After the Civil War, genteel Kathleen Deveraux finds herself in extremely straitened circumstances. Desperation finds her answering an advertisement to be the bride of a " handsome, prosperous lumberman " in Oregon.
Unfortunately, the "lumberman " turns out to be far from prosperous, and neither does he need a wife. Tanner Blaine has more important things on his mind, like raising four younger brothers and getting enough timber to fulfill his contract. The last thing he needs is a wife that his younger, addlepated brothers have sent for. Even if the woman in question, is a vision with black curls, violet eyes and makes his heart yearn for what his head tells him he can't have.
When Tanner refuses to marry her, Kate digs in her heels, opens a pie shop and soon with the help of Tanner's younger brothers, becomes unwittingly, the matrimonial target of every bachelor in town.
"Courting Kate" is an amusing and a very well-written gem of a story. The two principal characters are well matched, and the other characters of Tanner's brothers, such as Matthew, and John, and Dr. Thomas are well drawn, weaving a charming cast.