Many years have passed since Bernadette Bellamy fled the Cariboo Gold Rush and her reputation as the sister of a French-Canadian gang of thieves. Armed with only an honest talent for sewing and a willingness to lead a solitary life on the run, she stays one step ahead of everyone seeking her brothers’ last—and now lost—heist. Until a craving to settle down makes her reinvent herself as Birdie Bell, a dress shop owner. The arrival of an old foe combined with her desire to hold onto her treasure trove of fabrics has Birdie joining a wagonload of brides bound for a remote town.
After losing his leg and his wife, Jack Peregrine buries his pain under a mountain-high pile of work. He only agrees to sign up for a mail-order bride to save the town of Noelle, keep his freighting business, and care for his absentminded grandfather. But Jack’s request for a sturdy bride who won’t crumble under his burdens brings him a woman as tiny as she is troubled. Can two mismatched people band together to become the perfect match?
A wanted woman’s flight, a man in pursuit of honesty, not stolen gold…and only nine days left to save the town.
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I can only imagine the mix of fear and excitement mail-order brides felt as they traveled across the country in search of a new life.
Ms. Nelson does a fantastic job painting settings in a readers mind so that you feel as though your right there with the characters!
Jack Peregrine lost his father and his leg in the same horrible accident, and not long afterward his wife disappears leaving him broken and lonely. His only refuge is his work as a trader and caring for a grandfather who becomes more forgetful by the day. Desperate to save his town and to find companionship he agrees to send away for a mail-order bride.
Birdie Bell has secrets. If anyone finds out who she really is, she’ll go to jail. Desperate to escape to a place where she can become a new person, she agrees to travel to Noelle as a mail-order bride.
Can these two lost and lonely people cast aside their past to face a brave new future- together?
This was a heartwarming story of love against all odds.
I give The Calling Birds: The Fourth Day 5 lovely kisses!