After finding out that her friend Kate is going to America to be a mail-order bride for Caleb Weatherspoon, Lacey O'Carroll begs her to take her along. After all, Caleb's letter did say to bring along a friend to marry his neighbor.
No one told John Winterhawke that his neighbor had requested a mail-order bride for him too. He was immediately suspicious of Lacey. There must be something wrong with her. Why would the beautiful Irishwoman want to marry a half-breed like him? Hawke decided to give her a chance to prove herself on his ranch, but her cooking and cleaning skills left a lot to be desired.
This book was just an "OK" western romance with no new twists on the story. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
On the face of things, this story couldnt have been more unlikely to end well. This is my first book by this author and she had me in stitches, grinning and laughing through the book.
From the beginning, it is obvious that Kathleen Lacey O'Carroll comes from money; she vaguely remembers something about a fire in her family home - which was a large manor. However, Lacey has been a guest of the asylum in Ireland because she has no other family and her inheritance seems to be paying the bills.
When Laceys good friend, Nurse Kate, receives an offer to become a mail-order bride in Wyoming Territory, the groom adds a postscript, suggesting that Kate bring a friend along, he has a friend who also needs a wife. By the time the two prospective brides arrive, Caleb Weatherspoon, the man wanting a wife has broken his leg and his neighbor Hawke gets the women from the train.
Hawke is horrified when his best friend Caleb says the extra woman is for him! Hawke is a half-breed Indian and fairly ostracized from the community. Hed never planned to marry assured that no woman would have him because of the abuse she would get from the community and because their children would be taunted.
Reluctantly, Hawke agrees to try out the idea of having a helpmate for a few days. He arrives at the Weatherspoon farm to take Lacey to his home for a few hours and the fun begins. Ill never forget how Lacey gets an egg in the barn.
Its perfectly obvious that Lacey is clueless about farm work; the only thing shes adept at is cleaning the floor. Lacey is eager to learn and as she gets better at farming tasks, Hawke really wants to know what is wrong with her. She doesnt seem to understand prejudice and isnt fazed when Hawke tells her that folks will look down on her because of her husband.
This is a clever story about two outcasts (of very different kinds), who try to make a life for themselves in Wyoming Territory.
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Having spent most of her life in a county hospital for the insane, Lacey O'Carroll jumps at the chance to leave Ireland and go to Wyoming with her friend, Nurse Kate. Kate is a mail order bride for Caleb Weatherspoon and Lacey is willing to marry a friend of Caleb's, if he'll have her. She knows she has to hide her past, after all, what man would want a mad woman for his wife?
John Winterhawke is suspicious of the beautiful Irish woman who offers to be his wife and thinks there must be something wrong with her for her to want to marry a half-Indian. Hawke agrees to Caleb's suggestion to test her and brings her to his ranch, Winterhawke. He gives her until the preacher comes to marry Kate and Caleb to prove herself. Although she seems completely ignorant of domestic skills, Lacey has a gentle quality with the horses and Hawke is intrigued by her. Lacey does her best to please Hawke, sometimes with disastrous results. Hawke agrees to marry her anyway and quickly realizes he's going to have to teach Lacey more than how to cook and sew-- she is also naive about her wifely duties!
In time, Lacey and Hawke get to know each other, but not without many misunderstandings. Despite their differences, they are both accustomed to being outcasts and fail to realize that they have so much to offer each other-- including love.
Started out decent, but I soon found Lacey's ignorance to be too much. Quite a few unbelievable parts: the love scene after nearly freezing to death, the fact she continually refers to herself as crazy and although I found it endearing at times, the whole Crowfoot story was far fetched.
Quite ingenious how he got his wife "gentled," however, if I needed a lesson in how horses mate, I would never have thought to read a historical romance. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be cheesy or silly.