The Angel Creek Christmas Brides

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Mail Order Brides, Secrets, Lies and more than one Christmas Miracle

Five best friends in the most difficult time of their lives, are desperate to find the security and happiness the Civil War took from them. Charleston no longer has any opportunities for single or widowed women. Looking for a chance to rebuild their lives , they make a pact with each other and answer an advertisement for brides in the Grooms Gazette.

They expect things to be difficult at first, but what they don't expect is for the winter storm of the century to arrive in Angel Creek, Montana Territory the same time they do.  Now, they are all snow bound with their new husbands. Can they overcome their

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Charity

Charity Kingston has to get out of Charleston or face life working in a brother. But the past follows her to Angel Creek, Montana, revealing her Irish temper and the brothel owner's demand for payment of her debt. 

After the war, Lewis Brown is given a chance at a new start in life. Taking a dead man's identify he begins his new life as a saloon owner with the saloon. In on twist of fate, his past is exposed, his secrets revealed and his worst nightmare confirmed. 

Lewis and Charity need a Christmas Miracle. 

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Book One

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Book Two

Julia

Julia Hamel always dreamed of a Christmas wedding and hers would be a dream come true if she wasn’t marrying a man she’d never met. Traveling across the country as a mail-order bride took a leap of faith, and she’s determined to make the best of her new life despite that fact her husband seems to be hiding something. But nothing she does seems to please him and Matthew’s distant despite her best intentions. When she meets a mischievous old man and takes his advice on how to make her husband happy, his ideas backfire in the worst possible ways and as Christmas draws closer, Julia begins to think leaving home may have been the worst mistake of her life.

Matthew Bailey never wanted a wife—until he saw Julia. He married her without much thought and hoped her presence would be enough to finally distract him from the fact it was the one time of year he wished he could forget. Painful memories keep him distracted and when the girl who mistook his kindness for a wedding proposal stirs up trouble, Matthew has to decide what he really wants. If its Julia, then he has to bare his soul and confront his past but dredging up those old memories is still painful. Can the love of a woman he knows nothing about be enough to make him want to live again? And will Julia stay once she’s seen the worst in him?

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Ruby

After the Civil War, Charleston, SC is left devoid of eligible men. Ruby Henderson and four of her closest friends decide to travel west as mail order brides to find love. Upon arriving, she instantly regrets the rash decision. Especially upon meeting her husband to be who looks more like an outlaw, than a doctor.

 

Trevor Collins decides to put his distrust of women aside and marry. His new bride is more beautiful than he could have imagined, which makes him wonder about her true motivation for coming west. Will his wish to be a good family man win when the ugliness of his past rears its ugly head?

 

Even a giving heart has its limits.

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Book Three

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Sarah

Confederate widow, Sarah Caldwell, has lost everything. Her husband. Her home. Her fortune. And now, she will lose her young daughter if she doesn’t leave Charleston before her contemptible in-laws convince a court to grant them custody. When Sarah’s four best friends decide to answer an advertisement for brides somewhere in Montana Territory, she decides to join them praying the law won’t follow.  

An injured expatriate of the Union Army, Quinn Cassidy, is now the sheriff of Angel Creek. He likes the tranquility of this little mountain town and vows to protect it. But, when five beauties from Charleston step off the stage coach, he wonders if he can. The dark-haired woman, with the little girl in tow, walked into his life and into his heart. Now, he needs a Christmas miracle to keep his new bride out of his jail. 

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Book Four

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Anna

With no family in Charleston, Anna Tuttle decides to join her friends and become a mail-order bride. But she wasn’t prepared for the way her indulged life would change. And yet her rugged husband is doing his best to help her adjust to her new life as a ranchers wife. But she wants more.

Lonely, Levi Jackson orders a mail order bride, but instead of a strong vibrant ranching woman, he receives a pampered southern belle. Will she back out of the marriage before they’ve even had a chance to begin or can Levi help her learn how to love. 

Will the Southern Bell let Levi show her the true meaning of family and Christmas?

Book Five

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Caroline

She's a woman who dreams of hearth and home...
He's a man with dreams as big as the Montana sky...
Together they could make those dreams come true...if she wasn't promised to another.

