The Suffragette Takes a Husband
By Linda Gilman
THE SUFFRAGETTE TAKES A HUSBAND by Linda Gilman is a witty, playful, fun tale of two opposites attracting in a time and place where the lives of men and women couldn’t be more different. In this second book by humorous historical romance author, Linda Gilman, a proud Pinkerton tangles with one stubborn Suffragette. Parker Reams, wants revenge. Callidora Truworthy, wants independence. In this battle of the sexes it comes down to one thing: does a fake engagement have any hope of becoming a real relationship?
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Title: The Suffragette Takes a Husband
Author: Linda Gilman
Series: The Gold Rush Brides Series #1
Genre: Western Romance
Release Date: April 19th, 2016
Publisher: Golden Pen Publishing
Print Length: 227 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 9781523717224
Digital ISBN: 1523717224
Pinkerton agent, Parker Reams, is stuck in Nebraska without a horse, and he’s flat broke. Parker is prepared to stow away in a boxcar headed west to track and kill the men who murdered his brother. Out of the blue, a stranger offers Parker traveling money and free passage to South Pass City, Wyoming, that’s the very town where the gang he’s after is headed. To repay the stranger for his generosity, Parker agrees to track down the man’s fiancée and break off an unwanted engagement. Meeting with this fiancée should only take a day and be but a brief delay in his plan of revenge.
Callidora Truworthy is an independent woman with her mind set on being single. To end her father’s matchmaking, Callidora has hired an actor to pose as a horrible fiancé. The scrawny man in her tintype photo arrives on today’s stage. Based on looks alone, she’s sure her father’s going to dislike him. She has quite a shock when a rugged, sexy, six foot of strapping cowboy shows up as her fiancé. This man’s all wrong for the part of her fiancé. There’s no refund on a plan such as hers, and it’s too late to request a replacement actor. She’ll just have to coach this macho cowboy into acting more like a wimp and hope for the best.
What happens when a perfect plan gets a tangled twist? All hell breaks loose.
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Two seconds later, Callidora heard the creak of the cot. Her friend had abandoned her. So be it. She could handle this. It wasn’t the first humiliation she’d ever suffered. From past experience, she’d learned the best response to embarrassment—act like there was no problem. Slipping a hand through the bars, she gave a wiggly-fingered wave to the pair standing before her. “Hello, Father.”
At her greeting to her father, the handsome stranger’s eyebrows raised as if suddenly surprise.
Dan scratched his whiskered cheek. “Just what the hell are you doing?”
“Getting fresh air?” she offered not so assuredly. A curl drooped over her eye, and she nonchalantly hooked it behind her ear. “What have you been up to?” Her gaze cut to the man in the black cowboy hat, blue chambray shirt and remarkably tight jeans who stood beside her father.
The afternoon sun highlighted the tall stranger’s bronze eyes in such a way they sparkled with amber flecks. His deeply set eyes stared back at her in a half-squinted gaze, making him look dangerous. Excitingly dangerous. “Attractive as hell” came to her mind.
Callidora grabbed hold of the bars, for her legs suddenly became wobbly strands of yarn. Heaven help her, he had to be the most handsome man ever to strut boots in South Pass City, or all of Wyoming Territory for that matter.
Yanking his Stetson hat off his head, the stranger combed his fingers through waves of shoulder length, coffee brown hair. “Hello, ma’am.”
His greeting snapped her senses back to semi-normal, but she could feel the chili-pepper blush burning her cheeks. An all-over tingle caused her heart to flutter. In her entire life, she’d never reacted in such a manner to someone of the opposite gender.
I love the American West which is the main inspiration for both books in the Gold Rush Bride Series. But when looking at the micro-inspiration behind the plot for the first book, that came from what I like to term the “Razzle-dazzle Princess Effect.”
I’ve been blessed with two princess grandchildren. We watch a lot of princess movies. While they are engrossed in princess glamour, I see on their faces that dream all little girls have of becoming a princess when they grow up.
Those old western movies, and the TV show Gunsmoke sparked my thoughts. That show glamorized Miss Kitty, the saloon girl, the way Disney sparkles up Princess Anna in the movie Frozen. I toyed with the idea of turning a little girl’s dream of being a princess into a story with western flair. That’s when the heroine for my book emerged. Utopia is a young girl secluded away in a mining camp. When she’s very young she sees a fancy saloon girl (her princess). Utopia sets her cap to become a dancehall girl when she grows up.
Most little girls grow out of that childish princess dream. Not Utopia. Her saloon girl ambitions are very real, and she’s very determined to achieve her dream.
In “Suffragette Takes A Husband” inspiration for this book came from what I’ll term “You Must Be A Bride Syndrome”.
For many centuries, the idea of marriage was instilled in young girls from a young age. The standard, socially accepted view was that a woman was put on the planet to find a husband and raise children.
My heroine, Callidora Truworthy, is of a different mindset than what’s socially acceptable. She’s an independent spirit who feels she’s entitled to be single if she wants too. But she’s also a woman under fatherly pressure to get married. Callidora hires an actor to play the part of a horrible fiancé to prove her point that marriage isn’t for every woman.
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Historical western romance author Linda Gilman’s outrageous novels are vivid depictions of Gold Rush era saloon girls and cowboys that are delighting fans around the globe. The colorful books are full of humorous, independent heroines and wisecracking characters. Linda has become a distinctive voice with her funny stories and quirky historical tales.