This is book 3 in the Mail Order Bride series.
Hetty Wentworth has suddenly become the single parent to two children, Grace and Griffin, when their "mother" dies. She has nowhere to go and the children need someone to take care of them so she takes the place of Karl Norwood's mail order bride.
Karl knows something is not right when his bride arrives and is much younger than she is suppose to be. The children she arrives with look nothing like her and are much older than the little children he thought he would be meeting.
Hetty is suppose to be a widow and doesn't know how Karl will react when he finds out that she is still a virgin, so even though Karl is very attracted to Hetty, he agrees to wait to consummate the marriage until the newlyweds know each other better.
Karl knows that his wife is hiding things from him and is just waiting to find out what they are. Hetty is nervous about Karl finding out the truth and fears that he will kick her and the children out of his home when he finds out the truth.
Hetty is beginning to make a family of the foursome when the truth finally comes out. Will the family remain intact when all is revealed?
OK, it's been awhile since I have read a book by Joan Johnston. Most of her recent books are modern and I don't read those. It took me a long time to get into this book. It just didn't seem to be up to the quality of her previous books that I had read. It was probably not until about half way through the book that I became engaged enough to want to read it to the end. Having said that, I will be getting copies of book 1 and 2 in the series to read.
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