Penni Lynn Smith Weston
A mail order bride finds true love in an unusual way in a silver boomtown circa 1892.
From the back cover synopsis: Gutsy Glory Hallelujah Jones journeys to a silver boomtown in Colorado, answering a miner's ad for a mail order bride. Rushed into a wedding before ready and familiar with the prospective bridegroom, Glory marries Judson Renton only to become his widow a few minutes later. Determined to guide her own destiny, Glory talks the reluctant brother, Jeremiah, into marriage. Falling in love along the way unexpectedly, Glory's life in the boomtown is one of contentment, developing a cultural theater company with friends Bloom, Blankenship, and Oliver. However, a dark and ominous cloud looms over Glory's happiness and success as a wife and performer when the man who jilted her in Chicago suddenly turns up hiding a deep and devious secret, one that promises to destroy the life she's created with Jeremiah and could cost Jeremiah his life as well.
"And you would no doubt be the new Mrs.," remarked Jeremiah, looking Glory directly in the eyes. "So where's Judson?" Then he laughed, "Don't tell me he's in the back of the wagon dead drunk."
Pastor Fairlay cleared his throat to reply dryly, "Not dead drunk, Jeremiah...just dead."