Grieving widower John Weaver needs a mother for his five-year-old twin daughters. No woman he knows is willing to take on a ready-made family, so he resorts to advertising for a mail-order bride. He has no intention of ever loving another woman, and as long as his mail-order bride understands that, they can have a good life together.
A woman no man wants...
Miranda Lowe knows she isn’t enough—not pretty enough, not smart enough, not good enough in any way to attract a man. When she loses her family, her home and her job on the same day, she sees no other choice but to become a mail-order bride. Surely a man who’s willing to marry a woman he’s never seen won’t be too picky.
But sometimes, being less than perfect is more than enough.
With no way to support herself and her infant son, Audra Holt will soon be homeless. Her best friend convinces her to answer an ad for a mail-order bride. Since Audra doesn’t know how to read, she has no way of knowing that her friend didn’t mention the baby in the letter she sent to the Texas rancher.
How will Neall react when Audra arrives in Sapphire Springs? And when her illiteracy comes to light, how will Audra fit into Neall’s life? Can she be the wife he wants, or was their marriage a mistake?
Pete Fallon has always been happily unmarried—until now. All his friends are married and constantly point out that one day, he’s going to be old and alone. He has thought about that lately, and he wouldn’t mind marrying and having a family of his own. But he won’t marry because he won’t allow himself to love a woman who’ll use that love against him. When his friend suggests he get a mail-order bride, he realizes this might be the solution to his problems, as long as his bride understands he will never love her.
Kathryn’s arrival in Sapphire Springs, Texas brings problems of its own. She expects a carpenter and businessman, not a man who has no ambition, is content to spend his days fishing, in his garden or with his friends. Pete, on the other hand, had no idea he’d sent for a woman who grew up in luxury and who has never worked a day in her life.
However, as they get to know each other, feelings grow and Pete starts to think that perhaps he was wrong about Kathryn, that maybe she is a woman he could love.
Then tragedy strikes, forcing Pete and Kathryn to face their pasts, but the lessons they must learn could destroy the life they’ve built with each other forever.
Elise Dupont expected a much different life than she found when her parents brought her to America. Instead of wide-open spaces, clear skies and freedom to build her own life, she found air filled with factory smoke, a rundown tenement and bare survival.
When Elise accepts Jason's offer of a marriage of convenience, she believes her dreams are finally coming true. As their friendship deepens, Elise finds herself wishing for a real marriage, but how can she live with a man who doesn't trust her? And how can Jason put aside his suspicions and let himself fall in love again?
Widower George Cowan is struggling to run his ranch and raise his six-year-old daughter, Betsy, alone. When her teacher points out that she acts more like a boy than a girl and suggests he marry again, he finally admits to himself that Betsy needs a mother. Even though he has no interest in loving another woman, he goes to Miranda Weaver to ask for her help in finding him a bride.
When Laura learns of a friend planning to become a mail-order bride, she decides to do the same. After all, marrying a stranger can’t be any worse than marrying any of the men she knows now.
Laura is happy with her new life with George, and finds herself falling in love with him. As time goes by, she begins to suspect he feels the same way about her, but when near-tragedy strikes, she discovers her new life isn’t as perfect as she thought.
Can she live the rest of her life without love, or should she give up her dream of a husband who loves her and walk away?