Clara Gibbs has wanted nothing more than a husband and family her whole life, but not one bachelor in Norcross Georgia had ever shown any interest in her until now. She had spent most of her youth taking care of her ailing father, only to find out upon his death that he was the very reason that every suitor had kept a distance from her. Now that she was well over twenty-five years old, the only one who shows her interest is an older bachelor with a known penchant for vice but somehow promises the holidays have made him a better man. Regardless, he’s not exactly the prince she’s been wishing for, and her only escape is to trust a family friend who knows of a younger man out west in need of a bride.
Clyde Wheeler has just inherited a ranch… or rather, debt. And the bank has come to call. His only way to get his loan approved is to marry the banker’s daughter. But part of him would rather die than give the man the satisfaction. He doesn’t understand how anyone could be so very self-serving during the holidays like this. He’s at the end of his rope until someone gives him a way out – but that way out includes taking on another bride . . .