The Bride Backfire

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A VOLATILE FEUD

Opal Speck knows good and well that the longstanding feud between her family and Grogans makes for volatile relations. So when Adam Grogan—the man who saved her life two years ago—comes chasing after a stray cow on Speck property, there’s no way her family will forgive him for his trespassin’.

A DESPERATE DECLARATION

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The Bride Backfire (Prairie Promises Series #2)

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Overview

A VOLATILE FEUD

Opal Speck knows good and well that the longstanding feud between her family and Grogans makes for volatile relations. So when Adam Grogan—the man who saved her life two years ago—comes chasing after a stray cow on Speck property, there’s no way her family will forgive him for his trespassin’.

A DESPERATE DECLARATION

Determined to keep bloodshed at bay, Opal blurts out the one declaration she knows will stop them in their tracks: Adam’s the father of her unborn child!

A GUNPOINT DECISION

Adam has two choices: deny any involvement with Opal and die at the hands of her family, or accept the slur to his name and marry a gal who’s trying to pass off another man’s child as his!

Can a shotgun wedding be the way God will end the hatred between these two feuding families? Or will its repercussions fuel an already blazing animosity?

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
The second book in the Prairie Promise series is a fun-filled, roller-coaster love story with witty, charming, well-thought-out characters. Hake is a gifted writer who knows readers of historical novels expect romance, adventure, family sagas and a twist; she delivers on all counts.
Patsy Glans
Coffee Time Romance
Kelly Eileen Hake composes an enjoyable read as the action spins a refreshing yarn that packs a punch.
Cherokee
ROMANTIC TIMES

The second book in the Prairie Promise series is a fun-filled, roller-coaster love story with witty, charming, well-thought-out characters. Hake is a gifted writer who knows readers of historical novels expect romance, adventure, family sagas and a twist; she delivers on all counts.

— PATSY GLANS

COFFEE TIME ROMANCE

Kelly Eileen Hake composes an enjoyable read as the action spins a refreshing yarn that packs a punch.

— CHEROKEE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624162183
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Series: PRAIRIE PROMISES , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 968,660
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, she's fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, she's attained her BA in English literature and composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in writing popular fiction.

Writing for Barbour combines two of Kelly's great loves-history and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she's been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader's Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances. A newlywed, she and her gourmet-chef husband live in Southern California with their golden lab mix, Midas!

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

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    3 Grogan's in love with 2 Speck's, the rest of each opposing fam

    3 Grogan's in love with 2 Speck's, the rest of each opposing family all hate each other

    The Specks and the Grogans are still feuding but things could really go from bad to worse if Larry Grogan has his way. He has hidden a threatening note from his Dad for the Specks with a 'special' addition he wrote to make it more threatening but he doesn't plan on Adam finding the note first. When the Grogan milk cow doesn't show up for the morning milking Adam goes searching hoping Marla didn't make it onto Speck property. As he follows the trail he discovers Larry didn't repair the fence and Marla found the opening. Adam is carefully looking for the milk cow as he tries to watch his back when he sees Opal and that's when one of her brothers comes up behind him.




    When Opal's brothers and father don't come in for lunch she goes looking for them and discovers they all have their guns aimed at Adam. Opal has tried to keep the peace between the two families, as has Adam, each on their own and in their own way. To save her family from being murderers and to save Adam's life she claims that Adam will be the father to her child they change their plans and send for the preacher and a witness for a shotgun wedding. Opal is then disowned and sent to live with the Grogan's where she is also unwanted.




    And so the story begins, this was a good book from beginning to end and will keep you interested throughout. Three Grogans in love with two Specks and the rest all hate the opposing family, makes for a very interesting storyline. Kelly did a great job on this one. There are three books in this series, I wonder where the next book will take me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    The backfire bride

    I definitely would read another book by this talented author. This book breathes life into the fued between the Hatfields and the McCoys. I loved this book and was sad to see all of the characters leave at the end of the book. I would really like to see a sewuel made just to see how everyones life turned out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Good story

    Vengeance and forgiveness are the themes in this book and I enjoyed it. 2nd book in the series - needs to be read in order.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Wonderful Book

    Great series, just wish each one was longer - lol too quick a read!

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    The Bride Backfire was really a fun book!

    I enjoyed Opal tremendously. She was such an optimistic person - not so much that you're nauseous. She listened to the preacher and really did her best to pray and put his words into practice. Opal was a wonderful portrait of a woman who follows God but still lives her life.

    What I didn't like about this book: The end. I really just wanted a bit more to finish. Some of the characters storyies didn't feel complete to me.. and yes, I KNOW that it doesn't finish in the next book - The Bride Blunder which I've already reviewed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2011

    Very enjoyable read

    I will read other books from this author.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Shotgun Weddin'

    After reading an ARC version of the first book in the Prairie Promises Series, "The Bride Bargain", I was confused at two name changes, but that happens and it is my on fault for getting distracted and forgetting that had been an advanced reader copy before final edits.

