More by Rhonda Gibson
Laura Lee has longed for a child of her own—but she never expected one would suddenly appear on the school steps. With a note begging her to raise the baby girl, the teacher must find a new home since there’s a rule against children in the boardinghouse. Her only option is becoming a temporary live-in nanny for a rancher.
Widowed single father Clint Shepard needs a nanny for his daughter immediately—even if hiring Laura means he’ll have to find someone else in a few months when school starts up. But after spending time with her and the little girl she’s raising, he starts falling for them, and wishing their arrangement could be permanent.
After a pupil's prank forces Anna Mae Leland to take shelter with a widowed sheriff during a blizzard, she loses her teaching job—but gains a fiancé. Josiah Miller needs a mother for his twin daughters and Anna Mae needs to protect her reputation. This business-only arrangement means the recently jilted Anna Mae need never risk the folly of love again.
Josiah has long admired the town's spirited schoolteacher from afar. In close quarters, she's an ideal friend and helpmate. Yet Christmas's arrival brings a gift neither dared hope for—a second chance at love and happiness…but only if they'll forego what's practical and follow their hearts.
Pony Express rider Jacob Young is a man of action, which is why when he sees a little girl caught in the middle of a stampede, he races to her rescue. And he soon discovers the child is the half sister he hadn't known he had. The more time Jacob spends with adorable Daisy and her beautiful guardian, ranch owner Lilly Johnson, the more he realizes they're filling all the lonely corners of his heart.
Wary Lilly can't deny the cherished feelings that overcome her when Jacob vows to protect her and Daisy from any harm. And she can't help but hope that maybe they can put their past hurts aside and forge a future together as a full-fledged family.
Pony Express manager Clayton Young arrives for his new assignment at a Wyoming ranch just in time to save Maggie Fillmore’s ailing baby. The lovely young widow is struggling to care for a ranch, her sister and a newborn, and Clayton plans to pursue medicine—not marriage. Yet Maggie’s dire situation spurs him to offer a match of convenience…
Maggie hoped never to rely on any man again, even one as kind as Clayton. But with her late husband’s greedy cousin trying to take away her ranch, she has little choice. And though Maggie worries her union with Clayton might not be enough to save her ranch, she soon sees it could be just what her heart needs.
Turning her farm into a Pony Express station is the only way for recently widowed Rebecca Young to provide for her seven adopted sons and her young daughter. It also means contending with new station manager Seth Armstrong as he trains her boys to be riders. But Rebecca soon sees he has her children's best interests at heart—and perhaps hers, too…
Seth plans on staying long enough to teach the boys how to survive the trail, before continuing on to search for his lost mail-order bride. But now, as he works so closely with Rebecca and her children, he's glimpsing the possibility of a different future. Could changing course bring this cowboy the chance of true love and fatherhood he never expected?
Saddles and Spurs: Daring Pony Express riders risk all for duty—and for love
Needing a home and a husband to help her raise her orphaned nephews, Bella Wilson travels to Wyoming in response to a mail-order bride ad. But when she arrives, she discovers Pony Express rider Philip Young didn't place the ad. With her groom-to-be insisting he's not looking for a wife, Bella must convince him to marry her for the sake of the children.
Philip never planned to marry, but he can't possibly turn away a woman in distress and allow her nephews to end up in an orphanage as he once had. A marriage of convenience is the perfect solution. But when he slowly discovers that family life may be what he's been looking for all along, can he convince Bella to give love a chance?
Mail-order bride Rebecca Ramsey arrives in the New Mexico territory full of dreams—but they're shattered when she discovers her intended husband has been killed. If it weren't for U.S. marshal Seth Billings's housekeeping job offer, she'd have nowhere to go. Rebecca loves tending to Seth's home, but the strong and silent lawman is harder to figure out. What secret is he hiding?
Caring for Jesse Cole's would-be bride is the least Seth can do. If it weren't for him, the young man would still be alive. Seth had promised to look after Rebecca—and to keep her safe from Jesse's enemies. Now if only he can keep his heart safe, as well….
Though he'd never planned to wed, Daniel Westland must marry and produce a grandchild before his brother does in order to inherit the family ranch. Leave it to him to pick a mail-order bride who insists on being courted! Yet every time Daniel wonders if Hannah Young is even suited to rugged living, the petite schoolteacher shows her gumption.
What man sends away for a bride but doesn't really want to get married? Hannah came to Granite, Texas, hoping to find love and security, and she can't settle for less than a true partnership. If the brooding, handsome rancher can just learn to trust in Hannah, their future could be as filled with promise as this bountiful land..
Eliza Kelly thought her humiliation was complete when she identified the wrong train passenger as her mail-order groom. She was only trying to tell Jackson Hart that the madcap scheme was not her idea. But now that the stormy-eyed blacksmith has decided to stay, rumors are flying. And Jackson does the gallant thing—he offers the lovely widow a marriage of convenience.
