01 November 2019

The Telegraph Proposal | Excerpt + Giveaway


In the rough and rugged Montana Territory, the journey to true love is filled with unexpected twists–and sweet rewards–for daring frontier women who faithfully believe every heart has a home . . .

With the help of the Archer Matrimonial Company, Yancey Palmer has finally put Hale Adams, the man she’s loved for ten years–sometimes not wisely or well–behind her. Yancey is so sure of her love for the man the agency matched her with, she readily promises a friend that she’ll help Hale with his mayoral campaign without chasing him.

Hale has also engaged the services of the matrimonial agency. He’s so pleased with one lady, he requests that she join him in Helena to commence a sixty-day courtship. But instead, the Archer ladies arrive in town to reveal the true identities of both Hale’s and Yancey’s matches: each other. Can they look past their misunderstandings and hurt to see that they are still a perfect match?

Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: October 29, 2019



Mrs. Archer held out both hands as she walked closer. “I’m so sorry, my dear.” She drew Yancey into a hug

“I don’t understand what’s happening.” Yancey pulled away.

“I think you’d better sit down for this.”

Yancey obeyed, her stomach hard with dread.

Mrs. Archer looked at the floor, drawing a deep breath before raising her eyes to Yancey. “While you and my daughter were having tea last January, Antonia decided you and Mr. Adams would be a perfect match as long as you didn’t realize you were being set up together. She began a correspondence courtship between you as Portia York and Mr. Adams as Nathan St. John.”

Yancey slapped a hand over her mouth. She had no breath to form words, even if she could think of something to say. Nathan—her dear Nathan—was gone. Had never existed except as a figment of someone else’s imagination. It was like hearing about Joseph Hendry’s murder all over again. She closed her eyes and concentrated on forcing air into and out of her lungs.

“To maintain your confidentiality, Antonia opened your letters to him, recopied them in her own hand, and then sent them to Mr. Adams. She did the same in reverse, typing his letters to you.”

Yancey swayed. She let go of the hold over her mouth to grip the edges of the chair. She’d once asked why he typed his letters. He replied that his handwriting was illegible. She’d thought it odd because he was an educated man. A college graduate. Someone with that level of schooling wouldn’t have illegible handwriting.

It wasn’t odd. It was a deliberate lie from a woman she’d considered a friend.

She pressed one hand to her nauseous stomach. Her private letters—her intimate communications—had been read by Antonia. Even worse, by Hale.

Yancey tasted bile and opened her eyes to look for a waste bin in case her breakfast came back up.


Becca Whitham (WIT-um) Award-winning author, paper crafter, and Army wife, Becca and her twelve-foot long craft cabinet follow her husband of thirty-five years wherever the army needs a good chaplain. She thinks the cabinet should count as a dependent. So far, neither the army nor the IRS is convinced. In between moves from one part of the country to the other, she writes stories combining faith and fiction that touch the heart. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. 

Gina Welborn is the bestselling author of twenty inspirational romances, including the Montana Brides Romances from Kensington Publishing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of American and American Christian Fiction Writers. Sharing her husband’s passion for the premier American sports car, she is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum and a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. Gina lives with her husband, four of their five children, a rabbit named Hobbit, and two cats that don’t realize rabbits are edible.


(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and a Montana huckleberry syrup and jam gift box!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 28, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 4, 2019. US only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.



  1. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway! Book looks cute!
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  2. thank you for posting this. This cover is lovely. Oh my this sounds like a wonderful book that would be hard to put down

  3. I really enjoy historical fiction and this book sounds like a really great read. Very pretty cover.

  4. I love the cover. Thank you for the opportunity! đź’•

  5. Sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your book and for the giveaway also. Greatly appreciated!

  7. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "The Telegraph Proposal" by Becca Whitham & Gina Welborn.

    Enjoyed reading the excerpt and can't wait for the opportunity to read the book.
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