Texas Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday

Texas Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

It was strange how a day could go south quicker than a steam locomotive on a downhill slope…

Rancher Cooper Thorne thinks his life is finally on an even keel. But when mail-order bride Delta Dandridge steps off the stagecoach and claims he sent for her, he scrambles to set her straight. The tempestuous woman makes him see red and also challenges all his vows to remain a bachelor. It turns out Delta Dandridge is going to set Cooper Thorne straight about a few things…

Grit and heart, this book has it all.

I’m new to the writings of Linda Broday, but I’m glad I took the leap and tried this book. Her writing flows well and kept me entertained throughout. I wanted to know more and really felt like I was in Battle Creek, Texas with these characters.

Delta Dandridge is a complex character. She’s running from a rough past and fully ready to put that past behind her. I liked that she wasn’t wallowing in pity. She had grit and took on life. That was important because I wanted to root for her. I wasn’t wild about the idea of becoming a mail order bride, but that practice was acceptable back in the day. That was her way out and when that didn’t work so well, I liked that she didn’t hide. She went forward for what she wanted. You go girl!

Cooper came off a little rough, too, but once his hard shell was pierced, I saw a pretty nifty guy. I liked that he was wounded, too. He had some issues and thought he couldn’t get past them. He was the kind of guy I could enjoy and wanted to see him and Delta get that HEA. He’s troubled and sometimes lets that get him down, but underneath he’s the right man for Delta and I couldn’t get enough of them together.

There are a few subplots to the story. I won’t divulge much, but there is a lot going on and it’s all tied together, so don’t put this book down.

If you want a book that’s heavy on heart, hardship and overcoming that hardship, then this might be the book for you.

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