Blog P 2The school ma’rm–a favorite character in frontier-prairie stories–is my new heroine Miss Ellen Thurston in The Baby Bequest. My editor was not too excited about my ideas at first because it’s not the usual frontier story.

 My heroine is a well educated lady of quality in a frontier setting.

And my hero is an unusual character, a German immigrant.

 We forget that non-English European immigrants had to overcome a great deal of prejudice in America. Germans were called “Dutch,” a corruption of what Germans call themselves, Deutsche,  pronounced “Doit-cha.”

 But my editor let me go with this unusual hero and heroine and in the end, she liked the story. (Let’s hope that’s a common reaction.) 🙂

 If you read the first book in my “Wilderness Brides” series, Their Frontier Family, you have met Ellen. She visited her cousin who lives in Pepin, WI, (on the eastern shore of the northern Mississippi River) in 1870.

 And of course, I hit Ellen with something she never expected in Pepin–a BABY ON HER DOORSTEP. Blog P 3

 That’s the event that stirs the pot, so to speak. Ellen is committed to keeping the child and raising him. But the community is set against her, their maidenly schoolteacher, doing so. Schoolteachers aren’t married and definitely don’t have children–what will people think!

 The hero Kurt Lang also considers it a bad idea, but because he is raising his teen-aged brother and seven-year-old nephew by himself. He understands that single parenthood is a difficult road.

 And Ellen doesn’t have to only deal with negative popular opposition, her family which she left behind in Galena, IL, keeps popping in and dragging Ellen back into dealing with family issues. Wait till you read about Alice, Ellen’s sister in law, a real piece of work.  Blog P 1

 So this isn’t a frontier story of wagon trains, bank robbers, pony soldiers, etc. This is a story of people in a small town confronted by an unusual situation and how it all works out–for the best.


Blurb for The Baby Bequest. 

Schoolteacher Ellen Thurston never expected to find love in Pepin, Wisconsin. But the moment she discovers a baby boy outside her door, it’s love at first sight. While the townsfolk don’t approve of Ellen as a single mother, what worries her most are her feelings for the handsome farmer who defends her decision to keep the child.?

Ellen is far above the reach of a German immigrant like Kurt Lang. Especially one weighted with responsibility. Kurt knows how hard it is to raise a child alone, but he will do whatever it takes to help make Ellen’s dream of a family come true.

Now for your opinions–

I admit I’ve always wanted to write a story about a woman finding a baby on her doorstep. It’s intriguing, isn’t it? Have you ever thought about it? Have you ever read another secret baby or unknown baby story that you enjoyed? Please share. Would you like to find a baby on your doorstep?

 Also Miss Ellen Thurston is from Galena IL. What president was from Galena? I’ll be happy to give away a copy of The Baby Bequest  to a commenter. 

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32 thoughts on “THE BABY BEQUEST by Lyn Cote”

  1. President Ulysses S Grant

    There was an anthology Baby on the Doorstep with Candace Camp

    It’s scary to think that someone would be that desperate to leave a baby at a random house. I think a hospital or church would be safer.

  2. I don’t think I would like to find a baby on my doorstep. But, if it were a kitten, it would be a different story.

  3. Lyn, your lovely cover reminds me of the royal prince and princess and their new baby Prince George. I can’t think of any secret baby stories I’ve read, but yours sounds intriguing.

  4. Hi Lyn! Welcome back to our neck of the woods. The Fillies love it when you come. Your new release looks wonderful. The baby on the doorstep angle to a schoolmarm really intrigues me. I’ve always fantasized about finding a baby on my doorstep and wonder what I would do. Of course, it’s very different in this day and age. Back in the 1800’s a person didn’t have many options. They usually kept it and raised it as their own. I could see how it could’ve caused lots of problems. Very interesting. Thank you for coming.

    Wishing you lot of success with your books!

  5. I love my cover too. I think Love Inspired Historicals are generally well done and beautiful. I love the shadow effect.

    I hear you about kittens. I always take in strays. I’ve never really gone looking for a pet. They come to me. 🙂

    The natural mother does communicate with Ellen toward the end and she chose Ellen–that’s all I’m saying!

  6. I can’t imagine finding a baby on my doorstep and having no husband. Incredible. How will the schoolteacher handle the situation? I really would like to read the novel and find out.

