Nora Nolan, Author
What do you do when you're a writer and you finish a series - but the ideas keep coming for that same fictional town? You write a spinoff series! I had to do that because I fell in love with the town of Big Rock and the people in it.
The town has grown and more businesses have sprung up to accommodate the growth. Unfortunately, the growth has been mostly men. And they want women!
Harriet Smithers, a force to be reckoned with who has her own spicy desires she considers to the be the secret of her marital happiness, is the president of the Ladies' Aid Society. She's convinced the society needs to find wives for these men or they'll leave town. Thus is born their mail order bride efforts…
OPERATION BIG ROCK BRIDES
The Ladies Aid Society is determined to find brides for the bachelors who have moved to their town in the last two or three years. Their first attempt is for Angus Kelly, a red-haired giant of an Irishman. The society members have written to all their old friends across the country, and one willing respondent seems to be perfect for Angus: Nessa O’Shea.
At the same time, Detectives Deacon Snow and his brother have been hired by a bank in Rawlins to search for the criminals who stole a shipment of newly minted gold coins intended for three different banks. On the way to the San Francisco mint, with help from Deacon’s sister-in-law Lilac Indigo, they befriend a young woman named Tillie Youngblood. Tillie is headed for San Francisco, too. No one could have foretold the unexpected connection or seen the effect Tillie would have on all of them in such a short time.
Operation Big Rock Brides, Book 1
Opal McAllister is eager to travel to Big Rock. Not only will she be reunited with her childhood friend, but she’ll be married to one of the town’s most successful men. At nearly thirty years of age, she’d begun to think she might never marry - but she always held out hope. When Amy wrote to ask her if she’d be willing to become a bride of one of the many single men in Big Rock, she jumped at the chance. After corresponding with Henry Tucker for a while, she knew he was the man of her dreams.
The situation Opal encounters on her trip to her new home affects her deeply. Henry loves his smart, funny, fun, loving new wife, but he can see that fear has taken root in her and threatens to hold her prisoner. What will it take for her to release that fear, once and for all?
Operation Big Rock Brides, Book 2
Get married or go to prison?
Ruby Rankin is fuming. The judge has given her a choice: go to Big Rock and find a husband within a month, or spend a year in the Wyoming Territorial Prison. All those times she's been caught, she was only stealing food for survival. She doesn't want to get married; she is barely eighteen!
Jake Jernigan is a rancher. A handsome, hot, single, successful rancher who knows what he wants. And he wants Ruby.
But someone else wants her too. Can Jake save her in time to make her his?
Operation Big Rock Brides, Book 3
Lacy Hardy’s reputation is ruined and she is completely innocent. Her escort, Carl, had been a perfect gentlemen when he found shelter for them on that awful, stormy day. The storm lasted through the night and when they finally made it home the next day, rumors were already flying. Although they were only friends, Carl agreed to marry her, but he was murdered on the morning of their wedding. Not only was her reputation tarnished, but the law was determined to prove she was responsible for his death.
Emmett Burke was a blacksmith in Big Rock, and would have been the object of every young woman’s attentions if there were any available young women in town. The Big Rock Ladies’ Aid Society, acting on the request of the pastor’s wife who was a long-time friend of the Hardy family, determined that Lacy would be a perfect match for Emmett.
Scandals, unsolved murders, unscrupulous lawmen, untimely deaths — what else can go wrong for Lacy? At least she has Emmett, her larger-than-life handsome hero husband to fight her battles. But woe betide her if she crosses him!
Operation Big Rock Brides, Book 4
Nellie Lancaster had been raised by her over-indulgent widowed father and it showed. She was known to be rude, arrogant, and so spoiled that no man within fifty miles was interested in courting her, much less marrying her.
When her father grew terminally ill, he had to face the fact that it was his fault she turned out that way. It was up to him to remedy the situation before he died. He called upon an old friend and business advisor from Big Rock to come help him liquidate his estate. He also wanted Philip to take Nellie back to Big Rock with him and find a husband for her. They all knew any man set on marrying Nellie had his work cut out for him.
Wes Hollicker had been in Big Rock less than two years, but it was long enough to build a successful cattle ranch. He had detailed plans of how to expand and nearly triple the size of his business within three years. He only lacked one thing to make his life happy: a wife.
The first time Wes heard about Nellie he set his sights on her. So what if she had more spirit and fire than other men were willing to handle? Wes liked fire. He liked it a lot.
Operation Big Rock Brides, Book 5
Eager mail order bride Lily Holt is on her way to marry a man she’s only met through letters. She’s been offered the position of schoolteacher in the town, too. When she steps off the stagecoach in Big Rock, her fiancé́ isn’t there to greet her. Instead, she’s met by his best friend, Amos Cameron. Amos has to break it to her that Will, her fiancé́ and his lifelong friend, has died as a result of a logging accident.
Lily is gratified that Will’s last thoughts were of her well-being when he left her his home and possessions. He’d also made Amos promise to take good care of Lily from then on and to finish the work that remained on her house. He told Amos to marry her, too, but Amos couldn’t reconcile that request with his own conviction that Lily was Will’s woman. To fall for her would be betraying his friend.
Will Lily and Amos be able to work through their grief and move on with their lives? Find out when you step back in time to Big Rock and enjoy this tale of loves lost, loves found, and new beginnings. Revel in a time when men ruled the roost and women loved them for it, at least most of the time.