Fresh out of Mrs. Pettigrew's School for Young Ladies, Amelia Westcott and her two best friends are ready for adventure. Suddenly a life filled with social obligations and meaningless gossip seems unappealing. On a whim the girls investigate the phenomena of young women heading west to marry, and Amelia is captivated by the freedom such a decision offers.
Hugh Jordon needs a wife. The severe shortage of women in the Pacific Northwest makes advertising for a bride seems reasonable. As long as he finds a wife who is the exact opposite of his tempestuous mother, he’ll be well satisfied. Studying the applicants, he chooses one that seems to best fit his needs, and delegates his head clerk with the critical task of sending polite rejections to the others. Unfortunately, most of them never get the letter Hugh anticipated and soon the brides descend, all expecting to marry the same man!
Amelia is horrified, and realizes that the adage "marry in haste, repent at leisure" has never been more true. How could he do that to her? What sort of man was he, to propose to so many women? She simply must have their wedding annulled and return to Massachusetts at once.
Hugh has other ideas. In his opinion, the perfect place for his bride to learn about faith, loyalty and commitment is in his home and over his knee!
This snippet is from the wedding night.
“Is your equipment very big?” she asked, spreading her hands about two feet apart. “Or very small?” she continued holding the index finger of her left hand an inch from her thumb.
“Are you always so full of questions?”
“Yes, I think I am,” she answered her brow furled in concentration. “I like to know what to expect.”
“All right then I’ll tell you. My equipment is adequate to get the job done. As far as what to expect, you can expect me to come and fetch you in about three seconds if you don’t come to bed. If that happens you will get a very clear view of my equipment.”