Jun 12, 10
Read in June, 2010
** spoiler alert **
sara McGee is 19 and living on the streets of New York after the death of her mother. She has one friend, a motherly woman, Mrs. Whitaker, the baker who gives her bread when she can. She also replied to an add for a mail order bride for a painter in New Hampshire in behave of Sara to give her a better life. She tells her of Tom Haskins return letter with money for a train ticket in it.
Tom is looking for love and companionship. He has a successful career as a landscape artist, but everyone says love is the missing part in his life at 30. He writes his sister, Claire to come to his home and play chaperon.
Sara is nervous and the welcome she gets from Tom's friends is all but rude due to her meager funds and her appearance shows along with her lack of social graces. Her manners aren't up to par either. Tom's expectations are dashed, but because he is a "Christian" he wants to help Sara, but he turns his wedding interests secretly to Annabelle, his friends, wife's cousin from an elite family in Boston. After Sara works hard under Claire tutelage to become a lady in appearance and poise, she overhears Tom and Annabelle's travel plans and marriage talk. Her hopes are dashed and she runs from the house and to work at a hotel to win her fare home to NY.
Tom comes to his senses after she is gone realizing her true place in his home and life. He turns Annabelle away realizing her beauty is skin deep and tries to find and make amends with Sara. He thinks he wins her trust again by escorting her from her workplace, but when she refuses him when proposed to he is at a loss. Then Sara learns of his trip to NY to find her and it wins her heart along with Mrs. Whitaker's letter of his visit encouraging her to trust her heart and give Tom a chance even if the start of their meeting was shaky.