Kathryn Ford knows one thing for sure; she will not marry the boring, arrogant man her father has arranged for her since the day she was born, simply as a pawn to enrich his vast holdings. When she discovers she's been disowned for her defiance, the pampered socialite takes her destiny in her own hands. Determined to show her father what a capable a woman she is - without his help or interference - she signs up to be a mail-order bride, totally prepared to give up all the luxuries of her previous life. But once thrown into the rigors of a working farm, Kathryn fears she may have made the biggest mistake of her life - and finally met a challenge she can't conquer. Tobit Preece has a problem. His ailing grandpappy has one wish in the world - to bounce a great-grandchild on his knee before he passes on. The senior Preece has deeded his large farm to his grandson, and a grateful Tobit would like nothing better than to fulfill his wish. When Tobit misses out on his chance with Heather Sanford, a mail-order bride in Y Knot, Montana, who suddenly found herself without a groom, he thinks his chance to achieve his grandfather's dream is dead. Then Heather's new husband suggests Tobit send for his own mail-order bride. Or perhaps Heather already knows of a nice young woman personally? Determined to have a child before the spring calves romp in the pastures, Tobit sends for his own mail-order bride. Can two completely unsuitable people marrying for the wrong reasons end up on the right side of happiness? Find out in the next adventure of Mail-Order Brides of the West!
©2014 Caroline Fyffe (P)2014 Caroline Fyffe
I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!
I love the historical Era, I love the stubborn young women(& men)I Love THE STETSON'S & I absolutely Love Caroline Fyffe's Books!! It's been fun listening to a female Narrator read portions of this series!! Lara Did a GREAT JOB!! I LOVE THIS BOOK & CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE!!!
I received this audio book by Caroline Fyffe in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. Katherine is book 6 of the McCutcheon Family Series. It was so much fun listening to this audio book. Hearing Evie and Heather again as they helped Kathrine in Y Knot upon her arriving (even though Katherine didn't remember them). You have to read the book to find out why... Even hearing letters from Lina was great. I love the Mail-Order Brides of the West books. It is so much fun when I read a book and I know the characters from others books, it's like a welcome home feeling. I adore the Old West books too! I love hearing about how life was back then and how nice and sweet everyone was. If only life could be that way now. This book is just as exciting as all the others in this series! Never a dull moment either.
The author, Caroline Fyffe amazes me with her writing. I love hearing about just a little kiss was a big deal back then. Even way back then, the women had the powers over men. The narrator, Lara Asmundson did a fantastic job once again with all the voices and accents of the characters, sounding almost like she was there! I love Lina voice and Katherine's voice is really nice too. What a great series to listen to / read. I recommend everyone give these books a chance (but the audio books are even better)! Good job ladies!
Listening gives a voice to the story instead of just reading. It gives life to the characters.
Kathryn's struggle with amnesia from the accident. I loved Kathryn's zest to learn about farming, the animals and meeting total strangers while being unafraid. The gals that knew her while in St. Louis at the Mail Order Brides Agency seemed to love her so much and watched over her while she made her way in the newness of Montana.
Having a female narrator was new for me and I enjoyed it. She had different voice inflections and accents to the many characters that are in the book.
I felt sad when old Grandpappy Isaiah couldn't accept that Kathryn needed to have time to learn farming. I could feel his heartache when Kathryn broke his beloved wife's plate. He was trying to hang on to her memory with the things she left behind. It just broke my heart that poor young Kathryn felt she had to leave her Tobit in order to have peace in her life. Her amnesia was such a struggle among all the "strangers" and farming which she was not used to.
I absolutely loved Tobit and felt his grief when Kathryn left him and his way of life.
I just love Carolyn Fyffe stories, each is well written, clean, sweet and engaging. Kathryn is another great mail order bride story. This is a stand alone story that does have characters from previous books. (If you haven't read those, you should.)
Kathryn, taking charge of her life, chooses her own destiny. She becomes a mail order bride. But, as I have come to expect from this author, things are not always so simple. Kathryn has her share of twists and turns, but all comes together for a happy ending!
