In “Love on the Prairie” by Ciara Knight, we see the destruction that the war left on the citizens, the communities, and those who bravely fought in this war. Abigail McKinnie and her sisters are left with nothing after Sherman’s march to the sea during the Civil War. Because they will starve if they don’t think of something to help, the sisters decide to offer themselves as mail-order brides. Although with seven young women looking not for love, but for security, the pickings in their community are slim to none. Abigail, as the oldest, decides that she will accept the offer of marriage from their cousin and travel to their cousin’s ranch. Her intention is to convince him to bring all her sisters to the ranch establish their home there. Upon her arrival she finds that her cousin has died and his friend now lives in the dugout home the cousin inhabited. She is determined to take over the property since she and her sisters are the only living relatives of the deceased.
Owen Baker has just finished burying his friend and finds letters to cousin, Willy, from Abigail regarding her travels to marry him. Owen is too late to stop her journey and prepares to send her right back to Georgia when she arrives. And THAT is the gist of this story. Abigail is determined to stay and Owen is just as determined that she go. What happens in between the beginning of the story and its ending will keep you up late reading. I enjoyed this book and would not hesitate to read other works from this author.
I received a complimentary Kindle copy from NetGalley.com and was under no obligation to post a review.