    In this story once again readers are treated with descriptions of food and cooking of recipes on the prairie that bring interest and cause a mouth to water. There were more in the first book, yet this one also offered descriptions of bee-keeping that I never knew before or rather had even thought to ask. It was fascinating.

    This book brought a much deeper intrigue for me than the first as I honestly had no clue what would happen in the end of of any of the twists and turns to get there. That impresses me in a novel. I enjoyed picking up on the lives of characters I had met in the first book of the series and applaud Kelly's descriptions of their inner thoughts through what could only be reference as difficult situations. Scripture lessons on life and shocking surprises are woven through the page of this novel and I look forward to the final installment of the trilogy and of more to come from author Kelly Eileen Hake in the future.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    2nd in Prairie Promises series is a surefire hit

    The Bride Backfire by Kelly Eileen Hake is the second book in the Prairie Promises series and picks up with the continuing feud of the Grogan and Speck families. Opal Speck and Adam Grogan seem to be the only level-headed members of their families. When Adam shows up trying to find a lost cow to prevent all-out war, his intentions are misconstrued by Opal's family, so she insists he's the father of her unborn child to save him from certain death and her family from the certain violence that will follow. Opal's kindness and beauty had caught Adam's eye, so he isn't entirely disappointed in his wife, but the idea of raising another man's child must be dealt with before he can make peace with this marriage. Hake has a true flair for writing romantic Westerns with a healthy dash of humor and faith. Opal and Adam's relationship moves in fits and starts as they have the usual misunderstandings, but the back story elevates this above your standard historical romance. Adam's brother Larry oozes psychopathy, which he obviously inherited from his mother, Lucinda, and both keep the story compelling. Hake is definitely an author to watch.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    An enjoyable western historical romance.

    In Nebraska Territory, 1857, there is a longstanding feud between two neighboring families, the Specks and the Grogans. When Opal Speck's father discovers Adam Grogan on their property, he threatens to kill him. Opal saves Adam's life the only way she can think of: by lying that he is the father of her unborn child. Thanks to her lie, Adam's life is saved, but it also results in Opal and Adam being forced into a shotgun marriage.

    From the start, Adam doesn't want a real marriage. Not realizing that Opal made up the entire story to save his life, he believes that Opal is pregnant with another man's child, and her purpose in lying was to give her child a name. He is frustrated that Opal continues to refuse to tell him who the child's real father is. Opal doesn't know how to tell Adam that what he is believing is wrong, that she isn't pregnant and only wished to save him from her angry father. When she begins to fall in love with her husband and longs for their marriage to be a real marriage, but she doesn't know if Adam, who was forced to marry her, could ever love her for real. Can she manage to set things right with him?

    The Bride Backfire is an enjoyable western romance for readers who like inspirational romances or clean love stories that don't have graphic adult content. At times I got frustrated with Opal and wished she'd just tell Adam the truth already, but that didn't keep me from enjoying the story, and I would give other books by this author a try.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    An engaging pre Civil War tale

    In the Nebraska Territory, the family feud between the Speck and Grogan kin has been going on for several generations although there has been a fragile coexistence of late. However, in 1857 the peace ends when the Specks catch Adam Grogan on their land.

    To save Adam from a lynching, Opal Speck claims he is the father of her unborn child. Adam and Opal share a shotgun wedding. Now Opal must tell her new spouse the truth although she fears his reaction re her lies starting with the minor fact that if she was pregnant it would be the Immaculate Conception. He distrusts her at a time she needs his trust as his family treats their new in-law with overt loathing and scorn while someone uses the obvious estrange relationship to heat the feud.

    The second Prairie Promise historical romance (see THE BRIDE BARGAIN) is an engaging pre Civil War tale that occurs at a time of Bleeding Kansas brings fear to the Nebraska Territory. The long running family feud serves as a matchmaker for the lead couple but also cause them marital problems as she is treated like a serpent in his Eden. The support cast is solid especially the Grogan brood as Kelly Eileen Hake brings a wonderful rendition of Romeo and Juliet in the mid-nineteenth century Great Plains.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Beautiful Historic Romance

    Kelly Eileen Hake has written a beautiful historical romance in The Bride Backfire. The feuding families bring a unique twist to this romantic relationship. The characters of Opal and Adam, both wanting peace, are caught in the middle of the violent hatred between their families. The tension builds to an explosive level when Opal steps in to save Adam's life, but the lies she tells have consequences, and in the process she loses Adam's trust and respect. Opal not only has to overcome the challenges of her relationship with Adam, but also living with a family that hates her simply because she is from the wrong family.

    I enjoyed this very well-written story. The characters of the two families and Opal's friends are diverse in personality and moral fiber. The book clearly demonstrates Biblical consequences of hate, lies, and jealousy, but also what is possible with love and forgiveness. The Bride Backfire is a lovely, romantic tale, and I hope the characters of Opal and Adam are included in another book in the future

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