1894 – Texas
Whether it’s riding bikes, catching snakes, or sliding down banisters, Essie Spreckelmeyer just can’t quite make herself into the ideal woman her hometown — and her mother — expect her to be. It’s going to take an extraordinary man to appreciate her joy and spontaneity — or so says her doting oilman father.
Sadly such a man doesn’t appear to reside in Corsicana, Texas.
It’s 1894, the year of Essie’s thirtieth birthday, and she decides the Lord has more important things to do than provide her a husband. If she wants one, she needs to catch him herself. So she writes down the names of all the eligible bachelors in her small Texas town, makes a list of their attributes and drawbacks, closes her eyes, twirls her finger, and…picks one.
But convincing the lucky “husband-to-be” will be a bit more of a problem.