  7. I really enjoy your stories and can’t wait to read this one. I believe President Grant was from Galena.

  8. Oh I love the sound of this book, I would love to read it. I am not sure what president was from Galena.

  9. Lyn is one of my very favorite authors! All of her books will grip you immediately with the characters and plot development. Always happy for a new “Lyn” book!!

  10. I’m sure others have already commented, but the president who was from Galena, Illinois is Ulysses S. Grant.

    I just love the Love Inspired Historical line of books and would love to be entered for a chance to win. Thank you for the chance. Also thank you for the pictures. Where were they taken?

    Have a blessed day!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  11. Hey, Lyn, I love the cover also! The LIH covers have gotten so beautiful of late! I love how they’ve evolved! I don’t need to answer your question really since it’s been answered several times but Ulysses S. Grant was from Galena. I enjoyed your other book in this series and have been anxious for the next book to come out. Glad it’s almost here! It is sad to think that someone would be desperate enough to leave a tiny baby on a doorstep. It still happens today, although in other places, not really doorsteps and sadly, they are left in places to die. It always hurts my heart when I hear of a baby dying because it was left in a place to die – just happened in my area this month and it was so sad. Anyway, can’t wait to read your book so I can hear a happy ending!

  12. First, Ulysses S. Grant was from Galena.

    Over the many years I have been reading I have read several stories about babies left on the doorstep. The most recent was by Donna Alward, Proud Rancher, Precious Bundle. Love her books. A baby is left on a single rancher’s porch by his sister for him to raise while she is ill. Not exactly the same as an abandoned baby story, but it does deal with some of the same issues. Today, unlike in the past, Child Services would get involved and you just couldn’t keep the child.

    This sounds like a good story. I hope the release does well.

  13. Love Historicals and this one sounds wonderful… I also enjoy books with babies in them… beautiful cover… thanks for sharing a bit about your book with us! 🙂

  14. Well, I’m a little past the age to bring up a newborn. But I like the premise of the book. My great aunt started teaching in the 30’s.. You still couldn’t be a married woman, had to go to church every Sunday, lots of restrictions…

  15. It is surprising babies lived the way they were bon and raised in the frontier times, isn’t it? Your book sounds really good.
    Ulyysses S Grant was born in Galnena, ILL

  16. I have read “Their Frontier Family”. Will have to go back and refresh my memory, because I don’t remember this character.
    I didn’t look it up, but I see the answer for Galena, IL is Ulysses S. Grant.
    If a baby was on my doorstep, I would be frantic! It would be heartbreaking.

  17. I love these kinds of stories. I see abandoned baby stories in our news way too often. Not too long ago there was one left on a doorstep in cold weather. Newborn with cord still attached, but Child care Services picked it up. No chance to keep them now days. I think after being checked out as to good honest people they should have first choice. Have read a story in a book but long time ago and don’t remember what it was. Did just give a granddaughter a book about one. Was a YA fantasy book. Where the some of the people had a mark on their hand and they could see in a person’s head by a touch. The new Mother took the baby into the woods to a wood cabin and left it by the door, thinking if it was raised different it would be okay. You see, someone was trying to kill these sort of people. That’s all I read before giving it to her. I did see that the new folks saw the spot on the baby tho. The President was Ulysses S. Grant. I am too old to raise a baby now, but there was a time I would have. But, I know people that would be happy to take a child given them. Would sure love to win your book Lyn. Thanks for a chance.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  18. Just a Cowboy & His Baby by Carolyn Brown was a good one that came out recently. It wasn’t exactly a doorstep, and it was his baby, but it was an unknown by him that he had a baby & unexpected when the baby was left with him. I think I’m too old for a baby on my own doorstep. LOL!

  19. Love the idea for this story. I always like a different twist to the same old same old. A toddler came up to our front porch one day last year. My husband and I went all over the neighborhood trying to find her parents. Finally had to call the police. They found the parents that night, but she wouldn’t let anyone else hold her except me until her father showed up…so you get attached fast.

    I’d like to read your book though I didn’t know where Grant was born. I did know his birthdate, though, because it’s the same as mine.

  20. Lyn, your book sounds great! President Ulysses S. Grant was from Galena, IL. I don’t believe I would want a baby to show up at my front door. I’ve read many Love Inspired and Love Inspired Historical books that have had a baby show up, but they all are different. I enjoy the historical books the best. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson

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