By Janette Oke
Responding to an commercial, She Crossed an Ocean to satisfy a complete Stranger and have become a Mail-Order Bride-Kathleen O'Malley stood at the deck of the Barreth Lily and watched the land she'd known as domestic for greater than a dozen years slip from her view. She had inspiration she will be happy to work out the final of it, yet she was once now not. feelings in turmoil, her complete being yearned to slide from the send and go back to what she knew. even supposing Kathleen had now not been pleased with her scenario, it used to be all she had ever identified. because the coastline light into the morning mist, her in basic terms simple task used to be that she used to be certain for the USA to marry a guy whose identify she didn't even comprehend and whose face she had by no means seen.On the opposite facet of the Atlantic, Donnigan Harrison anxiously awaits Kathleen's arrival on a prairie farm faraway from her port of arrival in Boston. He has identified the beauty of a dream fulfilled a comfy body cabin, the good log barn and outbuildings, an outstanding herd of farm animals, and plants within the box that made his eyes sparkle. but Donnigan felt a loneliness at the western frontier that pierced his very soul. With so restricted possibilities for locating a spouse, the thought of ordering a spouse that when appeared unthinkable had come to make a few experience. Now that the time has come, Donnigan sounds like a small boy watching for Christmas.But Donnigan's anticipation is overshadowed with terrifying uncertainties What have I performed? And that question is echoed in Kathleen's center as she nears the po
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It wasn’t possible to just pick up and head off to the city for the purpose of finding a wife. Wallis was in the same situation. Donnigan couldn’t really blame the man for feeling desperate. But surely no wife was a better situation than the wrong one, Donnigan reasoned, and if there was a smattering of truth to the rumor that one could just up and order one—wasn’t it possible, even likely, that a person could end up with the wrong one? Donnigan shook his head and put his heel lightly to the black’s side.
And from where? And who would she be when she arrived? Donnigan had never heard of anything so foolish. Wives came after the courting of lady acquaintances. You spotted one that was pleasing to you and went about wooing her. Donnigan didn’t know too much about women, he conceded, but he knew that much. No self-respecting woman would allow herself to be purchased like a catalog item. And no self-respecting man would order one up like—like a new plow. But Wallis was serious about it all. He was busy selling from his stock in order to raise the money.
He has as much right to happiness as the next fellow,” he answered evenly. “But his place is—” “I know,” said Lucas. ” “But it’s not fit—” Donnigan started. Again the man interrupted. Donnigan wondered if he had been allowed to finish one sentence since he entered the room. “They try their best to match the young woman with the man,” Lucas said quickly. “ ’Course, there are no foolproof ways of doing that. But they try. ” Donnigan stood, hat still circling his hands. For one brief moment he was tempted to ask Lucas what kind of woman he had requested, but he swallowed the words.