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5.0 out of 5 starsMalinda and Wesley
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2021
Malinda and Wesley married the same day as Ellen and Patrick. They got off to a rough start because Malinda was so obsessed with money. Things were going fairly well for them and then Wesley got shot. Sweet romance story of how they came together.
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2013
It was fun reading Malinda & Wesley's story after the bride mix up between her sister Ellen & his brother Patrick in the previous Brides of Beckham series. In this second of a two part story, it was interesting to have some of the blanks filled in while already knowing parts of the story from the older sister Ellen's perspective. Malinda seemed a bit childish in the first story, but the author was very insightful in writing two separate stories because Malinda is a more complex character. She is shy, unsure, afraid of intimacy, fears poverty, and felt the loss of her father more deeply than her older sister Ellen. Each baby step she takes in her new life makes the reader want to cheer her on. In the end it is the love for and from her handsome sheriff husband Wesley that helps her mature and overcome her insecurities and fears. Once again another piece of the complex puzzle of Harriet Long, the owner of the mail order bride service, is revealed. I believe Harriet's story is soon to be released. Can't wait for the next book in this interesting mail order bride series. The mix up was not a mistake!
Malinda had some serious thoughts on marriage and life from losing her Father and having no money. Wesley was her true love and happiness and they had to endure difficult times for her to understand why and find completion for their love. It was intriguing storytelling with characters and circumstances that made a very captivating storyline.
I tried to like this story I really did but I just couldn't stand the hero in this story. I thought at first he was ok but then he seemed to turn into a real male chauvinistic pig! I didn't like the way he man handled his wife and I thought he eventually would turn into an abusive husband. I know that women's roles in this time period were different and they were expected to have dinner on time when their men got home from work but her husband seemed to me to not be real thankful at all! She didn't help matters either by not being open and honest with him. I almost didn't finish it but I persevered and it did get better towards the end. I had to skip bits though to hurry the end. It just wasn't a book I enjoyed. Sorry I don't like writing bad reviews.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2013
Here was a case of me not really finding fault with the writing (a few boo boos here and there, but nothing I couldn't read past) but rather finding fault with the characters. It took me a while to warm up to Wesley. I expected much more from him after Mix-up and the beginning description of him and his brother. What happened to the flirty, dimpled lawman? He became a moody, depressive jerk and his little wife was just about as bad (okay, I had already become prejudiced against her from "Mix-Up" so I really shouldn't say why). In truth, I don't understand why this story and its predecessor couldn't be in the same novel? Why waste our time trying to make us understand a story that was a by-product at best of another work
I love this series and can't wait for Harriet's story. This is the second part of two sisters journey to a new life with two brothers. It deals with the heroine's insecurities and how she deals with a new husband that wasn't who she expected to married. Great story that shows how a person grows and defines themselves when push comes to shove.
5.0 out of 5 starsSome Mistakes Are Meant to Be Cherished
Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2014
Love, love this series - you must read from start to finish. This series gives the reader a feel of the old west and a period of time when women who were desperate were seeking a future found it though becoming a mail order bride. In this one, two sisters set out to marry in the same town. Once they arrive - they find themselves in love with the wrong, or is it the right brother? A quick and easy read that will have you thinking about the characters long after the last page is turned.
First of all I love this entire series. I can't wait until the book about Harriet finally come out, I think it would be interesting to see how it plays out. I almost didn't even read this one because Malinda annoyed me so much in the previous book. But after reading this one I understand her a lot better. I really love how Kirsten writes, it's always believable situations and concerns that are valid in any time period.