Though he came to New Mexico to find his father, Jackson wonders if Eliza's mistake was his good fortune. Between caring for an orphaned youngster and protecting Eliza, Jackson feels whole again. If only he can persuade Eliza to marry him, her reputation will be saved…and so will their long-buried dreams of forging a real family.
As temporary guardian to his twin baby nieces, William Barns barely knows a diaper from a burp cloth. The well-meaning but meddling neighbor ladies suggest a wife—namely Emily Jane Rodgers. Although William isn't in the market for a bride, he needs a loving woman to watch over the children, and Emily Jane fits the bill nicely.
Emily Jane agrees to care for William's nieces—not become his betrothed. Fully determined to find her own way in life and to open her own bakery, Emily Jane isn't looking for a husband. But no matter how hard she resists, Emily Jane is roped in by the twins' little hugs and William's tender regard. And soon she longs to be a permanent part of this ready-made family…
Until he found out he had a year to find a bride—or risk losing the family ranch. Any of the four mail-order brides recently arrived in Granite, Texas, would make a good wife. So why can't Levi Westland stop thinking about the one who refuses to have him? The marriage of convenience Levi offers isn't enough to persuade Millie Hamilton. Truth is, it's no longer enough for Levi, either….
Millie just needed a place to escape to. Now that she's paid Levi back his traveling expenses, she can forge her own way. If he knew the truth about her past, Levi's admiration would vanish. But the only thing harder than risking her heart may be watching Levi marry anyone but her.
When Jake Bridges suddenly finds himself the guardian of his orphaned niece, he knows he needs a wife. What does a stock tender at a pony express station know about raising little girls? A marriage of convenience to the child's caretaker is the most practical solution.
A mail-order marriage seems like Leah Hollister's last chance to know the simple joys of family life. But then she receives word that her would-be groom is dead. Now Jake proposes she marry him. She knows love isn't necessary. Yet the more she learns of sweet Molly's kindhearted uncle, the more she dreams of a true partnership with the man who has unexpectedly captured her heart.
Digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have proved to be useful outlets for political expression, and Rhonda Gibson explores how this came to benefit the marriage equality movement. Drawing on a wealth of movement-related discourse, the book looks at:how marriage equality was framed by news companies online and in print; the digital strategies deployed by LGBT+ rights organizations and their opponents to gain support; the corporate response to the same-sex marriage debate; the effect of perceived public opinion and the concept of social identity on how the debate evolved online.
This book seeks to demonstrate how the unique ability of social networks to share personal stories on a mass scale, connect like-minded individuals regardless of geography, and leverage the bandwagon effect of viral content contributed to a seismic shift in visibility and public opinion around the issue of marriage equality. Students and researchers will find this a timely and accessible introduction to the impact of online networks on LGBTQ rights.
PONY EXPRESS CHRISTMAS BRIDE
Saddles and Spurs
by Rhonda Gibson
Finding a husband is the only way Josephine Dooly can protect herself against her scheming uncle, so she answers a mail-order-bride ad. But when she arrives and discovers her groom-to-be didn’t place the ad himself, can she convince Thomas Young to marry her in name only?
COWGIRL UNDER THE MISTLETOE
Four Stones Ranch
by Louise M. Gouge
Preacher Micah Thomas is set on finding himself a “ladylike” wife. But as he works to catch a group of outlaws with Deputy Sheriff Grace Eberly—a woman who can outshoot and outride every man in town—he can’t help but fall for her.
A FAMILY ARRANGEMENT
Little Falls Legacy
by Gabrielle Meyer
Widower Abram Cooper has ten months to build a vibrant town in the wilds of Minnesota Territory—or his sister-in-law, Charlotte Lee, will take his three motherless boys back to Iowa to raise. Can they possibly build a family by her deadline, as well?
WED ON THE WAGON TRAIN
by Tracy Blalock
Matilda Prescott disguises herself as a boy so that she and her sister can join the wagon train to Oregon. But when her secret is revealed, she must temporarily marry Josiah Dawson to save her reputation.
A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Christmas in Eden Valley
by Linda Ford
Cowboy Wade Snyder is determined to find his orphaned niece and nephew a loving adoptive home. But soon temporary nanny Missy Porter and the children make him wonder if his wounded heart can find healing with this ready-made family.THE HOLIDAY COURTSHIP
by Winnie Griggs
Bachelor Hank Chandler suddenly finds himself guardian to his sister's two orphaned children. He'll need all the help he can get from sweet schoolteacher Janell Whitman—but could falling in love turn these strangers into a family?
A CONVENIENT CHRISTMAS BRIDE
by Rhonda Gibson
When Josiah Miller rescues Anna Mae Leland from a blizzard, he never expects he'll soon be proposing a marriage of convenience for the sake of his children. But when she's stranded on his farm and later loses her teaching job, honor dictates that Josiah marry her.
HER LONGED-FOR FAMILY
by Jo Ann Brown
Lady Caroline Trelawney Dowling has always wanted a child of her own and her dreams come true when she becomes caregiver to two abandoned children. What will it take for Lady Caroline to convince her neighbor, Lord Jacob Warrick, that there's a place for him in her life, too?
