“Gideon’s Secondhand Bride” by Kristin Holt was a very enjoyable book. Millie Owens was married with a small child, living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her husband Oliver fought in the war and came home although Millie wished he hadn’t. The war changed him…made him a drunk, an abusive drunk. She feared for her life and her son’s life and decided she had to run away. Oliver had threatened her if she left, but love for her son propelled her forward. A good friend managed a mail-order bride enterprise and talked her into answering an ad from a farmer in Kansas. John Gideon was a widower with three young children and needed a wife to care for them. He intended this to be a marriage of convenience. He and Millie married, but Millie carried the truth about her marital situation and worried that Oliver would come to cause trouble.
I really enjoyed this novella and had a hard time putting it down. It was written to be easily read as is usual for Ms. Holt. I downloaded a free Kindle copy of this book from Amazon.com.