I am tickled to announce the release of The MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR Romance Collection from Barbour Publishing. I am blessed to join eight other wonderful authors—Erica Vetsch, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Amanda Barratt, Cynthia Hickey, Shannon McNear, Gabrielle Meyer, and Gina Wellborn—in this collection of historical novellas that portray marrying for all the right reasons.
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Many women over the centuries have sought a man who will be their knight in shining armor. They may not always get the knight, but being sensitive to God’s leading when choosing a mate always results in that made-in-heaven match.
My story in this collection is entitled THE MOST INELIGIBLE BACHELOR IN TOWN, and it puts a different twist on how one might think of a potential suitor checking all the boxes. Because my hero and heroine, Micah North and Gabrielle Lockridge, have known each other since the fourth grade, there wasn’t one of those “oh wow!” moments when they first met. Micah has always been the shy one—tongue-tied around girls, and especially around Gabrielle, the daughter of the local minister. He adores her sweet nature, thinks she is the prettiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on, but can’t manage more than a few mumbled words in her presence.
Micah doesn’t epitomize the image conjured up by the term “most eligible bachelor.” In fact, most of the girls in town barely notice him, and a few can’t even remember his name. Micah seems doomed to bachelorhood, especially after his good-looking and charismatic cousin, Rod, comes for a visit. From the moment Rod steps off the stage, he charms all the young ladies, while Micah is pushed even further into the shadows.
Even Micah’s occupation—he runs the post office, telegraph, and stage depot—pales in comparison to his cousin’s exciting career as a Pinkerton detective. Rod captivates the attention of not only the single gals, but most other folks in town as well, with stories of his exploits chasing down and capturing bad guys.
Micah wishes he could find the courage to court Gabrielle and declare her to be his girl, but how can he do that if he can’t put more than a stammering sentence together in her presence? So he hides his love for her. But when Rod expresses his intention to pursue the preacher’s daughter, the hackles on the back of Micah’s neck rise. Somehow, he must find the words to warn Gabrielle of Rod’s womanizing ways.
Having been burned in the past by a former suitor, Gabrielle is cautious. While she finds Rod’s dramatic accounts entertaining, she’s not sure what to think of his assertiveness. The two cousins couldn’t be more different. Rod may tell interesting stories, but to Gabrielle, Micah is anything but dull. The fact is she has secretly adored Micah since they were youngsters. Unlike his cousin, however, Micah is withdrawn and seemingly unwilling to engage in conversation. Gabrielle notices things others overlook: Micah’s attention to folks who need a helping hand, and his quiet compassion. Strangely enough, however, Micah’s acts of kindness are performed inconspicuously—as if he doesn’t want people to know what he’s doing. His desire to avoid praise only endears him to Gabrielle even more. But how can she let him know how she feels if he won’t talk to her?
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