Mail-Order Bride Author:Maureen McKade Kate Murphy arrives in the Rocky Mountain mining town as a mail-order bride-just in time to discover she's a widow before she's a wife. Looking to earn the stagecoach fare out of this dangerous town, Kate never expects the true peril to come in the tantalizing form of Trev Trevelyan. — The handsome mine superintendent desperately needs someone to... more » care for his two young, motherless children, and Kate is delighted to take the job. But first the children capture her heart...and then the leaping attraction between sweet Kate and then smolderingly handsome Trev is too powerful to deny. Although Kate longs for the safety of his arms, will she ever be able to accept the danger of his life?« less
This is a mail-order bride with a twist: Kate Murphy has arrived in a Rocky Mountain mining town to find that her intended has just died in a mining accident. She realizes that she cannot stay but does not have the funds to board the next stagecoach to Denver.
Mining superintendent Trev Trevelyan goes to get his children (hes a widower with 2 small children) and finds them alone. The woman keeping the kids in her home arrives soon after; Trevelyan tells her that he will find someone else. When he begins to look, he realizes that there is no one interested in the job.
The characters are very well-written and it is easy to care about them and the problems they face. Theres also a mystery of sorts. On the downside, the book moves at a good pace and then ends a bit suddenly. Although the writers style is engaging, the plot was rather common after Kate found her job. The story was saved by the problems at the mines and an unusual difficulty of the daughter, Annie.