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Harrison Ranch / Macgregor’s Mail Order Bride by @susanreid460 is a Western Event pick #western
Title: Harrison Ranch / Macgregor’s Mail Order Bride
Author: Susan Payne
Genre: Historical Western Women’s Fiction
How will a city-bred orphan find her place in a ranch surrounded by rough cowboys and a boss who hates her on sight?
Just as Callie was turning to let the stationmaster know she may need to leave her trunk with him, she bumped into a short man standing directly behind her. Callie’s first thought was that Chris Cringle had appeared early since the man was much the same height as Callie at five foot. He had a long white beard, a pipe hanging out of his mouth, and was wearing a bright red plaid shirt and black boots.
Callie gave a start and exclaimed, “Oh, I’m sorry, I wasn’t looking where I was going.”
The man grabbed his scruffy ten-gallon hat off his head and asked, “Are you, St. Michaels?” His light blue eyes crinkled at the corners as he looked at her with interest.
Callie answered, since this must be her escort to the ranch, “It’s Miss, but please call me, Callie. It’s less of a mouthful.”
The man gave a nod of his head and a smile that showed through the thick white mustache and beard. “Well, don’t that beat all? We’re gonna have to write Mr. Herbert, that attorney in Kansas City, a great big thank-you note for hiring you. My name’s Sully, short for Sullivan since it’s less of a mouthful.”
Holding out his hand, Callie put her much smaller gloved hand into it. The man shook it energetically and continued, “Yup, we’re gonna thank Herbert greatly.”
Callie retrieved her hand, laughing at his enthusiasm. “You haven’t even tasted my cooking, yet. What if I burn the biscuits? Or feed you beans every day?”
“Miss, you can feed them boys anything you want and they’ll come back for seconds just to see your smile.” Sully moved over to the trunk and tipped it up on its wheels asking, “This yor only luggage besides the bag you got ahold of?”
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Although this story focuses on an orphan finding a home in the west, it also is about how the west was settled. How diligent and tenacious people had to be to make their way. How those men and woman who dedicated their lives to homesteading led the way for the rest. How much a town could benefit from certain of its citizens working toward the betterment of everyone. This story is the first of a series of eight, but all stand alone encompassing the same characters as they grow with the town of Sweetwater.
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A voracious reader her whole life, author Susan Payne loves the written word. When reading wasn’t enough, she decided to allow her mind to take flight and write all the many stories that kept intruding in her life. She blended her love of history and her love of words to create over eighty stories. All historical and centering on couples finding love and a happy ever after together.
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