E.E. Burke's Best of the West: The Bride Train Collection

A bestselling series from an award-winning author… 
Taming the West one bride at a time.

Four women answer a railroad advertisement seeking single young ladies as brides for settlers on the Western frontier. The Bride Train carries them to a land plagued by violence and unrest…a place where passion rules…and only a woman's touch can tame it into love.

Prequel: A Bride’s Journey
Enjoy this brief introduction to The Bride Train Series, which provides a glimpse into the journal of one of the brides traveling west.

Valentine’s Rose, Book 1
An English nobleman searching for riches, an Irish laundress seeking love... Only in American would Fate be foolish enough to put them together.

Patrick’s Charm, Book 2
A disabled veteran’s fortunes improve after he hires a beautiful and talented performer, but when her past catches up will his luck run out?

Tempting Prudence, Book 3
An upright spinster is kidnapped to become the bride of a notorious bootlegger and finds an unexpected chance at love…if she’ll risk everything, including her reputation.

Seducing Susannah, Book 4

The arrogant railroad agent must marry a proper lady to reclaim his inheritance, but the woman he wants despises him…passionately.

The Bride Train is inspired by a series of true events that took place in southeastern Kansas shortly after the Civil War, when the government opened former Cherokee land for settlement. The railroads used their political power to purchase the large tract, and settlers who had staked claims under “preemption rights” were forced to broker deals with the new owner.

By 1869-70, riots broke out in protest of railroad land policies. Angry settlers burned ties and tore up track as fast as the railroad could put it down. Things got so bad that President Grant sent troops into Kansas to quell the violence. A more peaceful solution was proposed: a program sponsoring the immigration of single young ladies into Kansas to become brides and provide a “calming influence” on the unruly men. I couldn’t find evidence this program got off the ground, but what a great romance series idea!

The bride immigration program is first mentioned in my debut romance novel, Her Bodyguard, which is set against the same series of events in a different location. That scene inspired me to conceive an entire series about the railroad matchmaking service. The first question that popped into my head was: “What kind of woman would answer an advertisement to leave everything behind and go to an uncivilized land to marry virtual strangers?

Each of these couple is based on actual historic characters I found while researching the mail-order bride phenomenon. These stories follow four couples. 

If you haven't read the books, why not try your hand at matching them? Who would YOU put together and why?

The grooms:
English noble 
Saloon owner 
Railroad agent

The brides:
Widow with a young child
Famous actress
Irish laundress
Upright spinster

Don't give it away if you know the answers! ;)

All four of the Bride Train books have become Amazon bestsellers, and Tempting Prudence won a readers' and bloggers' book award for Best Western Romance in 2016. 

Take a ride on the Bride Train out to the American West and fall in love! 

This series collection is on sale for a special introductory price of only $2.99!  In a month, it will go to full price, $5.99, so grab your copy now.



  1. Congratulations on the success of the series.

  2. Thank you for sharing about your books they all sound so good I have not read any of the above but i will try to match them Here goes: An English nobleman with an Irish Laundress , Salon owner with a famous actress,bootlegger with the upright spinster, railroad agent and the widow with the young child! Congrats on all of these books they all sound so good