A minor character in the first story intrigued me. Malcolm showed wit in the first story, character growth, and insight into his sister and her bagpipes.
I liked him. An awkward unmarried teamster, albeit light on his feet, Malcolm had enough interesting facets to form a story around him.
Besides, in the first book I had unknowingly given him a potential love interest in the cute blond girl he danced with while Ewan fiddled.
So, who would be his love interest?
Sally danced like a dream with Malcolm. She attended the winter dance, so she must have lived nearby. A local farmer’s daughter would work, but why was she in town?
Answer: Sally was a seamstress. Her desire to own a shop provided a theme I wanted to explore.
Who’s the second love interest?
I needed another man to give Malcolm competition for Sally’s heart. I had a worthy antagonist left over from The Yuletide Bride—a hard-working young man looking for a wife to make him happy.
Sally wanted her own shop someday; she needed to learn about business and money. The well-groomed clever banker Josiah made an excellent contrast to hard-working, sweaty Malcolm.
Which man would Sally choose and why?
How to start the book off right?
I attended an IMAX film on natural disasters and marveled at the localized by destructive power of tornadoes. A tornado’s aftermath in an 1874 Nebraska town could certainly bring Sally’s feelings for Malcolm and Josiah to a head. After all, character is often demonstrated in a crisis.
How did it all play out?
You’ll have to read The Sunbonnet Bride to discover how Sally comes to terms with the different methods Josiah and Malcom use to help needy people—and thus one deserving man wins the comely seamstress’s hand.
Her most recent novella, The Sunbonnet Bride, is part of The 12 Brides of Summer Collection—a dozen inspirational romance novellas and sequel to The 12 Brides of Christmas.
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