By Stephanie Grace Whitson

16 Civil struggle widows residing in St. Louis reply to a chain of conferences carried out through a land speculator who lures them west by way of promising "prime homesteads" in a "booming community." Unbeknownst to them, the speculator's precise cause is to discover an excuse to convey ladies to the fledging group of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they're going to settle for marriage proposals presently after their arrival!Sparks fly whilst those unsuspecting widows meet the lads who're awaiting them. those ladies are going to want all of the braveness and religion they could muster to outlive those undesirable circumstances--especially after they start to realize that none of them is strictly who she seems to be.

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Sally asked, eyeing Caroline closely. Caroline stiffened. What did that matter? She was just as deserving as any other member of the Emigration Society. She’d sacrificed her way of life and her own family to marry Basil, and he’d died for the Union just as surely as if he’d been shot in battle. And hadn’t she herself done her duty, too, nursing him faithfully until the day his body followed where his spirit had already flown? Caroline didn’t even try to sound less southern as she drawled, “What’s it mattuh?

Hopefully he hadn’t called any names she would recognize. If he’d shouted names, the girl would likely be standing over him demanding explanations. She was getting old enough to recognize a few of those names. That was a new worry. Matthew cast an eye toward what looked like a bundle of furs near the hearth. “Linney,” he croaked. “Linney, you awake? ” The bundle shifted slightly, and for a brief moment a flash of ivory against the buffalo robe signaled the presence of the girl huddled there. She was awake, but she was either too frightened—or too angry that he’d frightened her again—to roll over and engage in conversation.

These boys are two of my ranch hands. Johnny True and Lowell Day. ” He winked. The man’s air of familiarity was unconscionable. She was itching to slap the leer right off his face. Why didn’t Drake speak up? Why don’t you just handle it yourself ? Mama would. Mama could glide through social muck and remain untouched. Caroline had once seen her defuse a situation likely to end in a duel without batting an eye. If Mama could do all that, surely Caroline could resist the temptation to slap a stranger who didn’t have the sense to stop staring at her that way.

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