The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride

The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride

by Linda Broday

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

Former outlaw Clay Colby is abuzz with his mail order bride's expected arrival. He's fought long and hard to drag Devil's Crossing out of when his homestead is set ablaze by a bitter rival, he's heartbroken. There's no woman in the world who'd stand by him now.

But Tally Shannon is no ordinary woman.

After escaping the psychiatric hospital in which she was wrongfully detained, Tally only wants someone to protect her and the little girl under her care. She doesn't mind that Clay's home is dang near burned to the ground—not when he makes her feel so safe. So cherished. But it's only a matter of time before the ghosts of her past come calling...and her loving cowboy must defend his new bride—and the family they built together—to his very last breath.

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: 9781492651055
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Series: Outlaw Mail Order Brides , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 43,595
File size: 1 MB

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 Outlaw's Mail Order Bride 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Former outlaw, Clay Colby is waiting for his mail order bride. He and others are trying to straighten up their lives and build a town. Just when his bride is to arrive, some no good burns it down. He knows that when his wife gets there, she will never stay. Tally Shannon and a little girl that she has grown attached to, show up. She is a strong woman who has escaped a asylum, placed there by a stepmother who wants her dead. Tally wants protection for her and Violet, who is blind. Clay and Tally get married and live together peaceably until ghosts thought long gone come back into their lives. Will they be able to vanquish them and make this new beginning work? It's a trip back into the wild West where towns and lives were being started. Weak people should not apply because they won't make it. When you have people standing with you, it makes a difference. I loved this book. The old West comes alive in the pages of this book. I received this book from Net Galley and SourceBooks, Casablanca for a honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Former outlaw Clay Colby is abuzz with his mail order bride's expected arrival. He's fought long and hard to drag Devil's Crossing out of when his homestead is set ablaze by a bitter rival, he's heartbroken. There's no woman in the world who'd stand by him now. But Tally Shannon is no ordinary woman. After escaping the psychiatric hospital in which she was wrongfully detained, Tally only wants someone to protect her and the little girl under her care. She doesn't mind that Clay's home is dang near burned to the ground—not when he makes her feel so safe. So cherished. But it's only a matter of time before the ghosts of her past come calling...and her loving cowboy must defend his new bride—and the family they built together—to his very last breath This was a good story. I liked both main characters as well as the side characters. I really rooted for Clay and Tally as they try to build their lives (and town) together. I look forward to reading more from this author. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
redLI More than 1 year ago
Linda Broday, has another Awesome book. Clay, the outlaw who wants to start over & build a new town for himself & a lot of other outlaws & people who deserve a second chance. He has wrote for a mail order bride to help him find peace & start a new life. Tally, is the red haired woman who arrives along with a blind child, Violet; that Luke Legend brings. Luke, has started a Mail Order bride service to help the ladies of Deliverance, who escaped from Creedmore, the insane asylum. Enjoyed reading this story as it unfolded & all the characters Linda has brought into this book from her other ones.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
It was ok, that can pass the time. So we are in the past in the west and we meet Cole who is an outlaw and trying to get a better life for himself and starting a town filled with other outlaws who are trying to better themselves. He sends for a mail order bride hence the name and meet Tally who her story was pretty heartbreaking actually the majority of them were heartbreaking. So Tally is wary of marrying Cole because she fears men and it is hard for her to trust others and when you read the story you totally understand. This thoughts went thru that and what these places that existed because these woman and children weren't wanted broke my heart..Cole and the others showed humanity and totally proved there worth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s no surprise (to me at least) that when a new Linda Broday book becomes available on the Lone Star Lit Tours, I jump at the chance to read it. This is the fifth book of Ms. Broday’s that I’m reviewing! Besides the obvious reasons to pick up The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride (which had me at Western Romance), the two aspects of Ms. Broday’s books that I love the most is that secondary characters from one series find their own happy endings in the next series and that we get to catch up with characters that we already know and love. In this novel, we meet up with Clay from The Heart of a Texas Cowboy and Tally, the de facto leader of the women living in Deliverance Canyon after escaping from Creedmore