Saving the Mail Order Bride

Saving the Mail Order Bride

by Linda Broday

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"Beautifully written, enduring stories of love."—JODI THOMAS, New York Times bestselling author

When the West was wild and man's law favored the few
These extraordinary women could be found in the heart of an outlaw.

He may be a wanted man, but all outlaw Jack Bowdre ever desired was a second chance. Now he's on his way to jail, completely unaware that his unexpected—and unexpectedly beautiful—traveling companion is none other than Nora Kane...his mail order bride.

It's too bad Nora doesn't know Jack is her groom-to-be. All she sees is a scoundrel. But when their stagecoach crashes and the truth comes spilling out, they're suddenly left to fend for themselves—and each other. The longer they're together, the stronger their feelings grow. Hounded by desperate men bent on doing them harm, Nora and Jack will do whatever it takes to find their happily ever after...but first, they'll have to shake the devil from their trail.

A sweeping historical western romance, perfect for readers of Rosanne Bittner and Jo Goodman!

Outlaw Mail Order Brides series:
The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride (Book 1)
Saving the Mail Order Bride (Book 2)

What People Are Saying About Linda Broday:
"Fans of classic Western tales will delight in the rough-and-tumble world Broday creates..." —RT Book Reviews for To Love a Texas Ranger
"A shining example of the talent of one of the best historical western authors."—Fresh Fiction for Forever His Texas Bride
"Broday's Westerns always captivate with realistic settings, rugged cowboys and feisty heroines."—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars for Forever His Texas Bride

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492651079
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: Outlaw Mail Order Brides Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 162,616
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

At a young age, Linda Broday discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. After years of writing romance, it's still tall rugged cowboys that spark her imagination. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers' Choice Award and the Texas Gold. She resides in the Texas Panhandle where she's inspired every day.

