Lassoing a Mail-Order Bride Web FINAL PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS has a real treat for you! Lassoing a Mail-Order Bride, the third anthology of great western romance sweet/sensual stories to be released in the last month, is available TODAY.

This anthology contains four stories about mail-order brides and the circumstances that made them choose this route for their lives. I’ve often wondered what would make a woman of those times decide to leave everything familiar to her and set out on an unknown path to meet and marry a person she really knew nothing about–many times, not even what he looked like.  And we know, they weren’t ALL “tall, dark and handsome” guys.

This anthology is packed with entertaining scenarios about what happened in the lives of four women–and the men who sought them out.  Here’s a sneak peek at the blurbs. I’m giving away one copy of LASSOING A MAIL-ORDER BRIDE today–just be sure to leave a comment and include your contact information. This will be a digital copy of the book.

                                               LASSOING A MAIL-ORDER BRIDE

A woman would have to be loco to become a mail-order bride…wouldn’t she? Leaving everything behind and starting fresh in the untamed west is the answer to a prayer for these ladies! A beautiful socialite needs a husband fast–but her husband wants a bride for life. A pregnant young lady becomes desperate–almost as desperate as her soon-to-be husband, who just inherited his sister’s kids. A man in love with a woman he can’t have–or can he? A woman’s reputation is tarnished and professional career compromised–she runs, but she can’t hide. Will they all find love with strangers they’ve never met who are set on LASSOING A MAIL-ORDER BRIDE?


A pregnant mail order bride. A groom with three orphaned children. Some dreams get a rough start.


When Southern socialite Gabrielle Mason discovers she’s pregnant, she takes her future into her own hands. She has her family name to consider, and a husband is what she needs. She answers an ad for a mail-order bride in Indian Territory. But the man who proposes isn’t the man she ends up marrying.

Johnny Rainbolt is not a family man by any stretch of the imagination…but Fate is about to give him no choice. His late sister’s three children will be arriving on the next stage, and he has no idea what to do with them. When cultured Gabby Mason is left waiting for her prospective groom at the stage station, Johnny sees a way to solve everyone’s problems.

Some dreams get off to a rough start. A mail-order marriage is only the beginning. When one of the children is stolen, Johnny and Gabby are forced to depend on one another in an unimaginable circumstance that could turn tragic… or show them what might become of THESE ROUGH DREAMS.


A beautiful socialite needs a husband fast—for just one month—but the rancher wants a wife for life!


Prim and proper socialite Elspeth Maroney flees from an indiscretion to the Wild West of Colorado as a mail order bride. She doesn’t plan to stay long, only a month. Rancher Hezekiah Steller needs a wife quick to get himself an heir, but what will the stagecoach deliver to his doorstep?

Their worlds collide deliciously until Ellie must confess her mistakes. Will Hez still want her tomorrow?

THE BIG UNEASY—Kathleen Rice Adams

A man in love with a woman he can’t have. A woman engaged to a man she doesn’t love. A secret in common could destroy them all.


To escape the unthinkable with a man about whom she knows too much, New Orleans belle Josephine LaPierre agrees to marry a Texan about whom she knows nothing.

Falling in love with his brother was not part of her plan.


He needs a wife to get custody of his grandchildren. She needs a fresh start and a new reputation. Desperate men —and women —sometimes take desperate measures…but can she be A PERMANENT WOMAN?

Blurb:   Widower Simon Driscoll lost his only son and daughter-in-law, with whom he was estranged, in a cholera epidemic. He receives a letter as next of kin granting him custody of his three grandchildren, whom he has never met. The children are in an orphanage, and he cannot take custody unless he shows up with a wife and the documentation to prove the marriage is legal. He has 90 days before he loses his grandchildren, and a month has already passed. Desperate men take desperate measures…

Reputation tarnished and professional career compromised, Tessa Morris wants to start a new life—somewhere, anywhere, as long as that place is far away from here. The problem is, where? Other than attending a university, she’s never lived anywhere else. As the community’s latest pariah, the life and career she’s built in her hometown is finished. At 42, her future seems grim at best. When she happens upon a recent edition of the Matrimony Courier, she finds herself intrigued by one of the advertisement for a wife. That she doesn’t meet any of the qualifications doesn’t bother her in the least, because desperate women take desperate measures…






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27 thoughts on “GREAT SUMMER READING AND A GIVEAWAY! by Cheryl Pierson”

  1. If I had been writing letters back and forth with a man who was looking for a wife, and he seemed “normal” then I might have gone for the mail-order bride thing. But I would have needed to escape something dire to have traveled across the country to marry someone I knew nothing about. I wonder how often these marriages turned out happy.
    All the stories sound great. Hope I win.

  2. Mail order brides is one of my favorites themes. People can always rationalize their actions especially when situations make an individual willing to try anything.

