In Cowboy Ranch Western Romance Book 1, author Laura Fletcher, creates a romance novel of faith and need. Jane Curtis, orphan, left the orphanage traveling to Colorado as a governess and house-assistant on Tom James’ ranch. Under the supervision of Rosa and with instructions to leave the cowboys alone, Jane finds a ranch filled with handsome manly cowboys. As a result, Rosa and Jane are at odds. Jane seeking acceptance and in need of security and love, finds the foreman, Jacob, fascinating.
Will the gentle nature of Jane, catch Jacob’s eye? Can Jacob forget the past and move on? Will Rosa and Jane forge a working relationship? My reviews of romance novel, Cowboy Ranch follows.
A Western Historical Mail Order Bride Romance (Mail Order Brides Go West Book 4)
The Wrong Bride contains a collection of 15 bonus westernromance stories and the lead story, The Wrong Bride. A fantastic deal for readers; a total of 16 mail order bride stories with a total page count of 1095, for the price of one. I chose to review the lead story The Wrong Bride.
STORY-LINE THE WRONG BRIDE BY EMMA HARPER:
In The Wrong Bride, Bethany finds herself pregnant and unwed. She has her friend, Carol, answer a mail order bride advertisement from a man out west, correspond, and agree to marry Cody Bowles in her name. Cody has a house ready and impatiently waits for his bride. When her lover and father of her child proposes, Bethany ask Carol to break the news to Cody; she will not be coming to marry him.
Carol unattached after recently breaking up with her fiancé, does not have the heart to write Cody the bad news. She wants a husband and family to love and if Bethany doesn’t want Cody, she does. She decides to take Bethany’s place and marry Cody; using Bethany’s name she arrives to find Cody very sick.
Nursing Cody, Carol has an immediate attraction to this large handsome man; Carol finds she can’t tell him she’s not Bethany. What is she going to do? Can she stand in front of God, in his house of worship, and marry Cody under another
A Western Historical Mail Order Bride Romance (Mail Order Brides Go West Book 3)
Tricked To Marry by author Emma Harper has Tricked To Marry and 15 other wonderful stories. What a buy, 16 stories for the price of one. I chose to reviewTricked To Marry and The Sheriff’s Broken Bride. All stories have a sweet clean romance set in the west.
STORY-LINE TRICKED TO MARRY BY EMMA HARPER:
In Tricked To Marry, we find Caroline, school teacher, in a small town in the west. Coming from the East for a new life in the west, she loves her job and the town. Desiring a husband and family, men are scarce and few are available. At twenty-two she’s given up on finding a husband, much less love, when fate steps in taking the form of Winona. Winona, friend, landlord, and confidant’s determined to find Caroline a husband; even if she has to tell a few lies and use subterfuge by answering a mail order bride ad. One candidate, Kenneth, appears on the horizon and Winona’s determined to get him for Caroline. My review romance book review of Tricked To Marry follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
In Tricked To Marry, we find, unbeknownst to Winona and Caroline, each have the same man in mind for Caroline’s future husband. Harper gave Winona a matchmaker personality which she used for Caroline’s benefit. Winona unaware Caroline’s already has her heart on the same man as Winona wrote, does all she can to get them together. I found it hilarious Carolina had met Winona’s candidate already and attraction followed on both sides.
STORY-LINE COWBOY CHARADE RODEO KNIGHTS BY BARBARA MCMAHON:
In Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights by author Barbara McMahon, we find Susannah Davis and Toby Palmer, joining forces to find the drug smugglers using the rodeo as a source of transportation. Susannah’s an accomplished barrel racer trying to make the finals in Las Vegas. She works hard, making a promise to herself to would never again become involved with a rodeo cowboy; rodeo cowboys lead to heart ache.
Toby Palmer and his partner, Kyle, are winning and placing high in the rodeo standings; saving for a ranch they have their eyes set on the big money in the rodeo finals in Las Vegas. When Kyle’s in a wreck, cocaine’s found in the door panel of his truck. Susannah and Toby join forces to find the culprits. Not only has Kyle’s truck been used as transportation, Susannah’s truck also has drugs stashed in the door.
Calling in Jessie Knight, private investigator and past rodeo companion, to ferret out the villain or villains and prove Kyle innocence, Toby and Susannah decide to play a couple. Susannah has trust issues and Toby has no plans for a woman in his life. But fate has different ideas for these two. Come join in the race to find the culprits and the journey to love. My romance book reviews for Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights follows.
Marriage By Proxy, set in the old west’s, a clean mail order bride story. As a bonus, the author Emma Harper, included 15 other stories in this book for a total of 873 pages. At steal at .99. Pepper Martin lives in Tall Grass, Georgia. The south has not been the same since the war and Tall Grass has changed even more since her father’s death. Finding an ad from Quaid McDaniels, seeking a wife; Pepper heads to Wyoming, a woman married by proxy in Georgia.
