Union Pacific Station Agent Chadwick Hughes has everything in a state of readiness to welcome his mail order bride…everything but the bride. The woman he’s corresponded with for a year didn’t change her mind or miss her train in Omaha—she never existed. Chadwick’s mortified to discover he’s been swindled by a fraudulent matrimonial agency in Chicago. He needs a lawyer if he’ll ever recover a dime of the fortune he spent on worthless membership fees and the nonexistent bride’s transportation west.
Sophia Sorensen, Attorney at Law, is a spinster on the edge of propriety. The good people of Wyoming Territory are open to a lot of things, including Lady’s Privilege during Leap Years, but some aren’t fond of her day-to-day behavior. Why, the woman rides her bicycle hither and yon, showing her petticoat ruffle and ankles. She might be the least ladylike specimen beneath Wyoming skies, but it’s entertaining to watch her court the U.P. Station Agent, Chadwick Hughes, the most-eligible bachelor in the county.
The time period for this book is always one of interest to me. Women were starting to push out of the bubble society (and men) created for them. It was an awesome time but a frustrating time as well. Sophia is the best kind of example of this movement. She wants to own her own business, practice law and spread her wings. The small town in Wyoming is pushing her back down. Sophia is unconventional. Bold. But what they don't see is that Sophia is also struggling. She wants acceptance and love. And she wants Chadwick Hughes. So, she is going to court him.
This was a fun story and I couldn't help but admire Sophia's courage and pluck. Even when she is down, she only wallows a minute and then she's back up again. Thank goodness for women like Sophia in our real world who pushed the boundaries and changed life for women for the better.
I enjoyed this book and it's characters!
- I received a copy of this book free. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.