Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds (Montana Mail Order Brides: Book 1)

Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds (Montana Mail Order Brides: Book 1)

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by Linda Bridey
     
 

A historical western cowboy romance novel about a mail order bride.

Tessa O’Connor lives in a world of privilege and excess. Her doting parents want her to make a good match with a worthy gentleman and live a respectable life. She is beautiful and intelligent and she comes with a hefty dowry. There is no reason that she shouldn’t be able to find

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A historical western cowboy romance novel about a mail order bride.

Tessa O’Connor lives in a world of privilege and excess. Her doting parents want her to make a good match with a worthy gentleman and live a respectable life. She is beautiful and intelligent and she comes with a hefty dowry. There is no reason that she shouldn’t be able to find an eligible man and settle down.
Tessa herself is the reason. The men who are attempting to court her are, in her opinion, boring and conceited. Not only that, Tessa craves excitement and adventure, of which there is little in her social circles. By chance, she comes across an advertisement for a bride brokerage company seeking eligible women of good breeding to go west and find husbands.
One man on the list catches her eye and she begins corresponding with him, eventually agreeing to go to Montana to meet him. She can’t resist the possibility of finding someone different and even if she doesn’t, the adventure itself would be worth her time. Tessa makes a successful escape and sets out to make a new life in Montana.
Dean Samuels is a Montana rancher who is in over his head. His ranch is struggling and his two children are unruly and in need of a caretaker. It’s clear to his younger brother, Marcus, that he needs help. He tells Dean about a mail order bride service and convinces him that he should utilize it to find a wife.
After his wife, Sarah, had passed away, Dean never intended to marry again. His ranch and his children became his life. However, it becomes apparent that Sadie, his daughter, and his son, Jack, need stability and love. The demands of raising his children and keeping his head above water financially have taken a toll and Dean grudgingly gives in to Marcus’ idea.
Sarah had been the love of his life and Dean doesn’t intend to let any other woman into his heart. He’s locked those kinds of emotions deep inside, not wanting to take the chance of getting hurt like that again. Because Dean has trouble expressing his feelings in writing, his younger brother Marcus agrees to help write the letters to Tessa. Dean is happy to leave that part up to him.
When Dean and Tessa meet, sparks fly between the two strong willed people. Tessa is disappointed that Dean isn’t the romantic, sophisticated man she was lead to believe he was in the letters she received. Dean is aggravated that she isn’t a meek woman who is easily managed. Never mind the fact that she has no idea of how to take care of children and keep a home.
Dean and Tessa struggle to find common ground and make their marriage work. Will they each take the risk and open their hearts to one another? Can their marriage survive and will they find love and contentment in each other? Their future happiness hangs in the balance under the Montana skies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045634670
Publisher:
Gold Crown
Publication date:
07/11/2014
Series:
Montana Mail Order Brides , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,856
File size:
306 KB

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SIGN UP FOR Linda's NEWSLETTER! Just copy and paste the following link into your web browser: http://lindabridey.com/ Writing is a labor of love for Linda Bridey, whose works are consistently on several top 100 best-selling romance book lists. Since starting her writing career in earnest, Linda has written thirty-seven books and counting, which have gained great popularity. Readers are drawn to her vivid writing of mail-order bride and historical romance stories, many of which deal with social issues, and always include humor and heart. Her Westward series, which includes twenty-three books, is set in Dawson, Montana. When the series ended, her readers wanted more of the characters they’d come to know and love—so much so that it prompted her to create the Dawson Chronicles, which picks up the stories of many of the descendants of the original characters, but can also be read as a stand-alone series. Linda’s Echo Canyon series, tells the story of a small Montana town on the verge of extinction after the collapse of the mining industry in the region. It shows the ingenuity of the Echo’s inhabitants in how they come together to save the town they love. All is not always as it seems in Echo with mystery, suspense, and romance abound! When asked how she would classify her writing, she said, “My stories don’t include excessive swearing or explicit sexual situations. While I do express passion in my books, I don’t feel the need to provide a play-by-play of the physical side of relationships. Therefore, I only go so far and leave the rest up to the readers’ imaginations, focusing instead on the emotional aspect of my romances. I’ve had a lot of readers tell me that they feel my books are safe for their teenaged children or grandchildren to read, which makes me feel good.” Linda encourages readers to sign up for email alerts about her new releases at www.lindabridey.com and appreciates it when readers leave honest reviews on her books.