Quaid has not told Pepper his whole story and quite a surprise is waiting for her at Quaid’s ranch. Quaid’s father, crippled in a riding accident, is rude, hateful, and as mean as a rattle snake as he lays in his own waste and refuses help. Can Pepper change the hateful old man into a pussy cat? Will love come to Quaid and his new mail order bride? My reviews for romance book, Marriage by Proxy, follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Firstly let me say I chose to review the first story in this bundle. I enjoyed the story-line, finding it original and the characters
In Wildfire by author Emma Harper, the reader finds a sweetwesternromance which includes bonus content of 15 other stories. In the first story, Wildfire, we find Clara Southerby. Clara’s looking for adventure, not marriage to a cruel old man, Sheldon Niles. Niles doesn’t want Clara for herself, but as a brood mare he can control and use for his unseemly desires. Thinking he can force marriage upon Clara, she foils him by running to the western states. As a result, Niles not to be made a fool, sends his henchmen after her.
At the end of her journey, the first person Clara meets is handsome Captain Jason Halerow. He’s the darling of all the ladies. Meanwhile, telling a small lie to get the job she needs, Clara’s lie will come back to haunt her. Clara, no simpering miss, hired as ranch foreman for the Holmes Ranch, finds her niche. Independent, fierce, and strong, will Clara and Jason manage to forge a relationship? Will Niles henchmen tear Clara’s from her new happy life? My reviews for romance novel, Wildfire, follows.
Jean-Luc La Fontaine is tired of sowing his wild oats. So, after a disastrous summer in France, he’s back in Dry Bayou, ordering himself a mail-order bride. A new wife will help him forget about the siren with sapphire eyes…
Intelligence, wealth, prestige… It means nothing when you fall in love with the wrong man. So, when scandal chases Isabeau Montefret from France, she runs to America, determined to forget the man with the wicked smile.
Isabeau hoped becoming a mail-order bride was the answer to her problems. She’d change her name, start a new life, and lose herself in a small town. When she discovers that the man who disappeared with her heart is the man she agreed to marry, Isabeau settles in for the fight of her life.
When the one woman he’d left France to forget arrives in town, claiming she’s his new bride, Jean-Luc doesn’t know what to feel. Isabeau once made him believe in happily ever after, now he must learn how to keep his new bride at a distance, lest he lose his heart forever.
Can Jean-Luc be a husband to the woman who betrayed him? Can Isabeau convince Jean-Luc she’s his one true love? Will these two rediscover what they had once upon a summertime?
Set in Texas, Miss Hopeful Mail Order Bride is an emotional story of love and sacrifice. Sandra Birmingham, living in Rhode Island and the last child left home, despairs of ever becoming a bride. Living with a drunkard father, Sandra places her name in the mail order bride catalogue. Her friend Helen, already living in Texas as a bride, urges Sandra to accept the offer coming in the mail from Samuel James Edgerton. Samuel, divorced father of Betsy, seeks a wife to care for ill Betsy. He has no intention of caring for Sandra. Sandra and Samuel agree to marry for Betsy. However, fate has something much
Angus Trust is book 1 in the Grooms of Honor Series. Having followed Nolan and Elof in earlier books as they found their happy ever after, Hubalek takes us back to Clear Creek. Angus is the eldest of Pastor and Kaitlyn Reagan’s sons. Raised in Clear Creek, Kansas along with five other brothers, he was the only one to take up with the railroad train depot manager; where he developed a love of trains and the rails. He has been a railroaddetective for many years following after his love of anything railroad. After years of detective work for the railroad, he’s beginning to wish for a stationary home with a wife and family.
Daisy Clancy, raised in Clear Creek by her grandparents, owners of the local café, found herself side by side with Angus until the day he left Clear Creek for adventure on the railroad. Daisy left Clear Creek to get an education and work after Angus left. To say Angus and Daisy grew up together would be an understatement; they also fell in puppy love; or was it?
Fate has placed Angus and Daisy on the same railroad train headed to Clear Creek when a robbery occurs. Finding themselves alone at the side of the tracks will memories of old loves return? My reviews of romance novel, Angus Trust, follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Firstly, let me say what a wonderful cast of characters Hubalek’s imagination created for the Grooms of Honor Series. As I began reading Angus Trust, I felt I was returning to a beloved town filled with my friends, with everyone waiting to tell me the latest gossip and goings-on. A close-knit town, the Reagan family, although not of blood relation except two of the six, are examples of family love and unconditional support found in Clear Creek. Clear Creek’s a place of community love and support. I wondered how many of these small towns dotted the prairie and west.
Angus and Daisy’s romance is sweet but not without its trials as Angus tarried in staking his claim on Daisy. Angus, a man of principles, raised by a loving mother and a gentle yet firm preacher father, is also a moral man. He stands for what he believes regardless of the consequences. Daisy’s character is perfect for Angus. She’s an independent young woman, fierce when defending the ones she loves, yet still willing to follow the guidance of her man.