Asulum. The two met through Luke and Josie’s mail order bride service. Clay is a good man with a rough past. (I always love a good guy hiding behind a bad boy.) He’s looking for someone to share his burdens of establishing his dream town and starting a family. He’s romantic as well: "I’ll gladly work my fingers to the bone every second of every day if it means taking worry from you. I chose to care for you from the start and that hasn’t changed. This is what a true husband does for his wife. Never feel guilty for anything where I’m concerned." Clay sees what his wife needs and provides it for her and their new family before anyone asks. Great husband material! Tally is a strong woman. She had to be to survive the horrors at Creedmore and to care for the other women who escaped. She’s also always bringing home strays, children and adults alike. She puts her faith in herself, as she believes no one else is worth trusting. In spite of all she’s been through, I appreciate that she still finds it in herself to care for others. I admire her perseverance. But also, I admire her ability to still believe in love in spite of everything. Both main characters show a great deal of growth and development throughout the novel, learning to trust and love throughout the novel. I especially welcome how Clay is willing to give Tally time. Time to heal, time to learn, and time to trust. The fully developed secondary characters in Ms. Broday’s novels are just as crucial to the story-telling as our main characters. in The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride, we get to catch up with Luke and Josie, and the other Legend brothers. We also have an appearance by Dr. Mary. I love Dr. Mary! A strong character on her own, our resident doctor has great medical knowledge. Dr. Mary even makes me wonder if tattoo removal was actually a thing in 1879. We also get to know the other outlaws in town, a former saloon gal, Bullet the dog, and the most unlikely surrogate grandfather\granddaughter pairing of a blind girl and a crotchety old outlaw. My one struggle with this novel is that the romance between Clay and Tally moves really fast. Yes, they did write letters back and forth before meeting in person, hence the Mail Order portion of the title. I did find the relationship and feelings between Clay and Tally to be real and believable. But still, the romance and feelings move fast. I would truly have liked to read those letters between Clay and Tally so I could see how their relationship builds. I can see the prospective future stories with the other inhabitants of Hope’s Crossing and I’m eagerly anticipating them! And in case you are wondering, no, you don’t need to have read Ms. Broday’s other books to enjoy this one. But you may very well want to read them after finishing it!
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I usually stick to the lords and ladies of England when it comes to any historicals that I read but every once in a while something else will catch my eye. And I have to say I’m really glad that something was this book. Things have been really, really hard for both Tally and Clay (and their friends). Horrible circumstances and maybe some bad decisions by themselves and/or others have led them down a difficult path. Clay’s life as an outlaw has left him with a price on his head but he’s intent on starting over and creating a new life for himself. One that involves a woman to share it with. Unfortunately Tally has her own demons to fight and she brings a bit of trouble with her to Devil’s Crossing. I loved that both Clay and Tally are determined to find a way to have a good life. They don’t turn away when things get difficult, or if they do they quickly figure out that they need to stand up for themselves and what’s right even when it’s challenging. Neither of them are coming to this relationship whole but they know they want better and they are willing to work at it. There are people that depend on them and they are making a new family, a new life, together and it requires them to learn to trust each other and work together. Broday doesn’t make things easy for anyone here but she definitely gives readers a page-turner of a story. With every new hardship or threat that comes knocking at their door, Clay and Tally do their best to meet it head on. They’ve had rough times in the past and the future isn’t coming easy, but they are going to face it together. Moments of danger kept me glued to the pages but so did the more tender moments as they work together to make a family of their little band of misfits. It’s as heart-warming as it was suspenseful, and I look forward to having Broday take me for another ride. (Note: This is the first in this series, which is a spinoff of an existing one. It can stand alone but I’m curious how much I would have already known about these characters if this wasn’t the first book I’d read by this author. I don’t think it impacted much but may have added some depth.) **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday is the 1st book in her new western Outlaw Mail Order Brides series. I have enjoyed Broday’s previous books book in a couple of her other series, and I am happy to say this was a wonderful start to another good series. We meet our hero, Clay Colby, who is in the process with some of his outlaw friends, trying to rebuild a town (Devil’s Crossing) for them to start a new clean life. Clay is waiting for the wagon train to arrive bringing him his mail order bride. When Clay meets his bride to be, he is shocked to see a young girl with her. Talley Shannon is