A historical western cowboy romance novel about a mail order bride.
Josephine Parker travels from New York to a town on the Western Frontier in the company of her aging Aunt Agatha to marry Paul Stockton, the son of a cattle baron. Josephine’s father despaired of ever finding a husband for his willful and headstrong daughter, and Josephine found the expectations of life as a high society lady oppressive. Excited and optimistic about escaping the suffocating confines of her upbringing for the uncertainty and self-determination of the West, Josephine finds her hopes dashed when she discovers that her intended groom has died in the interval of their travel. When Aunt Agatha takes to her bed to await the return train to New York, Josephine slips out on her own to investigate the town, but to her surprise, finds Andrew Stockton, the brother of her intended groom, at her door and inviting her to venture out on horseback with him to explore the area before she leaves. Through Andrew’s encouragement, she throws off the shackles of her inhibitions to learn what truly makes her happy. Before long, Josephine uncovers a side of herself she never knew existed which answers the unfulfilled needs of her heart and leads her to her ultimate destiny.