The plot’s steady and the story-line progressed smoothly as the story evolved. I loved meeting characters from earlier books again and catching up with their lives. Hubalek interwove the secondary characters into the story-line skillfully. In concluding my reviews for romance novel, Angus Trust, I found a solid well-written book filled with believable characters. I have come to love each one of them; except for the villains of course. Watching the town develop as the stories progress through each book is wonderful. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend.
ANGUS TRUST RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
I gave Angus Trust 4 well-deserved stars. If you have not read the earlier books by Linda Hubalek, I highly recommend you do so. Her vivid descriptions of the pioneer era and lifestyle is enlightening and vastly enjoyable.
Author Lynn Winchester’s novel, The Rogue’s Bride, takes the reader back to the west and the town of Dry Bayou. Aimee Prentice, on the run from her life in Alabama, comes to Dry Bayou as a mail-order bride. Gaston Mosier, harboring a deep dark mistake from his youth, decided he would send for a mail-order bride and to a small degree get on with his life. He wanted a bride who would be quite, biddable, unassuming, and have his children; everything Aimee is not. Upon meeting, Gaston appears cold and mean; Aimee gives the impression dull-wittiness, as well as, a fire cracker with a short fuse. But evil is also lurking in Dry Bayou. Is it waiting for Aimee?
Can these two come to term with their past, and forge a lasting relationship? Gaston needs forgiveness, if only to himself and Aimee need protection; will the misunderstandings, misconceptions, and secrets continue to color everything they do? My reviews for romance novel, The Rogues Bride, follows.
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Author Lynn Winchester out did herself with the characters of Gaston and Aimee. Gaston, as a lot of us do, carries guilt,
In Elof’s Mission, we are back in Morgan’s Crossing. Author Linda Hubalek’s story begins at the cemetery as Elof Lundahl’s placing an iron cross on Nolan’s father-in-laws grave. If you have followed the Grooms With Honor Series, you will remember Nolan from Nolan’s Vow. If not, Hubalek gives enough background in her stories to bring you up to speed. Hearing a wagon coming, he finds Swedish immigrant Linnea Meyer, her son Jamie, and Linnea’s husband’s body. Although the landlord came with Linnea to the cemetery, far from kind, he insist she vacate her home before nightfall.
Linnea a mail order bride of eight days, finds herself with a dead husband, a five-year old stepson, and no place to go. Elof, compassionate and with a good heart, offers to help her and Jamie. Elof, recently retired from the Army, is ready to settle down with a wife and family. What he didn’t count on was Linnea and Jamie. Traveling with Linnea and Jamie opens Elof to a new world of love, romance, and fatherhood.
In Seducing Susannah, author E. E. Burke continues her story of the train brides. Widow Susannah Braddock hasn’t found a husband, and Ross Hardt is still the bane of her existence. Susannah and the last 2 future brides live in the boarding house, working almost as slaves for the owner, in exchange for room and board. Needless to say Susannah’s son, Danny, at seven is a barrel of energy; never still and always into something. After his last mishap Susannah ’s told to leave. Needing a job and a place to stay, she doesn’t know what they will do. Coming to her rescue, Ross offers a job and a room. Ross has an ulterior motive. He needs a wife to inherit his father’s ranch and he sees Susannah as a prime candidate.
Susannah has secrets; secrets which can ruin her carefully constructed life. Secrets she can not tell for fear of losing what she cherishes most. Determined to win Susannah, become a father to Danny, and go home to Texas, Ross proceeded to court
Author E. E. Burke created an intriguing and satisfying novel filled with emotion in Valentine’s Rose. The first book in a new series, the reader will find everything needed for an enjoyable and entertaining read. Set in Kansas during the height of the railroad boom, the workers are desperate for women. Hoping to calm down the fights and destruction, the railroad devises a plan to bring brides out west.
The men nor the brides get exactly what they thought they would. Primarily, the men are dirty, crude, and unmannerly. The women are from varied backgrounds and do not look fondly on a marriage raffle with themselves as the prize.
Rose Muldoon, former laundress, grew up in the Five Point District of New York. No worse slum existed. Rose is looking for love and security in her husband. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rose finds herself married to Constantine Valentine, formerly of the English nobility. Can these two polar opposites forge a lasting marriage? Will Val leave Rose to return to England if he finds his fortune? Come and follow Rose
Author Linda Hubalek creates an adventure in the Montana Territory and Kansas Prairie in her latest book, Nolan’s Vow. Part of the Montana Sky Grooms With Honor Series Kindle Worlds. You will find adventure, misunderstanding, prejudice, and love.
Half-breed Holly Brandt found respite and work with Myrtle after her father’s death. Working as a cook and waitress, life has been good until Myrtle takes a fall and is injured. Working by herself, in Myrtles café, she meets Nolan Clancy when snow stops the train in their small town. As a result, many passengers are looking for food. Nolan offers to help in the café, after two obnoxious culprits harasses and threaten Holly. Although, Holly has found the life of a half-breed, full of prejudice and misconceptions, Nolan sees her as a person.