    Interesting scenarios. These stories always have me cheering for them to make it work and fall in love. Loved the book/ TV movie Sarah, Plain and Tall with Glenn Close and Christopher Walken.

  3. You’re welcome, Faith! My pleasure. We also have another anthology, the last of the four, coming out next week–Cowboy Cravings. I edited all four of these, and there are lots of very entertaining stories here–and at only $2.99 each you can’t lose!

  4. Janie, I have often wondered the very same thing. How many of these marriages turned out happy or lasted? (That’s the great thing about fiction, isn’t it? We can give them all their “HEA”!)I think some of these women must have been escaping unbearable circumstances where they were. It would have had to be something like that to force them to pick up and travel to somewhere unknown to live with someone they’d never met.

  5. Laurie, Sarah, Plain and Tall was such a good story, wasn’t it? I remember when I tutored several years ago at one of the elementary schools they were reading that in 4th grade. And they, of course, had the movie to go along with it.

    Lily Graison has a good blog up today at Sweethearts of the West on mail-order brides. Here’s the link if you’re interested.

  6. Melanie, this is really a good one. My characters in These Rough Dreams have such a hard start–as some of the other characters do in the other stories, as well. Circumstances are difficult, but they all get their HEA! And you’ll be cheering for all of them.

  7. Linda, we are hoping to put out some wonderful western summer reading for all our cowboy/cowgirl fans out there to keep them reading until the Halloween anthology comes out–COWBOYS, CREATURES, AND CALICO.

    Cowboy Cravings will be out next week, and I have a story in that one, too. Everyone loves these short stories–and I love writing them.


  8. I may be just a teensy bit biased because I have a story in this anthology, but honestly? I had to force myself to put down the galley. I wasn’t expecting that. I also wasn’t expecting such diverse portrayals of the mail-order bride experience. Not a cliche in the bunch! And Livia’s cover is striking, isn’t it?

    I am so proud of my PRP sisters. 🙂

    HUGS, Okie!!!!

  9. The three anthologies – Lassoing a Bride, Lassoing a Groom, and Lassoing a Mail-Order Bride – have such diverse and entertaining storylines inside their covers. 😉 I found it interesting that several of the stories include children.

    In my mail-order bride story, ‘A Permanent Woman’, needing a mother/grandmother for the grandkids is the man’s motivation for advertising for a bride.

    And Kathleen, I agree with you: “I’m so proud of my PRP sisters.” I’m also humbled and honored to be rubbing writing elbows with all the authors in all the anthologies.

    Can’t wait for Cowboy Cravings to release. 😉

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  11. I love reading mail order bride stories, but I don’t think I would want to be a mail order bride. I think I would want to get to know someone before marrying them. Your books sound fantastics and I would love to read them.

  12. Oh, Kathleen. Your story just made me want to cry. Talk about a wonderful HEA! And what a shocking surprise at the end! LOVED IT!

    Truly, every one of these stories is wonderful, and I’m so glad you submitted a story for this one. Mail-order brides have always been fascinating to me!

  13. Kaye, we are so glad to have you with us at PRP, too! Loved A PERMANENT WOMAN. It’s a wonderful tale!

    Like you, I did notice that some of the stories have children in them–but the fact is, back in those days, it seems like that would have been one of the main reasons to seek a husband or a bride–if one or the other was left with kids to raise on their own.

    My great grandmother had 4 little ones when her husband died. She married a man who had 6, and then they had 7 more. She was not a mail-order bride, but this happened a lot (marriages of convenience)–and what if there was no one nearby that was “convenient”? LOL

    Loved your story–these are all fantastic stories, and all very well written.

  14. Tanya, your story just touched me so deeply. I could definitely have fallen in love with Hez myself. LOL Her Hurry-Up Husband was a wonderful story. You always manage to get to that spark of love between your couples in a way that makes the reader fall in love right along with them.

    So glad you contributed to this anthology!

  15. Quilt Lady, I’m like you! I LOVE mail-order bride stories, but I would not have made a good one. I would have been so anxious and worried I couldn’t have relaxed for one minute. LOL Thanks so much for your comment! I’ll put you in the drawing!

  16. Hi Goldie! I do, too! There’s always a different reason why someone would choose to do that, isn’t there? I think that’s what makes it so fun to think about.

  17. Thank you for the blurbs on the stories. I think sometimes life just became too difficult or intolerable for a woman to remain where she was. The promise of a fresh start in the West would be very attractive. I am sure it was thrilling and frightening for them to await what their future would bring.

    I enjoy anthologies and LASSOING A MAIL-ORDER BRIDE. sounds like a good one. I look forward to reading it.

  18. Patricia, I agree. I know life was pretty intolerable for a lot of reasons back then and probably quite a few women were thinking “I wish I was anywhere but here!” So in that respect I imagine many of them ended up going to a situation that was BETTER than where they were, but there were bound to be a few that wished they’d just stuck it out.


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