A Christmas Magic for Merritt: Mail-Order Brides’ First Christmas Book #15

When Merritt Rinehart is caught in a questionable situation in a brothel, no one will believe she’s only there to rescue her wretched sister. With her reputation in shambles and no other way out, she answers the first mail-order bride ad she can find.

When she arrives at the large homestead owned by wealthy rancher Warren Kincade, he’s nowhere to be found. Merritt soon learns that Warren knows nothing about the ad, but his grandmother was sick of his playboy ways and wanted her young granddaughter to have a mother for Christmas.

But when Warren returns home betrothed to a totally despicable woman, Merritt is charged with the task of saving him from his own mistakes. But when the woman discovers Merritt’s sordid secret, things get messy. Can Merritt make Warren believe that she was not a soiled dove? And can she save herself and a little girl from forever losing the magic of the season?


A Christmas Dream for Destiny: Mail-Order Brides’ First Christmas Book #14

1890. Destiny Price works in the sewing room of the Cleveland orphanage where she lives but longs for a better life.

Even though she knows she’ll never be able to bear children and has never celebrated a real Christmas of her own, she is plagued by a recurring dream of sitting in a rocking chair next to a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, singing an infant to sleep.

Desperate to escape her dreary and monotonous life, Destiny answers an ad for a mail-order bride out west. But when she meets Stuart “Stormy” Holling, a former miner turned woodworker with a peg leg, is she prepared to handle the passionate temper that earned him his nickname?


A Christmas Escape for Elizabeth: Mail-Order-Brides’ First Christmas Book #13

She needed to escape…
Elizabeth Baker’s life looks nothing like she hopes. When her mother suddenly dies, Elizabeth grieves her passing as well as evades the inappropriate passes of her stepfather. She has to get away from him and decides to ask her dearest friend, Hannah, for help. Can Lizzie escape her stepfather’s advances before it’s too late? And if she does, can she ever trust another man again?

He wants to remain single for as long as possible…
Mack Douglas sees his best friend, Briggs, and his new wife, Hannah, on a daily basis. While he doesn’t begrudge their happiness, he has no desire of his own to get married. To be shackled down for the rest of his life? No thank you! When Hannah implores his help on behalf of her friend, he can’t say no.
Will Lizzie and Mack be able to find common ground and build a marriage worth fighting for? Or will their marriage end before its even had a chance to begin?


A Christmas Candle for Eleanor: Mail-Order Brides’ First Christmas Book #12

Spending her life in an orphanage has been unpleasant at best. Despite the cruelty of the headmistress and other staff, Eleanor is surprised when she and her twin sister are sent off in response to mail-order bride solicitations. Sent to different towns, with no way of contacting each other, Eleanor doesn’t know how she’ll find her sister.

Benjamin Wilkerson is a candlemaker—a trade he learned from his father. The good-looking, but reclusive man keeps to himself and designs intricate, prize-winning candles that he ships around the country. When Eleanor arrives with a missive saying she’s come in response to his mail-order bride ad, the man is suspicious. But his kind heart won’t let him put the young woman out, so he offers to let her stay in the old hunting cabin his uncle built on the backside of the property years ago.

Will a spark of love flicker between the handsome candlemaker and Eleanor? Or will the desire to find Elsie take her far away from the small mountain town in Montana?


A Christmas Tree for Trudel: Mail-Order Brides’ First Christmas Book #11

Rancher Gibson Bainbridge travels to Pine Knot to investigate how his younger brother was swindled out of his mining claim. He finds the suspect, businessman Bernard Heinrik, at a poker table and squares off opposite him. Gib goads the man into betting big, staking the mining claim and then ends up with the winning hand and retrieves the deed. Goal achieved, he heads back to the hotel, planning how he’ll leave in the morning and arrive triumphant in Redlands at the family home in time for holiday festivities.

Mail-order bride Trudel Andersen traveled from Los Angeles to Pine Knot to meet up with her fiancé, Mister Heinrik, with whom she’s been corresponding for several months. But he’s a day overdue in meeting her. She waits in the hotel lobby with her lace-making materials and her little dog, Butterscotch. Released from the orphanage two months earlier, Trudel has been on her own and terrified she will always be so.

When Gibson realizes he’s the cause for the lovely lady’s misfortune, he’s stuck with a dilemma. If he confesses what he did, he’ll have to offer the woman a ride back to where she came from. Propriety demands they marry, and both agree it’s only for the duration of the trip. But will forced proximity deepen the relationship into something more?


A Christmas Home for Hannah: Mail Order Brides’ First Christmas Book #10

All of her life, she’s only wanted to be wanted.
He just wants to inherit a legacy.

