by Faith Blum
Book 1: I Love Thee
Mom and Dad dead STOP Please come STOP Gage
Confirmed bachelor, Cole Baxter, finds himself raising his sister’s four young children. After one week of leaving his ranch in the hands of his foreman to take care of the grieving, needy children, he has to admit the task is beyond him and he needs help. But hired help won’t suffice: those children need a mother’s hand. Cole needs a wife.
“It’s a great picture of how God can make something beautiful out of a sad situation.”
“A short but sweet romance.”
“Likable characters and authentic to the time period, I’d highly recommend this story to those who enjoy historical Christian romance.”
Book 2: Pass Me Not
Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief
Kneeling there in deep contrition
Help my unbelief
Timothy is at his wit’s end. His twelve year old half-sister has run off five housekeepers in almost a year. Since their parents died, she has grown wilder than ever. What can he do? As he looks for a new housekeeper, his eye catches sight of a mail order bride advertisement. One young lady has a younger sister and sounds like a God-fearing woman. Could this be the answer to his dilemma or will Louise run her off, too?
“Abigail is probably my favorite of Faith Blum’s heroines.”
“Fans of Christian stories will enjoy this sweet read.”
Book 3: Redeemed
Mail Order bride seeks wealthy Western man. Write Mona Sommers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Alexander Granger is tired of his father’s lectures and sermons. It’s time for payback. His plan is to pretend to marry a woman and scandalize his father when he finds out they aren’t really married. Will Mona accept his offer? Can Alex get away with his plan?
“A totally engaging story!”
Book 4: Just a Closer Walk
I am weak, but Thou art strong
Jesus, keep me from all wrong
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Katie and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They start talking and find out they are both headed there to become mail order brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is going to happen to them? Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is happening?
“Perfect for curling up for an afternoon summer escape.”
Book 5: Just As I Am
Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Eve and Evangeline Collins are adventurous twins who decide to take a risk and head west as mail order brides. Their parents are less than pleased, but do nothing to stop them. Eve and Eva don’t realize their danger until they stop just outside Cheyenne. Will they ever see their family again?
Book 6: Blessed Assurance
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Adelaide lost her parents a year before and now a rich man in town is making unwanted advances toward her. Desperate, she writes to two men and quickly accepts the one from Cheyenne, Wyoming. On the final leg of her journey, in a stagecoach with four other mail order brides, her suspicions are confirmed. Will she ever find a man she can truly trust?
CIR: What inspired this series?
BLUM: When I wrote my novel, Amazing Grace, there was a minor character who had one chapter to shine. After writing that chapter, I couldn’t just leave him there, so I wrote I Love Thee about him. With the other novellas in this series, I take minor characters from my novels who desperately want to tell their stories and tell them. In my novel, The Solid Rock, something similar happened. There are 5 young ladies who arrive in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to become mail order brides, but find out that something wasn’t quite right. Just a Closer Walk, Just As I Am, and Blessed Assurance contain more detail about each of the young ladies than I could put into the novel.
CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this series?
BLUM: I loved that I could get into the mind of some rather desperate bachelors and mail order brides and write their stories of marriage and then how they each fell in love over time.
CIR: What did you learn about these “side” characters while writing their stories?
BLUM: That they can really take over your story. I knew that before, but there were certain characters (Rhoda from I Love Thee, Louise from Pass Me Not, and Clarence from Redeemed, Benjamin from Just a Closer Walk, Evangeline from Just As I Am, and Titus from Blessed Assurance) who especially took over certain parts of the stories.
Learn more about Faith Blum and her writing at www.faithblum.com