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Donny Frost explains tradition of sharing wives

Excerpt from The Merry Widow of Tanner’s Ford, which takes place in 1988. Donny Adams is helping Marci Meshevski with barn chores. It’s the morning after she moved in with Simon MacDougal to care for him due to his broken leg. “Few men are suited to share their wife with a brother, cousin, or close […]

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Bride Train Character List

List of major characters found in the Bride Train 1870s series. The first column shows the first time the character was introduced by name. Those marked with an x were deceased before the series started. 1st time Name (formal) Last name (maiden) Information 2 Ace (Kenrick) Langford father Earl of Denby (Kent, England), 4th in […]

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Tantalizing teaser: Oren and Lizzie

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Bannack City, June of 1873   “You married, mister?” Oren switched his long-dead cheroot to the other side of his mouth and released his gelding’s belly band. Both of them grunted in relief. They’d ridden a long way, and tomorrow would be near enough to home to smell the coffee. His brothers wouldn’t want him […]

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MacDougal snippet, Christmas 1871, Part 8

Ross and Amelia are returning to their wedding party after realizing she is likely carrying twins “Amelia has something to say,” called out Ross. She raised her eyebrows at him in question. He rubbed his belly. “They know I’m hungry, Ross. I’m carrying two babies, so I’m always hungry.” “About time you realized you’re carrying […]

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MacDougal snippet, Christmas 1871, Part 7

  Amelia gave a hint of smile at Ross calling her Kestrel, a type of small, noisy falcon. “My heart was too full of vengeance and pain to let anyone in,” he said. “I believed my mother abandoned me, in favor of supporting my father’s choice. I thought I had no right to love, that […]

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MacDougal Snippet, Christmas 1871, Part 6

 Ross and Amelia are relaxing together after their wedding. “My Bannock family are being pushed to move again and again, so coming to live in our bunkhouse suits them,” said Ross. “I think there’ll be about six or eight.” Of the old folks. The other ones would drop by as they wished, bringing food or […]

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MacDougal Snippet, Christmas 1871, part 5

Following their wedding, Ross and Amelia MacDougal have joined for the first time in weeks, celebrating the discovery that she carries twins Ross grasped Amelia’s hand with his, unable to think. When the room stopped spinning and the hiss in his brain had faded, he ran his hands over her amazing belly. Amazing as it […]

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MacDougal Snippet, Chrismas 1871, Part 4

Amelia and Ross MacDougal have just realized she is carrying twins. Exhausted, she sleeps while Ross watches over her. The window rattled. Ross looked up. He didn’t know how long the raven had sat on the ledge outside, but only now did it tap the glass. He carried Amelia to their bed and settled her. […]

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MacDougal snippet, Christmas 1871, part 3

Amelia and Ross MacDougal have gone upstairs after their new wedding, held to replace the signed contract that brought her West. She’s just read her family Bible and discovered twins run in her family. Amelia closed the book and placed both hands on her belly. Suddenly she began undoing the buttons which kept her skirt […]

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A snippet from the MacDougals of 1871

It’s Christmas of 1871. Amelia MacDougal is well along in her pregnancy. Tanner’s Ford is celebrating the holiday. “Kiss her, laddie, then give us a turn,” roared Gillis. Ross took Amelia’s hand and, careful of the large bump between them, kissed her tenderly. She returned it just as sweetly. “That’s not how ye kiss a […]

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