Mail Order Bride: The Journey Home (Western Mail Order Brides #2)

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In 1864, the Civil War raged on, leaving in its wake hundreds of thousands of young men dead and similar numbers of young women widows or spinsters without a hope of finding a husband. At the same time the young men who had gone out west to make their fortunes in the gold mines were beginning to long for real towns and cozy homes. A few enterprising men decided that there was money to be made in uniting the two.
The Journey home is about one such man named Marshall, who set out on a quest to find young women with enough of an adventurous spirit to travel thousands of miles, promising to marry a man they had only met through pictures and letters.
On one of his trips back east, two young women Eliza and Maggie Barry are urged by their mother to sign up. Eliza wants no part of it, but her sister Maggie a child in a woman’s body is intent on going. Eliza’s love and devotion to her sister are stronger than her desire to stay in New York, so she signs up to go along as well.
Eliza’s reservations only grow stronger when they reach their destination and meet the men they are to marry. Eliza’s man seems to be hiding secrets from his past, and Maggie’s is much older than her and not at all what Eliza would have picked for her beautiful sister.
Eliza soon captures the attentions of a man named Matt Weston. He’s the Assistant Chief of Police in San Francisco and even though Eliza is intrigued by him, she tries to fight her attraction and work through her issues with her husband to be. Matt Weston has other ideas.
Follow Eliza and Maggie as they embark with their friends on an exhausting and somewhat harrowing trip from New York to San Francisco and then journey through marriages that were destined to happen and contracts destined to be broken. As friendships are forged and some are forgotten, earthquakes roll through the land and a child is born, Eliza and Maggie begin to adjust and find that they’ve finally made their way home.



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