Follow the brides as they journey to the Pacific Northwest seeking husbands only to find upon their arrival that the position has been filled by Amelia, the first bride.
Amelia travels west to marry Hugh Jordon and is not happy when she finds she's not the only young woman her new husband has promised to wed. It's all a mistake, of course, but before she can come to terms with what's happened she sends a very distressed letter to her best friends back east.
Euphemia and Grace immediately set out for Seattle to 'rescue' Amelia and find their own brand of trouble along the way as a Pinkerton Detective dogs their every move. Jonah Blackthorn has been hired to track the runaway socialites and return Grace to her fiancee, never knowing the man is abusive. Effie is not having it and the two women match wits with both the persistent detective as well as Horace Remington, who is determined to reclaim and punish the woman who ran from him.
The irrepressible Effie meets her match in Hugh Jordon's brother, Samuel, a man who has no desire to marry but finds he cannot keep his hands off the opinionated, gun-toting Effie.
Suzanna is a haughty southern 'bitch' who is determined to snag her own wealthy husband and she doesn't particularly care if she has to steal him away from one of the other brides. Effie becomes her nemesis and the two form an epic hatred for each other that doesn't resolve until they must depend on each other to survive a horrible accident. Suzanna meets her match in Dalton, the sheriff's deputy who can't decide which she needs more, discipline or love.
Throughout the series Martha is always the level-headed, steadfast one. A dressmaker from Philadelphia she's used to being on her own and making her own decisions. When she's swept off her feet by Ethan Jorgenson she's not sure she can bow to a man's authority. Ethan is understanding and patient until Effie and Susanna nearly perish. It's then he decides he must wed a woman who will listen and obey when it concerns her safety. Martha loves Ethan, but is consumed by doubt regarding the wisdom of marrying at all.
When the ladies join together to start a temperance movement next door to the most notorious saloon in Seattle, The Bucket of Blood, all bets are off! Skirts are raised, fannies are paddled and ears are boxed as the ladies fight for their independence.
The stories of many other brides are woven into this series. Jane, Elinor, Alice, Molly, Clara, Mary and Charlotte all find the men they are meant for.
I think my favorite one of these love stories is the one between the long-married Tempest and Duncan Jordon. Sam and Hugh's parents have always had a very tempestuous relationship, one that has not set a good example for their sons and is the main reason Sam is so hesitant to marry. It's not until the arrival of Amelia that Duncan learns the secret of dealing with his beautiful and volatile french wife.
So come along for a wild ride. These books are full of romance, humor, intrigue, danger and some pretty hot lovemaking, if I do say so myself. There are villains, troublemakers and some very loving yet dominant men trying to protect the women they adore. There are bright and feisty women who while they don't mind submitting to their men in the bedroom, will fight tooth and nail to maintain their independence outside of it.
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