Miranda Wentworth never thought she would be a mail ordered bride but it was needed to get out of the orphanage. She would make a better life for herself, her brothers and eventually her sisters. Miranda will learn that life is difficult in Texas and especially with a man like Jake Creed who was not the warmest man but things are not always what they seem.
Jake Creed needed a wife to take care of his child and his home. He was lucky with finding Miranda but she brought more than she advertised and he will find that his new wife was hiding more than she was letting on. Jake will find a way with her no matter what as they will have only each other to lean on.
Texas Bride is the first book to the series Mail-Order Brides from Joan Johnston. I have already read the second and third book to the series and liked them without a doubt.
Miranda was a strong willed girl and determined to rescue her family. It was sad that she could only save her brothers but as I have read about Hannah and Hetty, I know that they do have a happy ending even though it was a little hard to get to. She will make the best of the situation when going to Texas and settling in her life. Jake was a hard man who lost the woman he loved and will be conflicted as his new wife was making him fall in love with her. He does push away especially when he finds that things are not all that they seem to be with Miranda but they do get through their difficulties and some are a little more difficult than others.
I liked that the uncle was introduced to us in the book. He was towards the end of the story and he didn’t stay long thanks in big part because of Miranda. She understood all that her uncle wanted and she was not going to be manipulated into signing away her fortune.
I liked finding out more on the history of this feud between the family. Of course when you find out what Blackthorne does it does make sense that Jake is not Blackthorne’s favorite person. I wonder if Cricket, Jake’s mom, will ever find out the truth about her first husband. Since it did not happen in the second or third book I guess it should happen in the fourth book which should be the last book to the series. Or it might not happy at all. I don’t know when that one is coming out but I assume it will be in 2015 since each book of the series has a gap of a year in between them. I can’t wait to read Josie’s story but in the mean time I think I will be checking out more from Joan Johnston.
Tate Whitelaw was tired of being under her brothers thumbs and wanted to have a chance at love. She will leave the family ranch and find herself living at a new ranch who will be owned by a rancher who will have her heart raising.
Adam Phillips owned Lazy S ranch and worked the land. He will find Tate on the side of the road and take her home with him and put her to work at his ranch. He will fight his attraction but the fight will not last long.
When I got this book I thought it was the first book to the series Mail-Order Bride and I was completely wrong as it contained two stories so I made sure to order the right book from my library. So that first book hopefully I will get to read soon. Now back to this book, The Rancher and the Runaway Bride, which was a good book from Joan Johnston. It is the second book to the series Hawk’s Way Family. There was something I didn’t like about the book and that was the men were way to dominating when it came to Tate. I get that she was their sister and I get it from Adam with what happened with his sister. I thought Johnston didn’t need them to be so commanding but it will all worked out for the characters especially Tate when she works away those problems that kept her getting close to Adam.
The Bluest Eyes in Texas
Burr Covington was an undercover agent who was infiltrated in the Texas Mafia. His next assignment will lead him to help kidnap the Governor’s daughter but he will risk it all and save Lindsey Major.
This was a story story from the author, actually both of these stories were rather short. I was able to fly through them as combined they reached 250 pages. So Burr and Lindsey were put in a difficult and dangerous situation but through it all they found that passion that resided between them. I almost wish this was a longer story to give the characters more time to have their say and for the plot to breath. Johnston does provide a story with them but it was very fast paced.
Overall both stories were fun to read and I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.
Karl Norwood was looking for a wife with children of her own. He wanted a family and will get that when his mail order bride comes, but he will know that she is hiding something from him.
Hetty Wentworth needed to survive and the only way was to become a mail order bride. She will take the two orphaned children with her and keep up the charade but knows that it can only last so long.
Montana Bride is the third book to Joan Johnston’s series Mail-Order Brides. Reading the third book kept my interest much like the second. I did however come to the same conclusion that at times the characters were a little annoying, mainly Hetty. I was thinking that she was a little too ungrateful for wanting the handsomer man than the man who would be kind to her, Karl. It was like she did not learn any lesson she received with the duel that ended in tragedy. Now I was happy to read that she does become a better person and comes to love her husband, of course she is still being untruthful to him. The truth would come out as it was expected. Karl was a man who you would want for a husband back then. Johnston describes him as average but with his personality he was a prince to these kids and Hetty until he finds all that she had been lying to him. Karl will learn to love his wife again and I liked that Johnston had Hetty working for that trust again.
The addition of the brother and sister, Griffin and Grace, worked well into the story. I liked both their characters as they were yes children but they had to adapt to what was given to them. They didn’t trust easily but it was sweet how they finally excepted Hetty and Karl in the end.
What I didn’t expect was Denis. I figured he was a showoff but he was pretty vindictive when it came to what he wanted. I was hoping that Johnston would not have Denis and Hetty have an affair and they didn’t since Hetty was growing up and learned from her mistakes. Denis gets what is coming to him in the end, once again justice is served.
As I finished this book I found out that I was right in my earlier assumption that Josie was not in the picture but I am definitely looking forward to reading her story and the first book with Miranda.
Hannah Wentworth McMurtry had gotten married to Mr. McMurtry out of need to free her two other sisters from the orphanage. She never thought her husband would die on the trial or that she would lose track of her sisters. She will find help from Flint Creed who saves her from death. She will agree to marry the man to protect her baby.
Flint Creed watched the woman he loved leave him and become his younger brothers fiance. She did not know that he loved her and Flint would keep it secret. Soon his mind will be on a woman he finds who is almost at deaths door. He will help save her and get her to marry him but life with this woman would not be easy especially when he loved another.
Wyoming Bride is the second book to the series Mail-Order Bride from Joan Johnston. She is a brand knew author to me and from the looks of it she stays in the topic of the Wild West for a couple of her series. I am not always the biggest fan of the Wild West which is because I read a very long series and there was the happy ending in the beginning only to be met with more betrayal and heartache. The people never got a break. I like happy endings so that series kind of tainted Wild West books for me. So I am happy to say that this book had me liking it again.
Now this wasn’t a book that I absolutely loved right away, it was one that I grew to like. The characters were hard and flawed but sweet at times. Johnston switches between the brothers and their wives for whose story was being told. I was at times annoyed with the characters because they weren’t being truthful and you know the truth will always come out, especially for Flint who thinks he loves his brothers wife. Well Flint’s wife is not too happy with that thought but she comes out of it alive and so does he.
It was interesting also to read about life back then. Thinking about how childbirth really could lead to death for the mother and the child. It can still today obviously but with hospitals we are much more equipped than back in those days.
Now the villain was clear as it was the rich man of those parts who was a not a very nice man to the people. He does get what was coming to him, Wild West justice.
I am looking forward to reading the third book that will be about Hetty which I have next to read. The first one I am on a waiting list so that could be some time before I get it. I suppose there will more than likely be a fourth book that will be with Josie unless she is in the third book which is unlikely as she is with a British lord. I am assuming that wouldn’t be out until much later this year or the next but I will definitely be checking it out.