Redeeming Laura

| July 14, 2015

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Redeeming Laura

Laura Cartwright, daughter of a wealthy mercantile owner in Hartford, is determined never to marry – and is equally determined never to tell her parents why. But when tragedy befalls her family in April of 1850 and shakes her existing world to pieces, her mother and beloved maid decide that the best thing for eighteen-year-old Laura is to find a husband somewhere out West where gossip and rumors cannot follow her – and where she will have a better chance of being taken care of financially.

Benjamin Johnson, a twenty-eight-year-old widower with three young children, cannot manage his central Missouri farm and take care of his household alone. But when his neighbor and community midwife suggests he remarry, he struggles with the idea. He is still deeply in love with his deceased wife, who died only a few months earlier. Reason and necessity triumph over his emotions, however, and he ends up putting out an advertisement in several Eastern newspapers. The one woman to respond to the ads turns out to be Laura Cartwright.

A couple of months later, the two are married the very day Laura shows up in the little town of Dogwood, Missouri. The ceremony is, as Benjamin has written in his ad, “for appearances only.” Laura is relieved to have found a man who is not interested in taking advantage of her; Benjamin is glad to have found a woman is not interested in love and romance.

Or, so they think. But as time goes on, Laura finds that despite her past that has produced a distrust of all men, despite her challenges with Benjamin’s older daughter, she is developing feelings for Benjamin. At first, they bring her a glimmer of hope. But when her past catches up with her, she has to choose between giving love a chance or letting fear destroy her life once again.

(This is an inspirational historical romance novel containing ZERO vulgar language or sex scenes. It has been re-edited per some of the earlier reviewers’ critiques, and this new version should be relatively flawless.)

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