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Saving the Mail Order Bride 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Saving the Mail Order Bride is chock-full of cheeky flirting between two characters with hearts of gold. I always enjoy Ms. Broday’s writing and this book is no exception. The flirting starts with a bang, knees ‘accidentally’ touching across a stagecoach. Jack is handcuffed to a marshal while Nora sits across from him. He subtly moves his leg closer to her. This action angers Nora and entertains Jack. But of course, once Jack looks away, Nora is just as intensely interested in Jack. I just love this scene! It is masterfully written. There is subtle body movements and limited conversation. It sets the flirty tone for the book and Jack and Nora’s whole relationship. Well done, Ms. Broday! The novel is peppered with great quotes between Jack and Nora, showcasing their teasing flirtation. Here are a couple that I really wanted to share with you. “How am I going to keep my hair back now? I’ve lost all my pins but that one.” [Nora] “Maybe you can tie it into one of those pretzel things.” [Jack] “I wear black clothes for every person who’s been wronged, beaten down, deprived of a living, and for the poor and hungry. Why did you discard your bustle?” [Jack} “It was in my way, and I’m tired of wearing what men decide women must.” [Nora] (I might have raised my arm in solidarity over that last quote! ) Jack is a hardened outlaw with a soft and gooey underside. The above quote is a great example of his heart of gold. For me, he’s an outlaw in name only. He’s certainly more of a good guy than the lawmen chasing him. He is also extremely stubborn, but does finally realize that he’s no less a man if he accepts the help of a strong woman. Jack has my vote for a fantastic book boyfriend. Nora is a woman with the heart of a warrior. She’s a fierce protectress, taking care of herself and others. “I’ll stand by your side and hand you the bullets.” [Nora to Jack in her wedding vows!] She loves quickly and wholeheartedly. I would want Nora in my corner anytime. She’s absolutely the type of woman who would make a loyal friend. I enjoyed the first book in this series (read my review here: The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride). I did struggle, however, with how quickly Clay and Tally fell in love. In the case of Saving the Mail Order Bride, the romantic pace is just as quick. But in this case, I really think the fast pace works. Jack and Nora are handcuffed together, trying to stay alive in the wilds of Texas, while outrunning a posse. Their closeness grows as a result of the hardships they face and survive together. The love between these two characters reads as authentic and swoony. Saving the Mail Order Bride is full of sassy flirting and Texas-sized hearts. Enthusiastically recommended.
RuthieJonesTX 7 days ago
Linda Broday certainly knows how to keep the tension at a fever pitch, with just enough tender and humorous moments mixed in to give the reader a chance to breathe. Saving the Mail Order Bride is more than a simple western romance about a man and a woman falling in love. Similar to the first in this series, The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride, this second book has a strong plot and a slew of characters that are good, bad, downright evil, sweet, Texas tough, and misleading. Broday delivers all the characters, including two little dogs that band together to protect their human families. Some outlaws want nothing more than to put their lawbreaking ways behind them and live honest lives. But second chances don't usually sit well with some when bounty money is at stake or when a grudge refuses to loosen its hold. Jack Bowdre is just such an outlaw, yearning for a clean slate in a budding community. His mail order bride, Nora Kane, happens to be on the run as well but for entirely different reasons. Nora's backstory adds an unexpected layer to an already solid plot, and Jack quickly learns that his bride is determined and stubborn but with a heart as big as Texas. Jack and Nora survive a carriage wreck in the first chapter, and the excitement never slows down. Amidst the surprises around every bend, these two form a bond that turns their formal mail-order relationship into one of immense respect, loyalty, and sweet romance. Jack and Nora are well matched and cuffed together, literally in the beginning, providing a unique situation between strangers that is both humorous and touching. Even after they finally break free from those manacles, their new connection is unbreakable. Linda Broday weaves into the story the importance of family and friends and the need for a safe and loving space in which to grow up, grow together, and grow old. Hope's Crossing is no longer that outlaw hideout. This tucked-away community is quickly becoming that safe place where everyone is welcome and no one's past is held against him or her. Second chances are treasured in Hope's Crossing, and Nora learns that her new husband and the two lost children who have found their way into their hearts and home fill her with the strength and courage to face the demon from her past who has finally caught up with her. Hope's Crossing sounds like a wonderful, enriching place to live, and perhaps another favorite character will soon find his soulmate just as Colby does in the first book and Jack does in the second. The wilds of Texas can be harsh and dangerous, filled with snakes, evil men, greedy ne'er-do-wells, and an angry US Marshall looking for revenge. But Jack and Nora quickly discover that together, they can vanquish that darkness with their love, laughter, and new beginnings.
Historical_Romance_Lover 18 days ago
I really enjoyed Jack and Nora's story! They were both trying to get away from their pasts and were able to help each other do so. I did really enjoy watching these two interact with one another, they were prefect for each other. This was a great addition to the Outlaw Mail Order Bride series!
georgia1 19 days ago
Such a wonderful story filled with adventure that will keep you turning the pages until the end! Linda Broday is a master at writing a western romance! He discreptions and characters make you fall back in time with her heart warming tales. Jack and Nora meet while sharing a coach but Jack is handcuffed to a Marshall who is taking him to jail. What is ironic is that Nora is the mail order bride he has been writing to! But when the coach crashes and they are left to fend for themselves in the wilderness. Neither are what they appear but I loved Jack, he was so protective of Nora and the two are really attracted to each other. Can Jack evade the men hunting him and will he and Nora survive and act on the attraction they have? Loved this story and I highly recommend !! I read this through NetGallery Lori D
Shirleylinn 20 days ago
This is a fun read about an outlaw and a mail order bride. It was an interesting read with twists and turns that kept you guessing. Meeting his mail order bride while riding on the stage on his way to jail was definitely a new take on a mail order bride story. I would definitely recommend this book.
KelsieAL 20 days ago
