Monday, January 29, 2018

Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Her gentlemanly father was a thief.  Her mother died after his arrest, probably of a broken heart.  And her fiance broke their engagement.  So now she was just a young woman trying to get married to a suitable male who won't know her past.  And she's sure not having any luck at that!

Blogging for Books and Waterbrook Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.

Since the men who signed up for a mail order bride have returned her so many times, the matchmaker decides to take her with her to check out a small town where a group of men want brides.  They've sent their money.  She wants to see how they behave and make sure she matches them with someone who will get along.  Abigail's duty is to teach them manners, how to eat, how to stroll and other refinements.  Cowboys and ranchers don't have a lot of those skills when they've never been married...

Only one of the eligible men in town didn't sign up.  His uncle got taken by matchmaker, so he's not interested.  Besides, if it's meant to happen, he'll let God pick his mate.  He's doing OK on his own, he'll just see what happens.  What happens is Abigail.

She has impeccable manners and lots of pride.  She's almost too refined for these small town folks.  And she won't lighten up.  They end up talking at cross purposes half the time, he's trying to protect her from the men who don't want to wait for their brides, and she can't decide why he's so nice.

There's a big wind storm, property damage, kidnapping and more in this story.  But even those who are the bad guys have some good in them.  You just have to learn how to see it.

This tale was very enjoyable.  It was an interesting read and it ended up happily ever after.  I like stories like that. 

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