Book 1 of The Texas Brides Series unravels the mystery of Jude McCann. Jude travels to the desolate desert flats along the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas, to marry Alma Goodkind. The Goodkind Ranch runs just fine since Clarence Goodkind broke his back falling off his horse. His three daughters, Alma, Amelia, and Allegra, manage the herds, guard them in their pastures, brand the young calves, and drive the cattle to the sale yards. They do all the jobs of cattle punching on the ranch without any help from anyone. All of that changes when eldest sister, Alma, decides she wants to get married and orders herself a mail-order husband.
Alma and Jude McCann get married in the little adobe church in Eagle Pass. But the minute they come home to the ranch, their plans for happily ever after run off the rails. Jude joins the sisters on the range, and conflicts develop in their approaches to managing the ranch. Alma’s new marriage puts her loyalty to her sisters to the test. At the same time, her bond with her sisters strains her budding romance with Jude. Can their marriage survive, and can the ranch survive so many competing interests and personalities? Worst of all, the sisters’ father, Clarence, instantly detects that Jude is hiding something, a secret that threatens to push this family to its limits and shatter the peace they’ve worked so hard to build.
This third book in the Montana Brides series reveals the shocking conclusion to the mystery of Cornell Pollard’s murder. Friday morning dawns clear and bright for the Kilburn family triple wedding. The eldest sister, Violet, is marrying Chuck Ahern. The middle sister, Iris, is marrying Mick McAllister. But all the evidence and every finger points to Rose’s fiancé, Jake Hamilton, as the killer. Worst of all, Sheriff Tom Maitland still lurks around Rocking Horse Ranch, hunting the murderer. Everyone thinks the youngest sister, Rose, has lost her senses for defending Jake’s innocence. Jake still faces everything with his usual air of amused superiority, confirming his guilt in the minds of his fellow mail-order couples.
The sisters prepare for the wedding service, and the minister arrives to perform the ceremony, but to their horror, Sheriff Maitland shows up in the middle of the wedding, throwing everyone into confusion. He still has a few pointed questions for the suspects, especially Jake. Will Rose’s resolve hold up under the pressure? Will she find a way to prove his innocence at the last moment, or is she making a terrible mistake by marrying the man who killed her uncle? The future of their family and the lives of everyone involved hang in the balance, and only Rose holds the key to the mystery.
This second episode of The Montana Brides Series follows middle sister, Iris Kilburn, on her journey of self-discovery to win the heart of her mail order cowboy, big, black haired Mick McAllister. When the sisters’ guardian, Cornell Pollard, winds up dead in the library, everyone is a suspect. And when Sheriff Tom Maitland shows up at Rocking Horse Ranch and starts asking questions, the three mail-order couples begin to see each other with new eyes. Could Iris’s new love be a murderer?
Iris finds a depth of feminine sensitivity within herself she didn’t know she had when she falls in love with Mick, despite his rough edges. Meanwhile, Mick finds out Iris’s secret. Not only has she been running the Kilburn family ranching operation behind Cornell’s back, but she actually puts on a hat and boots and rides out to help the cowboys herd and tend the cattle. Can big, tough Mick handle a wife who can rope and brand and ride as well as he can?
With just one more day left before the sisters’ triple wedding, the skeletons in the Kilburn family closet come out in force. The murder mystery deepens, and fingers point in all directions. No one knows who to trust or who to believe. Can Mick and Iris’s budding romance survive the pressure? Will Iris marry her mail-order cowboy?
This first episode of The Kilburn Sisters introduces Violet, Iris and Rose Kilburn, Heiresses to the Kilburn family cattle fortune. Rocking Horse Ranch runs five thousand head of cattle but all the ranch hands are getting old. The sisters need someone to run the ranch, so the eldest sister Violet hatches the idea of getting mail-order husbands for the three of them. There’s only one problem. Cornell Pollard, the sisters’ guardian and the executor of their estate, doesn’t approve. Violet must challenge Pollard and her own role as his ally to find love and gain control over her own life.
The sisters pick up their prospective grooms from the train station and bring them back to the Ranch. The men stay in a neighboring house until the minister comes at the end of the week to marry them all. Things quickly start to go wrong. Everybody starts butting heads, and Violet finds herself embroiled in a family drama the likes of which Rocking Horse Ranch has never seen before. Will Violet’s plan to get married end in disaster, or can she and her sisters find love with a group of strange men? Are these men what they appear to be, or is something more sinister at work?
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Mail Order Melody concludes the Chapman Mail Order Bride Series, unraveling the mystery of Melody Hansen, the third and final Chapman Family Mail Order Bride. After Melody’s intended groom, Prescott, runs off to the altar with Maggie Clement, Melody finds herself alone on the steps of the church with the surly and intransigent middle brother, Paul. Despite his repeated assertions that he doesn’t want to get married, Paul cannot bring himself to defy the directives of his older brother, Parker, by leaving Melody unmarried and abandoned at the church door. He accompanies her to the altar, where they complete the ceremony. He hears her speak for the first time when she says, “I do.”
Outside the church, Paul and Melody find Parker and Marion, Prescott and Maggie gone, with no indication where they went. They also find the wagon gone, with no other transportation besides Paul’s horse. After Melody changes out of her wedding dress, she finds herself with no choice but to climb up behind Paul’s saddle. Riding together, they make their way through the snow-laden landscape toward their homestead on the Snake River. On the way, Paul finds out who and what his new bride really is, and she isn’t at all what he expected.
This book chronicles the adventures of Maggie Clement in her quest for love and marriage among the Chapman brothers of Snake River, Idaho. Now that the eldest brother Parker is set to marry Marion Johnson, chaos ensues for Maggie and fellow mail-order bride Melody Hanson. Neither of the remaining two brothers wants to marry either Maggie or Melody. Worst of all, the whole group is about to set off for Boise, Idaho, to get married. Can Maggie win the heart of maverick Paul in time? At the same time, Maggie struggles to come to grips with her new environment and the demands of a new way of life. Marion and Melody try to help her any way they can and teach her the skills she needs to survive. Cast adrift in the remote wilderness with only their prospective grooms for company and assistance, the three women grow closer until they feel like real sisters. But this same closeness only results in deeper conflicts and hurt feelings as the women vie for the attention and affections of the men. Maggie soon discovers that no one can teach her the way to her future husband’s heart. She will have to find that path for herself, and it could turn out much different than she expects.