A loveless marriage of convenience on the Kansas prairie turns out to be far more than she bargained for…
HE’S PART OF THE WEST
Briggs Brigman has been burned once before, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful wife who will spend hours in front of the mirror, primping herself. He knows how hard the prairie can be on a woman, and all he wants is a stalwart bride who won’t complain about hauling water from the creek….
SHE’S A CITY GIRL WITH NO IDEA WHAT SHE’S IN FOR…
All Sarah MacFarland wants is to escape her fearful life in Boston and start fresh with a new identity. Answering an advertisement for a mail order bride seems like the perfect solution, until she meets her soon-to-be husband—a ruggedly handsome, strapping farmer who leaves her breathless on their wedding night. But is it possible that two tormented souls can find happiness, when all they know is betrayal, and when trust is the only way out of a tumultuous past that simply won’t stay buried?
(Originally published as PRAIRIE BRIDE in 2000)
"Mail Order Prairie Bride" by Julianne MacLean is an enjoyable, historical read. I like historical romances that have the mail order bride theme but find, often they are very simplistic with characters that don't necessarily hold my interest. Ms. MacLean is not one of those authors. Her characters intrigued me, the story gripped me and the writing style and flow was enticing and believable. Sarah and Briggs, our main characters, both bring some heavy emotional stuff to this relationship. Watching them as they try to work through it endeared them both to me. I liked Sarah and it was fun to watch her try so hard to become a prairie bride. Briggs is rough and tough but he has a way about him that just made me swoon. Ms. MacLean brought out smiles, a touch of angst and warmth throughout. I have enjoyed Ms. MacLean's COLOR OF HEAVEN series immensely and was excited to read this to see if she would maintain the quality of writing I have grown to love and I am happy to say, yes she did. If you enjoy historical romances, this one should be at the top of your TBR list! (received copy for honest review).