Elof Lundahl, a former Fort Ellis soldier and friend of Nolan and Holly Clancy, delivers a grave marker to the Morgan's Crossing, Montana Territory cemetery for Holly’s father’s grave. After this task, he plans to travel to Kansas to start a new life near his friends.
Linnea Meyer, a Swedish mail-order bride, is at the same cemetery burying her husband—of eight days. Now homeless, Linnea and Jamie, her six-year-old stepson, accept Elof’s offer to travel with him to Kansas.
Elof falls in love with the widow and child, but he needs a job and home before he can offer them anything. Then Jamie’s grandparents arrive unannounced, changing all three of their lives.
Wait...What? Back up!
Immigrant mail-order bride.
Widowed after eight days of marriage.
Traveling to another state with a stranger.
Besides having a creative imagination, I had to do a little research to see if this story line was possible, and plausible.
Even through Morgan's Crossing is a fictional town, I looked for forts in the Territory in the 1880s. Fort Ellis would have been in the right part of the state and time frame. Reading information about the fort and it's troops, I noticed that each troop had a farrier/veterinarian to take care of the horses. That became the hero's job at the fort, and his career choice after leaving the army. Elof is moving to Kansas so it was easy to continue using the Ellsworth County setting and history first mentioned in my Brides with Grit series.
Of course the heroine had to be in a stressful situation for the hero to help her. And you can imagine the stress of marrying a stranger, becoming an instant mother, and then widowed and homeless in a very short time frame? Add Linnea being an immigrant who's first language isn't English.
Unfortunately, situations like Linnea's did happen back in the 1800s, and there was no government assistance, GoFundMe websites, or cell phones to call for help. The woman would have to make do by herself or rely on kind strangers to help.
Possible and plausible?
Yes, Linnea could overcome her problems and heartache with the help of a good man and a welcoming community. And of course she falls in love with a Groom of Honor.
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Wow what a terrific story-line. Looking forward to this one.ReplyDelete
Thanks! Enjoy the story!Delete
I'd say you put them in a nice pickle of problems to overcome...and I'm certain you worked it out somehow that will make the reader completely satisfied and happy.ReplyDelete
I wish you all the best, Linda.
Thanks, Sarah. We writers have such vivid imaginations! Isn't it fun to write?!Delete
Very good post, Linda. I like to learn how others find their stories and what they do with them.Delete
Would you explain "Kindle World"? I run across it once in a while, and haven't quite grasped the plan.
Thanks for such a good post, and I do like that cover.
Linda, your reference to the Kindle World had me curious also. I went in for a look-see and find it very interesting. Another way to write and sell stories. From your description and the research you've done, you've weaved quite a story!ReplyDelete
I grabbed your book and I can't wait to read it. I had so much fun writing in Debra Holland's world. What few people realize is how difficult it was back then, and help was not available. The women who survived were tough!ReplyDelete