The Endearment Author:LaVyrle Spencer THE ENDEARMENT — After her mother's death, penniless Anna Reardon wants nothing more than to leave Boston with her younger brother, James. When James spies a newspaper ad for a mail-order bride, the two lose no time in responding and soon are on their way to the frontier settlement of Long Prairie, Minnesota. — But during the long, tedio... more »us trip west, Anna is almost overwhelmed by anxiety and guilt. She has led Karl Lindstrom to expect an experienced housekeeper and cook of his own age, 25, not a young girl of 17. Moreover, she has indicated that she will arrive alone.
The moment he meets them, Karl realizes that Anna is none of the things he wants in a wife, yet he accepts her and her brother as his own. But there is one other burning secret that Anna is trying desperately to hide from Karl, a final betrayal that she fears he could never forgive.« less