Slightly plump and over-aged at six and twenty, Abigail Preston sits on a shelf in England, with no hope of marriage. She loses all she loves to the epidemic cholera, and to make matters worse, her father’s will stipulates she must marry within a year to inherit. Desperate, she answers an advertisement for a bride in America; Benjamin Siddle only requests that she be made of sturdy stock and resistant to cold weather. Opportunity is knocking for Abby, so she travels to America to marry a man she doesn’t know in a last bid for happiness.
Abigail is faced with an unknown surprise upon arrival at Benjamin’s home, but what will she do? Someone is willing to do whatever it takes to stop her marriage to anyone. But does this mad man want her or her money? Can Ben and Abby overcome the obstacles placed in their way and find true love along the way?
Bereft of his heat, Abby shivered slightly as she stared at the door. What must he think of me now? I am nothing but a wanton woman, pushing myself on a man who doesn’t know me. Oh my, what things he made my body feel. I wanted to burn with it, yet there must be more to it than what I was feeling. But what more could there be?
Abby entered her room. Locking the door, she leaned up against it and sighed. Her heart was still fluttering so she took a couple of deep breaths trying to calm her thoughts. The bed seemed to call her name, her lids getting heavy as she made her way across the room. Maybe a good night’s rest will clear these ridiculous notions from my head.
She removed her robe, draped it over the end of the bed and climbed beneath the sheets. Her night rail proved too warm. Sighing, she got out of bed and removed it. Abby placed it on the end of the bed with her wrapper and slipped under the covers, the cool linen luxurious against her soft skin. She snuggled into the down feather mattress and took a deep breath. I can almost smell him. My friends were right, men have a most fascinating smell. The pillow she had laid her head on smelled lightly of lavender, and her hands smelled of Benjamin. She smiled and slipped into a restless sleep filled with dreams.
His hand reached for her, tipping her face up for his kiss. Abby molded herself to his body, melding them into one being. She wrapped her arms around his neck, arching her back, begging for more. Benjamin picked her up, carrying her to the bed, deepening the kiss, eliciting small moans from the back of her throat. Never breaking the kiss, he laid them down stroking her body freely. Tweaking one nipple in his fingers, his lips left her mouth, blazing a white hot trail down her neck to the other nipple. Sucking it into his mouth he suckled there and was rewarded when she threw her head back catching her breath. Smiling, he chanced a glance at her face before letting her nipple go to kiss her ribs and stomach. Abby was wriggling upon the sheets when his mouth took possession of her most private parts. Benjamin slid his tongue through the golden brown curls hiding her treasure and found the hard little nub that would bring her the greatest pleasure known to womanhood. He lightly nipped the rosy bud before delving deeper into her, stroking his tongue up and down her moist slit. One hand stroked her while his tongue journeyed in and out of her shaft, the other hand never having left the nipple he played with.
Abby moaned loud enough to have awakened herself. She was breathing heavily while one hand was stroking a hardened nipple and the other was between her legs, soaking wet. Jerking up in bed, she brought her hands out from under the blankets as her body, hot and sweating, shaking. Oh my, what on earth was all that? A quick glance about the room proved she was alone; Benjamin wasn’t there. Gasping, she collapsed upon the pillow, her cheeks pink. She covered herself completely before finally slipping into a restful sleep.
Posted by Z. Z. Murray on 9th Dec 2013
I read this when it came out as a paperback and currently own a copy. I have read other works by this author and feel that this and her Ravenwood series are the best. I can't wait for her to have others come out
Posted by Unknown on 1st Dec 2012
Abigail Preston is at the lowest part in her life after losing her father and mother. When she learns about the cruel request her father leaves in his will, she suddenly feels destitute and broke.
Benjamin Siddle is a Pennsylvania rancher seeking a wife. Actually, he needs more than a wife, but keeps that part out of the ad. When he meets Abigail, he is quite smitten with her.
Unless she finds a husband, Abigail cannot inherit anything. Deeply hurt her father would hate her so much, she answers an advertisement in the paper for a man seeking a wife, thus embarking on a journey to America. Benjamin needs someone who is able to withstand the harsh weather and sturdy enough to do chores, never imagining Abigail to strike such a warm sensation in his heart. Once in America, she learns life is not as easy as it is in England. In addition, someone seems to be stalking her and Benjamin in the distance. She can only hope this will be a marriage to allow her not just to inherit her father’s estate, but also to find true love.
The Bride’s Journey is a precious treasure. It is absolutely heartfelt and poignant, with vibrant characters that make the story very life-like. Benjamin is a sweetheart, with his caring and considerate ways. Abigail has so much heart and finds self-esteem when she is with Benjamin. Ms. Sorensen creates a breathtakingly beautiful story that has kept this reader glued in anticipation at every word. Combining the sweet with the twists and turns along the way makes this story one this reader would never tire of reading. Thoroughly entertaining, this well-penned tale has grabbed this reader from start to finish.
Posted by Tabitha Black on 31st Oct 2012
The Bride's Journey is a fast paced novella full of adventure and intrigue...and spice. It's a quick read, easily finished in one or two sittings.
Abigail Preston was reeling from the devastation of her parents' deaths when she got another blow. Her father's will stipulates that she must marry within one year or she would lose her inheritance.
Benjamin Siddle was in need of a wife. He placed an ad in a newspaper that changed both of their lives.
The Bride's Journey is a delightful historical romance that takes place in 1833, spans two continents and an entire ocean. Abigail is spirited, a bit blunt, and, more often than not, absent-minded. Benjamin is a hard-working and thoughtful frontier man who believes Abigail is perfect as she is. Can they overcome the obstacles that stand in their way?