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

THE MAIL ORDER
BRIDE’S SECRET
Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride,
Book Three
by
LINDA BRODAY
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Number of Pages: 352 pages

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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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PRAISE FOR THE MAIL ORDER BRIDE’S SECRET:

“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)

Review

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.

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Excerpt: No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

 

NO OTHER WILL DO
by 
Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Historical Western Romance / Inspirational
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Date of Publication: June 7, 2016
Number of Pages: 368
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Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper’s Station, a women’s colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she trusts enough to ask.
Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he’s always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.
As the danger intensifies, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harper’s Station must choose between safety or risking everything to fight for their future.

 

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“Witemeyer’s latest is an entertaining read with plenty of drama and action, a smidgen of suspense and two main characters with perfect chemistry . . . And of course, the romance is tender and sigh-worthy—a key reason why her readers keep coming back for more.”  
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No Other Will Do: Excerpt One

“If the sheriff is unavailable to assist us, what’s to stop us from hiring a man of our own to see to our protection?”

 

“A mercenary?” Flora Johnson lurched to her feet, alarm turning her cheeks a violent red. “You can’t! Men like that can’t be trusted. All they care about is money. They’re more likely to turn on us than help us. Once they see how defenseless we are, they’ll empty the bank and run off, leaving us even more destitute than before.” Her fingers visibly trembled. “No men. They can’t be trusted.”

 

“But what if we knew of one who could be trusted?” Aunt Henry proposed. She turned to Emma and peered at her with a pointed look. “A man who would rather sacrifice himself than bring harm to someone under his care.”

 

Emma frowned slightly. What was her aunt suggesting . . . ?

 

Then the answer came, and with it a fluttering in Emma’s belly she hadn’t felt in over a decade.

 

“Such a man doesn’t exist,” Flora snapped.

 

“Yes . . . he does.” Emma lifted her face to survey the women who depended on her for guidance, for leadership. Hope swelled in her breast along with a surge of newfound confidence—for she now had a plan. A plan that was sure to succeed because the man Aunt Henry spoke of had been fighting against injustice since the day he was born. “His name is Malachi Shaw.”

 

 

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children.
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