Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Rosemary Stanton lives in Philadelphia, and at the age of twenty-six has no hopes for marriage and children. The only living relative she has is her brother, and unfortunately his new wife does not like Rosie. When she sees an ad for a mail order bride she applies. A man needs a wife and mother for his children, and she wants a husband and children; it seems like the perfect match. Rosie boards a train heading for Colorado where her new husband to be will be waiting for her. So many questions in her mind, what will he look like? Will he be kind? Will his children welcome her?
Thomas Harris is a thirty-five year old cattle rancher with two children, ten year old Ben and three year old Suzie. He wants a mother for his children, not someone to love. When Tom’s wife left him and their kids for another man, he lost his faith is love. After her death, he did the best he could for his children but realized they needed more than he alone could give them, therefore, a mail order bride seemed the perfect way to go. Fully convinced that no woman would willingly stay on a ranch for a long period of time, he is determined not to have any feelings for the woman he is going to marry. She is there for two reasons, care for the children and the house.
Rosie never realized the amount of work that she was expected to do, gather eggs, milk the cows, teach the children, prepare three meals a day for the family and all the work hands, amounting to fifteen people. She would also be required to do all the washing and ironing. With all this work Rosie has found very little time to herself. Each night it is all she can do to just get into bed.
The one thing that Rosie never expected, and which Tom never revealed until after the wedding was he refuses to bed her or have more children. Rosie loves Ben and Suzie but desperately wants a child of her own. Her new mission is to seduce her husband and get him to give her the baby she so very much longs for. This is 1890 and Rosie’s dowry amounted to $5,000, a very large sum for those days and with her husband’s insistence it is all hers. She has enough money to leave and make a life for herself but she has no intention of doing that. She is not like Tom’s first wife, she is in for the long haul.
In spite of Tom’s desire to not get attached to Rosie he finds himself fighting a losing battle. Will he give in to his feelings? Is she becoming more than just a mother to his children? Can he learn to trust her?
This is a simple love story with a surprise or two. I cannot imagine this story garnering less than a five star rating since there is nothing offensive about it, it is just a love story that takes place in the old west where a woman’s work seems impossible to comprehend in this day and age and yet it is something they did willingly.