Book: Escaping West by Morgan K. Wyattcategories: Book, Alpha Male, Western, Feisty Heroine, Mail Order Bride, Mistaken Identities, Gambler, Humor, US Marshal, Adventure, New Beginings, Historical Romance
Morgan K. Wyattabout this book: Escaping West started with my fascination with the concept of mail order brides. Harriet, Kitty's best friend, agrees to become a mail order bride. Often war widows or spinsters with no marriage prospects willingly went west to marry men they never met. It must have been a move out of desperation, but very few women actually went.
The men ordering were unusually picky for desperate men refusing often to accept Catholic, Irish, or even thin women. Long, thick hair was the ultimate mark of beauty. Potential brides had to have their pictures made with the hair down to prove their hair was real. Men often insisted on a proxy marriage so the mail order bride didn't meet someone along the way she fancied more.
This proxy marriage often ended abruptly when the bride arrived and she found her husband old and toothless. The ratio of men to women was 750 to 1. Other single men in town often courted the new bride. Dozens of men wooed women who couldn't even get one proposal back home.
Mail order bride was Harriet's path, while Kitty took a more dangerous, convoluted path to love.
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