A Bride for Donnigan by Janette Oke

By Janette Oke

Responding to an commercial, She Crossed an Ocean to fulfill a complete Stranger and have become a Mail-Order Bride-Kathleen O'Malley stood at the deck of the Barreth Lily and watched the land she'd known as domestic for greater than a dozen years slip from her view. She had proposal she will be completely happy to determine the final of it, yet she used to be now not. feelings in turmoil, her complete being yearned to slide from the send and go back to what she knew. even if Kathleen had no longer been pleased with her scenario, it was once all she had ever recognized. because the coastline light into the morning mist, her merely walk in the park used to be that she was once certain for the US to marry a guy whose identify she didn't even be aware of and whose face she had by no means seen.On the opposite aspect of the Atlantic, Donnigan Harrison anxiously awaits Kathleen's arrival on a prairie farm faraway from her port of arrival in Boston. He has recognized the beauty of a dream fulfilled a comfy body cabin, the stable log barn and outbuildings, a very good herd of farm animals, and plants within the box that made his eyes sparkle. but Donnigan felt a loneliness at the western frontier that pierced his very soul. With so constrained possibilities for locating a spouse, the thought of ordering a spouse that after appeared unthinkable had come to make a few feel. Now that the time has come, Donnigan appears like a small boy anticipating Christmas.But Donnigan's anticipation is overshadowed with terrifying uncertainties What have I performed? And that query is echoed in Kathleen's middle as she nears the po

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With those words she turned and left the room, shooing her offspring ahead of her. Bridget looked back over her shoulder. “I put the meat in the back cupboard,” she called. Kathleen was relieved that the supper items had been purchased. At the same time, she felt the anger within her burning her cheeks. Why was she always treated like a—like a common domestic? Quickly Kathleen pushed the anger aside. She should be thankful that she had a family, a home—just as Madam was always reminding her. Daily she saw girls her age who lived totally on the streets.

But the crops looked good. The herds would take care of their own growth. He had good stock. That was what counted. And time would take care of the line of annual payments that stretched out before him. He felt good. Blessed. Happy. He was right where he wanted to be—and still young enough to enjoy many years of being there. Donnigan’s body shifted as the big black beneath him pawed the ground again and snorted his annoyance at being kept in check. “All right. All right,” said the man, for the first time just a hint of impatience in his voice.

But a pretty face won’t be enough. ” At the end of the long, difficult day, Kathleen made her way home through the gray streets, the gray buildings now enshrouded with gray fog. The gray gutters were almost hidden by the deeper gray shadows. Her shoulders drooped with weariness. Her steps dragged, accenting her limp. Undoubtedly the week’s washing was still to be rubbed out on the scrubboard. There was supper to prepare. She did hope that young Bridget had been sent to the shops for meat and vegetables.

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