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Blurb: To escape her abusive father, Drina Hamilton feels she has no choice but to make the long trek to Arizona to become the wife of a rancher she only knows from the one letter his uncle has written her.
To redeem the mortgage on his Rocking Chair Ranch, Aaron Wilcox is being forced to marry the woman his uncle has chosen from the mail-order-bride ad he put in a Georgia newspaper.
As Drina and Aaron struggle with the situation they’ve been forced into, they are unaware there is a sinister plan in the works to murder Aaron, and force the sale of the huge ranch.
Bio: In 2012 Agnes Alexander’s first western historical romance was published. Drina’s Choice is her 7th in the genre. Agnes has lived all her life in her home state of NC, but loves to travel. Though she has visited 48 of the 50 states, she says she has an affinity with the west and loves writing and researching this genre. Other than traveling, her most favorite thing to do is spend time with her two grandchildren. Website www.Agnesalexander.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/agnesalexander.549?sk Pinterest www.Pinterest.com/agnesalexander8
Drina Hamilton clutched her worn reticule tightly to her chest as the train rattled across Ari-zona, but the sound of her father’s words still pounded in her ears blocking out the noise of the metal monster’s wheels on the track. Was her father right? Was she making the biggest mistake of her life by deciding to accept the proposal of an unknown cowboy? Was this choice too much of a gamble for a woman who would be nineteen in three weeks, though she didn’t look it? Dare she believe that choosing to marry a stranger was the answer to her prayers? Not only for herself, but for Hannah, too. No matter what her younger sister told her, Drina was sure the girl’s life with their Aunt Verbena was not a happy one. But for several, not clearly explained, complicated reason, the youngest Hamilton daughter had to stay there.
To calm her nerves, Drina took the letter she kept secure in her drawstring purse, unfolded it and read the words for probably the hundredth time.
Miss Hamilton, as my ad in the Savannah newspaper stated, I’m helping my nephew look for a suitable wife who has an unsullied reputation, who can read and write and give him children. Since your letter stated you qualify in these areas, I had you investigated and found you to be everything you said you were. My nephew has decided you are the one he will marry. As soon as you let him know you are coming west, he will wire you the money for the train trip to Phoenix and sufficient funds to cover your traveling expenses, plus the ticket for the stagecoach to Hatchet Springs. If you find he pleases you as husband material, he agrees to help you with your sister, Hannah, as you requested. The day you leave Savannah, please wire him the time and date of your expected arrival and you will be met at the stage stop in Hatchet Springs. Walter Wilcox for my nephew, Aaron Wilcox.
There was no declaration of the possibility love ever becoming a part of the marriage in the future. Of course, she didn’t expect this. She was as much a stranger to Aaron Wilcox and his uncle as they were to her. But they could have said they were pleased I accepted the marriage proposal. Unquestionably, they couldn’t know how hard it was for me to make this choice.
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