If you have read any mail order bride stories, you’ve probably noticed that even though the bride and groom never met each other, they are both genuinely good people. It’s a rare story that has a scam or a truly bad person either write or respond to the mail order bride advertisement. I took that rare theme and wrote three novellas about five young ladies duped into becoming mail order brides only to find out the men they were supposed to marry weren’t what they had appeared in the letters. The first of those novellas just released on June 26th and I’m excited to share more about it today.
First of all, the three novellas were inspired by five minor characters in The Solid Rock. If you’ve read the book, you probably can guess which ones I am talking about. I couldn’t just leave those young ladies without telling their stories, so I continued them. Katie and Joanna are featured in Just a Closer Walk and I had a lot of fun writing it. I hope you enjoy reading it! (Plus there’s a giveaway 😉 ).
About the Book
Katie and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They start talking and find out they are both headed there to become mail order brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is going to happen to them? Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is happening?
About the Author
Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she has grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.
When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana, to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.
I’m doing a fun giveaway! At least, I think it’s fun. I’m giving away a paperback of the novel that inspired Just a Closer Walk PLUS a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway. Once you have completed one of them, make a comment here saying what you’ve done.
- Sign up for my New Releases Newsletter (you’ll get a free eBook, too!).
- Pin the giveaway picture on Pinterest.
- Tweet about the giveaway (there will be a tweet about the giveaway pinned to my twitter feed if you would like to retweet that. Otherwise, make your own tweet and tag me in it: @Faith_Blum)
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Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Giveaway announcement
On her second Sunday at the small church the Harris’ attended, Katie stepped out into the bright October sunlight. The air had a nippiness to it that made her breathe in more deeply.
As she waited for the others to join her, a man approached her. “Miss Martin?”
Katie looked up. “Yes?”
The man twisted his hat in his hands. “I’m Luke Williamson. I was wonderin’ if you’d be agreeable to me comin’ to court you. I know you don’t know me at all, but I wasn’t sure who I should ask.”
Katie smiled shyly. “Allen Reese has taken us under his wing. He’ll have the final say. Would you care to tell me a little about yourself?”
“I’ve been widowed for ’most a year now. My wife died in childbirth along with our baby. I’ve got a six year old daughter and three year old son who desperately need a mother. I’ve tried…” his voice trailed off.
Katie bit her lower lip. She hoped Mr. Reese approved of this man. “If Mr. Reese says it’s all right, I’d be agreeable to you coming to court me.”
Mr. Williamson looked full into her face for the first time and smiled. “Thank you, Miss Martin. Would you mind meeting the children first?”
It might break my heart if Mr. Reese says no, but sure, why not? “That would be fine. Where are they?”
Mr. Williamson nodded toward two little cherubs playing with a string on the ground. “Abigail is a sensitive little girl who doesn’t warm up well with strangers. Matthias is more outgoing and will probably hug you if you’ll let him.”
Katie laughed. “I would love to get a hug from him. They are adorable.”
Mr. Williamson smiled. “Thank you. They’re the apple of my eye.
“Abigail, Matthias, come here please.”
The two young children ran over to their father. “Yes, Daddy?”
He crouched down. “I’d like you to meet Miss Martin.”
Abigail clung to her father’s sleeve and bobbed a short curtsey. “Hello, Miss Martin.”
Matthias studied her for a few seconds, then ran to her. Katie crouched down and Matthias put his arms around her neck. “Hi, Miss Mar-in.”
Katie laughed. “Hello, Abigail and Matthias. It is nice to meet you.”
Matthias let go of her. “Are you going to be our new nanny?”
Mr. Williamson cleared his throat. “That will be all, children. You may continue playing. I’ll be back shortly and then we’ll head home.” He led her a short distance away. “I should tell you that I have been hiring a woman to care for the children while I am working on my farm. The latest nanny recently married and is no longer able to take care of them. After a year and going through four nannies, I decided to try something different.”
Katie smiled. “The children should have stability in their lives anyway. What will you do about caring for the children until you find a wife?”
Mr. Williamson sighed and ran his hand through his hair. “I’m not sure.”
An idea came to Katie and she hid her excitement. “Let’s go talk to Mr. Reese.”