Amanda Luther had responded to an invitation from Ernest Latimer to be his mail order bride. This was not exactly the life she had planned for herself, but the death of her parents had changed the path of her future. With little money and no means to make a living for herself Amanda travelled across the country to marry a cowboy rancher who was willing to provide her with a place to live. It all sounded so simple. Ernest needed a woman who could cook, clean, keep house, garden, and sew. She was certainly well trained in all that he required, but she was unprepared for all that married life required.
Ernest Latimer needed a wife, but he didn’t have the time to find one the traditional way. His time on the trail and his work on the ranch kept him busy all of the time so there was no time left for courting and romance. His requirements were fairly simple so he made the decision to find his bride through the mail order system. It was a fairly common practice by ranchers in the west and it eliminated the need to woo a woman in hopes of winning her hand.
Neither Amanda nor Ernest expected exactly what they got. Amanda was very young and innocent, and Ernest was very business-like and to the point. But they had both made a deal and now they would have to live with it.
Amanda would soon learn that life on a ranch was tough, and being a wife was more than she had expected. Ernest would learn that the girl he married was indeed qualified, but she lacked the maturity he had expected in a bride.
The two of them never expected to fall in love in such a deep way, but their experiences bonded them together in ways that transcended all expectations.
Their life together would be filled with hardships, but it would also be filled with a great love for each other that would make them happier than anybody had a right to expect. God would indeed bless their union.