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Winter Wedding Bells: A Bride for All Seasons Novella

Winter Wedding Bells: A Bride for All Seasons Novella

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Winter Wedding Bells: A Bride for All Seasons Novella

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Aug 20, 2013


It all started with an ad in a mail-order bride catalogue . . .

David’s convinced he’s not long for the world. He needs someone to mother his boys when he’s gone—nothing more. Can plucky Irish Megan convince him to work at living instead of dying?

"Nobody tugs a heart or a smile quite like Mary Connealy, and in Winter Wedding Bells she tugs a tear or two as well! With an achingly tender love story that will lift your spirits—and your heart—Mary Connealy proves once again she is a master storyteller who leaves her readers both breathless . . . and breathless for more.” Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

“Every character Mary Connealy draws with her pen comes to life. She has a way of dropping these characters into difficult situations, and she takes us on their often humorous and nail-biting journey as they find their way out. Connealy unites two people you never think will get together, but can’t help but hope they will.” —Lorna Seilstad, author of When Love Calls

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy, and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. She is the author of the best-selling Kincaid Brides Series: Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge, Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy, and Sophie's Daughters Trilogy. Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren.

Aug 20, 2013

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Mary Connealy ( writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has sold more than half a million books. She is the author of the popular series Brides of Hope Mountain, High Sierra Sweethearts, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

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Winter Wedding Bells - Mary Connealy

© 2013 by Mary Connealy

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Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. THE NEW KING JAMES VERSION. © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The Holy Bible, New Living Translation. © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. The Holy Bible, New International Version®, niv®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

Publisher’s Note: This novel is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. All characters are fictional, and any similarity to people living or dead is purely coincidental.

ISBN 978-1-4016-9024-3 (ebook)

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

[Novellas. Selections]

A bride for all seasons : a mail order bride collection / by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Mary Connealy.

pages cm

ISBN 978-1-4016-8853-0 (alk. paper)

1. Mail order brides—Fiction. 2. Christian fiction, American. 3. Love stories, American. I. Brownley, Margaret. And Then Came Spring. II. Clopton, Debra. An Ever After Summer. III. Hatcher, Robin Lee. Autumn’s Angel. IV. Connealy, Mary. Winter Wedding Bells.

PS648.L6B753 2013

813'.08508—dc23 2013000168

To Natasha Kern, literary agent extraordinaire!

Deciding to work with Natasha Kern was the best decision of my professional life. And without her, A Bride for All Seasons would not exist.




Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Reading Group Guide

An Excerpt from And Then Came Spring

Other Books by Mary Connealy

About the Author

Glossary of Mail-Order Bride Advertising Terms

(And What They Really Mean)

by Margaret Brownley

Eager to learn—can’t cook; can’t sew; can’t clean

Accomplished—can ride, shoot, and spit like a man

Modest dowry—poor as a church mouse

Independent means—mean face and mean disposition

Loving nature—keep her away from the ranch hands

Traditionally built—you may wish to reinforce the floors

Matrimonially inclined—working on husband number three

Maternal—has six children and one on the way

Possesses natural beauty—don’t let the false hair, cosmetic paints, or bolstered bosom scare you

Industrious—give her a dollar and she’ll figure out how to spend ten

Young looking—doesn’t look a day over sixty

And they lived happily ever after—AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4



November 1870

David’s ad in The Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue:

Prosperous Wyoming widower with two sons needs a wife. I seek neither beauty nor wealth nor education. But must love children, accept ranch life, be willing to work hard.—David

Megan’s response to David’s ad:

Dear David,

I helped raise my five younger brothers as my mother and father were ill and both died young. I know how to care for children. I am no great beauty, with no money to speak of, so I meet your needs in that way. I have only the barest schooling, but I read well and can cipher. I am a hardworking woman of thirty years. I keep house for others and would love my own home out of the city.

Megan McBride

David’s three-page response to Megan:

(Pg 1)

Dear Megan,

I must tell you about myself before you consider meeting me, let alone marrying me. I am, as I said, a prosperous rancher. We will live in comfort in a new house, built snug and tight against Wyoming winters. I have two sons, so your reference to little brothers is encouraging.

My sons are young yet, four and five. They are very lively and bright. There is no school within many miles of my ranch so what education they receive will be at home. You say you have only the barest schooling so I will handle that part of things to the extent I am able and, if you are willing, you can study with us. If you take to learning, perhaps you can stay ahead of Zachary and Benjamin with the goal of assuming responsibility for their education.

(Pg 2)

But here is the part that is hard to speak of, and yet impossible to avoid. I am very ill, Miss McBride. When I say I want a woman who loves children and accepts ranch life and is willing to work hard, it is because there is every chance that within a year of our marriage you will be widowed. If this is not acceptable to you, I understand. You would be one of nearly thirty women who have responded to my letter seeking a mail-order bride, but who never wrote back once they received these details. Something I understand.

If we were to marry, I hope there would be respect between us, but I do not expect affection or any type of marital intimacy. That is not the kind of marriage that would be wise for either of us. I would want no additional children to be left fatherless. And I would have no wish to engage your affections only to be torn from your loving arms. You would be more nurse and mother than wife in this marriage.

(Pg 3)

I have ranch hands so you will not be expected to work outside. But I do want you to understand ranching so I would hope you will allow me to instruct you. There are few enough women in the area that a housekeeper is not possible. The work of running the household and caring for the boys will be hard. If my letter does not discourage you, I would like to meet you. I am in Chicago but wish to return to my mountain home before winter settles in.

I am here with my sons to visit doctors. I have had pneumonia, which has led to declined health. I am just now feeling well enough to travel back to Wyoming and am hoping a likely wife will be found to accompany me.

Please respond if you’d like to meet. If not, I understand and will continue my search.

—David Laramie

Melvin Hitchcock of the Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue looked at the pathetic excuse for a letter that came through his hands and shook his head. All that nonsense about David dying within the next year . . .

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