Today Wednesday Writers welcomes historical romance author Lucy Thompson to the blog. Lucy will be sharing an excerpt of her book Mail Order Surprise. When I asked Lucy what inspired her to write this book she said, “My experience with domestic violence inspired this story. I wanted to write a story that shared God’s hope and unconditional love.”
So, without any further ado, let’s get to the excerpt.
Mail Order Surprise
by Lucy Thompson
Colorado, 1881. Lydia Walsh is on the run. The quiet rancher she marries and expected to find safety and protection with turns out to have three siblings, next to nothing to live on, and is a crack shot who may or may not be one of the states best cattle rustlers.
Beau Harding wants to keep his family together and do the right thing by them. His mail order bride comes with her own set of baggage: two more mouths to feed and empty hearts begging him to fill. The job he took for some quick money gets him thrown in jail for rustling, and then to clear his name he takes on another job–and learns that his wife may have been the one plotting his family’s downfall all along.
Beau crouched and offered her his hand. “Didn’t mean to startle you, ma’am. You okay?”
The woman stared at his hand before she glanced up. “I’m fine.”
Eyes the color of spring met his and his lungs emptied of air for the second time that day.
If he wasn’t already committed, he would definitely give this li’l lady a second look.
She crouched, picked up her drawstring purse and began to stuff it with the items she’d dropped. A scrap of paper danced from under her hand on a gust of wind and blew against his dusty boot. He picked it up and smoothed the tattered edges of the clipping. “Here you go, Miss—”
The blurred print in his hand came into focus.
WANTED: A Christian wife. Not afraid of hard work or simple living. Genteel ladies only. Apply to Beau Harding, Halls Pass.
But what was the lady in front of him doing with his advertisement unless she was…. “Miss Walsh?”
“Beau? B-Beau Harding?”
“Yes ma’am, that’s me.” He let himself take more than just a brief glance at her. Her appearance surprised him. From her letters he’d formed a picture of someone who was bold, rugged, and efficient. Not this petite woman who shivered in the spring breeze. Lord? How’d you know I’d like corkscrew curls and a button mouth?
Want to read more of Mail Order Surprise: Check it out on Amazon
About the Author:
Lucy Thompson is a stay-at-home mum to five precocious children by day and a snoop by night, stalking interesting characters through historical settings, and writing about their exploits.
She enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and learning about the craft of writing. When she can be separated from her laptop, she is a professional time waster on facebook. If you’d like to know Lucy better, you can connect with her at her blog and Facebook