Margo Hansen, Author
This is the fifth and final book in A Newly Weds Series. The last of the Newlys to wed is Abel, but this story also intertwines with Dorcas Newly and the story of her marriage.
When Mattie awakes from a deep sleep, she’s in for quite a surprise. While shewas sleeping, an irate preacher had done what he considered his duty and married her off to some stranger. Now Mattie must live with the consequences.
She does not learn the identity of her husband until she runs into him in Sand Creek. Mattie recognizes Abel Newly. Abel, on the other hand, has no idea Mattie is the bride he was tricked into marrying. Instead, he’s eager to marry Delphinia Digby and to begin setting up his medical practice. He considers the wedding ceremony an elaborate hoax.Margo Hansen’s fifth book, Mattie's Unspoken Vow, completes her series about the Newly family and sets the stage once again for romance, mystery, and adventure in the north. As Mattie and Abel come face-to-face with town strife, an outlaw gang intent on robbing the bank, and finally with each other, they learn that God’s ways are not always their ways, but he ultimately knows best.
Abel’s seemingly single state concerns the townspeople. They’re not at all sure about having an unmarried doctor tend to their womenfolk. More than once, Abel calls upon Mattie to lend a hand at the doctor’s office. But what is it about her that seems so familiar?
Most brides view their weddings as a dream come true.Mattie Morrison wishes her wedding was only a dream.
Mattie stared at the door after the man left. She was very confused.
The last thing she remembered was pulling the bucket out of the well in the middle of a snowstorm with lightning and thunder all around her.
Was it all a fantastic dream? Was she
awake even now?
She closed her eyes and tried to recall anything of the night
that would help her. For a second, she thought she remembered drinking something from a spoon. Yes, she had been held in the crook of a man’s arm. The memory comforted her, and she smiled.
She opened her eyes in time to see Mr. Granger slip out the door. That left her alone with the Wynns, and she finally turned to face them, aware that they had been staring at her ever since the stranger left.
“How dare you lie there and pretend that nothing happened here last night!” Reverend Wynn’s face was red with rage as he turned his fury on her. Having been outmaneuvered by the
younger man, he now vented his frustration on Mattie. “You can’t
fool me, you Jezebel! The vows that were spoken here today are until death, and I will see to it with everything in my power that you abide by the vow you have made.
Mattie stared at the crazed man. “What are you talking about?” Her voice sounded raspy.
Triumphantly, the reverend explained, “Mrs. Wynn and Mr.
Granger were witnesses to the wedding ceremony I performed to right the wrongs you and that debaucher committed. You are legally bound to him now and can no longer go on living in your sinful ways.”
Mattie was astounded by his words. She hadn’t heard anything of a wedding ceremony. “What do you mean about me making a vow? I haven’t made any vow!”
“Mrs. Wynn spoke for you by proxy, and the man made his vow of his own free will. It was necessary that we take care of matters immediately due to the circumstances we found you in.”
Mattie contemplated his words. Why would the man agree to marriage? She couldn’t believe that, and she didn’t believe for a minute that she was married to him. She stared at the couple as if they had gone mad. “Nothing happened here last night, and there was no marriage performed this morning.”
“How do you know if you can’t even remember?” Mrs. Wynn spoke for the first time.
Mattie turned to her. “I would know.”
With the quilts wrapped around, her she struggled to her feet. She swayed a moment while she got her balance. She felt weak, and her head throbbed, but she didn’t want to stay any longer in the same room with the condemning
couple. “I will get dressed and leave with Mr. Granger as soon as possible,” she informed them. She hoped the farmer
hadn’t already left, but even so if he had, she would hitch the buggy and get out of here under her own power. She prayed she had the strength to do it.