A historical western cowboy romance novel about a mail order bride....
This is book one in the Westward series.
Bored socialite Tessa craves adventure and finds it when she becomes a mail order bride to Montana rancher and widowed father Dean Samuels. Can this pair - as different as night and day - find love?
©2014 Linda Bridey (P)2016 Linda Bridey
I really enjoyed this book. I read the 4th book in the series before reading this first book, but each book stands alone even though they are related by the characters and chronologically. I never thought I would be a fan of romance books, but this series is really good. It is a clean romance with characters that are interesting, and they are easy to connect with. I think the books are well-written and the story is engaging. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by J. Scott Bennett and I really enjoyed the narration. I have listened to several books narrated by him and have never been disappointed. He has a unique and pleasant voice which seems to fit well with the "Western" genre. If you like clean romance, I highly recommend this book.
Teresa is caught in a world of high society. She feels trapped because she does not enjoy all the balls & parties a young lady usually enjoys in her world. She decides to get out of that world. Adventurously, she chooses correspond with a farmer in Montana. They begin a courtship through writing letters. She decides it's time to go visit. She finds it very different there. Read the book and find out about Teresa's Big adventure. This book is full of love for all kinds of people and the needs of everyone in both of Teresa's Worlds.
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I really enjoyed this audio from the narrator to the author it was a fun clean read of finding one’s self, learning to talk things out, overlooking the little things, finding a place to call home that you find exciting enough to last you a lifetime.
Tessa wants more out of life than to be someone’s wife who is there to make her husband look good, never having a mind of her own, living with a boring man who is just out to make a name for his self living it up with party after party. She wants a man who truly is a man one that doesn’t mind a women being a women with a mind. She has gone through all the men in her town and fines them lacking, she sees an ad for a mail order bride which seem exciting. A place she doesn’t know anyone, where she can get a fresh start not only in her life but in her writing as well. She reads a letter from a man who she wants to get to know better. As they write back in forward she decides she wants to meet him. Off she goes not telling any of her family. On meeting Dean sparks fly and as they get to know each other she finds this is a man who she could live and love.
When Deans brother tells him about the mail order bride program Dean laughs and said sure why not. His brother write for him, when a letter comes back they are both shocked to get a reply. Dean wasn’t even serious but his brother was. Dean is great at a lot of things but writing and telling about his feelings has never been one of his strong points. Dean agrees to let his brother write back to Tessa, of course he reads her replies and tells his brother what to write with his brother adding more in detail of things a woman might like to hear which will cause trouble down the road. Dean likes what he sees when he meets Tessa as times goes on he finds he is very attracted to her never guessing he would feel this way about another women.
They have their ups and downs as they learn to talk, and deal with day to day issues. Most day’s things are more down than up leaving Dean confused as to just what Tessa wants or expects. She sure does know how to beat a dead horse.
J. Scott Bennett I thought did a wonderful job of narration he put feeling into the audio. His voice is very powerful, clear and pleasant to listen to. There are no background noises or any high or low tones. His tones are very even never leaving you guessing how the character feels. He gives you a very clear rich audio that you do not want to put down. His male voices are as pleasant as his female voices. You never have any trouble knowing who is talking or just what is on their mind. I did feel he at times he didn’t give a chuckle when the author said the character had chuckled but in no way does that take away from the audio but I felt it would have added more to the listen. I really enjoyed his voice and could listen to it all day with no problem. I do feel the audio made this a more enjoyable read than just reading the book…just my thoughts.
The one thing I found annoying in this audio is I do not think when the character is talking if you use character voice that you need to say he said or she said the different voices should tell you who is talking without saying who is. There were a few places that it was mostly all the author put in there. As for reading that is fine but in an audio is not needed. I am unsure if that would be the narrator or the author to make this decision. It isn’t so bad or very noticeable if there aren’t a lot of these all in one area as in this book. Again that is just me and most likely others wouldn’t even think of it.
I did find this story for the most part believable. Since they lived in a small area so far from town I doubt much would have been said about them living in the same home with no other females there. I believe in some area there was something called hand fasting where you lived as man and wife until you could be married. This isn’t like they are in a big city or town where they would be talked about. I did find Tessa went a little over board on the fact that he didn’t write the letters in a time where a lot of people could not read or write. I think with him saying he was sorry and why he did this that should have been good enough and things should have been forgotten. The way the author wrote it made it a much interesting story with this in it.
I did like the characters and at times I had to laugh at things they said or did. I loved the children they can get by with saying things that others could not. They are innocent and say what they think. I thought both of their families were adorable and love how her father checked on her to make sure she found a true gentlemen. I enjoyed how his brothers teased and embarrassed Tessa and Dean with their talk of the love act. There are so many wonderful things in this story, the plot is great, and the one step forward and two back is darling. I very much look forward to listening and reading more from this narrator and author. It was just a nice fun clean read of two people finding there is life out there and the right one is just around the corner.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."
the mail order bride books are becoming my favorite. i love the stories
I've never heard of this author until I got this book. It's refreshing to have a clean romance. Sometimes it's not about all that fill in stuff but what the words that Linda puts in her books to create your own imagining. I very much enjoyed this read. The narrator did such an amazing job separating all of the characters from one another. Very please with my purchase and I can not wait to hear more by Linda.
I have read all of Linda's books and loved every one of them, and now listening to her first book it took me back to when I found this book by chance and was hooked now I'll wait anxiously for her second audio book
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When I started this book I felt that I watched an episode of Downton Abbey and thought 'Finally! A well-written romance' that has it all - great charater development, great dialogue, great humor, great everything! I loved Tessa who is a strong woman who knows that she wants something else from life, than what she's supposed to get and I could really feel her!
2½ hours into the book (half-way) she gets married (way too fast!) and when she's been married for 2 days she starts acting like a child and whines about a tiny 'problem' which makes the 'happy' couple to argue for the rest of the book! Nothing made sense anymore. Was I dispointed? YES!
We don't get to know Dean very much and there's more focus on his 'know-it-all' brothers. It feels like the author wanted to make a point about strong women here, but instead made a tedious, spoilt-brat-kind-of heroine, who would actually fit great into the high society she escaped from.
It started in my head with a 5 star rating, but when I'd finished the book it went down to 3 stars. I really tried to give Tessa a chance and if I was Dean, I'd have her sent back to Pittsburg. I didn't like Tessa anymore and I couldn't feel if this couple actually loved each other. I think they still have to work on that and Dean is in for a long haul!
ONE thing kept me going to finish this book - the narrator J. Scott Bennet. He did a wonderful job and was really good with different voices and didn't just read this book - he performed! It won't be the last I've heard anything by him.
The story continues in book 2, so I'll give it a another shot and hope it gets better.
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review*
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