determined to protect herself, as well as the young blind girl under her care. Tally is on the run from some bad guys, and marrying Clay will help her begin a new life. Tally’s history is sad, as she escaped a terrible psychiatric hospital that she was falsely admitted by her greedy evil stepmother, after her father died. Both she and the little girl, Violet were abused and tortured, but Tally is a strong and forceful woman. Tally explains that if he wants to marry her, he will have to accept Violet too. What follows is both an exciting story line, and a sweet romance between two people with flawed pasts that will catch up with them. Tally has problems with trust, especially with always being on the look out of the evil men still stalking her. In time she realizes that Clay is a good man, who will do anything to protect her, and Violet, whom he begins to treat like his own daughter. Though early on, Tally tries to run in fear of those following her, but Clay will prove to her that he is in this for the long run, and promises to protect her. Slowly more people come to join their town, and help with the rebuilding process. They all stick together to protect Tally and Violet. There were some great secondary characters they we got to meet, and learn to care for, such as the Januarys, Dr Mary, Rebel, and it was great to see Luke and Josie from Broday”s previous series. What I loved the most was watching Tally fight her trust issues, and allow herself to fall in love with Clay. Violet, though struggling with her blindness, was a treasure, who became more self sufficient with the those in town who loved her. Clay’s dog Bullet was a perfect companion for Violet, and protective of them all. 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 the three evil men following Tally. Another group of women who escaped the asylum were rescued by Clay and Tally, bringing some to their town. When they stave off the bad men, and the nasty stepmother, they head home with good news. Tally is free, and Clay receives amnesty, and a happy time for all. But just when things begin to look good, a shocking surprise will come back to rear its ugly head, causing intense action and threats to their survival, with both Rebel and Bullet seriously injured. Linda Broday has once again given us another wonderful new western historical series, with a fantastic group of characters, and a couple we fell in love with. The Outlaw Mail Order Bride was an emotional, exciting, romantic story that played often with our emotions.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Be still my heart! I have fallen in love with western historical romance and just cannot read enough! Linda Broday is a master at developing a sense of time and space where you almost feel you are there and with her in depth character thoughts and descriptions, they come alive off the page. Once I started, I could not stop, so set aside some time when you begin because it will pull you in quickly! Clay and Tally both have pasts they want to forget and begin life anew as husband and wife. Clay was a previous outlaw that has tried to build a town but it seems he cannot catch a break. As his mail order bride arrives, he knows she might turn around and leave when she sees how the town has been burned. Tally has escaped from an insane asylum, where she was wrongly held and brings with her a little girl Violet that escaped with her. These two just warmed my heart and pulled me into their emotions. Tally just wanted someone to protect her and Clay was up to the challenge. An endearing story that I did not want to end, but in turning the last page I had to remind myself there are other books in this series to come! I highly recommend! I read this through NetGallery. Lori D
KelsieAL More than 1 year ago
The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday is book one in her Outlaw Mail Order Brides series. This historical western romance is a spinoff of Broday’s Men of Legend series. The author is well-known for her bestselling western romances and this one will undoubtedly be another bestseller. Clay Colby is an outlaw wanted for murder. He’s eagerly awaiting the arrival of his mail order bride, Tally. He’s frustrated and afraid that Tally will walk away when she arrives and sees that the town he built has been burned. Clay’s accustomed to women leaving him and hopes Tally can overlook the condition of her new home. Tally Shannon is also a wanted fugitive with a bounty on her head. She escaped from an insane asylum, where she was wrongfully held. She arrives with an eight-year-old girl she rescued from the asylum and hopes that this won’t be a deal breaker for Clay. The untamed, but beautiful, Texas landscape is a vital part of the story. The harsh environment adds to both life’s hardships and it’s triumphs. The concept of inner beauty over outer, surface, beauty is stressed throughout the novel. An aspect that I appreciated. All the characters are interesting but more background details were needed. This novel is a spinoff of another series and in some instances it reads more like a sequel than a first of series. The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride works as a standalone, though some details should have been expounded upon. I recommend reading the Men of Legend series before starting this series. I was disappointed with the ending. Actually I was disappointed that the ending was dragged out. The extended scenes disrupted the pace of the novel. The exact same resolution could have been reached with a lot fewer words. Overall, I enjoyed this book and rate it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride to readers of historical romance, especially those who enjoy western romance. Be aware: this is not a chaste romance. The book also has some depictions of physical and sexual abuse that may be disturbing to some readers. 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.