Saving the Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday is book two in her Outlaw Mail Order Brides series. This historical western romance series is a spinoff of Broday’s Men of Legend series. Though it is second in a series this novel works well as a standalone. Jack Bowdre is having a bad day. He’s been arrested on the day his mail order bride was to arrive, and he’s stuck in a coach with the marshal and a snooty Easterner. Lenora (Nora) Kane is having a bad day. She’s stuck in a coach with a marshal and his outlaw prisoner on the day she’s arriving to meet her intended husband. Unbeknownst to either of them, the bad day is just getting started. It’s a terrible way to start a romance but maybe they can make it work. The untamed, but beautiful, Texas landscape and the animals that reside there are vividly described and function as a very real part of the story. Both the main characters and their friends are likable. Overall, I enjoyed this book and rate it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend Saving the Mail Order Bride to readers of historical romance, especially those who enjoy western romance. My thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
JackieBCentralTexasJB 20 days ago
Book Info Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 1492651079 (ISBN13: 9781492651079) Edition Language English Series Outlaw Mail Order Brides #2 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB Outlaw Jack Bowdre is on his way to jail—and completely unaware that he's traveling with Nora Kane, the mail order bride he's been corresponding with for so long. No wonder the chemistry is flying... It's too bad Nora doesn't know Jack is her groom-to-be. All she sees is a scoundrel. But when their stagecoach crashes, they're suddenly left to fend for themselves—and each other. The longer they're together, the stronger their feelings grow. Hounded by desperate men bent on doing them harm, Nora and Jack will do whatever it takes to find their happily ever after...but first, they'll have to shake the devils from their trail. My Thoughts The story of Outlaw Jack Bowdre and Mail Order Bride Lenora/Nora Kane is filled with new experiences for both characters. What are the odds that two people who are pledged to each other end up on the same stagecoach at the same time? One as a prisoner and one as an innocent passenger on the way to meet her intended. Thrown together under extreme circumstances both Jack and Nora find that despite their earlier lack of mutual admiration feelings that are out of their control soon manage to overcome Nora’s better judgement and Jack’s cautionary tendency to remain aloof. First meeting was not exactly one inspiring confidence in Jack from Nora but that soon changed growing for them both into an undeniable bond that neither expected. This couple take the long way to becoming partners in life but it does not stop them from finally succumbing to what turns out to be a life changing relationship for them both. Jack finds a second chance at love and Nora finds the man of her dreams wrapped up in the unexpected package of a man at odds with the law. Now if only that law allows them to live happily ever after all would be as it should! [EArc from Netgalley]
BarbTRC 21 days ago
Saving the Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday is the 2nd book in her wonderful Outlaw Mail Order Brides series. I have become a big fan of Broday’s western historical romance stories, and Saving the Mail Order Bride is once again another fantastic story line. Refresher: Hope’s Crossing started as a town run by outlaws who wanted to begin a new clean life, and build a family. We met our hero, Jack Bowden, in the previous book, and we felt sorry for Jack, since he did not get the warrants against him removed. In Saving the Mail Order Bride, Jack has been captured by a US Marshall and being brought to a jail to await his probable hanging. Nora Kane, our heroine is traveling on the same stagecoach with Jack, and when the stagecoach crashes, they end up together to escape those chasing them. The problem is that Nora snapped the handcuffs on Jack and her to keep herself safe, and without a key they are bound together. Jack is escaping the lawmen, and Nora is running away from someone from her past who wants something she has. At first, neither of them get along, but in a short time, especially after they both find out that Nora is a mail order bride, and she was supposed to marry Jack. The chemistry between them grew with each difficult passing day, as they both began to find themselves attracted to each other. The humor between them was also great; it was just fun to watch them show their true feelings. Jack was tough and strong, in protecting Nora, as well as loyal; Nora was equally as tough, and was determined to help Jack and become his bride. I loved them together, as they were perfect for each other. What follows is an exciting story line, and a sweet romance between two people with flawed pasts that will catch up with them. When things appear desperate, they will get help from our last book’s heroes, Tally and Clay, and finally connect to Hope’s Crossing with the help of others. I also loved when Jack and Nora rescued a young 8 year old boy from a mean outlaw, and takes the boy, Sawyer, with them, and eventually as part of their family when they arrive in Hope’s Crossing. There is also a baby that is rescued along the way that becomes part of their family. So nicely done More people come to join their town, and help with the rebuilding process. They all stick together to protect Nora, Sawyer and baby Willow. There were some great secondary characters they we got to meet, and learn to care for, such as the Tally, Rebel, Dr Mary, and Jack’s friends, Clay, Ridge, Luke, etc. The last half of the book was very exciting, as a few times they find themselves in dangerous situations, which will bring them face to face with those who have been chasing them from the start. Nora will try to use something valuable that she has to help save Jack. Linda Broday once again gives us another wonderful new western historical series, with a fantastic group of characters, and a couple we fell in love with. Saving the Mail Order Bride was a great addition to this series, as it was emotional, exciting, sweet romantic story, with a fabulous group of secondary characters and a great couple.
Betul90 21 days ago
"You're not alone, Jack. You have me. I'll stand by your side through sunny days and storms." I just can't get enough of Linda Broday's books. I have been reading less and less historical romances (HR) lately, but I can never turn down any of Linda's books. Her books are set in the Wild West, which is my favorite type of historical romance subgenre. Her books are original, engaging, suspenseful, romantic, emotional and fun. It's the whole package I crave from HR, and Linda keeps on delivering. Saving the Mail Order Bride is my favorite so far. The characters were well rounded, intriguing, and very lovable. This doesn't mean they were perfect, however everything they did, they did for a good reason. Jack is a lawman turned outlaw, who is wanted and knows one day he will be hanged for his crimes. Nora Kane is his mail order bride, who hasn't had an easy life. "Even if he spent the rest of his life in her arms, he'd never get his fill of Nora Kane. She set his world straight and gave it color. No longer was everything in black, white, and dull gray." When they first meet they don't know the identity of each other, which created some very unfortunate and sometimes funny scenes. Nora, definitely stood up for herself, and I loved her strong and caring personality. Jack is also a very good man who never took advantage of Nora. These two were perfect for each other, and I had a blast going on a journey with them. Normally, I am not a big fan of stories that for the majority take place on the road, however, I really enjoyed it this time. It really gave the characters the time to get to know each other, and grow stronger as individuals and eventually as a couple. I was happy that we got to see what the characters from the previous books were doing, and it always feels like being reunited with family. If you are a fan of historical western romances, then I highly recommend you to pick up any of Linda's books. I am already looking forward to her next book.