The Mail Order Bride's Secret

The Mail Order Bride's Secret

by Linda Broday

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"Linda Broday's heroes step right out of her books and into your heart." —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

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

When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity's doorstep, he knows he can't help them—a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can't bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail order bride he'd been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers.

Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She's rough and tumble...and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she'll have to betray her new husband. There's only one problem—the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister...or the man she loves.

Outlaw Mail Order Brides series:
The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride (Book 1)
Saving the Mail Order Bride (Book 2)
The Mail Order Bride's Secret (Book 3)

Praise for Linda Broday:
"Linda Broday, who epitomizes the classic western author... once again captivates us with her storytelling." —Fresh Fiction for Twice a Texas Bride
"Fun and sensual...great for fans of history, romance, and some good old Texas grit." —Kirkus Reviews for Texas Redemption
"The exciting plot, rich setting, and superb writing will delight fans of historical romances." —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW for The Heart of a Texas Cowboy
" unforgettable journey through the Old West." —Booklist STARRED REVIEW for To Marry a Texas Outlaw

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492651109
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Series: Outlaw Mail Order Brides Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 91,035
Product dimensions: 4.20(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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The Mail Order Bride's Secret 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RuthieJonesTX 17 days ago
"Sometimes a person had to cling to hope no matter how slender the thread." The Mail Order Bride's Secret by Linda Broday is Book Three of the Outlaw Mail Order Bride Series. While all the books can stand alone, don't do it! The characters overlap, and each book is a treasure to be enjoyed and savored. In 1881, Hope's Crossing in the Texas Panhandle is home to outlaws, renegades, and anyone else looking for a new beginning and a fresh start. Tait Trinity is the star of The Mail Order Bride's Secret and next in line for a bride. But this particular intended bride, Melanie Dunbar, has a secret as big as Texas and a hidden agenda that could very well spell the end of Tait Trinity. But what is a young lady to do when her life and her twin sister's life are at stake? Tait is a wanted outlaw, holed up in Hope's Crossing and biding his time until he can hopefully secure a pardon for his crimes and begin anew as a free man. Melanie is the daughter of a gambling father who has no qualms about leaving his twin girls to take the heat as he escapes into the night to avoid an angry town. But Melanie is no shrinking violet and has seen her share of saloons, bedrooms, and card games. When Melanie finally arrives in Hope's Crossing to meet Tait in person, she finds a smoldering hunk of a man and his recently orphaned niece and twin nephews. The situation for both of them has taken a decidedly unexpected turn. Watching these two navigate a new relationship and handle two angry and frightened young boys and their adorable three-year-old little sister will make you laugh and turn you to mush. Linda Broday has created a believable Texas world and populated it with all sorts of wonderful characters, both good and bad; young and old, who entice, intrigue, and entertain. For Melanie, her marriage to Tait starts off as nothing more than a cruel sham to save herself and her sister, but can she come clean and throw the truth down at Tait's feet? Can the love they are beginning to feel conquer the betrayal and the danger headed their way? It is only a matter of time before Tait must face the consequences of his past and Melanie must face an incredibly hard decision. A main theme in The Mail Order Bride's Secret (in the entire series, actually), is family and what it means to be a family. Children play a vital, contributing role in all these stories, and it is interesting to see how gruff outlaws and women who never knew they wanted children rise to the occasion when children are in need of family and love. While revenge and shootouts are served up and dished out, The Mail Order Bride's Secret is ultimately about trust, loyalty, love, and the sweet human need for companionship, family, and friends. Even as the romance heats up between Tait and Melanie, the danger and drama run high as these two first face off against each other before joining forces to outwit and outmaneuver an extremely bad man with an old grudge and no scruples whatsoever in how he exacts revenge. Keep a close eye on Melanie's father because he is full of surprises and may just steal your heart, and one recurring character in Hope's Crossing that I personally want to read more about is Dr. Mary and her necklace made of bullets. I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Lynne Ernst 21 days ago
Good historical Western romance. A nice change from the sweet and innocent bride order bride. This time the bride is rough around the edges and has her own agenda and past. Great read that still has the fun of the mail order bride drama I received a copy of this book for a honest review.
Anonymous 22 days ago