Myrtle surprisingly announces she is closing the café to live with her daughter. She assumes Holly will be welcome in her daughter’s home. They arrive to find a very different situation. Nolan traveling on the same train to protect Holly and Myrtle offers Holly work in his family café.
Upon arriving, Nolan and Holly are met with varying degrees of acceptation and prejudice. One surprise
The Forgiving Bride by author Emma Kingsly is a short sweet romance novella. Ms. Kingsly’s heroine and mail order bride, Sarah Woods, is a young widow running for her life and what she hopes is security and safety. Simon Stone hopes to find a companion, peace, and a helpmate. Can you run from your past or will the past follow? Can forgiveness come to these two or will they botch this second chance for happiness?
THE FORGIVING BRIDE, STORY LINE:
After the death of her no good husband, Sarah Wood is alone in the world with a small child, Ally. When visited by his low down criminal cohort, Sarah must decide the course of her life. As a result of his threats, she answers the advert placed by Simon Stone for a mail order bride. Although, Sarah is a Godly woman, she has insecurities which will follow her to Wyoming.
Meanwhile, Simon Stone decides it is time to go on with life and find a wife. Simon has secrets from his
Author Crystal Barnes takes us on a journey to 1877 Cater Springs, Texas in Win, Love, or Draw (Book 1 Marriage & Mayhem). Here we find an emotional adventurous love story between Catherine McGarrett and her husband Samuel.
Catherine, aka Cat, has prayed and looked for the return of her absentee husband for almost 6 yrs; she and her son, Benin, have prayed for him every night.
Addison Haley is a privileged rich young woman in Baltimore. At least she was until the police arrested her father for embezzlement. Addison, her mother, and young brother Benjamin, are forced to move into her Grandmother’s home. Her mother has retreated into her own world, Addison has lost everything including her reputation, and her Grandmother is going to send Benjamin to England for schooling. Addison sees no alternative; she must go west as a mail order bride.
What she finds waiting in Derby, Kansas is a nightmare; a disgusting foul bridegroom going by the
This is the story of the three Parson’s daughter’s mother and father, Helen and Albert. Albert’s father is a hard and unbending man of business. Albert has been called by God to be a Parson. Albert is disinherited after he refuses to turn his back on the Lord’s calling.
Helen is a faithful service of God with deep faith. After meeting Albert they begin a courtship. Helen’s faith
Annie Boone has penned a sweet tale of Charity Barnesdale and Eli Smallwood. Each children of parsons. Charity is the third daughter in The Parson’s Daughters Series. Eli is the son of Pastor Smallwood, parson of Charity’s church in San José.
Mutual attraction is instantly felt by Annie and Eli when they meet for the first time at Hope’s wedding. Charity is deeply devoted to her Lord, his work, and her church. Eli has just graduated from Seminary School and returned home to learn more under his fathers guidance. He will receive notice of Church placement shortly. Charity is frightened of love, the possibility of Eli leaving her behind, or the possibility he might ask her to leave her family.
It is always a pleasure and a privilege to read and review books by Tracie Peterson. This story will bring your emotions to the surface as the characters face grief, loss, and new beginnings all with Gods help.
This book has two excellent books; The House on Windridge by Tracie Peterson and as a bonus, Lucy’s Quilt by Joyce Livingston another talented author.
THE HOUSE ON WINDRIDGE BY TRACIE PETERSON
Gus Gussop had the world by the tail; a ranch doing well; a large ranch house, a wife he adored, and a baby on the way. Then fate stepped in and took his wife during childbirth. The anchor of Gus’ world was gone. Gus has no idea what to do with a child and no desire to try. He sends his baby daughter, Jessica, to his wife’s Aunt Harriet Nelson to raise; unknowingly sending Jessica to a woman who loves appearance,
The banker and the gypsy’s vehicles collide on a bad mountain road resulting in the death of the husband and the woman in labor. The story that follows this harrowing beginning is one of prejudice, abuse, preconceived ideas, community, love, and lives changed forever. Relax in your favorite spot and enjoy this wonderful warm novel from acclaimed author Debra Holland.
Once again we return to the close-knit community of Sweetwater Springs. We find the stiff, snobby, prejudice banker and hotel owner Caleb Livingston on his annual journey to Morgans Crossing for business, driving a little distracted and too fast. He will meet, in a dangerous curve, the vardo
We find Claire and Logan’s story in Book 2 of the Wings of the West; this a fast paced mystery romance revealing the mysterious life of Claire Waters. Claire’s life has not been a bed of roses, far from it. Come find out Claire’s secrets and Logan Ryan’s story.
Author Kristy McCaffrey has penned another winner. This time we have the story of Logan Ryan and Claire Waters, characters from The Wren, Wings of West, Book 1.
Logan heads to Las Vegas to check Claire Waters’ welfare; their ranch hand, Lester Williams, has not returned to the ranch after delivering Claire to Las Vegas. Logan finds him recovering from a fever; he doesn’t have a lot of information on Claire and her situation.
