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Excerpt from Sins of the Mothers, end of Chapter One and beginning of Chapter Two:
Her wedding fell somewhat short, not exactly what she’d envisioned since a little girl. But the ceremony didn’t matter, nor the first awkward night. All that…nothing more than temporary.
What truly held any significance, she’d have for life—his name—Mis’ess Caleb Wheeler. And her love would carry her away on a grand adventure to California by way of New Orleans.
She’d heard so many stories about that town, she could hardly wait to get there and see it for herself. And she had all that buying to do, wouldn’t that be so much fun. The horse trader in her pawed the air and whinnied real loud.
She hated that the judge’s clerk served as her only witness, but being married—that’s what was important.
Who needed a big party with all her family and friends there to celebrate with her and shower her and her new husband with gifts? Her Daddy to give her away? Her new mother, the famous novelist, to give her advice? Not her.
Caleb patted her hand. “What’s wrong, Sweetness?”
She looked at him and smiled. “Nothing, just thinking I needed to get word to Daddy.”
“Want to write him a letter? Jefferson has a post office.”
“No, I was thinking once we reach New Orleans, I’d wire him a telegram.”
“How could you? Where would you send it to?”
“New York, to Mama May’s publisher. I’ve got the address.”
Caleb leaned back, exhaled, then smiled. New York was on the other side of the country. “I thought they had already sailed.”
“No, they were going to see her old home in North Carolina. Sea Side she called it, then spend a few days at her new house on Park Avenue. They don’t leave for another two weeks.”
“Good, that’s great. We’ll be in New Orleans in five days, and…” He shrugged, not enough time for him to get word to Levi Baylor. Last thing Caleb needed would be for the Texas Rangers to come after their little Mary Rachel.
“Well, don’t tell them exactly where we’re going yet. Let’s make sure we want to stay in San Francisco, then you can write them. Maybe they can come visit us in California after they get back.”
She nodded, then matched his smile. “Just now, I saw a bit of fear, didn’t I, husband of mine?”
“No.” Could she really read him so easy? “Well, maybe a little bit. After all, your brother and brother-in-law are two famous Rangers. If your daddy were to sic Levi Baylor and Wallace Rusk on me.”
“If he did, I wouldn’t have a prayer of keeping you. Not a chance.”
She put her hand on his arm. “Yes, but you’re family now. We’re married, sweetheart.”
“Yes, we are, and I love you, Baby.”
“I love you too, Caleb. Now when does our ship sail?”
He drained the last of his coffee then stood. “Not for another three hours.” He nodded upstairs. “Want to catch a quick nap?”
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About the book – Sins of the Mothers: Persistent faith brings redemption and reconciliation. Blind love propels Mary Rachel to defy her father and elope to California with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds partner with his cousin in his San Francisco dry goods business. Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead to have both his love and his new wife’s money. Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair. Is there a man who can love her enough to cover her sins and deliver her out of the horrible pit she’s dug for herself? She travels from frontier Texas to the raw bone boomtown of 1850’s gold rush days, then all the way to genteel New York to find redemption for the sins of her mothers.
I tell you what, folks, this girl can write! I do love this series, and maybe most especially this book Mary Rachel Buckmeyer is smart as a whip. She can out-negotiate the experts, out-guess marketing trends, and out-stubborn a mule. Trouble is, she tends to follow her heart into disaster. She falls in love with Caleb Wheeler, a man her father says is a boy. As she finds out, he’s not only irresponsible, he has a meandering eye, lies like a braided rug, and has all the loyalty of a new-born pup. Mary hops from one frying pan to another until one man shows up who could steady her and get her out of the fixes she gets herself into. But again, trouble is she might throw him away. When will this girl ever learn? Such a great story! I know you’ll love it
–Patricia Baxter Campbell, Author of
I’ve often wondered if the past can repeat itself in a person’s life and Mary Rachel Buckmeyer gave me my answer. Love, betrayal, despair, the sweet faith of little children, and the perseverance of a miner. These all made for a wonderful story of what life was like in San Francisco during the gold rush of the 1850’s. When I finished the last page of Mary’s story, I smiled and thought… I loved this story! But… There had better be another book coming because I want more of these Buckmeyer’s! I’d recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading a good Christian, historical fiction of the 1800’s.
–Deanna Stevens, Nebraska reader
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