The four McBride brothers have their worlds turned upside down when their precocious younger sister secretly places an advertisement for a mail-order bride.
Kit McBride knows that Buck’s Creek, Montana, is no place to find a wife. Between him and his three brothers—plus little Junebug—they manage all right on their own, thank you very much. But unbeknownst to Kit, his sister is sick to death of cleaning, cooking, and mending for her big brothers, so she places an ad in The Matrimonial News to get them hitched.
After Maddy Mooney emigrated from Ireland, she found employment with an eccentric but poor widow. When her mistress decides to answer an ad for a mail-order bride, Maddy is dragged along for the ride to Montana. But en route to the West, Maddy is suddenly abandoned and left to assume the widow’s name, position, and matrimonial prospects….
With no other recourse in the wilderness, Maddy must convince Kit not only is she who she says she is, but she’s the wife he never knew he needed.
I struggled to connect with this one when I first started it. I was coming off of a book hangover for a sci-fi series and going straight into a historical romance probably wasn’t the best choice. That being said the second half of this book really picked up for me and I enjoyed how the story ended. I also had a hard time connecting to the character of Junebug who is the main characters unruly little sister. Junebug is raised by four older brothers and is tired of being treated like a “wife” her words, and decides to get Kit a real wife through a mail order catalogue. This however backfires and Junebug is left cleaning up the mess she made. I thought the writing was really good and the story entertained me I just got lost when reading from a child’s perspective. This was definitely a laugh out loud book at times and Willabelle was something else! At times her character was too much to handle but I loved all of the scenes with her. If you are a fan of historical romance that has rugged Montana men then I would look into this one, or if you want a fun laugh out loud romance this one would work for that too. Im curious to see how the next book goes, especially if we get Morgan’s story who is Kit and Junebug’s oldest brother. Thank you Berkley for my gifted copy for review!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amy Barry writes sweeping historical stories about love. She’s fascinated with the landscapes of the American West and their complex long history, and she’s even more fascinated with people in all their weird tangled glory. Amy also writes under the names Amy T Matthews and Tess LeSue, and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Flinders University in Australia. To learn more, visit: https://amy-barry.com/.