Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something about a broad-shouldered man, ready to take on the world and protect those he loves. That’s Drew Wallin from my March release, Would-Be Wilderness Wife. Drew has a lot on his hands, logging the massive trees around Seattle, managing his family’s wilderness farm, and improving his own claim along the shores of Lake Union. But Drew’s driving goal is to see all of his younger brothers and sisters safely grown. He’s definitely the strong, silent type, and it takes a lot to get a rise out of him. That’s why I enlisted his second brother, the dapper, witty James Wallin, to interview him for us.
James Wallin: Well, you’ve finally done it this time, brother. Gone and kidnapped yourself a bride.
Drew Wallin: I didn’t kidnap her. I went to Seattle trying to find medical help for Ma, and Doc Maynard couldn’t leave town. I didn’t plan on taking his nurse. I knew what the rest of you would think.
James: Of course! We took one look at Catherine’s pretty face and heard wedding bells. Better you than the rest of us. I just bless Levi for having the brains to grab her when you wouldn’t.
Drew: I wouldn’t call that brains. More like stupidity. Just be glad Catherine agreed to stay until Ma was well.
James: Oh, I am. Even if she is the bossy sort.
Drew: You call it bossy, I call it organization. She herded us all into line. We needed it.
James: Speak for yourself.
Drew, groaning: Not again.
James: Ha! Just like when Simon tricked you into reading that poem with Catherine in front of us all. You were playing John Alden, and she was playing Priscilla Mullins, and she asked you to speak for yourself in courting her.
Drew, smile playing about his mouth: She turned so red when she’d realized what she’d said.
James: And you wore that loopy grin for hours. Scared the daylights out of the oxen. What I don’t understand is why you don’t take her up on the offer. She’s smart, organized, and pretty. What more do you want, man?
Drew, smile fading: I have enough to do trying to raise you all to take on a wife, particularly one who doesn’t know her way around the wilderness.
James: In case you hadn’t noticed, Simon, John, and I are grown. We don’t exactly need your tender care.
Drew: And Levi? Beth? Should I just run off and leave them to fend for themselves?
James: You won’t be far. I can spit and hit your cabin from the main house. You know what I think? (Lowers his voice) I think you’re scared.
Drew: Terrified. So, leave be, brother. Besides, I don’t need to marry to carry on Pa’s name. There are four more of you to do that.
James, raising his hands: Don’t look at me! I don’t intend to marry, ever. Life’s too short to spend it worrying about the people you love.
Hm, sounds like both Wallin men need to find the right bride to help them see the beauty of love. What do you think?