Caroline Bishop leaves war-ravaged Charleston behind to be a mail-order bride for a man she's never met. Meeting handsome Adam Larsen, a man who makes her pulse race with a single glance, along the way seems like a cruel twist of fate, especially when she learns he lives in the same small town she's headed to. But fate isn't through with them yet. When circumstances beyond her control once again leave her afloat, she's convinced destiny put her in Adam's path so why hasn't he asked for her hand in marriage? And why does it look as if he never will? Can a little bit of Christmas magic bring them together? Or will she once again spend the holidays alone?

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Book Seven

Melody

​Such a tiny lie… 
Desperation drove her… 
She couldn’t know the risk…

Melody stretched the truth a bit—quite a bit—when she wrote to her groom-to-be. After the death of her grandmother, Melody Fraser must quickly leave what has been her home in South Carolina. There are those in the village who think she murdered her Nana Fraser. She’s innocent but there’s talk about arrest and prosecution. To escape, this Southern belle agrees to become a mail-order bride in far away Montana. Surely things will work out, won’t they? 

Nicholas “Nick” Walker is a doctor from Boston whose wife and children were killed when mortar fire destroyed the home in which they lived. Unaware of precisely what life in western Montana will be like, he buys a medical practice far from the ravages of the Civil War. He wants a competent nurse who can assist him with operations and care for patients as his plans expand for a hospital. He wants a well-organized wife to keep him company and start a family. With his usual efficiency, he combines the two into one job description when he requests a mail-order bride.


What will it take to teach Nick that—although she isn’t what he expected—Melody is exactly what he needs?  

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Elizabeth

Can the hope and joy of Christmas light the way for two hearts devastated by war?

Elizabeth Byrd receives an invitation to join her friends in Angel Creek, Montana to become a mail-order bride. At first, the young battlefield nurse is scandalized by the idea of agreeing to marry a man she’s never met, but the war has taken everything from her — her brothers, too many friends to count, and her fiancé. There’s nothing left for her in Charleston but more heartache.

Captain David Pemberton retreats to his hunting lodge in Montana the moment the war is over. He’s looking forward to being alone with the memories of his wife who passed in the early days of the fighting. But the men of Angel Creek don’t see fit to leave a widowed soldier alone during Christmas. Insisting four years is long enough to grieve, they dare him to join them on a holiday venture to acquire wives for them all — a dare he accepts in a weak moment.

He receives the shock of his life at who steps off the stagecoach to claim his hand in marriage.

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Emma

Emma Bowen and her friends have lost nearly everything to the war and starting over has been almost impossible for the Charleston women. So, when their friend, Caroline, received an encouraging letter from Julia Bailey offering a solution to their problems, they all jumped at the chance to leave the ravages of war behind.

Colin Cassidy, former Union Army captain, was reported killed in battle more than a year ago. And after what he has done, he’d rather let everyone go on thinking him dead. He’d rather spend the rest of his worthless life numbing his guilt at the bottom of a whiskey bottle than have his family learn the truth about what he's done. But when his brother, Quinn, shows up on his doorstep, he kidnaps Colin and forces him to spend Christmas in Angel Creek, Montana.

Emma desperately needs to find a purpose for her life. Colin doesn't want a life at all. Can a Christmas miracle bring two enemies together through one more Christmas miracle? 

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Book Nine

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Viola

A Southern Belle looking for peace after the war - An outlaw turned rancher, determined to start over - Can two people from opposite worlds find happiness together in Angel Creek this Christmas?

Viola Destine followed her friends to Angel Creek, Montana, only to be robbed on the stage. When a hero comes along and saves her, she has no plans to allow the outlaws to get away with stealing her possessions. 

When the stage is late, Simon Clayton needs to find out why. What he finds is a dead stage driver and a Southern Belle, but the box he is expecting is gone. Determined to get his property back, he never expects the belle to follow him into danger. Or, to fall in love with someone like Viola.

In the end, will it take a Christmas miracle to change the course of their paths? 

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Book Ten

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Ginger

Ginger and spice, who longs for nice?