Pokeybooboo More than 1 year ago
In the past I always felt "meh" about reading western historical romances. They were okay, but didn't thrill me. I do believe the talented Linda Broday has changed my position on this genre! This book had non-stop action, suspense, drama and steamy loving. I must read more of her stories, and I eagerly await the next book in this exciting new series. This series is apparently a spin off of a previous one. Don't worry; this one totally stands alone. (Warning: You WILL want to go back and read the previous series. I was excited to find I actually own those books already. Yay me!) Clay Colby was an outlaw, but he decided to go straight and build a town that would be a haven for other folks like him. He was lonely and wanted to wed. Enter Tally Shannon, who agreed to be his mail order bride. She arrives, carrying a lot of attitude and mental baggage. Oh, and a little blind girl. Clay was not expecting that! At first I was not horribly fond of Tally. She was hard to like. Considering she had escaped from a mental institution where she had been horribly brutalized, one could understand her issues. Clay was likeable right from the start. He worked hard to win her over, as well as Violet, the little blind girl. Even though Tally tried to resist him, the chemistry was there. As their relationship grew, my liking for Tally grew. But as often happens with outlaws (and mental institution escapees, of course), the past catches up with them. Clay and Tally were fantastic leads. However, the supporting cast was just as wonderful. Especially compelling were Violet, Bullet the dog, Rebel (a woman from Clay's past), Dr. Mary and Montana Black (who at the beginning burned down the town Clay and his friends were building). I particularly liked Jack, a fellow outlaw. I want more of him. I challenge you to read this book without tearing up; bet you can't do it. You will cheer for this entire town of outcasts and misfits. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Clay and Talley's story. After meeting Talley in the Men of Legend series, I was happy to see her get her HEA! Clay and Tally have been writing to each other and it is finally time for them to meet. Unfortunately, the town that Clay had hoped to bring Tally to has been practically burned to the ground. Clay doesn't think Tally will stay when she sees the place. Tally is tougher than Clay realizes and agrees to stay and get married. Although both have issues stemming from their past, they get along well together. But when Talley's past comes to haunt her, things may change. Can this relationship withstand the trouble to comes? Clay and Tally were perfect for each other. He was so protective of her and Violet. Tally just needed to learn that there were people out in the world that she could trust with her life. This was a great start and I'm excited to see what Broday has in store for us with the rest of this series!
Betul90 More than 1 year ago
"She was tired of settling. She wanted to be all of someone's world, not just a small part. She yearned to fill a man's heart so full that his love for her spilled out all over the place." The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride is about Clay, who I was introduced to in The Heart of a Texas Cowboy. He was a bit mysterious in that book, and that made me curious about him. I am always happy when side-characters get their own story/HEA. And I think he found his perfect match in Tally Shannon, who escaped a psychiatric hospital in which she was wrongfully detained. She is very independent and doesn't trust easily, but she's also very practical. She is strong and can definitely take care of herself. I love these type of women in my Historical Romance books. Clay is a great guy and has turned his life around, he doesn't want to be an outlaw anymore. He was very caring and patient, especially when he first met Tally face to face. He knows he has to be cautious in not making Tally regret agreeing to marrying him. She doesn't come alone. She brings along Violet, a little girl, who is even more afraid of strangers and especially men. Clay has to do his best to win her trust. The scenes between Clay and Violet were my favorites. She was just the cutest. "Sometimes, if we're lucky, there's a crack in the darkness and light seeps in. You're my light, Tally. My hope, my salvation, my future." I adore Linda Broday's Historical Western Romances. She does such a great job in writing complete characters with intriguing stories. She doesn't rush anything, and this results in great character development. I do have to admit that her stories are bit on the longer side than what I usually read, but I don't really mind it in my Historical Romances. This book had plenty of romance, action, humor and some emotional scenes as well. The development in Clay and Tally's relationship is amazing, and I loved seeing it grow. They were a team and had each other's backs. They weren't perfect and made mistakes, but they knew have to fix those and learn from it. I highly recommend Linda's books to everyone who loves Historical Romances (HR). As for readers who haven't read any Western/Frontier HR, I hope you'll give it a try because you don't know what you are missing out on.