Josie Bainbridge has watched all of her friends get married and despairs of ever finding a husband - especially because her home city of Pullman, Washington has too many women and not enough men. It becomes clear that if she's ever going to find a man of her own, she's going to have to look elsewhere. Josie begins scouring the personal advertisements, hoping to find the man of her dreams. When she comes across one written by a Montana sheriff, she thinks she just might have found him.
In 1890, Echo Canyon, Montana is on the verge of extinction. The gold rush has moved elsewhere along with many of its citizens, including most of the available women. Those who are left are diehards who refuse to leave their hometown. Faced with an uncertain future, a few loyal townspeople create an unusual plan to turn things around in Echo and keep it on the map.
It seems simple: if they can increase their population, it will keep their businesses alive and Echo will survive. They decide that mail-order brides are the best way to make their plan a success. But who will be the first gentleman to order a bride? After a shocking incident in Echo, Sheriff Evan Taft reluctantly decides to step up and give it a whirl. If he can secure a bride, maybe other men will follow him in finding their own wives.
Evan embarks on finding the perfect wife, but can it be done? Evan has been burned in the past and he doesn't want to repeat the experience. Even more than he wants to keep from losing Echo, he doesn't want to lose his heart only for it to be crushed again. Strife and evil forces accompany his search for true love. Will he succeed? The fate of Echo could very well depend on it.
©2015 Linda Bridey (P)2016 Beldene Publishing
This story is fine for people who want sweet, clean somewhat far fetched fairy tales. The emotional responses to some of the events in this story are just not quite believable (i.e. the train wreck scene) and every conflict or misunderstanding is easily and tidily cleaned up. Meh.
It could have been mildly entertaining if a different narrator had been chosen. Eric Burr read the thing like he was reading a children's bedtime story to a feeble-minded idiot. He provided no emoting, or what he did offer was simply wrong for the scene. He lacks any talent for pacing or timing. His characters sounded ludicrous, making the villains so weak that it was just idiotic to think that anyone would be intimidated by or afraid of them.
Overall, I'd say don't waste your money, credit or time with this one.
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