He yearns for family. She’s desperate to escape hers. When the stagecoach delivers his wife-to-be, will he win her wounded heart?
Mathew Jenkins feels isolated on his remote, rural ranch. Though he longs for a family, women in mining country are scarcer than gold nuggets. So he’s delighted by the dapper response to his mail-order bride ad from a comely Virginian lady.
Jenny Phillips’ good name was ruined by her father’s stupidity. Forced into hiding with her ma, she’s desperate to put her pa’s stained reputation behind. But when her domineering uncle tries to sell her to the highest bidder, she flees by answering a lonely Montana man’s classified….
Upon meeting the Virginia rose, Mathew falls hard and offers to help her get settled. And though Jenny finds herself attracted to the kind-hearted cattle farmer, she fears a marriage amid deadly conflict between miners and natives could spoil their chance at happiness.
Can the couple survive a bumpy trail to love and begin a new life together?
Patricia Reichardt –
After the death of her father, Jenny Phillips is faced with an arranged marriage for money by her uncle. Not willing to settle for this, Jenny and her mother Margaret embark on a journey to Montana in answer to a mail order bride ad placed by Matthew Jenkins. Matthew is lonely and after hearing Jenny’s plight is willing to have her come to live with him. And then our fun begins. While there is definite chemistry between Jenny and Matthew, their class difference is evident. It’s a blast listening to the adjustments Jenny and Margaret have to go through to become part of the ranchers. I liked Matthew with his patience and loving manner too. The growing love between Matthew and Jenny is slow and sweet. It’s an easy listen, full of fun, memorable scenes and characters and gives that warm feeling to your heart.
Alan Taylor has the perfect voice for western historical romance. He holds a slight twang to his voice, and the warm baritone is very soothing to the ears. Easily switching between characters, there is no problem distinguishing who is speaking. He always makes a listen enjoyable.
Isis Ray –
I really enjoyed this story. I found it to be a great mail order bride story. I liked the interaction between the characters. Mathew and Jenny were very compassionate people. I loved that his best friend was an Indian in a time where they were so feared. I loved that she was open minded to that as well. The plot was interesting and kept me engaged. I felt bad when things went from good to bad. I was elated when they went back to good again. The narrator did a fantastic job as well. He is always very good at bringing characters to life. I would listen to him read any book, any day, all day. I would highly recommend this book and this narrator to anyone who enjoys reading historical romance reads about mail order brides.
Benita Dilley –
Warm. Clean. Western Mail Order. VA Failed Socialite – Montana Rancher.
A warm, sweet, clean story of a Virginia socialite, whose suicidal father defrauded their social circle, takes her mom and heads west to Montana in answer to a young rancher’s mail order ad. This is #1 the 12 book Bear Creek series and part of the growing romance genre: economic development for shrinking Western towns through mail order romance.