PONY EXPRESS MAIL-ORDER BRIDE
Saddles and Spurs
by Rhonda Gibson
Needing a home and a husband to help her raise her orphaned nephews, Bella Wilson heads to Wyoming in response to a mail-order bride ad. But when she discovers that Philip Young, her pony express rider groom-to-be, didn’t place the ad, she must convince him to marry her for the sake of the children.
A TEMPORARY FAMILY
by Sherri Shackelford
Stagecoach-stop station agent Nolan West’s best chance to protect Tilly Hargreaves and her three nieces from the outlaws threatening his town is by pretending Tilly is his wife. And soon his temporary family is chipping away at his guarded heart.
HER MOTHERHOOD WISH
by Keli Gwyn
When Callie Hunt and Chip Evans discover two orphans and become their caregivers, neither is ready for a relationship. But can the children draw Callie and Chip together and convince them to put their plans aside and fall in love?
by Shannon Farrington
When she goes to live with her Native American mother’s tribe after her father’s death, Claire Manette is told she must find a husband, but she wishes to marry for love. Is there a chance she can find it in the marriage of convenience Lewis and Clark Expedition member Pierre Lafayette offers?
MAIL-ORDER MARRIAGE PROMISE
by Regina Scott
When John Wallin’s sister orders him a mail-order bride without his knowledge, can the bachelor find a way to move on from his past rejection and fulfill the marriage promise to lovely Dottie Tyrrell, who comes with a baby—and a secret?
PONY EXPRESS SPECIAL DELIVERY
Saddles and Spurs
by Rhonda Gibson
Maggie Fillmore’s late husband had one final wish—that their unborn son would inherit their ranch. But when a greedy relative threatens to take the ranch, there’s only one way Maggie can keep it: a marriage of convenience to the new Pony Express manager, Clayton Young.
RANCHER TO THE RESCUE
by Barbara Phinney
With their parents missing, Clare Walsh and her siblings could lose everything, including each other—unless she accepts rancher Noah Livingstone’s proposal. And though they plan a union in name only, will Clare and Noah risk their hearts for a chance at a true-love connection?
THE OUTLAW’S SECOND CHANCE
by Angie Dicken
When Aubrey Huxley and Cort Stanton try to claim the same land in the Oklahoma Land Rush, they strike a deal: she can have the land for her horse ranch if he can work for her. But will she let him stay on when she learns he’s a wanted man?
HIS SUBSTITUTE MAIL-ORDER BRIDE
Return to Cowboy Creek
by Sherri Shackelford
When the bride train arrives in Cowboy Creek, Russ Halloway is shocked to discover his carefully selected mail-order bride is instead his ex-fiancée’s little sister—all grown up. Anna Linford’s looking for a fresh start—and to keep her secrets hidden from the one man who, should he discover them, could break her heart.
BABY ON HER DOORSTEP
by Rhonda Gibson
To raise the little girl left on her doorstep, schoolteacher Laura Lee’s only option is becoming a temporary live-in nanny for rancher Clint Shepard. The arrangement was supposed to be temporary, but soon the single dad’s wishing Laura and her baby can become a permanent part of his family.
The Bachelors of Aspen Valley
by Lisa Bingham
Lydia Tomlinson will do anything to keep stranded mail-order brides in the Batchwell Bottoms mining camp—even going up against Pinkerton detective Gideon Gault, who watches over the ladies. But when a gang of outlaws threatens the town, Gideon and Lydia must band together to stop the thieves—and to fight any force that would keep them apart.
LAST CHANCE WIFE
by Janette Foreman
Stranded in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, after a failed mail-order match, Winifred Sattler convinces Ewan Burke to give her a job in the general store attached to his gold mine. Busy trying to keep his fledgling operation open, Ewan has no time for distractions—except he can’t stop picturing his life with Winifred by his side…forever.
Look for four new inspirational suspense stories every month from Love Inspired Historical!
Look for four new inspirational suspense stories every month from Love Inspired Suspense!
Look for 4 new inspiring historical stories every month from Love Inspired Historical!
A temporary marriage to a cowboy seems the only solution for a widow to protect her unborn child. Perhaps an early Christmas arrival will show them both just how precious—and how permanent—their new family can be…
When a widowed sheriff rescues a schoolteacher from a blizzard, he never expects he’ll soon be proposing a marriage of convenience for the sake of his children. Their business-only arrangement could lead to holiday happiness...but only if they’ll forgo what’s practical and follow their hearts.
Wanting a mother for his twins, a single father suggests a marriage in name only to a woman who needs a fresh start far from her con man father’s schemes. And the more time they spend together, the more they begin to wonder if their nuptial of necessity could be the beginning of a love for a lifetime.
This box set includes:
A BABY FOR CHRISTMAS by Linda Ford
A CONVENIENT CHRISTMAS BRIDE by Rhonda Gibson
THE RANCHER’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL by Sherri Shackelford