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A Promise for Spring
England-born Emmaline Bradford pledged her life to Geoffrey Garrett and then bid him farewell when he boarded a ship for America. Though Geoffrey planned to send for her within a few months, five long years have slipped by. And now Emmaline barely remembers her fiance.
Having Emmaline finally living on the sheep ranch he’s built on the north fork of the Solomon River is a dream come true for Geoffrey. But his beloved is not the free-spirited girl he remembers. In fact, she wishes to get out of Kansas as quickly as possible!
Begging Emmaline to give prairie life a try, Geoffrey offers a compromise: If she promises to stay until spring, he’ll pay her return fare if she decides to go back to her home country.
Can anything convince a well-bred Englishwoman to become a “wildflower bride”?
After years of separation from her fiance, English-born Emmaline Bradford is shocked by the conditions on Geoffrey’s Kansas sheep ranch and wishes to return to England immediately. But Geoffrey offers a compromise: if Emmaline promises to stay until spring, he’ll pay her return fare if she decides to go back to England. Rich in period detail of the 1870’s Kansas prairie, this novel is a beautifully told story of two wounded souls, each fearful and desiring the other to be the first to change. Readers will empathize with both as they face the challenges foisted upon them, those of the heart and soul as well as those dealt them as ranchers in an often hostile land plagued with locusts, drought, fire, flood, pestilence and illness. When spring arrives will Emmaline return to England or will she marry Geoffrey and carve out a life with him in Kansas?