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Subject: Western and Mail Order bride books...
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 1:50 PM ET
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So I just finished The Perfect Wife by Mary Burton.  It was good but not the best I am sure.  I would love some suggestions for books with Western Historical theme and Mail Order Bride stories.  I have read and enjoyed a great western by Marsha Canham (title escapes me at the moment and I can't flip around on this dial-up connection), Short Strw Bride, The Wife Lottery Series which was really good and The Quade series.

Wadda ya think?

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 1:58 PM ET
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I just finished A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist.  Set in late 1800's  Seattle about a mail order bride who didn't know she was a mail order bride.  It's classified as Christian Fiction, but it's not preachy at all.  She has another  Western Historicals...Measure of a Lady set in mid-1800's in San Francisco that is very good also, and the couple from Measure makes a brief cameo appearance in Bride.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 2:44 PM ET
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A Bride Most Begrudging by DeeAnn Gist

Blessing in Disguise by Lauraine Snelling

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 2:48 PM ET
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I recommend The Rustler by Linda Lael Miller.  This is about the historical Stone Creek Series (McKettrick (sp?)'s).  I liked it! :)

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 6:30 PM ET
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Lady of the West - Linda Howard (western)

Heart of the West - Penelope Williamson (western)

Only Love - Elizabeth Lowell (western)

The Endearment  - Lavyrle Spencer (mail order bride)

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 7:36 PM ET
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The Mckettrick books are a different series.  In the 1st 3 Old Man McKettrick promises the ranch to the son who marries and produces a child 1st.  So one sends for a mail order bride and I forget how the 2 end up meeting their wives.  Good books though: High Country Bride, ShotGun Bride and can't remember the other one.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 7:38 PM ET
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Heaven In His Arms by Lisa Ann Verge-tecnically this is a Canadian Western type book.  He marries her when she's on deaths door coming from England on a bride ship.  He has to marry to keep his trapper's license and chooses her because he thinks she'll make him a widower soon. 

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 8:00 PM ET
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I haven't read The Perfect Wife, but I've read & enjoyed Rafferty's Bride by Mary Burton, so I can recommend that one.  I also happen to have 2 copies of it:P  The Canham western you're thinking of, Pam, is Under the Desert Moon, and it's a fav of mine too.  If you liked that one, you should try The Bequest by Candice Proctor.  And of course anything by Maggie Osborne - the undisputed queen of the western romance, IMO. 

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 8:57 PM ET
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Homespun Bride by Carolyn Davidson <-- It's a mail order bride book but her other western historicals are pretty good too.

Lorainne Heath writes some good western historicals. A Rogue in Texas is really good, and Texas Destiny is another fav of mine (and a mail-order bride story).

Maggie Osborne also writes great westerns, The Wives of Bowie Stone includes a mail-order bride storyline in it.

Catherine Anderson's historical westerns are good too (she also writes contemporary western romances).



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Date Posted: 12/8/2009 9:30 PM ET
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Love Catherine Anderson.

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 12:00 AM ET
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3rd on the Lindia Lael Miller series - McKettricks  series which there is a total of 4 books.

High Country Bride, Shotgun Bride, Secondhand Bride and   McKettrick's Choice (technically it is'nt mailorder bride book, but it is the last in the series).

Also Yankee Wife (she answers a ad in the newspaper for a wife. She answers and likes this man she meets and agrees -- thinking it was him.  However, he has already found a bride for himself...she is meant for his brother and does not learn this until she is on her way to her new home!

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 1:38 AM ET
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Mail OrderGroom by Sandra Chastain was recommended to me by someone where (for a reading challenge for a mail order or arranged marriage) it was light and I thought it was a good read.

I've also read a few by Jodi Thomas - Texas Rain I think started the latest series..Texas Princess and gosh drawing a blank on the last 2!

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Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath (LOVED it!)

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Mail Order Bride by Debbie Macomber (1987)

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I mentioned The Rustler because it is a historical western.  I'm sorry if I suggested it in the wrong place! *oops!*

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 11:41 PM ET
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the Debbie Macomber recommendation reminded me of another she has - think it's titled 'morning comes softly'. it was really good.

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Date Posted: 12/13/2009 11:16 AM ET
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Thank you all for the recommendations.  I have found about 50 books I just have to read.  And a swapper named Harriet included some I didn't even know to request in a boxobooks swap.  WOW.  I also found one of the gold mines of Indian (especially Madeline Baker) romance bookshelves (Alishia M.)   Am I allowed to give her name here?.   Someone yell at me if I am not supposed to do that.

I just finished Heaven in His Arms by Lisa Ann Verge.  I give it an A.  The Heroine, Genny, was one of the first I could really identify with.  I loved that it was about Canada and living in the wilds of the forest.  I loved her guts and will to survive.  And it is the first I have read that had French characters only.  I loved it.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 11:01 PM ET
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And now I want to recommend another book: The Wives of Bowie Stone by Maggie Osborne.   Great little Western historical romance.  Post Civil War Kansas.  Two interwoven stories done really well.  Unfortunately, wish listed.



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Date Posted: 1/1/2010 8:20 AM ET
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I absolutely loved The Wives of Bowie Stone. It's one of my favorite romances and really got me started on a western romance binge. I think Bowie is one of my most favorite heroes of all time. He's so sweet, wise, and not over-bearing at all. Plus the heroine has the same name as me. :P I wished the author wrote more about Rosie and Bowie than the other couple, however. I thought the twist in the end was ridiculous and although I did not care for the secondary heroine too much from the beginning, I liked her even less after that plot development.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 1:36 PM ET
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Maggie Osborne is wonderful.  I have everything of hers except for the two really old & htf ones on my WL - which I will probably never find.  When I cleared out the excess from my keepers last summer, she was one of the first collections I set aside (next to Marsha Canham).  I will keep those forever.  Pam, you should try Silver Lining and The Promise of Jenny Jones.  Great two hanky reads, both of them.

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I highly recommend The Endearment by Lavyrle Spencer. This one is my all-time favorite that I read over and over again. In fact, I don't think I've ever read a bad one by her. Too bad she's retired.

Also, check out Elizabeth Lowell's westerns (Only series and Winter Fire and Autumn Lover). Wonderful!

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 12:37 PM ET
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I remember really liking Come Spring by Jill Marie Landis.

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 12:15 PM ET
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Thanks again for the recomends.....And thank you to all the boxers that have responded to my requests for BOB's.  I should be set for a while, LOL.