Ginger Legare led a wonderfully happy life until the Civil War. Now, she’s lost everything—her mother, her father, their wealth, and her home, but most importantly, her belief in happiness. When a letter arrives telling her to come to Angel Creek, Montana, she leaves hoping she’ll find a new beginning in the small town.

Preacher Flint Carroll has lived a blessed life and never grieved over a passing loved one. As a man meant to comfort and console his congregation, he has an issue understanding what true loss means. Until a sassy-mouthed redhead arrives in town and shows him life is not all roses.

Working together during the Christmas season, can he bring joy to her world while his eyes are opened to the realities of life? Or is Ginger’s past too horrific to overcome? 

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Book Eleven

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Abigail

Three little girls. Two broken hearts. There's only one solution—

An Angel Creek Christmas miracle.


Captain William Bennett is finally happy with his life. It hasn’t been easy getting to this point, but he’s learned his lesson—females are trouble. And just when he’s getting re-acquainted with the perks of bachelorhood, the stage arrives with three little girls and a letter with the most devastating news.

Abigail Whittaker’s parents begged her to come with them when they left Charleston, but she has plans of her own. Close friends have told her about a place where jobs are plentiful and women are free to choose their own destinies. But when she arrives in Angel Creek, she soon realizes she's arrived just a little too late.
 

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Grace

 

A long-lost soldier, a sister of the woman he was once engaged to, and the merry mischief of a Christmas matchmaker…

Grace Byrd has been in love with Lieutenant Charley Arrington for as long as she can remember, but he barely notices her when Elizabeth, her oldest sister, is around. Grace’s heart is shattered when he goes missing in action and is presumed dead. She silently vows to live out her days as a spinster, because she cannot imagine ever giving her heart to another man.

Now he’s back in their lives — returned from a southern hospital where he suffered from amnesia for months. Ready to claim her oldest sister’s hand in marriage at long last, he quickly learns Elizabeth has become a mail-order bride in his absence to help out with her family’s failing finances. What’s more, she’s fallen in love with her new husband.

Is this Grace’s second chance to win the heart of the man she loves? Can Charley move beyond his old dreams and replace them with new ones? One-click this sweet, small town romance to find out…and be whisked away by the hope and healing of the holidays!

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Book Twelve

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Book Thirteen

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The best gift Luke Reynolds can give his new bride for Christmas would be telling her the truth...

Pearl Jameson works at her family bakery in Charleston. When a fire kills her parents, her grief takes over until she can't function. When a friend suggests she respond to an ad for a mail order bride out west, she leaves everything behind to start anew.

Constantly butting heads with his drunken brother Owen, over the effort it takes to run the ranch they own, Luke Reynolds has had it. When a mail order bride arrives in response to Owen’s ad, Luke is astonished to find his brother has ran off and left everything, including his young son. Deciding not to reveal he’s not who placed the ad, Luke marries Pearl.

A sweet Christmas story of how love can make even the worst situations perfect.
ives in town and shows him life is not all roses.

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Book Fourteen

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Rebecca

Rebecca thought this Christmas was going to be another spent in the cold while looking into tinseled windows and dreaming of a life she’d never know. But fate throws her a lifeline when she jumps on a train headed west. When she arrives in Angel Creek, Montana to discover she’s assumed the identity of a mail-order bride, she wonders how long it will take her new husband to realize she can’t cook, sew or clean a house properly?

Caleb Reilly bows to mounting pressure from his ailing mother and young daughter and sends away for a wife. The closer it gets to Christmas, the more he regrets the decision—until his new bride steps off the stagecoach. She isn’t what he’d been expecting. Nor does she resemble the woman he corresponded with and Caleb soon realizes Rebecca isn’t who she says she is. Can he trust this stranger with his daughter? And can he trust his own judgment when logic tells him one thing but his heart begs he does another?

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Book Fifteen

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Charlotte

A bluestocking bride has no business in rustic pioneer Montana, yet, there she is.

Charlotte escaped a terrible match, but has she jumped from the frying pan into the fire?

Jacob Lokken is looking for a sturdy bride to help him raise his son.

