In the Brides of the West Series, three orphaned sisters make a heart-rending decision to become mail-order brides in 1872. Faith is in Texas, Hope in Kentucky and now June is headed for Seattle to marry Eli Messenger, associate pastor to a renowned evangelist. Eli dreams of building a great tabernacle in the frontier town, but his friend, logging entrepreneur Parker Sentell, has reservations.
When Eli succumbs to fever, June decides to stay in Seattle and help accomplish his dream until she learns about the plight of the local orphanage and she feels pulled to support this mission as well. Parker admires Junes zealousness and finds himself falling in love with her.
Lori Copeland creates endearing characters and plunks them in engaging situations. (July, 256 pp., $9.99)