Mail Order Brides of Sanctuary Book 1
STORY-LINE THE PASTOR’S REPLACEMENT BRIDE BY GEORGE H. MCVEY:
Pastor Joshua Bryce has a problem in The Pastor’s Replacement Bride. The deacons of the church want him married and settled. With Mayor’s Lyman’s daughter determined to become his wife, he needs a suitable bride quickly. Joshua knows Ernestine Lyman’s totally unsuitable for a pastor’s wife as she’s selfish, without a helper’s heart, and looking for the prestige of his pastoral office.
Meanwhile the churches Ladies Aid Society, led by Myrtle, come to him with a proposal to provide brides for the eligible, up standing, church going bachelors in Sanctuary, Montana Territory. With brides scarce in the west, and only 2 eligible women in Sanctuary, they suggest sending to church pastors back east for good Christian women to correspond; hoping to obtain Christian brides. After prayer and counsel with God, Joshua agrees and adds he will be one of the participating bachelors.
In Chicago, Hattie Long’s an orphan; raised in a local orphanage. Indentured in service to the orphanage and sent to a local brothel as a cook and servant, when she turns twenty-one the orphanage will release her from bondage. However, the brothel owner, Papa John, has plans to use Hattie in his brothel as soon as she turns twenty-one?. Unable to find a job, Hattie approaches Pastor Long and his daughter, Haddie, explaining her situation. She and Haddie share almost the same first name and the same last name; they have a very close relationship of friends and almost sisters.
Haddie corresponded with Joshua as a potential bride; she and Hattie will go west before the nefarious brothel owner, Papa John, can do his worse. Joshua decides he can not let this young innocent be used in such a way. With monies Nugget Nate, famous rescuer of indigent and down on their luck women left him, he pays her way west; monies left with instructions he would know when to use it. However, Haddie, sick with scarlet fever’s unable to make the trip; she sends Hattie on to safety.