The woman who arrives to fill the need is anything but. She is frail, bookish, and frightened.

He agrees to give her one month, until Christmas, to decide if she wants to stay. But when their time is up and her past comes to call, will he be able to let her go?

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Book Sixteen

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Minnie

Minnie Ravenel needs a husband now and an escape out of Charleston. Her mother answers an ad for a mail order bride in Angel Creek Montana, hoping that when Minnie arrives, the man will accept her and her unborn child. 

Tripp Maddox isn’t looking for a wife, but when he sees Minnie standing alone on the street crying, something about her situation reminds him of his own losses.  A lonely rancher, with Christmas only a two months away, he asks her to marry him.

Can two desperate strangers make a life together or will the past tear them apart?

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Adele

Adele Jensen gave her heart to the wrong man. After seven years as mistress to a power-hungry and vengeful man, she realizes her mistake and leaves New York behind to start a new life in Montana as a Mail Order Bride. Afraid her new husband won't approve of her past, she creates a new identity for herself and hopes with all her heart that her new husband will be the loving husband and father she's always dreamed of.

Edward Wharton doesn't trust women. In fact, the only female he wants to take care of is his seven-year-old daughter whose mother left him for a gambler and a fifth of whiskey and life in the saloon. When a stagecoach accident took her life, he couldn't find it in his heart to mourn her death, nor to forgive her treachery. But his little girl needs a mother, and Edward is tired of battling life alone. A mail-order bride seems to be the perfect solution to his dilemma, he needs a woman in his life, but not in his bed. Definitely not in his heart.

Richard Douglas keeps what's his, and as far as he's concerned, that includes his runaway mistress, Adele. She defied him. Ran from him. Made demands she had no right to make. And he will have her back, no matter the cost.

Angel Creek, Montana is a wild frontier where only the strong survive. Richard's arrival will test Edward's resolve not to love again. Will Adele find the courage to conquer her past and Edward's untamed heart?

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Book Seventeen

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Victoria

What could make life worse than it is? Living with a man who may never understand her need for independence.

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Victoria Montgomery has lost everything in her life that mattered. Her parents, her home, security, her freedom, and all hope of ever being happy again. Despite her reservations, she decides to honor the arrangement made by her father before his death to marry a man he chose in Montana Territory.

What could be worse than living ranch life alone? Committing to a woman who might believe he is only after her money.

Chance Turner retired his commission with the Union army and settled on a small ranch near the small town of Angel Creek. While many of the men in Angel Creek found their wives through the Groom’s Gazette, Chance is not ready to make room in his life for a wife of his own. Then a letter arrives from Edmond Montgomery, a shipping agent and business associate in Wilmington, describing the dire straits of the Montgomery shipping business, his home, and family. Against his better judgment, Chance agrees to marry the daughter and keep what is left of the shipping finances safe for her.

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Meg

Meg Todd is tired of putting her happiness on hold. When she learns her bullying brother-in-law has horrifying plans for her future, she asks an attorney family friend for help escaping. Meg wants her own husband and home and is willing to move over halfway across the country to achieve her goal. Along the way she agrees to take two children for their dying mother? Is she too impulsive? Will Curtis and the children become the happy family of Meg’s dreams?


Curtis McClain has to be careful with his small savings or it won’t fund his dream of his own newspaper. He wants a wife—and he needs someone to help him with the newspaper. If he can combine the two, then he’ll be all right. In a few years, they can start a family. But, will a woman want to move to the middle of nowhere on those terms? Will she grow to care for him in spite of his reserved nature?


He is slightly annoyed when his wife shows up with two orphaned children. When he learns the amount of her inheritance, he decides she won’t be content to stay with him. The boy and girl are well-behaved but he still isn’t certain of his reaction to them. That is, until a terrifying event occurs that forces him to make a decision and take quick action.

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Book Twenty

2021 Angel Creek Christmas Brides are on their way!

Stay tuned for release dates and cover reveals

from this year's participating authors:

Peggy McKenzie, Lily Graison, Hildie McQueen,

Sylvia McDaniel, Caroline Clemmons, and Jo Grafford.