When the Larsons (from the Nebraska Historical Romances) left New York, Richard Larson (the oldest sibling) went with them. This series includes the Larsons in the first book (Wagon Trail Bride), but I don’t think the rest will focus in on them, except for Richard and Amanda Larson.
Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1)
Richard Larson has secretly loved Amanda for years, but it wasn’t until she had nowhere else to turn that he had the courage to propose a marriage of convenience. Now as they make their way to Omaha, Nebraska for a new life, he wonders if she might ever come to return his feelings.
When Amanda married Richard Larson, it wasn’t for love. It was because he was rescuing her from a painful situation. When they married, they agreed to a marriage of convenience. She didn’t realize he secretly loved her until after the vows were exchanged. Now she doesn’t know how to act around him. And worse, a young man from her past is the one leading the wagon train to Omaha, and he has plans for them to run off to start a new life elsewhere.
The Marriage Agreement (Book 2)
Jesse Palmer headed to Omaha with his expectant wife and his mother-in-law. When his wife dies in childbirth, his mother-in-law blames him. And worse, she refuses to let him take care of his son. In order to get his son back, he needs to marry someone–and fast. And who better than the one who makes the offer?
Laura Rufus volunteers to marry Jesse so he can have his son, knowing full well he’s still mourning the loss of his first wife. The last thing she plans on is falling in love with him, but day by day, his tenderness toward his son makes her wish she hadn’t been so quick to propose a marriage of convenience. Will there ever be something more between them, or will she be stuck with the marriage agreement they made?
Bonus story to go with The Marriage Agreement: Ingrid (a flash fiction piece)
This is a flash fiction story. It is 1,200 words long. Think of this as the unofficial epilogue to The Marriage Agreement. For those of you who wanted Laura’s mother to get her happy ending after years in a miserable marriage, this one’s for you!
Since this is flash fiction, I can’t put it on Amazon since I can’t guarantee Amazon will price it at free.
Groom for Hire (Book 3)
When Joe Otto accepted the job to lead a wagon train to California, the last thing he expected was to be asked to marry Mr. Heller’s daughter. Still pining over the one that got away, he’s not sure he has it in him to open his heart to another woman. Mr. Heller assures him the arrangement will only be temporary. Once Joe delivers her to her aunt and uncle in California, he can annul the marriage. Joe can use the money, and besides, it’s only a temporary arrangement. She won’t be his wife for the rest of his life. Reassured by this logic, he agrees to the marriage contract.
Michelle Heller knows the only way she’s going on the wagon train is if she has a husband, so she readily accepts the deal her father makes with Joe. What she doesn’t expect, however, is that her new husband is the most attractive young man she’s ever seen. Over and over, she has to remind herself their marriage isn’t real. It’s only borne of necessity. But as the days pass on the trail, it’s harder to remember their marriage is only on paper, and it seems the two are at odds as to what they want this marriage to be.
After Joe watched the woman of his dreams start a life with someone else, he vowed he would never open himself up to being hurt again. Can Michelle break through his wall, or will she have to annul the marriage once she reaches California?
Forced Into Marriage (Book 4) – being written
After a drunken stupor, Brandon Herman wakes up in a strange bed with snippets of what happened the night before running through his mind. After he realizes the forced wedding ceremony wasn’t a dream, his first instinct is to sneak away and pretend the whole thing never happened. But before he can do it, he gets a good look at the young woman he just married.
Not only is she scared and alone, but she is ready to give birth. Like it or not, his course is set. He cannot, in all good conscience, leave her in this condition. Having gone through the heartache of a divorce, he does not think he has the capacity within him to love again. He can, however, devote himself to caring for his new wife and her child, and he can do this best if they start their lives in a new territory where they can put the shadows of the past behind them.
As they travel westward to their new home, he can’t help but notice his new wife’s gentle spirit as she cares for him and her child. Even so, he must not let himself become vulnerable again because the last thing he wants is to be hurt again.