Elspeth: The Remarkable Bride(2016)
(The sixth book in the Brides of Paradise Ranch series)
A novel by Merry Farmer
(Please note that this is the sweet version of His Remarkable Bride) Everybody in Haskell, Wyoming knows that railroad stationmaster Athos Strong, widower and father of eight rambunctious children, needs a new bride. Even Athos knows it, but being a single father and a responsible stationmaster doesn't leave him time for romance. It barely leaves him time to remember the hopes and dreams of his younger self. Once, he dreamed of being a hero, a valiant musketeer, like his namesake, but then life took over. He sends away to Hurst Home for a mail-order bride, not expecting anything more than a friend to help him raise his brood. The last thing he expects is love... Elspeth Leonard was once a rising star of the British nobility, until she was seduced into following a wealthy American across the sea. Betrayed, abandoned, and disowned by her family, she has spent the last six years struggling to keep her dignity as a third-rate governess and tutor. Finding Hurst Home was her saving grace. So when she was offered the chance to go west as a bride for a man with eight children, she took it, expecting nothing more than a stable home... But between the lively and mischievous Strong children and the conniving and revenge-seeking Bonneville family, Elspeth has no idea what she's stepping into. When the children are taken away after allegations of neglect leveled against Athos by the Bonnevilles, Elspeth must step up to help Athos fight to keep his family together. What was supposed to be a mutually-beneficial, platonic marriage becomes something much more as both Athos and Elspeth come to see the heroism in the person they've married... The greatest heroes are sometimes found in the most ordinary hearts... PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam Level = Sweet/Clean If you would like to read this story with "scenes," check out His Remarkable Bride.
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Used availability for Merry Farmer's Elspeth: The Remarkable Bride
July 2016 : Paperback
June 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition