Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell is on her way to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store business when her train is held up by robbers and she loses her dowry. She's further thwarted upon arriving in Salt Flatts only to find Axel, her groom, away on business.
Hoping a wife would push Axel to become a better business partner, William Stanton had encouraged him to seek a mail-order bride. With Axel gone, Will feels responsible for Eliza, so he finds her a place to stay and lets her help in the store.
Working together isn't what they'd expected, and when Axel is further delayed, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. But Eliza is meant for Axel and is set on a future with the store, while Will is biding time until he can afford medical school.
Their troubles are far from over when Axel returns to town, however, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both.
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What a chance of circumstances Eliza has that makes her end up early in a town far from home. She ends up there early, and as she is a mail order bride, her groom to be is not there to meet her. Not only that he is anywhere to be found, now what?
This poor girl not only does not know where her future husband is, but also is robbed of her dowry on the train to Kansas. Can’t imagine how this poor girl managed, yes she is very smart, but could see the hand of God in all that proceeds to happen. I really enjoyed this story and how things all worked out, not always how you hope, or expect.
Come along and enjoy this rather spunky young woman, and see if she gets the chance of a lifetime, and her dream fulfilled. Then there is her fiancé’s partner, who takes her under his wing, and he has his own demons. William is a doctor without a degree, and is really not paid for his services, even though he has helped many. I loved being in this early American town. You won’t be able to put this one down until you find out how all of the answers.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.