girls!
Not all of the brides are equipped to handle the men; some cower from the crude ways of these men and recoil to their rooms at the boarding house. Another set of the brides meet the loggers' aggression with nothing but cold resolve, ...
After three desperadoes ride into the town of Monkford and hold a congregation at gunpoint, a shootout ensues. With the Minister's wife dead and one of the criminals wounded, they make their escape to the town of Fiveways in search of a doctor.
A posse gathers and sets out into the Territory to bring the criminals to justice. Meanwhile in Monkford, the minister Gene Sherrin is recovering from the terrible tragedy... and proves to be a man at war with himself.
In a game of survival of the fittest, who will be the last man standing?
Lillian Christian had a simple plan...
All she had to do was sneak out of Virginia before her brother forced her to marry a man in order to get money. She was nothing but a commodity for her brother to sell, and she wasn't going to have any part in it. So she answered Charles' mail-order bride ad and headed for an untamed land where she could take on a whole new identity.
But plans don't always go as expected...
On her way to marry her intended, a group of masked outlaws descend upon the stagecoach. And they are looking specifically for her.
Mic has a plan of his own...
The last thing Mic Gray wants to do is scare Lillian, but kidnapping her is the only way to stop her from marrying Charles. Mic's face might be on the Wanted posters, but Charles is the real criminal in town. Only Mic's lack of money and influence prevents him from proving it. The only way to keep Lillian safe is to become her husband.
All he has to do is convince her he's worth marrying.
Can he get her to go with his plan?
Please Note: This is a rewrite of The Stagecoach Bride, a book I wrote with Stephannie Beman.
*HOLIDAY EDITION: 'A High Sierra Christmas' is a tale of the West, narrated in the 'old west' style. It's a story of Jeremiah Johnson and his 'later in life' adventures in the High Sierra-Nevada mountain range of California.
Two old cowboys, looking for gold, seek out Johnson and ask him to guide them to their dreams across the rugged High Sierra. In this fireside tale, Jeremiah and his Indian friend, John Windwalker, embark on that adventure with his visiting young nieces, Carrie and Hannah, and his nephew, Marc.
The group rides out on a difficult journey up the east side of the majestic, white granite range, headed toward Mineral King on its western slopes. But, when the bank in Big Pine is robbed, three lawless men in their getaway head up the trail right behind them.
What happens next is a long way from what you might expect. For young and old alike, it's for sure a Christmas to remember. You'd best saddle up and ride along!