Vickie McDonough

The Pioneer Promises Series

Pioneer Promises is an exciting series set in 1870s Kansas! Aaron, Josh, and Ethan Harper are brothers who help their parents run the Harper Stage Stop, one of the first stops on the Santa Fe Trail for pioneers traveling west. As the railroad crosses Kansas and stage service dwindles, the Harper brothers must to adjust to survive. But change isn’t always easy. Follow their stories in the Pioneer Promises series.    

A City Girl Far from Home…Sarah Marshall just wants to go home. It wasn’t her idea to leave Chicago and head west in search of gold, but her uncle’s ambition left her no choice. Neither was her intention to settle in Kansas City with her ailing aunt, but being penniless and without possessions brings little bargaining power. Pretty soon, she resigns herself to her fate, however unfortunate. It isn’t as if she has a home to go back to. A Country Boy Seeking to Right a Wrong…Ethan Harper, the youngest of three brothers, enjoys a peaceful existence helping run his family’s stage shop along the Santa Fe Trail. Only one cloud continues to darken his horizon–guilt over the tragic death of his oldest brother’s wife. The only acceptable penance Ethan can think of is finding another woman to marry his brother and help raise his motherless children. A Match so Incompatible, It Just Might Work…When a series of misfortunes strands Sarah Marshall and her aunt at the Harpers’ Stage Stop, the status quo is overthrown as the presence of an attractive young woman, however unversed in the ways of prairie living, wreaks havoc on the lives of the Harper brothers, all three of them vying for her attention. But will any of them prove himself worth giving up the life Sarah always dreamed of?

A Young Woman Dreaming of Freedom…Sophie Davenport feels like a prisoner in her own house. All her life, her overprotective parents have taken every possible measure to keep her from anything that might exacerbate her asthma-in other words, just about everything but reading and needlework. Yet Sophie longs for adventure…and for love. She determines to prove to her parents-and herself-that she can live a normal life, but she fears she may be relegated to the lonely life of a spinster. A Young Man Dreaming of a Family…Josh Harper is far more bookish than his brawny brothers. he grew up helping at his family’s stagecoach stop in Kansas but now works in the small town of Windmill, where he manages his uncle’s bank and tries to keep up with his young niece and nephew, who live with him so they can attend school. Though the children are a handful and keep him busy, Josh yearns for a family of his own, but eligible females are not exactly plenteous on the prairie. A Reality That Seems to Stand in the Way…When Sophie’s aunt, a resident of Windmill, falls ill and requires help, Sophie volunteers. Despite his hesitation, her father finally relents and lets her go, as there is no other option. Her new role brings her into contact with the children boarding at her aunt’s home-and with the handsome uncle of two of them. Is there a larger purpose in her coming to Windmill? Or will Josh Harper reject her, if not for her asthma attacks, then for the rocky nature of their relationship?

Janie Dunn’s life changes when, at the request of her dying cousin, she flees with her cousin’s newborn son to protect him from his abusive father. She moves to Kansas, but things take a dire change when her brother is killed. Is a marriage of convenience to kindhearted Aaron Harper the answer to her problems? Is Kansas far enough away from New York that they are safe from the baby’s father?