Marrying him is her only choice to save her family, but Josiah Richardson isn’t at all the man she expected.
Katherine William’s family was left destitute when their home was burned to the ground by Yankee soldiers, so the ready solution presented by the prominent Mr. Josiah Richardson seems almost too good to believe. He’ll provide a home, work for her pa, and a new beginning for her family...if only Katherine will accept his proposal. A marriage of convenience is the last thing she wants, but there doesn’t seem to be a better option for her family or herself. Setting aside her dreams of love, Katherine agrees to the arrangement.
The gentleman in Josiah Richardson can no more force his frightened bride into his bed, than he can force her into loving him, so he sets out to gently woo her. He works hard to befriend her, to earn her trust and win her love.
Katherine is pleasantly surprised to find herself drawn to the man she thought she would never love, until an unexpected friendship tears apart all they’ve worked for. Where once the promise of love had budded between Josiah and Katherine, now they wonder what to do with their so-called marriage. Is love strong enough to weave its healing power through two broken hearts?
Book One – Katherine’s Arrangement
Katie’s family is left destitute after their home is burned to the ground by Yankee soldiers. An answer to their dilemma comes seemingly out of nowhere. The prominent Mr. Josiah Richardson offers a home, work for Pa, and a new beginning for them all. There is no point in Katie belaboring the sad truth of entering into a loveless marriage. Her dreams and aspirations are of little significance in light of her family’s plight.
The gentleman in Josiah finds he can no more force the frightened Katie into his bed, than he can force her into loving him, so he sets out to gently woo her. His desire is to become her friend and earn her trust and love first. Katie is pleasantly surprised that she enjoys both his company and humor. Contrary to her assumptions, she is drawn to him.
When Josiah’s younger partner, Colby, and Katie strike up an instant friendship, Josiah feels a growing sense of insecurity and jealousy festers within him. Katie cannot conceive Josiah’s sudden disinterest in her. Both are left with the confusion of what to do with their so-called marriage.
Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, and an avid blogger. Her authentic understanding of the power of forgiveness through life experience has birthed the compelling novel, Anna's Secret, where failure, love, and romance collide. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in Canada.