Twin sisters say "I do" in the Wild West!
SURPRISE BRIDE FOR THE COWBOY by Lauri Robinson
Mary McCary never wanted to be a mail-order bride, but falling off the Oak Grove train into Steve Putnam's lap changes everything Could he be the cowboy to tempt her down the aisle?
TAMING THE RUNAWAY BRIDE by Kathryn Albright
Running from trouble, Maggie McCary signs up to be a mail-order bride. She doesn't intend to actually marry until she shares one sensational kiss with Jackson Miller!
About the Author
Kathryn Albright grew up in San Diego where she sets many of her western historical romances. A Golden Heart finalist and recipient of the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, her stories celebrate courage and hope and love with a dash of adventure. She now lives in the rural Midwest.
Visit her at www.kathrynalbright.com and on Facebook.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a great buy two books for 1.99 from two delightful authors who have intertwined two stories together that complement each other. Two twin sisters whose father has died is more or less run out of town and made to become mail order brides or go to jail. The two stories are built around them and their goal of whether or not to get married. Surprise Bride for the Cowboy Mary has always been the one to take care of issues, dealing with problems and take care of her family. When her father died he left her taking care of his mess and her sister. Her sister is more of a gentler lady more of a wall flower than a doer. Mary is a doer, shaker and doesn’t let any grass grow under her feet. She is not getting married no way no how. As she sneaks off the train she is caught by a very handsome man. He is a little surprise when she lands in his lap. This first meeting doesn’t go so well leaving them both very surprised when they meet up again at Steve’s home with her needing a job. Taming the Runaway Bride Maggie’s sister takes off leaving her behind to take the fallout for her leaving. Maggie is worried about her but is enjoying her life of others taking care of her. At first she comes across as a little spoiled but that really isn’t the case. No she cannot cook very well nor do a lot of other things most women can but she is willing to learn if she must. Life gets interesting as men more or less fall at her feet but she isn’t having any of that. That is until one man gets her attention leaving her waiting to spend time with him. Both stories complement each other neither sister nor Steve or Jackson wants to get married. They put up one heck of a fight but it is a fight they might not win. There is the contract both women signed which isn’t going to be easy getting out of. I think I liked Mary the best she is more of a go getter but Maggie is more sweet and loveable. I liked both Steve and Jackson for different reason. Both has issues with their past that they will have to overcome. What really makes this a delightful read was the humor. I just loved watching these couples try to out to the other butting head and making waves. The doctor is a delight and gives many hours of delightful reading as he goes after Mary trying his best to win her hand. He does have a little surprise that left me with my mouth hung open. I found myself chuckling and even laughing out loud a time or two. There is the cowboy that doesn’t seem to want to leave Maggie’s side which leave her trying to outrun him. I really enjoyed reading these two stories loving how the authors collaborated giving you a highly entertaining read. A clean fun read that really hooks you. The stories are nice and easy and at times fast pace that builds up to a little passion and a lot of fun. I loved how the authors gave a touch of mystery to the story and how fun the characters and the plot was. I look forward to reading more from both authors.
What a page turner! The banter between the characters is just so engaging and fun. Mary and Steve have sparks fly and I loved watching them tip toe around each other. Maggie was hilarious in how she kept popping up in Jackson's life! The twins cracked me up and I loved that I felt the bond between the two. They had such great personalities and hearts of gold. Such a neat way to write both ladies stories and have them entwined. Each story had twists and turns that made it such a bookshelf keeper! I feel I can't even begin to describe parts without giving something away. Beautifully written and I loved the angle of the mail-order-bride part - a neat twist!!
I loved this book - I loved the idea of twin sisters and their adventures. Meet Maggie and Mary - twin sisters who get into trouble for selling "snake juice" and have to go west to become mail order brides. The sisters are spunky and don't like to be told what to do or controlled. SURPRISE BRIDE FOR THE COWBOY by Lauri Robinson (DOES HAVE A FEW SWEAR WORDS) Mary is the more practical, level-headed, and yes, even the oldest of the twins, even if it is only by mere minutes. While she and Maggie are forced to travel to Kansas as mail-order brides, her intent is to continue on their way and not marry. While she can slip off the train and procure her trunk and bag, Maggie does not. They will become separated, and while Maggie is enjoying the parties, wining, dining and being courted, Mary had managed to find employment at the ranch of Steve Putnam as a cook and housekeeper. Steve’s family left Georgia after the civil war, destruction of their home, and was just a lad when his parents moved to Kansas. The death of a baby brother, his little sister, and his mother has his father mourning himself to death by drinking. Steve has sworn off marriage and the hardships on families. He has built up the Circle P Ranch, Now, with his cook, Rex, injured, he needs a cook for about a month to take care of his ranch hands. The plot will have two people, neither looking to marry, but both needing something, her a job and him a cook. The circumstances will give these two a month to become acquainted and develop feelings. Just because you think you don’t want something initially, doesn’t mean you will remain on that path. Extenuation circumstances will have Steve and Mary developing feelings for one another. Will they act on those feelings or stick to their original plans? TAMING THE RUNAWAY BRIDE by Kathryn Albright Maggie is a bit flighty, a free spirit, and easy to make friends. The twins had a bit of a riff on the train because of how Maggie befriended the other brides. The plan was for them to get off the train before arriving in Kansas, but that didn’t happen. Now Mary has escaped, and Maggie and the other four brides are at the town hotel, and being courted by the various grooms who have contributed to the Oak Grove Betterment Committee. Carpenter, Jackson Miller, is a loner. He left Virginia after his fiancé, Christine, and best friend, Paul, eloped. His brother, Ben, pastor of the town’s church encouraged him to come help build the church. Now that Ben has passed away after an accident, and his work finishing the church is almost done, maybe it is time to move on. What Jackson wasn’t counting on were Maggie McCary and her antics. Both books follow the sisters - along with some of the other brides that are peppered in through out the book. I enjoyed reading the stories. The characters are well written. Both authors have done a great job weaving the stories together. I was provided an ARC from one of the authors -- all opinions are my own.