by Regina Scott
November 8th 2016 by Love Inspired
The Marriage Agreement
Proposing a marriage of convenience to a rugged logger is the boldest move of Nora Underhill’s sheltered life. In return for Simon Wallin’s protection from her overbearing family, the unassuming seamstress offers prime frontier farmland. But their paper marriage changes when Nora’s greedy brother tries to draw her back into a life of drudgery. Her only option: move to Simon’s farm, and into the center of his loving, unruly family.
Years of shouldering responsibility have left Simon cynical and reserved. But little by little, Nora’s warmth opens his shuttered heart to joy. With their marriage claim under threat, can this practical arrangement blossom over the holidays…and become a love for all seasons?
Fifth book in the Frontier Bachelors series, following The Bride Ship, Would-Be Wilderness Wife, Frontier Engagement, and Instant Frontier Family. Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged, and bound to be grooms.
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by Regina Scott
November 1st 2014 by Love Inspired
What was his brother’s widow–his first love–doing on a ship full of prospective brides headed out West? Clay Howard had been tasked with escorting the Boston belle home, but he didn’t anticipate Allegra being so strong-willed–or that he’d wind up traveling with her just to keep her from leaving without him!
Allegra Banks Howard isn’t going to let Clay interfere with her plans for a new life with her daughter on the frontier. True, Allegra needs his wilderness savvy, but if Clay thinks he can rekindle what they once shared, he had better think again. Because risking her heart for a second chance at being his bride isn’t something she’ll undertake lightly…
Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged–and bound to be grooms
by Regina Scott
March 1st 2015 by Love Inspired
The Kidnapped Bride
Drew Wallin’s youngest brother is determined to see him married—so he kidnaps Drew a prospective bride. Not only is Catherine Stanway beautiful, but she’s a nurse who can help their ailing mother. Drew doesn’t have time for distractions—he’s too busy watching over his fatherless siblings. Yet he’s drawn to this woman who carries loss and pain equal to his own.
Catherine has traveled West to use her nursing skills to save lives, not to find a husband. She knows if she gives in to Drew’s matchmaking family, she’ll be risking her already bruised heart. But maybe it’s time she takes the ultimate risk to win the groom she didn’t know she wanted!
Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged—and bound to be grooms
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In New York, Michael ran afoul of a notorious gang. Traveling west was a necessity, not a choice. The longshoreman grew fond of his young charges, and now he’s quickly becoming partial to their beautiful sister, too. So when danger follows him, threatening Maddie and the children, he’ll do anything to protect them—and the future he hopes to build.Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged–and bound to be grooms
Brides for the Frontier by Regina Scott
Yes, I know, my series is called Frontier Bachelors, but the whole idea started with brides, and a story I heard when I was a girl. You see, the Civil War left thousands of East Coast women without fathers, husbands, and sweethearts, while in pioneer Seattle, loggers, miners, and farmers were pining away for wives. An enterprising young fellow named Asa Mercer decided to unite the two factions. He made two trips, the first time bringing a dozen women to Seattle, the second time bringing around sixty. Nearly all of those women married and became the founding mothers of the Territory.
But it wasn’t an easy change. They had to leave behind everything and everyone they knew. They had to make do with the most Spartan conditions at first. And, from the moment they set sail from New York for the West Coast, they were absolutely besieged by bachelors.
The officers on the ship flirted with them. The captains in the ports at which their ship called demanded to be allowed to dine with them. When they reached the west coast of South America, the military officers garrisoned in the port rowed out and sang them love songs. In San Francisco, the captain had to station men on deck to keep a rowdy crowd of swains from climbing up ropes to board. And, when they reached Seattle, men linked up on the dock ready to take them home right then and there. One industrious fellow even offered to take two or three of them into the wilderness to see which would suit better him.
Needless to say, the ladies refused. In fact, they had firm convictions as to how they could contribute to settling the frontier. They became teachers, nurses, even a lighthouse keeper. They helped make Seattle what it is today.
I wanted to tell their stories, and the stories of the men they met and married. That’s how the Frontier Bachelors series was born. The heroine of my November book, A Convenient Christmas Wedding, is a Mercer Belle, as the women were known. Nora’s had her share of proposals, but she could never quite convince herself she would be happy married to any of her suitors. And then circumstances convinced her to propose marriage to a cynical logger. Now, that’s one brave frontier bride.
If you were a Mercer Belle, what part would you play in settling the frontier?
– 1 winner will receive: Signed copies of Would-Be Wilderness Wife (which introduced Simon Wallin, the hero of A Convenient Christmas Wedding) and Instant Frontier Family (which introduced Nora Underhill, the heroine of A Convenient Christmas Wedding), and a set of pioneer Christmas ornaments that say “Joy, Peace, Love.”
– US only