Logan, outside the White Dove Saloon finds a woman suddenly barreling out of the Saloon, falling
Come along to see what happens when an English spinster is paired with a tough American cowboy. You will howl with laughter and even cry a few tears. Sparks, snarks, and quips, are going to fly!
Americans Thane Jordan and his brother Henry parted ways years ago; Thane to the west and a ranch in Oregon, Henry to England to raise interest in his new invention for cotton mills. Both are successful in their business adventures.
Thane receives word his brother has died and he must sail to Liverpool to settle his estate. However,
Author Crystal Barnes has done it again! She has created a sweet lovely Christian western romance that will grab your heart and make you feel good. Originally released as “Lets Make A Deal”, it has been improved and expanded for your reading pleasure. This novella is the introduction of the Marriage & Mayhem Series; you will see these characters again in the first book titled “Win, Love, or Draw”.
Sarah Asher is no shrinking violet. She is a strong woman with opinions of her own; to
Author Janet Biery has crafted another heart-touching, warm, feel good novel. This is book 2 of the series, however, it is a standalone. I look forward to publication of book 3.
Jeanne’s traded in marriage to fur trapper Henri LeSouris in exchange for LeSouris’ furs. Henri and Jeanne are constantly on the move until Henri settles in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Kyles
A Crippled Mail Order Bride for the Unexpected Horse Whisperer: Benson Creek Mail Order Brides by Emma Morgan is a wonderful story.
I love a good western love story with a wonderful hero and a strong leading lady. This book has it all.
This is the last book in the Benson Creek Mail Order Brides. I am sorry to see them go as I have enjoyed coming to know the town the citizens. Perhaps Ms. Morgan will see fit to add a few more books to this series.
By Susan Davis Paige, Vickie McDonough, Susanne Dietze, Nancy J. Farrier, Miralee Ferrel, Davalynn Spender, Becca Whitham, Jaime Jo Wright.
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This is a wonderful collection of western romance stories of strength, love, romance, adversity, and faith in God. Each author is talented in story-crafting, plotting, and development. These stories are so well written and developed, if you did not know you were reading 9 different authors, you would think one author wrote the stories contained in this book. The authors are in harmony with each other in regard to writing style
Poor Cowboy With A Passel of Family Responsibility
Mysteries And Questions
This is the second book in the series, Marriage and Mayhem; it is a stand alone book and you do not have to read the first book to enjoy Love, Stock, And Barrel. This is a lovely clean Christian western romance. Ms. Barnes hooked me from the first page to the end of the story. Author Crystal Barnes has the art of story telling fine tuned.
In this novel, Dinah (D. J.) Lexington, a skilled gun smith, is on the run from an uncaring father and a
This is the story of a young woman, Mae, searching for freedom to become who she’s meant to be and the man, Paul, she goes West to marry as a mail-order bride. Knowing she will never meet a man in the East who will allow her to be her own person, she is off to the West and a mail-order marriage. Afraid and
In this novel by Author Hebby Roman we find Clint Graham sheep rancher and newly appointed Sheriff inquiring at the boardinghouse for a place to stay in town. He will have his hands full with the sheep ranchers and railroad workers at odds and his attraction to Abigail and her son. He has tragedies in his past he has not resolved.
Abigail Kerr Sanford, abandoned wife and mother, is a slave in her father’s boardinghouse. After an
Molly Hart was dead. She died along with her parents in an attack on the family’s ranch 10 years ago. The only thing wrong with that statement: Molly wasn’t dead and she wasn’t buried along beside her parents. She was alive and standing in front of Matthew Ryan on her run down family ranch.
Matthew had worked for Molly’s father and had carried guilt that shadowed all aspects of his life because
This is the first book in a wonderful series by Janet Biery, a very talented author. She is one of my favorite authors.
The Milch Bride By Janet Biery is great!
This is the first book in the Western Wives Series by Author Janet Biery. I found this an emotional roller coaster ride from sorrow to laughter and joy. I don’t think I have ever felt so many emotions reading a book. Ms. Biery’s talent is obvious to the reader as you journey through this story.
Why did Emma Morgan create Nantucket Murray as Gilbert Snyder’s mail order bride? Read on and find a wonderful story of disabilities of more than the physical.
Nantucket Murray is on her way to meet Mr. Gilbert Synder in Benson Creek with marriage in mind as a mail order bride. She was honest with him about her abilities except for one little thing. She stutters and all the men in Boston rejected her because of her stutter.
Gil as he was known, told her he had cattle, pigs, chickens and such. He didn’t tell her the pigs and chickens lived in his cabin or that he was short tempered, loud, cussed like a sailor, his cabin was filthy and he had few to none cooking or cleaning implements.
Whether you married for love or other reasons, read on to find 9 stories of marriage before love.
This is a wonderful collection of romance.
Character, Plotting And Development:
This collection of nine stories are unique in that the romance does not start until after the marriage takes place. Each is penned by a talented author and you will spend wonderful hours immersing yourself in this clean romance collection.