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Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds (Montana Mail Order Brides: Book 1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved that there was no porn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick and simple love story that I didn't want to put down. The dialog was a bit stilted at times but there was good character deveopment for such a short story. The author packed a lot of content into a short story-a good weekend read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story!!! Its one of the best i have read in a while and i want to read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice plot, good characterz, dizzapointing bedroom zcenez
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing I did not love about this book is the lovemaking! I got this book for my young girl who is 14 and I read it before she did and I found it a tad innapropriat. But, other than that I had no problems. It is a very good read. Four stars from this mom!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed the characters and the writing style, the plot lost steam. The story became very repetetive towards the end of the book. This feels more like a draft than a finished version. In addition, the concept is likeable, but the characters are too cutesy, it would work better if the author gave them more substance. Ironically the part where the protagonists were most authentic was when the author beat the plot point beyond a "dead horse."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so dull, really your going to be pissed because he was not the one writing to you and after he explained why you still stay mad. It was petty and dumb. The only good thing I can say about this book was no porno sex scenes.
Blondeness032 More than 1 year ago
I hate when authors try to bluff their way though books. Every other book I have read about mail order brides, the potential husband paid all the fess and traveling expenses....Also $200. back in the late 1800's would be between $5000 and $6000, today. The story was not bad, but please do your homework, prior to writing about a period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. The author didnt do enough research for the historical period and mixed 21st century venacular with late 18th century speech. And no, they didn't speak in reference to sex or off-color jokes in mixed company. At least there were no plodding sex scenes. Too much with our society's obsession with feelings in the storyline. However, I think with a lot more writing practice, the author could hone her craft.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much excitment or intrique- I kept waiting for it to get better
jr347 4 months ago
Good read, but has some slow places in story. .
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HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this audio from the narrator to the author it was a fun clean read of finding one’s self, learning to talk things out, overlooking the little things, finding a place to call home that you find exciting enough to last you a lifetime. Tessa wants more out of life than to be someone’s wife who is there to make her husband look good, never having a mind of her own, living with a boring man who is just out to make a name for his self living it up with party after party. She wants a man who truly is a man one that doesn’t mind a women being a women with a mind. She has gone through all the men in her town and fines them lacking, she sees an ad for a mail order bride which seem exciting. A place she doesn’t know anyone, where she can get a fresh start not only in her life but in her writing as well. She reads a letter from a man who she wants to get to know better. As they write back in forward she decides she wants to meet him. Off she goes not telling any of her family. On meeting Dean sparks fly and as they get to know each other she finds this is a man who she could live and love. When Deans brother tells him about the mail order bride program Dean laughs and said sure why not. His brother write for him, when a letter comes back they are both shocked to get a reply. Dean wasn’t even serious but his brother was. Dean is great at a lot of things but writing and telling about his feelings has never been one of his strong points. Dean agrees to let his brother write back to Tessa, of course he reads her replies and tells his brother what to write with his brother adding more in detail of things a woman might like to hear which will cause trouble down the road. Dean likes what he sees when he meets Tessa as times goes on he finds he is very attracted to her never guessing he would feel this way about another women. They have their ups and downs as they learn to talk, and deal with day to day issues. Most day’s things are more down than up leaving Dean confused as to just what Tessa wants or expects. She sure does know how to beat a dead horse. J. Scott Bennett I thought did a wonderful job of narration he put feeling into the audio. His voice is very powerful, clear and pleasant to listen to. There are no background noises or any high or low tones. His tones are very even never leaving you guessing how the character feels. He gives you a very clear rich audio that you do not want to put down. His male voices are as pleasant as his female voices. You never have any trouble knowing who is talking or just what is on their mind. I did feel he at times he didn’t give a chuckle when the author said the character had chuckled but in no way does that take away from the audio but I felt it would have added more to the listen. I really enjoyed his voice and could listen to it all day with no problem. I do feel the audio made this a more enjoyable read than just reading the book…just my thoughts. The one thing I found annoying in this audio is I do not think when the character is talking if you use character voice that you need to say he said or she said the different voices should tell you who is talking without saying who is. There were a few places that it was mostly all the author put in there. As for reading that is fine but in an audio is not needed. I am unsure if that would be the narrator or the author to make this decision. It isn’t so bad or very noticeable if there aren’t a lot of these all in one area as in this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the best reading. Very enjoyable . Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good Clean and funny book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A solid, well written story that keeps the reader's attention, with good character development and a plot that is actually (just!) believable. More detailed descriptions would definitely strengthen the book over all, but in my opinion there is another flaw that needs to be addressed first. I would have awarded an additional star to this review if more attention had been given to proper grammar (and, on occasion, appropriate punctuation). Please do this story justice by giving the entire book a *thorough* and professional editing!
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Do not heavy sex to make a good story A okay
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I enjoyed this book very much as a matter of fact I have now read it twice.Those who critique this book should become authors themselves since they know so much! Another author would not critique a book anonymously
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I enjoyed the story. Good story line and charactor development. Was a good weekend read! I highly recomend this book. Thank you!
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