by Morgan K. Wyatt
Eileen Sewell sparks plenty of gossip by spiteful matrons and their horse-faced daughters that she’d find herself alone due to her picky ways. Of course, she didn’t believe them. Then again, she also didn’t expect to be a mail order bride either. It wasn’t easy snagging a husband who hadn’t heard about her willful nature. Eileen finally gave up hope of finding love, and decided to settle for whatever she’d find out west. If that wasn’t lowering enough, she’d just witnessed the first train robbery. Unfortunately, the outlaws saw her too. Enter Marshal Colt Sheppard, who excels at extracting information from reticent witnesses. His crooked smile and broad shoulders shouldn’t charm her. She’d played this game before, only she never had a worthy adversary. Talk about bad timing.
Eileen watched as the letter fell to the floor. Should she be excited or frightened that Montgomery Wells accepted her initial overture? She’d combed the Matrimonial News for her best prospect, and he was it. A wealthy rancher in California, with no children, and just this side of fifty wouldn’t look twice at a twenty-four year old spinster the way folks in Beaufort County did, especially since he didn’t know of her headstrong ways or her untried state. The part about being a war widow was an inspired touch guaranteed to encourage the right amount of sympathy, even a desire to protect.
She shook the envelope, hoping a sweetly worded note might tumble out, instead of the dry business-like missive. None had the first time she wiggled it, but it could be stuck inside somehow. Empty. Pretty much like her life, nothing to look forward to besides the possibility of being sent for by a man she didn’t know. Montgomery sounded like a strong name. Someone she could lean on. Lord knows she could use someone right now. The war had decimated the available male population. The wounded few who managed to struggle home often found their houses burned to the ground and their Confederate dollars worthless, not allowing them to rebuild. No good marriage prospects remained in the county, especially none who hadn’t heard of her.
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Morgan as a child had to suffer through movies with clueless heroines rescued by smart men. Her mother dutifully read her stories where princesses waited for princes to jumpstart their lives. There were no proactive female role models in the media at that time, with the exception of Wonder Woman. It is for this reason, and that it is fun, Morgan writes about strong women going after what they want.
She has a blog about dating after forty on www.datingafterfortyeight.blogspot.com
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