Josephine (Josie) Parker's birthday is coming up, which means she'll have to leave the Chicago orphanage where she's lived her entire life. With nowhere to go and no future to look forward to, she agrees to become a mail-order bride to Cooper Thompson, a rancher in Coldwater Creek, Montana.Cooper Thompson is happy with his life. He has his ranch, his family, and enough money to get by. He doesn't need - or want - anything more, especially a wifeWhen Josie arrives in Montana, she's shocked to learn that Cooper didn't write the letter asking her to marry him, and that he knows nothing about it. He is furious when he discovers who is responsible, but when he learns the reason why, he reluctantly offers to marry Josie. Is Josie destined to be an unwanted bride forever? Or can she and Cooper build a life together despite the circumstances that brought them together?