It’s no secret that I cherish my time visiting the town of Hope’s Crossing with Linda Broday. The town progresses – we have a newspaper now! – we meet new characters, and we fall in love over and over. This time around, we even have a visit from Stoker Legend and his sons (from the Men of Legend series). It’s always great to catch up Ms. Broday’s characters. (And dang. I just realized I never read Sam Legend’s story. I MUST fix that error on my part!) Tait is still a wanted man when we meet him. A gunsliger with a large bounty on his head. I enjoyed Ms. Broday’s description of when Tait and Melanie first meet that he: "sauntered towards her, slow and easy like a wild animal stalking his prey" The visual description paints such a great picture for me that I can almost hear his boots as he walks towards Melanie. As Melanie (and the reader) becomes more acquainted with Tait, we really get a sense of his character. He may be a criminal in the eyes of the law, but really, he’s looking for justice, which is rather admirable. He steps up when needed to take in his niece and nephews. He’s willing to put his life on the line for those he loves, including his friends in Hope’s Crossing. I do seem to have a soft spot for bad guys who are really good guys! When we meet Melanie, she’s between a rock and a hard place. She’s being blackmailed: her twin sister’s freedom in exchange for her new husband’s. She needs to make some difficult decisions, and those decisions really weigh on her shoulders. What I appreciate about Melanie is that she knows her mind and isn’t afraid to go for what she wants. She isn’t completely straight-forward with Tait with her motives at the beginning, but she isn’t afraid to speak up when it’s needed. Including in the bedroom. She really shines towards the end of the novel. I think Melanie is someone I would get along with. The romance between Tait and Melanie is realistic and starts more as a business deal than love. I really appreciate this aspect. The insta-love in many romances feels inauthentic. Here, we really see how the love between these two characters slowly develops and grows as they get to know one another. And by the end of the novel, I was hoping for their own version of happily ever after. Generally, I can take or leave kids in my romance books (Preferably leave. I know. I’m just not into kids.) But Ms. Broday does seem to have a way with making me feel for the kids in her novels. In the case of Mail Order Bride’s Secret, Tait’s niece and nephews really play an important part in the romance between Tait and Melanie and the plot of the novel. The twins, Joe and Jessie are rapscallions! And toddler Becky is just adorable. I chuckled over Joe’s initial description of Becky being not ‘housebroke yet’. I smiled while the kids were trapping and training animals for their circus. And had a large twig or something in my eye towards the end of the novel when redacted for spoilers occurs. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Mail Order Bride’s Secret. The romance progresses naturally. The characters are believable. Check this out if you are a fan of historical romance!
Historical_Romance_Lover 24 days ago
When Tait's nephews and niece show up at his doorstep after their parents are killed, he knows that he has no idea how to raise them. Having been corresponding to a mail order bride, he requests that she come to him so that they van meet and decide if they will suit. As a wanted man, he knows that he can't leave the kids without someone to care for them. Melanie is surprised to find three kids along with the man that she has been corresponding to, but can't complain too much as she has secrets of her own. The only reason she agreed to marry Tait was to save her sister. She must find out where he is hiding the money that he stole from the railroad and give it to the corrupt judge that is holding her sister. While this is a marriage of convenience, Tait and Melanie start to have feelings for one another. But what happens when Tait realizes the reason that Melanie married him? I really enjoyed Tait and Melanie's story. It is always interesting to watch those in a marriage of convenience learn about one another because they are already married and in close proximity to one another. So much different than if Tait would have had time to court Melanie before getting married. The kids in this story were also a nice addition. They sure kept things lively!!
SunshineLakeReviews 26 days ago
While this was a well-written and entertaining story, it was a tough one for me to get hooked into and stay involved in until about half way through. While I liked both main characters, I just never really connected to either of them the way I normally would have expected/hoped. I can't pinpoint exactly what it was because I enjoyed the plot line and there was lots to love about both Tait and Mellie (and the kids), so maybe it was just the timing of reading it. The last half—most especially the last big "event"—is what saved this book for me and made me glad I kept pushing through. Tait and Mellie both had some pretty horrific pasts and heavy burdens they were carrying, both afraid to fully trust in what they got in each other and grasp hold of something good. I could feel Tait's struggle especially. I appreciated after the big reveal of Mellie's secret that after the dust from the explosion settled, there was a maturity to how they interacted with each other - even though I wished it would have played out a bit differently. The last part of the book where everything built to it's ultimate climax kept me at the edge of my seat watching how all the threads weaved together. I adored the strength and love shown through actions (in all the relationships, not just between Tait and Mellie), the bonds made, the way everything worked out. Readers who enjoy some laughter mixed in with drama (almost angsty)-fueled secrets and a good bit of old-fashioned shoot-'em-up action will enjoy this story.
Pokeybooboo 26 days ago
