The Diary of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas

This was a wonderful book.  I loved every minute of reading it.  Romantic without being graphic,  tales of homesteading and farming, it's just my style.

Mattie is surprised when handsome Luke Spenser suddenly appears at her door and asks her to marry him and move away to his Colorado homestead.  Everyone thought Luke would marry his longtime girlfriend, Persia.   A month later, Mattie is married and headed towards Luke's Colorado homestead, armed with a diary given to her by her best friend.  The diary becomes lonely Mattie's confidant as she struggles with the hardships of trying to start a life in an untouched country and getting to know her husband.  It records the births and deaths of her children, of life in a sod house, the friends who, in another life, she likely would never have spoken too, and the heartbreak of learning that Luke has not forgotten or left Persia behind.

It's a beautifully written book, and another one I have read more than once.