When Hannah Gallagher’s mother dies giving birth to her, her no-good father leaves her with her mother’s parents. They didn’t have much, but they loved each other. When her grandmother passes suddenly, her grandfather forces her to respond to an advertisement for a mail-order bride. Reluctantly, she agrees, but does everything she can to make sure the groom to be won’t pick her. After all, who would choose a barely educated woman who only knows how to grow the basic of vegetables and shoot squirrels for supper? And then her life turns upside down when she receives a letter asking for her hand in marriage. Doubts assail her as she gets ready to leave the only home she’s ever known and tries to convince her grandfather to travel with her.

Briggs Blackwood is stuck between a rock and a hard place. While ranching is in his blood, and he loves it, he has to meet one requirement to take over his family legacy: get married and produce at least one grandchild within five years of his mother’s death. Briggs never wanted to get married. Even though his mom and dad’s relationship had been loving and kind, he doesn’t know if he can have a loving marriage like theirs. Hoping his father changes his mind, Briggs waits until the very last minute to find a wife. After placing an ad for a mail-order bride, Briggs reluctantly settles on a woman from Illinois. Once she arrives, he finds her to be more than he bargained for.

Will Hannah and Briggs discover just how much they need each other? Or will life’s challenges become too much, with the only solution to annul the marriage and go their separate ways?


A Christmas Carol for Catherine: Mail-Order Brides’ First Christmas Book #9

When Catherine Lee finds herself widowed and on the verge of losing her home, she quickly agrees to become a mail-order bride. She can withstand another loveless marriage so long as she has a place to live and food to eat. However, just before she arrives in Grover’s Gulch, Colorado to be married, she discovers that she is expecting a baby–a child her intended knows nothing about.

Jonathan Clark needs a wife to help him run the new boarding house he’s opened in town. It’ll be hard work, cooking and cleaning after any number of boarders. When he learns Catherine is expecting, he worries she won’t be up to the task. Not to mention, of course, that he never saw himself raising another man’s child. But Catherine wins over both Jonathan and their boarders with her quiet friendliness, lovely singing voice, and thoughtful touches throughout the boarding house.

As Christmas, their feelings for each other, and the birth of their child grow near, a dangerous encounter in the mining town makes Jonathan question whether Grover’s Gulch is the right place for Catherine and a new baby. Will Catherine be able to change his mind? Or will she find herself celebrating Christmas alone?

A Christmas Carol for Catherine is part of the multi-author sweet and clean Mail-Order Brides’ First Christmas series. It can be read as a standalone, or enjoyed as part of the series.

If you enjoyed this book, you might like Cat’s other series: Crest Stone Mail-Order Brides, the Gilbert Girls, and Mail-Order Brides of Fremont County. The town of Grover’s Gulch is also the setting for Cat’s book in the Matchmaker’s Mix-Up series, William’s Wistful Bride.


A Christmas Wreath for Whitney: Mail Order Brides’ First Christmas #8

Whitney Smith always knew her aunt and uncle didn’t love her. It’s no surprise when she learns they sold her to Sheldon Walker to pay off their gambling debts. Adventure tells her to answer an ad from a sheriff in Montana looking for a wife in time for Christmas. Desperation tells her to steal the mans’ address and flee—taking her pet chicken, Daisy along for the ride—on the next train, not caring that he’s not exactly expecting her.

Sheriff Clark Holden doesn’t wish to spend another holiday alone. Although no one has responded to his ad just yet, he’s hopeful someone will soon. What he doesn’t expect is for one of those ladies to show up—and with a pet chicken no less—knocking on his door. Instinct says she’s on the run, and he can’t help but want her to stay.

Along with her new life starting in Montana, Whitney distracts herself with their wedding and preparing for their first Christmas together. She’s forgotten all about the deal her family made. When a storm rolls in, trapping Whitney and Clark in his mountain cabin, she believes it’s a blessing. Snow and ice are no match for Sheldon Walker, however, who has come looking for her. And has found her.

Can Clark protect Whitney from the man threatening to take Whitney away or will Sheldon take back the woman he paid for?


A Christmas Wish for Clara: Mail-Order Brides’ First Christmas Book #7

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 . . .


A Christmas Comfort for Elsie: Mail-Order Brides’ First Christmas Book #6

Orphaned in a basket with her twin sister, Elsie has grown up scrubbing and cleaning the orphanage in exchange for room and board. Her eighteenth birthday comes with the shocking announcement that she has a husband waiting and she must board the train at once to go meet him. The headmistress insists on sending the sisters to different towns in response to mail-order bride solicitations. Riding the train to Colorado, Elsie’s stomach is in knots, and she wonders where Eleanor was shipped off to.

Dr. Wilkerson has had his nose in books ever since he could read. Educating himself has been his passion and it has held his focus over finding a wife or creating a family. In the small settlement on Holy Cross in Colorado, there are few, if any, prospects for the good doctor. When Elsie shows up, has no idea why she’s come to be his bride.

The ladies of the local church step in to help Elsie sort out her new life and to help with a little matchmaking between the lost young woman and the handsome doctor.

Will the pulse of love start to beat between the doctor and Elsie, or will she run away to try to find her sister?