A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado (Brides & Weddings)

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An ever-resourceful widow, Elenora Watkins arrives in El Dorado ready to go into partnership with Miles Rutledge. When he refuses, Elenora becomes the competition across the street. Is this town big enough for the two of them? Miles can't help but stick his well-polished boot in his mouth whenever he comes face-to-face with Elenora. Can he find a way to win her heart while destroying her business? Miles's mother, Maude, is bent on Elenora becoming her new daughter-in-law while Elenora's daughter, Tildy, thinks Miles would make a perfect papa. How far will these meddlers go to unite this enterprising pair?

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California is a Christian historical romance novel.

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Elenora Watkins is determined to provide for herself and her daughter without relying on anyone else. Can she run a successful business after falling for the competition? Miles Rutledge finds himself willing to do anything to keep Elenora in town. But can he win her heart while putting her out of business?

From the Author:

As a native Californian, I find the history of the Golden State fascinating. I live in the heart of California's Gold Country at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. I love this area and wanted to bring it to life in my story.

I chose the year 1870 for A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California because the state had become quite settled by then. Mining was still taking place, but fortune-hunting had ceased to be the primary focus. Merchants and farmers were prospering. Culture had gained a foothold. At that time, my town of Placerville boasted a philharmonic society, a brass band, and a roller skating rink.

El Dorado is a small Gold Rush-era town not far from where I live. Today it's a sleepy suburb along historic Highway 49, but in 1870 it was a thriving community. I read about a successful merchant who lived there and was intrigued. I could find very little about him, but being a writer, I could imagine what such a man might have been like. From that nugget, my hero began to take shape. When I learned that women in California could own businesses in their own names from the state's earliest days, I decided my heroine would be a shopkeeper, too, one in direct competition with the hero.

I had a blast bringing Miles and Elenora to life on the page. They became my dear friends, as did Miles's meddlesome mother, Maude, and Elenora's precocious daughter, Tildy. I love the interactions between these four, but the fun didn't stop there. I peopled the town with many other interesting characters.

I hope you have as much fun reading Miles and Elenora's story as I did writing it.

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