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Mail Order Outlaw is a tale of a man trapped in a life he abhorred, and a woman trapped into a selfless life by duty to her mother and brother.
Ed risked death to escape his life as an outlaw. After robbing a stagecoach, in which his father was killed, Ed saw a chance to get away and took it, knowing if he was caught his brother would not hesitate to kill him. Nobody left their gang alive, and his brother enjoyed killing.
Lizzie couldn't bring herself to leave the ranch she loves and her family who needs her, thus calling off her "mail order" marriage. But when Ed shows up impersonating her mail order husband, Mal, she decides to give him a chance.
Can a life based on lies succeed? What will happen to Ed/Mal and Lizzie's plans for the future when Ed's cruel brother finds him? Can their love survive?
The narrator did a good job distinguishing people by voice changes, but the "matter of fact" way it is read was hard for me to get used to. Since it is an emotional story it would have been better to have it read with more emotion, in my opinion. Regardless, I enjoyed listening to Mail Order Outlaw.
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I have read several books by Cynthia Woolf and have enjoyed them a great deal. Mail Order Outlaw may well be my favorite so far. Her writing is smooth and even though the plot of a mail order bride has been used many times, she puts a fresh spin on this one. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful book.
I am not going to do a synopsis because Ms. Woolf has accurately given a detailed one. Mail Order Outlaw is an entertaining read and captured my attention from the first page and held it until the end. The pacing is quick and lively, along with excellent dialogue between the hero and heroine and the supporting characters.
Lizzie Cobb is a wonderful heroine. She is loyal to her loved ones, honest to a fault and has an independent side, yet she also comes across as feminine. Considering she rarely wears a dress and is able to manage her young brother’s rancher on her own is quite a feat. Well done, Ms. Woolf. Lizzie has to deal with prejudices because of her Indian blood, but she does it with grace.
Ed/Mal is a great hero. While life has dealt him a bad hand of cards, he has been able to avoid being tainted by his brother and father, choosing to hold his teachings from his mother close to his heart. I loved that he took an opportunity to escape his outlaw life and in such an innovative way. While he starts his courtship of Lizzie under a cloud of deceit, he does it so sincerely, I could not hold it against him.
Lizzie and Mal have great chemistry, and Ms. Woolf creates a wonderful and believable arch for their romance. I truly wanted them to find a way past the rocky start in their relationship. The love scenes, while explicit to some degree, are very tender and were devoted more to the emotions involved than the physical description of the sexual act. They also happen after their marriage. I really appreciated the delicacy Ms. Woolf used.
If you enjoy a unique love story with endearing characters and a good bit of suspense, then you will love Mail Order Outlaw as much as I did. I look forward to reading the next book in the Brides of Tombstone series. Happy reading!
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