Each is a unique story of love after marriage and the problems that each must solve to reach a solid firm foundation for their marriage. The authors had the plot, pacing and development of the characters spot on. This book will leave you wanting more.
The Substitute Bride by Angela Bell
This story is a different take on the story book “The Ugly Duckling”, and
If you answered yes, this book is for you. You will meet 5 different couples that were wedded as mail order brides.
Mail-Order Marriage by Tracie Peterson, Mary Davis, Denise Hunter, Judith Miller, and DiAnn Mills Tracie Peterson, Mary Davis, Denise Hunter, Judith Miller, and DiAnn Mills Tracie Peterson, Mary Davis, Denise Hunter, Judith Miller, and DiAnn Mills is a treasure cove of reading enjoyment.
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This book has 5 novels of marriages contracted thru the mail to form solid, loving marriages. To say all is
She was physically deaf, He was emotionally blind to a wonderful woman!
This is another of Author Emma Morgan’s wonderful books about strong women with disabilities and their search for love in the Wild West.
In this story Sally Tidwell, a deaf young woman, is on her way to Benson Creek as a mail order bride. She’s tired of everyone treating her defective when they find she is deaf. Ms. Morgan created a character in Sally that is a hard worker, pretty, a good cook and home provider.
Ms. Morgan added drama to the story as Jeb has no idea his future bride is deaf. Jeb is expecting a whole bride not one that as he puts it “is as deaf as a tree”; he is floored when he realizes Sally is deaf. Jeb is stuck on her disability.
This book actually contains 5 stories that are sweet romances, each story is related; it is better to read them in this one book as the minor and major characters appear in subsequent books. Zoe Matthews writing talent is evident in this book.
The Unexpected Family: Amanda and Craig
Widowed Amanda and bachelor Craig each want to adopt a child from the train; they will find the love of a lifetime, as Craig has loved Amanda for years.
First is a story of an outlaw; Michael Hughes and a young woman pregnant and unwed, Cozette Camanez; both have never known love. Fate has a forever love in their future as these two find the love of a lifetime.
This is the first story in this four box set. Kristine is a young woman with a gambling father that has practically sold her to Robert Miller, a rancher and widower still in love with his dead wife, as a bride.
In exchange he will pay her fathers debts and enable her 2 sisters, Courtney and Patricia, to stay in finishing school. This novella is full of sorrow, jealousy, insecurity, sadness, and finally joy in the morning.
Ms. Wake and Fiffer filled this story with emotion and she added an adversary, Abby, for Robert’s affections. Though short this story was very enjoyable as we watch Kristine grow and Robert find he has a jewel in Kristine; they find their happy ever after.
Had the story been longer Ms. Wake and Fiffer could have fleshed out the story of the rivalry for Robert’s affections; this was still a short enjoyable read.
Ann Montgomery is a beautiful young woman wounded in spirit. She has a crippled leg and everyone she knows makes fun, pities her, or looks down on her disability. She wants a husband and family; at her friend Jolene’s urging she applies for a husband with Mary Hawkins mail order bride agency. What follows is a journey west where love is waiting.
Anna finds herself with two suitors but only one holds her heart. Anna prays for guidance from her Heavenly Father, and God handles bringing things to the proper end. For a short story the authors, Ms. Wake and Fifer, did a good job creating a love and happiness for Anna, I wish it have been fleshed out more, but I think in the coming books, we will find the stories will connect and complete a cohesive book. The bonus chapter at the end of the book was enlightening
The book has 6 of the sweetest, wonderful, and clean, in some cases hilarious, romances I have ever read.
The first book Here Cooks the Bride by Cathy Marie Hake takes place in 1879; a hilarious romance between a young woman Lacey, and the local blacksmith Jeff, in Cut Corners, a small town in Texas. She came to town to help her sick aunt, who is a miserable cook, with her diner. Between every swain in town wanting to marry her for her cooking, the 4 old men, retired Texas Rangers, that founded the town plotting to keep her in town to cook at the diner, and Jeff teaching her to make real Texas chili I laughed and laughed. This was a treat to read. Watching Jeff and Lacey fall in love was a joy. This was a clean Christian read with strong Christian values.
The 2ndbook A Christmas Chronicle by Pamela Griffin takes place in Cut Corners, Texas again in 1881. The four Meddin’ Old Men are at it again, this time trying to marry off Stone’s nephew Travis to Vivian who is clumsy and awkward. Travis
Victoria works in a boarding house in St Louis, Missouri as the cook. She arrived with two small boys in tow claiming they were her brothers. That was not exactly the truth; she took the boys with her when she left a saloon in Abilene two years ago to save them from the orphanage.
She needs a husband to help her care for the boys, provide a home, and a father figure. The boys keep asking for a Pa. She won’t consider a cowboy, as one had almost raped her; she had nothing but bad trouble with cowboys.
