Rebecca (Brides of the Oregon Trail) by Award-Winning Author @CynthiaWoolf is a Snuggle Up Readathon
Author: Cynthia Woolf
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Rebecca Taylor traveled the Oregon Trail for one reason, to provide for and protect her younger siblings. Having lost her mother years ago, the care and raising of the younger children fell to her and her brother. Oregon was supposed to be a new beginning, a fresh start. But the house they acquire needs more work than it's worth, and a wealthy and powerful man has taken more than a passing interest in having Rebecca for his wife. Add to her confusion a simmering attraction to Ian Stanford, the carpenter hired to repair their home, and Rebecca is in way over her head.
After losing his wife--in a still unsolved murder--Ian Stanford has been raising his twin boys alone. Work fixing up the Taylor's old home is exactly what he and his boys need, but the enchanting young woman in charge of the household is driving him to distraction. His two boys want a new mother, but the only thing Ian is interested in is catching his dead wife's killer. When a new discovery leads him to a startling truth, everyone is in danger…his boys, the family he's grown to care too much about, and the beautiful Rebecca, who had can't stop thinking about.
When the truth about his wife's killer is revealed, he's shocked to discover his first need is not vengeance but to protect his new family. But the stubborn Rebecca isn't the type to sit idly by when her family is in danger. Ian has no choice but to work with Rebecca to lure the killer into a trap. The real trap, he soon discovers, is the one Rebecca placed around his heart.
May 1, 1853, Independence, Missouri
Rebecca Taylor stood on her wagon’s bench seat, searching over the long row of wagons for Ben. She hoped he would return before the wagon started to move.
Over the buzzing of insects and the lowing of the oxen and cattle, she heard several different languages being spoken as immigrants from many countries were doing the same as she and her family, heading west for better land or more opportunities.
At twenty-three-years-old she and her twin brother decided to sell the farm and try their hand in Oregon Territory. The country was supposed to have the bluest skies, greenest hills, and to Ben’s great interest, the prettiest girls. Her twin was interested in finding a wife and starting a family of his own.
Rebecca wasn’t interested in finding just anyone to marry. She couldn’t marry anyone she didn’t love. That was why she hadn’t married before. In the back of her heart she did hope she would find someone to marry.
As far as Ben was concerned, wagon trains full of women were traveling to Oregon City he thought that might be a good place to find one.
This wagon train was full of mail-order brides along with families like hers who wanted a fresh start. A new place to farm. New people and new friends to make. People who didn’t know about her father and the life he’d forced them into with his drinking.
She had three younger siblings, four if you included Ben who was almost ten minutes younger than she was. Charlotte, who they called Charlie, was twenty-one, gorgeous with blonde hair and blue eyes and had not the least interest in men. Rebecca always wished she’d looked like her instead of having the same brown hair as her twin. Though all of them had the same dark blue eyes, the color was most striking on Charlie and Carrie Ann with their blonde hair.
Even Peter’s hair seemed prettier than Rebecca’s. His was brown but the sun had put golden streaks in his and Ben’s.
She’d worn a hat most of the time, so hers didn’t have as many streaks.
Peter was fourteen and thought he was already a man. Their surprise sibling, and Rebecca’s joy was Carrie Ann, who was six. Mother had believed she was too old to have any more children, so when she was expecting Carrie Ann, she always referred to her as her surprise baby.