Faith 19, and her two younger sisters have decided to become mail order brides in order to relieve their aunt of any more expense on their behalf. Faith's adventure has her answering an ad to become the bride of wealthy Nicholas Shepherd in his mid thirties. He resides in Deliverance, TX with his mother. Liza.
Faith's unusual arrival in Deliverance is only the beginning of some rather bizarre occurances which prevent the wedding from taking place several times. Instead, Faith tests the patience of Liza her future mother in law by preferring outside, tomboy activities to domestication. Faith cannot figure out what makes this man and his mother tick, since they seem to have plenty of money but refuse to spend it, and although they are rich and well known, they still do not seem very happy with life.
As Faith becomes acquainted with the townspeople and church folks, she is especially fond of little five year old Adam, who is blind. His father, Dan, is a young widow with two other children. Since Faith is not married yet, she feels free to help Dan out with the children. This act of kindness causes her great distress from Liza and distrust and jealousy from Nicholas.
Although the book introduces many different families, it centers on Faith's adventures as she seeks to establish her worth while wondering if her marriage is ever going to take place. The one single obstacle she cannot overcome is the selfish, moody, controlling mother of her fiance. Liza is a widow who now refuses to relinquish her hold on her only child, Nicholas.
Nicholas puts his work and his cattle ranch above anything else, and postpones the wedding once more to prevent leaving a young bride home alone while he is out on a cattle drive. It is during his absence that Faith pursues her dream to start a school for the blind since she cares so deeply for little Adam and wants to teach him to read. Liza does NOT share this dream and in a very ugly scene, she issues an untimatum to Faith that leads to dire consequences. When Nicholas returns, he is shocked, sad and angry.
The end result is worth the read, and I am anxious to get to book two in this series, Brides of the West.