A Marshal for Christmas: Spinster Mail-Order Brides, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A lonely and abused woman without a home. A marshal who is given the sudden responsibility of two children. A mail-order bride situation that has fallen to ruin. Can Lottie find a home and a family by Christmas?
When Lottie Reiner lost her father in the war, her mother fell to pieces. At the young age of 11, Lottie began caring for her catatonic mother. But when both her mother and grandfather pass away months apart, Lottie becomes nothing but a burden to her family. Her grandmother pushes Lottie to get married before it’s too late. But Lottie is a 27-year-old spinster with no experience raising children. Isn’t it already too late?
Deputy US Marshal Archer King comes from a family of lawkeepers. His father was a US Marshal, and his mother worked as a Pinkerton agent with Kate Warne. When his only sister passed on in childbirth, his brother-in-law swore he could care for the children on his own. And Archer was to check in on them, but in almost two years, he’s neglected that duty to his sister. When the father, Sam Hodge, goes missing, he finds out exactly what kind of dire situation the children have been subject to.
After being turned out of her home, Lottie heads to Durant, Oklahoma, where Sam Hodge and his two children live, in the hopes of becoming a new wife and mother. Only the mail-order situation does not turn out the way Lottie had hoped, and many of the things that Sam had told her in his letters turn out to be lies. The only thing true is the children, and Lottie is fast becoming attached to them. But what will happen when Sam is found? Will she have the opportunity to get a home and a family before Christmas?
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||23 August 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 233,679 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1,486 in Western Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
1,931 in Christian Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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Archer King was a U.S.Marshall who was returning to his home in Durant after a long session on the road. He ran into his brother-in-law Sam as he rode tnrough town. Sam was drunk, as were his two companions. Ar her was stunned to find that his 7 year old nephew was caring for his baby sister with no help from anyone. Archer took the children, along with their grimy dog, to his house until he could figure out how to deal with the situation. The children were clearly neglected, as well as appearing to be abandoned by their drunken father. Arher's first job was to get the children clean and fed before going off to find their father. His sister, who'd died in childbirth, would have expected no less from him. Before he can do that, he must find their father, who had disappeared the night before.
Ms Creeden has written a story to capture anyone's interest. The compassion of the sheriff and his wife in taking in the lady who was to have married Sam and thus raised his children was nothing short of a miracle. The children were immediately drawn to her. But where was Sam, her intended? And whywas the marshall so interested in tbe kids? What would Lottie do to support herself?
I got tnis book in a giveaway. I enjoyed reading it, and am offering my review as encouragement to both the author and other readers.