Sedona, Oregon, is a beautiful, little town in the Willamette Valley. Unfortunately, there are not enough women. To that end, Reverend Jake Perkins plans a trip to Boston to bring back eligible brides. Deverell Blake accompanies him.
Arriving in Boston in the spring of 1873, it isn’t long before they have persuaded a group of diverse women to return with them. One of that number is Alessandra Rose Whiting. Upon the death of her parents, Alessandra’s future is in the control of her greedy Uncle Paul. She assumes the name “Rose White” and flees Boston, hoping to hide out in faraway Oregon until she can claim her inheritance.
This story has a good premise. The characters of Dev and Rose are likeable, as are the supporting characters. Their romance, however, feels rushed. For example, they have only exchanged 42 rather terse sentences, roughly 21 lines of dialogue each, before they are kissing passionately. Double that and they have progressed to heavy groping on the deck of the ship. I would have preferred a more relaxed pace for this rather sweet story.