An unlikely mail-order bride... When Virginia Davenport married William, they were both starry-eyed with the prospect of going west, away from the rigid Boston society where they grew up. But William joined the Union army instead. As the Civil War draws to an end, Virginia - like so many women - finds herself swathed in widow's weeds and praying for a way out of the stifling mourning that has painted Boston in a sea of black. A newspaper ad from a Texas rancher seeking a wife might just be the answer to her prayers. David Norris has acquired quite a bit of land and cattle. He's hard-working and he has ambitions to be governor of Texas one day. What he needs to make his dreams complete is a good Chrisitian girl who can be a proper wife. When he receives Virginia's responce to his ad, he envisions her as the perfect mistress to reign over his household. In her letter, Virginia says that her mourning won't be over for another six months, but David is eager to collect his bride before someone else can claim her - even if he has to marry her while she is still dressed in black. Virginia is charmed by the tall, handsome Texan and she takes a leap of faith when she marries him and heads west. David is proving to be a good man and all she had hoped for - until the day she sees David's ambitious side take over. And then he tells her that he's not a Christian. Now, Virginia must reach into her faith for guidance to help her come to terms with her new husband.
Used availability for Christina Cordaire's Married in Black
2008 : USA Hardback