Clara Fields and her aunt Doreen are trying to keep up with the wagon trail headed west to Oregon, but when one of their cantankerous oxen gets loose they are kicked out of the train. A store-owner in Buttonwood, Nebraska, generously offers Clara and Doreen a place to stay until spring, when the next wagon train comes through, and in exchange he wants them to cook and clean for him. Clara is quick to take him up on the offer.
But the store owner comes up with another plan, marry his son, Saul, and he would give Clara and Doreen his house. After some thought, Clara agrees. She needs a home for Doreen, and how hard would it be to find a wife for a successful, good-looking doctor?
But Saul isnít cooperative at all. He isnít interested in any of the local women and one by one they are getting taken by the other young men in town. And even worse, the only woman Saul does seem interested in is Claraóand sheís not on the market. How can Clara possibly keep her end of the bargain?
The Bride Bargain is book one in the Prairie Promises series by Ms. Hake. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fun new series and am looking forward to the other books.
The faith message is expertly woven in and isnít preachy. I loved getting to know Clara, Doreen, and Saul and the cast of secondary characters really filled the story out. The story was laugh out loud funny at times. I loved the different twist to the wagon train story. Donít miss The Bride Bargain. It is a great story with a unique take.