Book Description: Marry by Christmas or return to Indiana, is what the deacon has ordered of Reginald Landers, a preacher who has found his calling in the Goldfields of California. Reginald had never intended to get married, preferring to focus solely on the Lord's work. The deacon's surprise request makes sense when the deacon's single young niece, Emily, arrives. Emily is sweet and kind, everything that a preacher's wife should be, but who is the loud, brash woman she's befriended on the journey? Cassandra is the opposite to Emily, but Reginald finds her strangely appealing. With time running out before Christmas, will Reginald be able to fend off the other men who are interested in Emily in time to make his intentions known? Will the deacon's threat force Reginald into a hasty decision he might regret forever?