Review & Giveaway: The Mail Order Bride’s Secret by Linda Broday

Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride,
Book Three
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Number of Pages: 352 pages


When the West was wild and man’s law favored the few, these extraordinary women could be found…in the heart of an outlaw.

When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity’s doorstep, he knows he can’t help them―a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can’t bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail order bride he’d been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers.
Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She’s rough and tumble…and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she’ll have to betray her new husband. There’s only one problem―the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister…or the man she loves.
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“This is another page-turning period romance from Broday.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Broday does a fabulous job of telling a story filled with humor, angst and some candid truths just so we don’t romanticize this period in our history.” Fresh Fiction

“This book was absolutely mesmerizing with nonstop action, full of laughter, tears and just a downright good Old fashioned Wild West story as only Linda Broday can do.” Glenda (Goodreads reviewer)


We all know of a few romance authors who seem to write the same story over and over, only changing the names of their characters and towns. Linda Broday is not one of those authors and The Mail Order Bride’s Secret was even more exciting than the last two stories that I’ve read by her. Broday’s voice is distinct, like a dear friend that you haven’t seen in forever but feel like you saw just yesterday. And she is that friend that you lean toward in anticipation as she is about to tell you the best story that you have heard yet.

Broday’s books are really in a class of their own because you can truly feel how alive these characters are in her mind. Heck, even the handsome couple on the pretty cover match their descriptions on the page, down to what they are wearing. I know it’s nitpicky, but it really bothers me when it seems like the cover artist never even bothered to read enough of the book to work out how to depict the story in a single image.

There are so many side stories and characters in this one little book, but the foundation of this novel really rests on the love between Melanie and Tait. Two strangers who make haste to wed for two very different reasons and hide multiple secrets from each other would usually be a recipe for disaster, but the connection that is forged early on proves to be strong enough to overcome everything life throws at them. And life in the wild west is incredibly tough before you throw in orphaned children, bandits, and revenge.

If you’re a Broday fan already, you will be pleased to hear that characters from another one of her series crosses over into this one. I won’t ruin it for you, but it gave me a little thrill to know about these other characters already. Sort of like a western romance Easter egg if you will.

On the sizzle scale, this book is about a 6. The love scenes aren’t gratuitous, but they can get descriptive. It’s not too difficult to skim over them if you’re more of the covered ankles western romance sort. If you love stories about people coming together to make their own family and destiny, you will adore this book. If you’re a heathen like me that enjoys a good vigilante storyline and animal attraction that evolves into true love, then you will devour this book in one read.

I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty historical western romance novels and short stories. I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed, and at times if the breeze is just right, I can hear their voices whispering in the wind. Texas’ rich history is one reason I set all my stories here where cowboys are still caretakers of the land. I’m inspired every day by their immense dedication and love for the wide-open spaces.When I’m not writing, I collect old coins and I’ve also been accused (quite unfairly I might add) of making a nuisance of myself at museums, libraries, and historical places. I’m also a movie buff and love sitting in a dark theater, watching the magic unfold on the screen. As long as I’m confessing…chocolate is my best friend. It just soothes my soul.



Three Winners
1st: $25 Amazon Gift Card; 2nd: Autographed Set of All 3 Books in the Series; 3rd: Autographed Copy of The Mail Order Bride’s Secret.
January 28-February 7, 2020
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3 responses to “Review & Giveaway: The Mail Order Bride’s Secret by Linda Broday

  1. Kristine Hall

    Great review! It sounds like this series & this book are a real exception to the romance rule — and a delight to indulge in! Thanks for the post!

  2. Missus Gonzo, you make me laugh. Heathen? No, ma’am, I don’t think so. But if it’s true, then I’m one also. Bless you for liking Tait, Melanie, and these poor motherless kids. They stole my heart from the very first. I laughed, I cried. I walked the floor trying to figure this couple out. At times I didn’t know where the story was going but trusted them to show me the way. Which they did. I love when characters talk and help a muddling author out. And when those Legend men showed up, they really cranked the story up. Love those guys! I think readers will get a thrill out of them in the story. Writing certain scenes in the second half took everything I had. I didn’t hold back. I gave the story my all and prayed it would be enough. Thank you so much for your review, sweet lady.

    Book #4 (Ridge Steele’s) comes out November 24th and bring the series to an exciting conclusion. It’s called Once Upon a Mail Order Bride and already up on Amazon for preorder believe it or not.

  3. tonyamlucas

    Beautiful review. Linda hit this one out of the park. From the first page to the nail-biting conclusion, I was on the edge of my seat and in total love of this book.

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