The Mail Order Bride's Secret is the third book in Linda Broday's exciting historical western romance series Outlaw Mail Order Brides. Never fear, this book stands alone quite well. This is not one of those sweet clean mail order bride books that abound; this series has some grit! The men are outlaws, the women sassy, and the sex hot. Tait Trinity is an outlaw who comes to Hope's Crossing, a town built by outlaws, to heal and make a life for himself. One afternoon a trio of children - a set of young rambunctious twin boys and a sweet 3 year old girl - are delivered to him. They are his sister's children, now orphaned. Tait is flummoxed; what the heck is he going to do with them?! He knows nothing about children, plus he wants to avenge his sister who was brutally murdered. Then he remembers the possible mail order bride with whom he has been corresponding...perfect! He requests that she join him immediately. When she arrives, however, he finds a woman who is not going to let him leave her with the children as he heads out! Unbeknownst to Tait, mail order bride Melanie Dunbar has a secret. She is sent to Tait to find the money he stole from the railroad, return it to its owners and betray Tait. If she doesn't, her twin sister will be killed. As she begins to know Tait, however, she doesn't know if she can betray him... This book was fast paced, heartbreaking, sexy and exciting. I normally don't care for kids in books (once again, don't judge me!), but these kids grew on me, especially little Becky. Both Tait and Melanie had secrets they were keeping from each other. That romance trope usually annoys me, but it works well here; we see how emotionally attached they are becoming to each other and the children. How will they possibly get past the hurt of betrayal? Though Tait is a tough outlaw, he opened up his heart to his new family. Melanie was a tough cookie herself, but the thought of losing Tait or her sister almost brought her to her knees. The battle near the end of the book was most exciting. Also, I really enjoyed seeing favorite characters from previous books. It's like coming home again. Definitely a western romance you don't want to miss! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
BarbTRC 26 days ago
The Mail Order Bride’s Secret by Linda Broday is the 3rd book in her Outlaw Mail Order Brides series. As I have said previously, I have become a big fan of Broday’s western historical romance stories, and The Mail Order Bride’s Secret is once again another fantastic story line. Refresher: The story takes place in Hope’s Crossing, which is a town run by outlaws, who have started a clean slate on their lives, with building a family and changing their lives for the better. Tait Trinity, our hero, is suddenly left with three young children (two twin boys and a baby girl), when his sister is brutally murdered. Tait decides to get a mail order bride to help him take care of the children; he also knows his life could be short term and dangerous, as other criminals are also after Tait. Melanie Dunbar, our heroine, finds herself in trouble, as she and her sister, Ava are put in jail because of something her father did. The crooked Judge makes a deal with Melanie; he will free them if she can bring Tail Trinity to him, as well as the money he stole. Knowing they could be in jail for a very long time, Melanie accepts the deal. In doing so, she responds to Tait’s letter accepting her as his bride. When Melanie arrives in Hope’s Crossing, she is immediately surprised at her attraction to Tait, and though she has no experience taking care of children, in a short time she finds herself caring about them all. Quickly, her relationship with Tait heats up, and they both find themselves caring deeply about each other. Melanie feels guilty, and tries to find a way to get the money and return it to the Judge, to free her sister, and at the same time, not have Tait hurt. Tait is determined to find the man who murdered his sister, and knows that the children and Melanie will always be in danger with threats against him. He will take matters in his own hands when Becky (the baby girl) is kidnapped, and he with Jack and Clay (previous book heroes), will try to rescue her, and find the man who killed his sister. When Melanie gets a threat by the Judge to bring the money, she too takes matters in her own hands by traveling to free her sister. What follows is an exciting story line, with nonstop action, dangerous situations, with their lives on the line and a wonderful sweet romance between two people with flawed pasts that will catch up with them. The last half of the book was tense and exciting, as they both find themselves in dangerous situations, which will bring them face to face with the evil villains. Linda Broday once again gives us another wonderful western historical romance story, as The Mail Order Bride’s Secret was a great addition to this series. It was emotional, tense, exciting, sweet romantic story, with a fabulous group of secondary characters and a great couple.
AliciaSplendeur 26 days ago
When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity's doorstep, he knows he can't help them—a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can't bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail-order bride he'd been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers. Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She's rough and tumble...and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she'll have to betray her new husband. There's only one problem—the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister...or the man she loves. This book was action-packed. From the opening scene all the way till the very end. An outlaw and a mail-order bride made it hard to resist this book after reading the description. It was great when they each realized that they loved each other. After saying telling each other that their arrangement was not about love. The last 25% was hard to put down. I had to know what was gonna happen. This was my first time something from this author and I look forward to reading her earlier books.