Callie St. Michaels, an orphan from New York, felt her only hope for the future was to leave her sous chef position in St. Louis. Finding a job as cook for a group of ranch hands in Sweetwater, Kansas, seemed both prophetic and serendipitous. Everyone is happy with the outcome except for one man – Seth Harrison, the owner of the ranch and Callie’s employer. Seth isn’t sure why, but he feels uncomfortable around the young woman his attorney hired as the ranch hand’s cook. She hasn’t said anything improper, or is unable to do the work required, or is off-putting in any manner. In fact, she is well liked by all the other employees. So why does he feel so unsettled around her?
Mac, the oldest of the Macgregor family finds himself in need of a wife. His younger brothers have graduated university and at thirty-three he feels it is time to marry and raise his own children on his ranch outside Sweetwater, Kansas. Answering the ad from a mail-order-bride, he is prepared for anything the young widow brings to the table. Mavis Miller is frightened of the large man meant to be her husband. Her friend, Emily Johnson, tries to help the couple find a balance. although Mavis tries to meet the man half-way, she can’t get over the feeling their relationship is doomed. Especially when stronger desires pull her in another direction leaving Emily to tell Mac there won’t be a wedding. His response? “Somebody owes me a wife.”
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