My Thoughts -Mail-Order Bride Substitute Author: Linda Ford
About the Book
Book: Mail-Order Bride Substitute
Author: Linda Ford
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Release date: March 29, 2023
Olivia comes from a rich family, but it hasn’t protected her from malicious rumors. A marriage of convenience as a mail-order bride to Riley Shannon is exactly what she needs for a fresh start. Especially when he makes it clear he wants no romance. Something she is in complete agreement with. She’ll go in place of her friend, Sylvia, who has changed her mind about the arrangement she made with Riley.
Riley has bitter memories of loving a rich woman who doesn’t care to embrace ranch life. He has no intention of repeating that lesson. When Olivia steps from the train, offering to be his substitute bride, his answer is a resounding ‘no thanks.’ But Olivia isn’t about to take no for an answer and makes her way to the ranch, determined to prove she is the answer to his prayers.
What will it take for these two to overcome the barriers to their love?
Linda Ford is a multi-published author who makes her home in rural Alberta, Canada where she is near enough to the Rockies to see them every day. She didn’t always want to be an author. In fact, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, her dream came true. She married a rancher. They had four children then adopted ten, an experience which has given her much fodder for the happy-ever-after stories she writes. Growing up on the prairie and learning to notice the small details it hides has given her an appreciation for watching God at work in His creation. Her upbringing also included being taught to trust God in everything and through everything—a theme that resonates in her stories.
Mail-Order Bride Substitute is her 100th title.
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For the most part, I write westerns. Historical western romances to be exact. Now I’m not a cowgirl. I don’t even ride horseback. (Shh. Don’t tell anyone.) So, you might well ask, what qualifies me to write stories of this era and these kinds of people?
Well, I could list a number of reasons. 1) I had a father who liked to visit museums and tell stories about settling the west. Not only that, but for a few summers when I was very young, my mother and my siblings accompanied him to live in a…well, the best way to describe it is to say it was a cabin on wheels with nothing inside but a few cupboards and rough bunk beds. You could say I experienced pioneer life firsthand albeit it through the eyes of a child 2) As a child, I read anything I could get my hands on, including Zane Grey. I fell in love with his heroes, his heroines and his settings. 3) I dated and married a man who lives to watch westerns. And as a good date and later, a good wife, I spent many hours watching them. 4). I still love those larger-than-life heroes (aka cowboys) and the stubborn but kind heroines.
Mail-Order Bride Substitute is the third in a 5-book (and counting) series of Montana Mail-Order Brides. I like creating families and have done exactly that in this series. There are four brothers—the Shannons–and then their friends who see how successful their marriages are and decide to try this mail-order bride business for themselves.
I tend to create strong families and this series is no exception. Mrs. Shannon was a kind, guiding mother. Mr. Shannon was tough as old leather yet fair. Their sons do their best to honor them. I also prefer settings that include mountains which is why I have set this series in beautiful western Montana.
I love these stories. Or maybe it’s the cowboys and the brides who gather their courage around them to travel west to marry—and yes, tame—these young men.
Incidentally, this is my 100th book to be published.
Mail-Order Bride Substitute is book three in the Montana Mail Order series that is written by Linda Ford. I have not read the other books in the series and I had no issues following along. One of the things that I really love about reading this author is her descriptions. She brings her story to life through the pages and you can feel like you are standing there watching it unfold.
Riley knows he needs someone to cook meals for him and bear his children. However, he has been hurt in the past by a woman that he loved. He wants a loveless marriage. When Olivia steps off the train he is confused because it was her friend that he was supposed to marry. Olivia takes her friends place and needs a fresh start after her ex fiancé spreads very nasty rumors about her. She is a determined woman, even though she is accustomed to a life of leisure. Riley does not want to marry her - but allows her and her servant, Alfred to stay. Olivia is determined to prove that she can make it as a ranch wife.
I absolutely adore the Shannon family. They were welcoming to Olivia and have no issues with helping her learn the ropes. Seeing Riley and Olivia grow throughout the book was also so heartwarming. I love mail order bride/marriage of convivence stories. This one was beautifully written. I hope to read the next book in the series.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.