She advertises for a husband out west and travels to Promise, Wyoming to farmer Chet Barlow; he was the only that did not make reference to her wifely duties. The writers were very explicit in what they expected whether they married her or not.
Before leaving St Louis for Promise she served dinner to huge handsome cowboy, Colt McBride, from Wyoming in town checking on an inheritance left from his uncle.
Rosie Saladay raced into town in her worn out wagon and worn out horses on a mission. She needs a husband, and she needs him today. The local gambler, Wesley Morris, is determined to practically steal her land and mysteriously her husband was killed last week.
Everyone believes there is gold on her land, she has something more valuable to history, ancient cliff dwellings; her husband, Abner, swore her to secrecy.
Del Grant riding thru town, drinking and gambling decides to marry Rosie even without “boots under the bed” as they said in the west, a marriage of convenience and protection for Rosie who believes she will be the next one killed for her land.
Rosie, a mill girl, had come west to find her future husband, found he didn’t want a wife, only a housekeeper, so he could research the dwellings and artifacts. She lives a lonely almost destitute existence. I could feel Del’s emotions rolling off of him as he listened to Rosie describe her life.
I could feel Rosie’s desire that her late husband had felt a little something for her, fear of what was to become of her, and her determination to safe guard her husband’s legacy. The author poured emotion throughout this book, as we watched Del and Rosie grow into the people they were
The journey west continues in the latest installment of Western Wives books by Janet Biery. This story is told from Claire’s point of view. Claire is young, spoiled, vain, and immature as she starts this journey, it is our privilege to watch Claire grow into a mature adult by the time her journey ends.
All of Ms. Biery’s stories are full of emotion and this story is no exception. You will feel every emotion available before the end of the book, from envy, sadness, joy, and even the urge to smack Claire.
This was a hard journey for everyone with endless perils and dangers whether it was from inexperience or
This is the second book in The Three Goddesses series. Perez Cantana, the incorporeal spirit imprisoned in a pocket watch by three sister Goddesses until he completes three missions, is back in action for mission number two.
It can be read as a stand-alone book. I did feel I would have understood the circumstances a little better had I read the first book, which I plan to do. It did not take away from my enjoyment of the book.
Sergeant Marisol Sanchez is a DEA Agent under cover as things go wrong on her mission and she sent to
Hannah Kody is a fiercely independent 18-year-old tomboy that is tall and lanky. Hannah does not consider herself a beauty. She craves freedom and wants to control her own destiny without parental or sibling interference.
Trying to tame her nature, her parents placed her in a nunnery. Plotting to return home, her parents arrive to send Hannah to her brother, Chuck. Hannah needs to be his eyes, he is going blind on his ranch in the Kansas territory.
Franny Morena is one of the heirs to the Morena Ranch; her father has spoiled her by allowing her to work by his side in total disregard to societies rules of the day. Her brother Juan, will take over the leadership role once their father retires.
Franny knows no fear and will not fit into the mold that her family and the ranch foreman Felipe desire. Felipe has set himself as Franny’s protector, watching over her in secret to keep her from harm of her own obstinate ways.
She wants to work the ranch; to use her abilities, Franny can run the ranch as well as any man.
From the first few page author, Genevieve Turner, created a character in Felipe that has a big problem he would deny if confronted. He’s attracted to Franny and he knows he can never fit into her life.
He is on the outside looking in, sitting at the table but never sleeping in the big house, always the hired hand never the son. Ms. Turner gave us a look at class distinction in 1903, but this was overcome by Ms. Turner as the story progressed. Neither will he admit that he is close to loving Franny.
This book is part of a series; it can be read as a stand alone.
Miss Charlotte Marie Chastain, better known as Charlie, is not your ordinary frock wearing, every hair in place female. Miss Charlie is just a little odd and a tomboy of the first order; she does everything she can to not appear weak, dependent or female, wears pants, hunts, and swears like no-bodies business. Charlie has a hidden trauma that has cast shadows over her life and made her what she has become. Elijah (Eli) Sylvester, better known as Fixit around the fort because he can fix anything is considered slow, dim, a throwaway by most except Charlie. Eli spent his whole life being bullied. Eli is not slow nor dimwitted, he is actually very smart though shy, and he is Charlies best friend. Eli has loved Charlie for years; Charlie is clueless. That is, until she walks in on Eli naked. Wowzer, that was an eye opener for Charlie, both physically and mentally. Watching Charlie blooms from an unaware, emotionally stunted, awkward teenager in a 25 yr old body was amazing. Growing pains are hard in the teenage years, but for a 25 yr old this was especially hard; the trauma Charlie hides has stunted her emotional and
Beth Caldwell is the widow of a gambling man; she was always at his side except for the day he died. Widowed, serving as a lowly paid midwife, Beth Caldwell has problems of major proportions.
She lives on her small ranch with a cast of women misfits, the neighboring very rich rancher, Clay Dearborn, wants to marry her for her land and doesn’t want the misfits; a gambling friend is holding a $5,000.00 marker of her husbands and wants his money, and to just finish off a really bad day, she finds a
Ethan Barstow and Kate Kinsella are looking for the same man, Ethan’s brother Charley, in this action packed western romance authored by Kristy McCaffrey. They are under several misconceptions.
