Now available as a Bundle Box Set, all 3 Montana Brides Books featuring 3 mail order husbands.
Violet’s Mail Order Bride.
This first episode of The Montana Brides introduces Violet, Iris and Rose Kilburn, Heiresses to the Kilburn family cattle fortune. Rocking Horse Ranch runs five thousand head of cattle but all the ranch hands are getting old. The sisters need someone to run the ranch, so the eldest sister Violet hatches the idea of getting mail order husbands for the three of them. There’s only one problem. Cornell Pollard, the sisters’ guardian and the executor of their estate, doesn’t approve. Violet must challenge Pollard and her own role as his ally to find love and gain control over her own life.
Will Violet’s plan to get married end in disaster, or can she and her sisters find love with a group of strange men? Are these men what they appear to be, or is something more sinister at work?
Iris’s Mail Order Husband.
This second episode of The Montana Brides Series follows middle sister, Iris Kilburn, on her journey of self-discovery to win the heart of her mail order cowboy. Could Iris’s new love be a murderer?
Iris finds a depth of feminine sensitivity within herself she didn’t know she had when she falls in love with Mick, despite his rough edges. Meanwhile, Mick finds out Iris’s secret. Not only has she been running the Kilburn family ranching operation behind Cornell’s back, but she actually puts on a hat and boots and rides out to help the cowboys herd and tend the cattle. Can big, tough Mick handle a wife who can rope and brand and ride as well as he can?
With just one more day left before the sisters’ triple wedding, the skeletons in the Kilburn family closet come out in force. The murder mystery deepens, and fingers point in all directions. No one knows who to trust or who to believe. Can Mick and Iris’s budding romance survive the pressure? Will Iris marry her mail-order cowboy?
Rose’s Mail Order Husband.
The third book in the Montana Brides series reveals the shocking conclusion to the mystery of Cornell Pollard’s murder. Friday morning dawns clear and bright for the Kilburn family triple wedding. The eldest sister, Violet, is marrying Chuck Ahern. The middle sister, Iris, is marrying Mick McAllister. But all the evidence and every finger points to Rose’s fiancé, Jake Hamilton, as the killer. Will Rose’s resolve hold up under the pressure? Will she find a way to prove his innocence at the last moment, or is she making a terrible mistake by marrying the man who killed her uncle? The future of their family and the lives of everyone involved hang in the balance, and only Rose holds the key to the mystery.
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About the Author
Kate Whitsby is a historical romance author who has found a love for writing western mail order bride romance. Kate writes from her home in Virginia and loves spending time with her two children when she's not busy writing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All three of the sister's stories were entertaining and fun to read. Excellent trilogy !
I give the writer kudos for presenting a clean story and encourage more of the same. I do not like trashy, vulgar stories. But this really isn’t a romance. It’s a murder mystery with the lives of 3 sisters and 3 cowboys as the background stories. There is no humor or adventure. So, if you enjoy the interplay and excitement of romance adventure, you will find this uninteresting. I stuck with it because I do like whodunit mysteries, but I did not buy this series for that reason. I would recommend for teens to young adults. Buy the set, as it’s the lowest price you will pay until the separate installments may be reduced. The first book was free on its own, as a teaser. If you are a fan of classic television or film noir murder mysteries, you will enjoy these books. They are one story, presented in 3 installments (episodes) with brief chapters. I would give the entire storyline 4 stars if there weren’t so many problems with the writing. The simple mistakes and oversights (using the wrong character’s name) were very annoying, especially realizing the talent and skill of the author. No writer worth her salt would use the wrong tense repeatedly, i.e., using can when grammatically the correct tense would be could or would. And the poor word choices, using turns of phrase like “dream on,” in a western novel. It detracted too much from the good writing. The quoted dialogue, often read like a transcript, interrupting the flow of the story between narrative and dialogue. One of the sisters is quoted, “Okay, well… take this for example.” It didn’t fit. The conversation needed to be smoother. Less mechanical. Starting with “well” would have been enough and would have made it more believable as a conversation. I would expect editing to have caught all these problems, but if no editing was available, I am amazed a story with so many problems with grammar and detail can be published or a careful writer would not fix on her own. I just kept thinking how sloppy and disappointing it was. There was so much potential to develop some interesting characters, but it really never happened. When there was narrative about a character, it portrayed behavior that really didn’t make sense or was a little ridiculous. I kept thinking, go with describing this character better. Make her real. Help me to understand her and relate to what she’s feeling. But it never happened. It was all a little too awkward. A little too farfetched without more background and details to support it. Support this writer and I hope she slows down to write more carefully to illustrate her true talent.