Message From The Author

Author's Message

The Brides of Prairie Gold

I've been interested in mail-order brides from the time I first began writing romance novels. I wondered why a woman would subject herself to an arduous and dangerous two thousand mile journey to marry a man she had never met and didn't know.

The closed society of a wagon train also fascinated me. How did the people manage to get along with each other during six long months of hardship and friction? Would they hate each other or love each other at the end of the journey? How would the long, difficult trek change them? These are the questions at the heart of the Brides of Prairie Gold along with two wonderful love stories.

As the book took shape in my mind, twelve women stepped forward and revealed their reasons for leaving the safety of a known life in favor of marrying a stranger in Oregon. Their reasons were unexpected and as different as they were. The brides were more complex than I had imagined they would be, more passionate, and more challenging.

Perrin Waverly had been the mistress of a powerful man, Augusta Boyd was a spoiled belle. One of the brides was a runaway, one was an addict. Two were sisters with an uneasy relationship. Another was a murderess. All had their own stories, their own secrets and private reasons for going west.

Then the men stepped forward, wonderful exciting men equal to the task of escorting twelve green-horn women to the husbands awaiting them in far-away Oregon. Cody Snow, a wagonmaster with a painful past; Webb Coate, the half breed scout with a secret. Everyone on this wagon train has his or her secret, secrets that explode before they reach their final destination.

When I started writing The Brides of Prairie Gold, I didn't anticipate the profound impact this book would have on me. I didn't expect that my twelve brides and six men would take me on a private journey of my own, or that I would come to admire their raw courage and persistence so deeply. Their passion, their love stories, and their gutsy determination inspired me.

And I needed inspiration, for never have I written a book under such difficult circumstances. We were involved in a ten-month remodel project while I was writing. My husband hung a plastic canopy over my desk to catch the dirt and debris raining down on me and my computer. The noise was loud and constant.

On the other hand, like my twelve brides, perhaps I needed a little adversity to grow and do my best work. The brides of Prairie Gold has garnered fantastic reviews, and it has been selected as a Doubleday Bookclub featured alternate, which is a dream come true for me.

Readers may write to Maggie Osborne c/o Warner Books, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020


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