By Janette Oke
Responding to an commercial, She Crossed an Ocean to fulfill a complete Stranger and have become a Mail-Order Bride-Kathleen O'Malley stood at the deck of the Barreth Lily and watched the land she'd referred to as domestic for greater than a dozen years slip from her view. She had proposal she will be comfortable to determine the final of it, yet she was once now not. feelings in turmoil, her complete being yearned to slide from the send and go back to what she knew. even if Kathleen had now not been proud of her state of affairs, it was once all she had ever identified. because the coastline light into the morning mist, her in simple terms walk in the park used to be that she was once sure for the USA to marry a guy whose identify she didn't even recognize and whose face she had by no means seen.On the opposite facet of the Atlantic, Donnigan Harrison anxiously awaits Kathleen's arrival on a prairie farm faraway from her port of arrival in Boston. He has recognized the sweetness of a dream fulfilled a comfy body cabin, the strong log barn and outbuildings, a great herd of cattle, and vegetation within the box that made his eyes sparkle. but Donnigan felt a loneliness at the western frontier that pierced his very soul. With so constrained possibilities for locating a spouse, the proposal of ordering a spouse that when appeared unthinkable had come to make a few feel. Now that the time has come, Donnigan sounds like a small boy looking forward to Christmas.But Donnigan's anticipation is overshadowed with terrifying uncertainties What have I performed? And that query is echoed in Kathleen's middle as she nears the po
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Pull up a chair,” invited Wallis. Donnigan picked up a broken bridle and tossed it on the floor in the corner as he took the chair Wallis indicated. “I’ve had my dinner,” Donnigan informed him as he moved toward the stove. ” Wallis lifted a coffee cup from the bit of cupboard and swished a dirty piece of dish towel around its interior. Then he reached for the heavy enamel pot and poured a cup of the black, steamy liquid. Without comment Donnigan accepted the cup and took a sip. It was strong as tar and as hot as shoeing tongs.
Her brain kept repeating. The posting she had seen that morning suddenly intruded on her thinking. “If I only had two good legs I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute,” she dared to think. ” But even as she entertained the thoughts, she wasn’t sure of her bold statements. Maybe there were worse situations. At least she had Bridget and Charles and the spoiled young Edmund. At least she had a roof over her head and a warm bed at night. At last sleep claimed her in spite of her troubled thoughts. Morning came all too soon, and Kathleen was reluctant to climb from the warm bed and stoke up the fire in order to make the breakfast porridge.
She had never thought of the possibility. Though she didn’t know why it had not occurred to her. Madam was still a young woman. And she was still appealing—in her own sort of way. Kathleen really should not be surprised to hear that a gentleman friend had proposed marriage to her stepmother. Tired and chilled to the bone, she moved to the cupboard and began to prepare the supper vegetables and meat. She wished there was not laundry to do. It had been such a long and difficult day. Then a thought came that lifted her spirits somewhat.
A Bride for Donnigan by Janette Oke