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Mail-Order Brides of the West
Listed as "Spicy", for there is a "Clean" version by a similar name for those that don't want any kind of lusty thoughts or feelings in their reading. Historical Romance that is book 3 of the Brides of Paradise Ranch Series. It is my first of this series as I have not read any of the others.
♥ Story ♥
Mr. Haskell wants to encourage growth in the town he practically owns and is named after him, Haskell Wyoming. He has offered the men of Paradise Ranch a parcel of land and a home if they settle down and start a family. There is a shortage of brides available so a service to find them has been established.
Wendy Weatherford is a freed slave and a seamstress. She is happy to be one of these mail-order brides but when she arrives, her intended, Cody Montrose, is not happy that her ethnicity was not disclosed ahead of time. Of course the train has already left by this time leaving Miss Weatherford stranded. Cody's brother, Travis Montrose, steps up and saves the day and takes his brother's place as the groom.
Shortly after a challenge is leveled that pits Wendy's skill as a seamstress against that of a Twat Waffle whose father is supposed to be Travis's new boss. Needless to say that the apple didn’t fall very far from the entitled tree with that one. As the race to win a dress shop heats up, things get plum crazy.
There is a note at the end of the book about the timeline of things that happen in the book in relation to the rights of slaves. It answered the question I had while I listened. If you are not opposed to potential spoilers, it may help to read that first.
♥ Author ♥
This is my first read by Merry Farmer. She has done her research and is happy to share it which is helpful in explaining some of the aspects of a historical romance. She does a good job at writing about people that would have been considered less than by society at the time history she writes about. I like the characters in this story and would definitely want to read the rest of the series.
♥ Narrator(s) ♥
There are many people that need voicing in this story and Caroline McLaughlin does it well. When there are too many of the same gender speaking in the same scene, it does get a bit muddled but this doesn’t happen very often.
The ebook can be found through your local library. It may need to be recommended through the overdrive system.
Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited
Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review
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In the time of mail order brides you were taking a risk as to just who was going to arrive on the train and who would be waiting. Sometimes it worked out and sometimes it didn't. Fortunately when Wendy Weatherford she steps off the train and is rejected by her intended husband a man of honor steps forward to take his place his brother Travis. What happens next is one very enjoyable story.
Bottom line it's a really good story that is well written, has great characters, an interesting storyline and a little steamy romance all woven into a very entertaining story. Even though it deals with prejudices that freed slaves had to deal with, it stays a more on the lighter side of these issues. Nothing physically harmful happens to the main characters. It's more along the lines of spiteful, undermining and intentionally trying to hurt/harm someone's chances of becoming successful.
Loved Wendy's character. She was a strong, confident and independent woman. She wasn't going to let anyone stand in her way. Travis was a sweetheart from the start. Even though this is a shorter story I really like that the relationship between Travis and Wendy wasn't rushed.
Caroline McLaughlin did great job with the narration. Pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of times. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. Both male and female. Just a slight change in tone was enough to distinguish the male characters. She was able to bring the characters, their emotions and the story to life. Very enjoyable.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.