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who has been reading or listening to the Mail Order Brides series. In this story there are quite a few scenes centered around characters from previous 'Brides' stories, although it could be a stand-alone.
'Mail Order Brides of the West - Kathryn' tells the story of Darcy's friend, Kathryn, a girl from a wealthy family who is also fleeing painful circumstances from home. She has angered her father by refusing to marry the man he insists that she marry, causing her father to disown her. What a sad situation! Her father places all his efforts on his younger daughter, Poppy. Although her mother loves her, she is essentially powerless to change the situation between her husband and his eldest daughter.
During her travels west, Kathryn is injured and loses her memory. Fortunately there is a doctor at the stop where she is injured, and he insists on accompanying her to her destination in YKnot, Montana, where she is to join Tobit Preece, the man she has agreed to marry.
Although Tobit takes the advice of the preacher and decides to postpone the wedding until Kathryn can regain her memory, he does take her to his home to stay. This is an acceptable situation since his grandfather lives there as well. Trouble begins when Tobit's grandfather begins to suspect Kathryn's motives as well as her memory loss, and says things to her and about her that are designed to drive Kathryn away from Tobit and the farm.
Tobit has had a sad childhood, losing his father and being abandoned, along with his mother, by his stepfather. When he comes to live with his grandfather, and begins to put the debacle of his unsuccessful bid for Heather (who married Hayden in a previous Brides story), he is not so sure that writing for a mail order bride is the best thing. But his grandfather wants to hold a great-grandchild so Tobit proceeds.
Unable to marry Kathryn right away due to her injury, he takes her to stay at his farm, where she does her best to help out with the chores. Although she's never done any type of household work or gardening, she finds satisfaction in the work and in doing her fair share. Feelings begin to grow between Kathryn and Tobit, and both find themselves wishing her memory would return so that they could marry.
I liked the characters of both Kathryn and Tobit. Tobit's kind, easy-going, and patient. Kathryn's true character shines through even though she has no memory of her life before arriving in YKnot. I liked how she found satisfaction in her work, trying new things she'd never done before. She often questioned within herself whether or not things could be true, which was a good thing when Oscar (the man her father wanted to marry) showed up to persuade her to come back east with him. It was interesting to see the real Kathryn emerge as the forgotten trappings of eastern society no longer were an issue.
I have listened to Lara Asmundson narrate the other 'Brides' books, and her performance was consistent. Although she read's Lina's Italian accent much better than Kathryn's New England accent, she was still animated and her narration flowed well.
I did not have that type of extreme reaction to the story, but I did feel quite sad for Kathryn's situation within her own family. Well, I DID want to punch her father - on several occasions - and maybe direct a few well-placed words to her mother!!
I would have liked the story to go just a bit further than the preparation for Kathryn's and Tobit's wedding. After all they'd been through, I'd have liked to hear the exchange between Kathryn and Tobit after they became husband and wife. Hopefully, there will be more of these two characters in future books.
**I was given the promo code by the author for an honest review.
I have loved this whole series. Kathryn couldn't live under her father's rule anymore. He decided that she should marry Oscar and she wanted no part of it. So she decided to become a mail order bride. Tobit needs a wife and decided that a mail order bride would be good. He and his grandfather have been trying to bring the farm back to life and Tobit wouldn't have time to find wife. On the way to meet Tobit, Kathryn gets hit on the head and now has amnesia. Tobit can't marry her until she regains her memory. In the meantime, she is learning what it is to work on a farm and be on her own.
They are clean storys With a good moral. No sex scenes or foul Language.
It was just a great story. I thought having Kathryn have amnesia when she met Tobit was a great story line. I felt bad for Tobit when Oscar got in the middle of it. I loved Heather and Evie being a part of this story. I always love being able to see what characters from previous stories are up to. Having the grandpa make up with Kathryn was a nice touch and adding to understanding Tobit a bit better.
The manner in which Kathryn got her memory back. I didn't see that coming. It was a dramatic way for that to happen. I loved it!
Yes. She does great with each story. I enjoy her performances in each of the Mail Order books.
The heart doesn't forget.
This series could go on and on with different brides!
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