By Janette Oke
Responding to an commercial, She Crossed an Ocean to satisfy a complete Stranger and have become a Mail-Order Bride-Kathleen O'Malley stood at the deck of the Barreth Lily and watched the land she'd known as domestic for greater than a dozen years slip from her view. She had inspiration she will be blissful to work out the final of it, yet she was once no longer. feelings in turmoil, her entire being yearned to slide from the send and go back to what she knew. even supposing Kathleen had no longer been pleased with her scenario, it used to be all she had ever identified. because the coastline light into the morning mist, her in basic terms simple task was once that she used to be certain for the US to marry a guy whose identify she didn't even recognize and whose face she had by no means seen.On the opposite part of the Atlantic, Donnigan Harrison anxiously awaits Kathleen's arrival on a prairie farm faraway from her port of arrival in Boston. He has recognized the beauty of a dream fulfilled a comfortable body cabin, the stable log barn and outbuildings, a very good herd of farm animals, and vegetation within the box that made his eyes sparkle. but Donnigan felt a loneliness at the western frontier that pierced his very soul. With so constrained possibilities for locating a spouse, the proposal of ordering a spouse that after appeared unthinkable had come to make a few experience. Now that the time has come, Donnigan seems like a small boy expecting Christmas.But Donnigan's anticipation is overshadowed with terrifying uncertainties What have I performed? And that query is echoed in Kathleen's center as she nears the po
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He’s sending fer one. Got her all signed up. They’re bringing in a whole shipment of ’em. ” Donnigan could not believe his ears. The whole idea was preposterous. No. No, it was worse than that. It was degrading. Inhuman. What man would ever order a wife the same way he would buy an animal for his herd? A kettle for his kitchen? It was totally unacceptable. Unthinkable. Totally. “I’m gettin’ my money rounded up now. Almost got enough fer the ticket. You’ve been sayin’ thet you’d like a few hogs—well, I got a couple I’ll sell.
Madam kept company with a Mrs. Mercer, who introduced her to woman friends, and supposedly gentlemen as well, but Kathleen had never stopped to think of the possibility of another marriage. She stood now with her mouth open at the announcement from Bridget. “Well, don’t stand there letting in all the damp and cold,” Madam scolded, entering the small room from the living area. Kathleen moved forward and closed the door. Her eyes studied the face of the woman and she saw a flush in her cheeks. She longed to ask if Bridget had spoken the truth, but her tongue didn’t seem to work.
But it’s not fit—” Donnigan started. Again the man interrupted. Donnigan wondered if he had been allowed to finish one sentence since he entered the room. “They try their best to match the young woman with the man,” Lucas said quickly. “ ’Course, there are no foolproof ways of doing that. But they try. ” Donnigan stood, hat still circling his hands. For one brief moment he was tempted to ask Lucas what kind of woman he had requested, but he swallowed the words.
A Bride for Donnigan by Janette Oke