Train Station Bride – 1887 Julia Crawford, Boston debutante, corresponds with an aging shopkeeper and travels to South Dakota to marry him, hoping to escape the ridicule she endures as the plump, silly daughter of one of Boston’s premiere families. What happens when the train station groom is not who Julia bargained for? Will her secrets keep her from love and acceptance? Or will Julia’s love be strong enough to conquer her past and give her the future she’s always dreamed of?
Contract to Wed – 1891 . . . Jolene Crawford Crenshaw, heiress and Boston socialite, was suddenly a widow with little money and just her pride and secrets to keep her upright.
Texas oil man, Max Shelby needs a wife to guide his carefree young daughter and to advance his political ambitions. When his sister mentions a recent widow, charming, beautiful and socially astute, but in reduced circumstances, Max signs the wedding contract sight unseen.
Bonus Novella: The Maid’s Quarters- 1893 . . . Alice Porterman is released from her duties as a maid and travels home to help her mother care for her sickly brother. But her mother and brother are not in their family home when Alice arrives and she learns the landlord, Albert Donahue, has evicted them into the harsh Boston winter. Alice goes in search of him and is surprised at what she finds.
Albert Donahue, an up-and-coming member of Boston’s elite, made his fortune through hard work and shrewd business deals. But his dreams of a family to share it with have not come true, perhaps until an impertinent young woman enters his home and won’t leave until she speaks to him.