First Line Friday #71

I completely forgot about First Line Friday last week. The days just go by so fast! Well, the weeks and years do, too, don't they?

This week I'm sharing a book by Elaine Manders. It's a western mail-order bride novel called Adela's Prairie Suitor.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1881

If Adela Mason were the swooning type, she'd faint.

Adela is attending the Harvard Annex but realizes that instead of attaining a quality education to help advance the status of women, she'd much rather marry and have a home of her own. She sees Byron Calhoun's request for a mail-order bride in the newspaper and dares to answer it. Adela soon finds herself on a train to meet her prospective groom in Kansas so he can court her properly.

From the very beginning, Byron is pleased with his mail-order bride. She's pretty, sweet, and smart. Unfortunately, his mother is not as impressed. It doesn't help that Mrs. Calhoun lives with her son since his father's recent death and she had someone else in mind for her son to marry. In addition, Adela was unaware that Byron might lose his farm. Will she choose to stay in Kansas to become his bride even though his mother and ex-fiancee strive to place obstacles between them? Will Byron propose marriage against his mother's wishes? It certainly wouldn't bode well for the atmosphere of his home.

Now it’s your turn. First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. If you’d like, check out the books other readers have featured on their blogs by clicking on the Hoarding Books link at the end of this post.

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January 19, 2022