The Story Behind The Negotiated Marriage

January 7, 2017

Today I have the pleasure of having Christine Rich guest blog.


Three Billy Goats Gruff


He huffed and puffed… oops, wrong story.


Once upon a time there lived three billy goats... No, no, that’s not it either.


Once upon a time there lived three young maidens whose job it was to farm the land in the absence of their wayward uncle. A cantankerous old troll, he was. Guarding the river as if it were his own and charging exuberant fees to cross on his ferry, he kept most folks from journeying near their land. Then one day he noticed the young maidens were of an age to marry and in need of good, strong husbands to keep them safe, but the lassies were quite full in their heads of fanciful tales of knights in shining armor. What was an old hermit like himself to do? Why take things into his own hands and play the matchmaker, of course.


For some reason, Three Billy Goats Gruff was my favorite fairy tale as a child. As I was considering various options for a new proposal, I decided after giving the tale a few twists and turns that it would make a great story line, and that is the story behind The Negotiated Marriage.


The Negotiated Marriage


A Business Arrangement 


When the railroad pushes to buy her land, orphaned Cameron Sims will do anything to keep the only home she and her sisters have ever known. Even if she must marry a stranger. But she’s determined her agreement with the mysterious, dashing man—who’s unlike anything the Kansas railroad town has ever seen—will remain simply business.


Duncan Murray doesn’t want a wife. He wants Sims Creek, a sanctuary that can help him forget a troubled childhood. But his reluctant, and captivating, bride-to-be is key to making his dreams a reality. And despite their business arrangement, Camy and Duncan might be signing on the dotted line for true love…



Christina Rich is a mother of four children, a grandmother of one, a romance author with Love Inspired Historical, Forget Me Not Romances, a photographer, and a painter, and she is currently working on several non-fiction books. She teaches writing workshops Writing for God’s Glory and classes on breaking word curses and breaking ungodly soul-ties. She is excited about a new adventure with P.E.R.K. Passionate Evangelicals Restoring Kindness and recently began Rich Ministries to carry on the legacy her husband began before he graduated to heaven, which focuses on reconciling people to God through Jesus Christ, helping equip the saints for spiritual warfare, and preparing them for the return of Jesus.

You can connect with her on Facebook at Author Christina Rich and on Twitter @Christinainspy


The Negotiated Marriage (November 2016) Love Inspired Historical

Dear Author (October 2016) Forget Me Not Romances

Rekindling the Flame (June 2016) Forget Me Not Romances
Captive on the High Seas (July 2015) Love Inspired Historical
The Warrior's Vow (July 2014) Love Inspired Historical
The Guardian's Promise (March 2014) Love Inspired Historical















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