Carolyn Brown lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, three grown children, and enough grandchildren to keep her young. When she’s not scrambling to meet writing deadlines, she enjoys walking through her husband’s flower gardens. Her novel Love Drunk Cowboy is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Getting Lucky was a Romance Studio CAPA nominee, and The Ladies’ Room was a RITA Finalist.
Augustaby Carolyn Brown
Dressing in her fabulous red satin dancing dress, complete with black lace
Augusta "Gussie" Dulan is the only Dulan sister to make it all the way to California on the wagon train for brides. Each of her four sisters has taken off along the trail to marry up with a man they fell in love with and now Gussie is hoping to find a man to love here at the end of the trail.
Dressing in her fabulous red satin dancing dress, complete with black lace and feathered headdress, Gussie lines up with the other potential brides to see whom it is that they will marry.
Gideon Jefferson, the town preacher, takes one look at Gussie and is horrified at her saloon girl outfit, but things turn even worse when his number is called and he "wins" Gussie's hand in marriage. Gussie is less that pleased to be stuck with this wretched, assuming man. Neither wants to be married, so they make a pact that she will be on the first wagon train out after the winter. In the meantime, Gussie will come home with him and tend to his four young daughters and run his unruly house. It seems like a good arrangement.
But Gussie is much more than Gideon could have imagined. She not only keeps the house immaculate, the table filled with delicious food, the girls clean and happy, she has the women of the town following her example and turning Gideon's and the rest of the men's lives upside down.
Neither Gussie nor Gideon will admit they actually have feelings for one another. It takes a lot of courage, four little girls, and a whole town to bring them both to their senses.
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I read WILLOW, which is the first in this five part series and AUGUSTA is the last. Both hold your attention and move smoothly with great characters. You can read these books out of order and still enjoy the series. First impressions are hard to change, but this story regarding the preacher and Augusta (wearing her red dancing dress) is great. Please read, you will not be disappointed.