His time on earth was nearly over. Jake Dulan had been disappointed time and again with is choice of wives. They had a bad habit of birthing girls and dying. Frustrated and determined to move on with his life, Jake started taking wagon trains to the promised land with his partner, Hank Gibson. But now that life was short, Jake decided it was time to summon his daughters. He wanted to speak with them one last time. However, they arrived in time for his funeral.
The first book in The Promised Land Romance Series features the youngest Dulan. Willow arrives in St. Joseph, Missouri, just in time for her father's funeral. Upset because she had hoped to hear a deathbed confession, Willow is not thrilled about attending the service. As the pastor drones on, Willow wonders what she will do now for she had cut all family ties when she left Pennsylvania to see her deadbeat father. What surprises Willow the most is that there are only five women attending the service. Thinking her father was as bad as her relatives claimed, Willow decided he did not have any friends. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Yet to a young woman growing up without a father, this is what she was determined to believe.
The shocker, however, is yet to come. The services come to a close. Then Hank asks the women to join him for the reading of the will. As Rafe Pierce reads Jake's words, they five women are shocked to learn they are sisters.
Rafe could not understand his feelings. The youngest Dulan sister made him so angry he could spit nails. He was positive Willow - and the rest of them - would be more at home in their parlors accepting visitors. They certainly were not cut out to be roughing it along this trail. None of them would be able to cope with the dangers and hardships they were sure to experience. Thankfully, Rafe was just helping with the first leg of the trip to California.
Rafe does not realize these girls were brought up differently. They have a mind. And each one uses it wisely. And Rafe was a bit thankful as one of them, Willow, saved his sorry hide when his horse toppled him during the first ferry crossing. Willow's great-aunt raised her on a farm proving that hard work makes a person
Funny enough, the entire wagon train load of brides going to California can see Willow and Rafe growing closer each day. They look for the other. They argue constantly. And everyone knows of their infatuation. Rafe claims to hate Willow. Willow claims to hate Rafe. But Hank is sure he is going to lose one of his mail-order brides before the trip is finished. And her sisters are positive they will lose the sister they just found.
This report prepared by Brenda Ramsbacher