Kate’s looking for Charley Barstow to return him to his pregnant fiancé, Agnes. Kate mistakenly thinks Ethan is a killer and outlaw per Charley’s drunken ramblings. Ethan is looking for his brother Charley to mend fences and make peace. From conversations in town, Ethan thinks Kate is Charley’s fiancé.
They decide to continue the hunt together after an action packed rescue of Kate by Ethan. This story features two very strong people who believe the worse of each other, but know in their hearts it can’t be true.
AuthorKristy McCaffrey gives us raging river crossings, outlaws as Kate stated “the most inept outlaws ever”, mysterious appearances of Joe the Indian, a wolf called Bart is there when needed, attacks by Indian children, good and evil spirits, and attraction between two main characters that grows day by day until there is nothing to do but give in.
Kristy McCaffrey kept the story moving with a good plot, and sub-characters and lots of action. The story has more than a touch of the paranormal that was very enjoyable and added flavor to the plot, as well as the mystery. I
Author Ginger Simpson has crafted a western romance full of emotion. Get out the hankies because this one is a tearjerker.
On the Santa Fe Trail, Sarah awakes to a nightmare. Indians have attacked the wagon train on which she is traveling from Independence to California. Sarah was running from a forced marriage after her parent’s death. Everyone on the wagon train is dead except for Sarah and another traveler Molly. Sarah will become much stronger than she ever thought possible. Sarah does her best to treat Molly’s injuries, but Molly does not survive. Sarah dresses as a man and heads out, leaving a wounded Indian Gray Wolf, on the side of trail. Later she is rescued by Gray Wolf. This is the beginning of an emotionally story-line.
Come join them for a journey of discovery, love, desperation, prejudice and surprises.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING AND DEVELOPMENT:
The Author Ginger Simpson’s character development and descriptive writing was intense. The author sets a scene of graphic horror. The opening of the story was very powerful for me, as I could see the devastation, as she stumbles around the wagon train; Ginger Simpson’s writing was very vivid . Sarah meets many mishaps: hunger, heat, stampeding basin, an injured Indian, and snakebite.
Ben spent 4 yrs in Yuma Prison; aptly name “Hell Hole”. Those years turned him from a boy to a very bitter man, imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.
He had received treatment within those walls no one should have to endure. His one driving need is to prove himself innocent & seek revenge. After release he is near death on the banks on the river. Wisteria is a spinster caring for her widowed brother’s child, Robin.
Wisteria’s brother sent for her under devious means then left her alone with the baby in near poverty. Baby Robin just made me want to smile. AuthorDeAnn Smallwood created a wonderful character in Baby Robin; she brought a wonderful element to this story. Wisteria finds Ben, sick, fevered, and unconscious, nurses him back to
This is a wonderful western with Callie as the heroine. Her spinster Aunt Bertha, who late in life has recently married, raised Callie. The new husband has a nephew, who needs a wife. Aunt Bertha thinks Callie needs a husband.
Callie is a woman out of step with the time; she is smart, stubborn, independent, and determined. She refused to fit the mold of the day, so she runs away to find her dream, a bakery in South Pass Wyoming.
Woven thru this story are the realities of crossing to the west on a wagon train; this is the story of one of those crossings. Only strong men and women survived the trip, Callie is one of those women. Callie grows into a strong woman who has a smart mind that earned the respect of her fellow travelers.
Her opinions were respected and sought out. The way west was harsh, Callie became a woman who met each challenge as well as any man as she faces, raging rivers, heat, unforgiving terrain, disease, and Indians, earning the respect and love of the Seth, the wagon captain.
What a character in Callie, author DeAnn Smallwood created. I chuckled as I read some of Callie’s antics in dealing as a woman in a mans world. I thought I would howl when Seth was oh so
This book is a historical western romance with a paranormal twist, very well done by the AuthorJustine Davis. Josh Hawk is a well-known gun fighter, the last of a long line of Hawks.
According to his grandfather a mysterious book will appear to the last Hawk when needed. This book is a history of the Hawk bloodline and prophesies the Hawk bloodline will never end. After the victim’s widow, Kate, rescues him from hanging proving her husband was not unarmed when he attacked Josh, the book suddenly appears in his saddlebag.
The widow, Kate, greatly abused by her husband, is left alone to run their general store. Josh feeling guilty decides to stay and help her. Between the book and his growing attraction
This is the 2nd book in a series and occurs after the Civil War. Can be read as a stand-alone.
Maggie Thomas is a Pinkerton Detective Agent under orders to either prove or disprove Garrett Thomas, father to Elise and Toby, is the Whistle Stop Bandit, while appearing as a delicate, charming, unassuming, ladylike mail-order bride Garrett ordered.
This is a little hard to carry out for out spoken, opinionated, independent