When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.
Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn’t get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs?
Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.
Review: Want Ad Wedding by Cheryl St. John is a delightful read. A town started that started out as nothing…was slowly transformed into a place for men to work. The original men who bought out the property and started businesses came up with the idea of bringing women into their town. They soon came up with the idea to send ads in for women to come to marry the men in their town. But one of the men finds a huge surprise coming off one the trains that held women from the want ad wedding. A surprise that may lead to one man’s happily ever after…
Fate is what brings people together or break them apart. Cheryl St. John’s novel shows us, readers, how easy it is for some to find the one and how easy it is to lose the one we want. Heartbreak, betrayal, hope, and maybe new love are all a part of this brilliant story. A story that goes by just as fast as the trains come and go into the town. Women looking for husbands to take of them…men looking for the one woman they can keep forever. Three men hoping to expand their town by bringing more women, a pastor, and teachers into their land. Sometimes we don’t know what we have until we lose it. One woman gains a man and another loses a man. I found the Want Ad Wedding to be a real portrayal of the old days when new towns were being built. I loved how Cheryl St. John showed readers what women’s lives were like during this time period. The friendships, drama, and new found love will keep readers turning the pages in a race to find out what happens next.
Overall, this was my first novel read by this talented writer, and I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.