Handsome, Strong, Hunky Cowboys
Meets His Match!
Why did Emma Morgan create Nantucket Murray as Gilbert Snyder’s mail order bride? Read on and find a wonderful story of disabilities of more than the physical.
Nantucket Murray is on her way to meet Mr. Gilbert Synder in Benson Creek with marriage in mind as a mail order bride. She was honest with him about her abilities except for one little thing. She stutters and all the men in Boston rejected her because of her stutter.
Gil as he was known, told her he had cattle, pigs, chickens and such. He didn’t tell her the pigs and chickens lived in his cabin or that he was short tempered, loud, cussed like a sailor, his cabin was filthy and he had few to none cooking or cleaning implements.
Nan’s father was loud, abusive, cussed and she could not stand those traits. She didn’t realize what she was getting into with Gil. Gil didn’t realize she stuttered, and the first thing out of his mouth was: “are you dumb“. Things didn’t start on a good footing.
She spent 2 hours cleaning the cabin; Gil had a fit because his animals were outside for the wolves and mountain lions to attack. Not a good beginning for Nan and Gil. I smiled through all this, as it was such a shock to a girl from Boston.
Character, Plotting, And Development:
Ms. Morgan infused just the right amount of humor in the story; you can’t help but laugh. I love a good short story filled with laughter and emotion. Ms. Morgan created a story of a rough cowboy, and a tender emotionally injured woman.
They have to learn to accept each other with all their faults. Ms. Morgan’s descriptions of the territory and the cabin were so good, I could see it all in all its glory. I could see the dust, mud, the sow Mirabel and her piglets running out of the cabin, and the manure and filth on the floor.
Ms Morgan developed the characters of Gil and Nantucker at pace to fit the shorter story and the pacing was in line.
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