Book Description: Gideon’s Secondhand Bride

Book Description Gideon’s Secondhand Bride

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A Sweet Historical Mail Order Bride Romance Novella (Rated PG)


Book Description: Gideon’s Secondhand Bride


Kansas 1870

The last thing John Gideon wants is another wife.
Mere weeks have passed since John buried his wife, but he must trudge forward. For the sake of his three little ones, he has no choice but to remarry. His mail order bride must agree– this marriage will be strictly business.

Permilia is desperate to flee the bonds of marriage…
The War Between The States cost Millie her kind, gentle husband. He came back in body, but his soul was ravaged by war. To save herself and the life of their toddler son, she leaves her abusive husband though she has nowhere to go, no money, no family. A single option surfaces– a farmer has sent for a mail order mother, housekeeper, and help-meet. It’s a marriage in name only, so she justifies disappearing into the west and keeping her secrets.

…a marriage her husband vowed she’ll never escape.
Oliver Owens warned Permilia the only way she’d leave him would be through the undertaker. It’s only a matter of time before he catches his runaway wife.

He doesn’t want a wife.
She doesn’t want a husband.
Marriage of convenience?

Novella-length (approx. 35,000 words, 126 paperback pages) sweet/wholesome historical romance complete with a hard-won happily-ever-after.

Gideon’s Secondhand Bride is a FREE Read with kindleunlimited.




A Pinterest Board was so much fun to build for Gideon’s Secondhand Bride. I’ve gathered photographs of the tools used by pioneers on the frontier, the Enfield rifle John Gideon owns, and log cabins of the era. More pics of calico work dresses Permilia (Millie) wore. History can be gloriously visual!


Kristin Holt | Pinterest Board for Gideon's Secondhand Bride

A Pinterest Board for Gideon’s Secondhand Bride


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New Covers!

This original image served Gideon’s Secondhand Bride well!

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Original book cover for Gideon’s Secondhand Bride.

Book Cover Image: Gideon's Secondhand Bride by Kristin Holt, USA Today Bestselling Author.

Isn’t this new cover lovely? This brand-new cover will be on kindle within a few days; paperbacks? perhaps next year. Image Copyright © Inspire Creative Services.


Series Description:

Gideon’s Secondhand Bride is book 1 in Six Brides for Six Gideons Series by Kristin Holt.

Kristin Holt | Series: Six Brides for Six Gideons


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Short YouTube video

Demonstrates the loading and firing of the Parker Hale P53 Enfield Rifle Musket. Watching this video will enrich your reading experience (yes, John Gideon owns a rifle as most frontier settlers did–if they could afford it).





Updated August 2022
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