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McCade's Way Perfect Paperback – 2013
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Trey McCade's never been the cuddly sort, but losing both parents and his wife in eighteen months, nearly rips his heart out. Bitter, he immerses himself in the family farm until practicality demands he look for a new wife. But Trey is understandably gun-shy and the local ladies are leery of the gruff giant. On her own in depression-ravaged New York City, Genevieve Kelly has run out of options. Irish luck has graced her with ungainly height and bright copper hair, neither of which has potential suitors beating down her door. When the local priest says he knows a man in Virginia who is looking for a wife, she's skeptical. Yet a few letters later, Genevieve's on her way to wed a man she's never met. With the promise of a solid roof over her head and warm food in her belly, does she really need love too? *Author's Note: Trey McCade is not your typical romance hero. He is a gruff man with insecurities and faults. The book is set in the 1930s in a time when gender roles and relationships were different. If you're looking for HEA ... you'll get there, but it's a bumpy ride in McCade's Way.
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Not with the McCade Family. Throughout history, this family worked hard and learned to plan ahead for hard times. But they also had some luck, as their Virginia farm lay in a lush valley that had not been touched by drought. Trey McCade is described as a true McCade (physically I keep thinking of Trey Atkins, the country music singer), a pure alpha male, a man's man, large and strong, fair in his dealings, quick with his temper, but never physically abusive to those who are weaker, apologic when need be, scary to many, but gentle with those he loves. He returns to the family farm after his parent's death. He and his younger brother Cole run it successfully during this time while others struggle. They have learned to become self-sufficient. One thing Trey has not been successful in is women. He chose his first wife Catherine, poorly. She was beautiful but selfish with her love and reckless with the McCade wealth. She did not enjoy her life with Trey, in and out of the bedroom, and soon cheated on him. When Trey discovered her with another man, he quickly divorced her. Trey still longs for a wife, needs a wife for the farm, so he asks his lawyer brother Nathan, who practices law in Philadelphia, to find him a bride of convenience, one who is not pretty and has no expectations, and will work hard.
Genevieve is alone and living in a New York shanty town after the market crash and her father lost the successful family bakery after her mother's death. He then turns up dead in a trash bin after his creditors grew tired of waiting for repayment of his debt. He not only lost the business and his life, but he was an evil man that always made sure his daughter was near to being psychologically broken and felt to feel plain. But Genevieve does not see that she is a beauty with long coppery hair and flawless skin. When Trey meets beautiful Genevieve (Gen to him) at the train station, he is flabbergasted to say the least. What other lies is she not telling? But Trey realizes Gen really does feel she is plain and he begins to see that she has an even greater beauty inside. Gen has so much to offer Trey and the McCade farm. Her background aids in making her to try her best to please her husband according to the McCade Way, a law that Trey lives by and expects all those around him to obey, even his brother Cole. Soon Trey begins falling in love with this beautiful and generous, loving woman, but because of his previous wife's manipulations, he struggles with admitting this love. His brother Cole also struggles with his brother's way of running the farm, his life, and with him not recognizing the gem he has in his new beautiful, caring wife. Cole grows throughout the story and I enjoy seeing the relationship between the brothers, new wife and sister-in-law grow. The family dynamics are so interesting and well-written.
Because of the times, the poor relations begin to show up at their doorstep, down and out, and looking to squeeze what they can from Trey. The author writes all of this part of the story so well! I was totally absorbed in this family and the town's people. This is also a very sensual story, and is one of the first romances I have read where the sexual scenes are so appropriate because Trey's first wife found relations with him so abhorrent that making the reader see the difference in the relationship between Trey and Gen and Trey and Catherine is very important to Trey working through and arriving to the realization that Gen is the love of his life. All is going so well with their relationship and the farm until his evil uncle Wade shows up at the door with a child, pregnant wife and no money. Just when the reader begins to feel when will Trey have enough?, he does and kicks him to the curb! Then as if it couldn't get worse, Trey's ex-wife shows up, now that her rich man money train has stopped, with a scheme created by the uncle to squeeze money from the McCades. And then! Adrienne, Gen's friend from New York shows up after her protector Clark dumps her. But the reader soon learns that Adrienne really only has deep concerns for her friend's true happiness and becomes a strong family ally. What will the McCade's, especially Trey do now? Will Trey finally accept and acknowledge his true feelings for Gen, or will he give in to responsibilities to Catherine?
I really enjoyed this story. I can't remember a book in quite a while that grabbed me like this one. I read about nine or ten books a week, so when one takes me by surprise like this, and I can't put it down, then I know it's a winner for me. I hope this author continues the McCade family in a series, starting with Cole (is there a spark between Adrienne and Cole?), their lawyer brother Nathan, and will even consider a pre-quel about the original McCades. Their history is mentioned in this story and the author writes it such that the reader wants to know more. I highly recommend this book. It is so fresh and written about a time that is not written enough about. The McCades Way and the McCade family are situations and people the reader will never grow tired of.
By: Mara McBain
This is not a typical romance or country western romance. This book is set during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Women had just barely won the right to vote, but still were treated as second class citizens to men and still had to defer to the man’s wish. When the Great Depression rolled through, the toll that it took on women who also had to contend with their husband’s bruised ego & pride at not being able to provide for his family, while trying to keep a family fed on meager scraps, was definitively more difficult than the toll it took on the men.
Genevieve Kelly, a 20 year-old young woman from New York City had to contend with living on nothing in the shanty town, after her father had lost the family bakery and due to unwise debts being owed to unsavory people, was murdered. With no prospects, being too plain to acquire a city husband, she sought to become a mail-order bride to a farmer who promised her a solid, warm roof over her head and food in her belly.
Trey McCade lost both of his parents and his young, new wife in the span of a year and a half. Since then, the already gruff man, has not had the easiest life. He buries himself in hard farm work and has no time for socializing, dating or looking for a new spouse. Leery of what the local girls would want to require from him and the local girls leery of him, he seeks a mail-order bride, who would work hard in his home and be a good and faithful wife.
After a couple of letters are exchanged, Genevieve accepts Trey’s marriage proposal. Being a marriage of convenience, love is not promised nor expected but over the years may come. Gen, is new to all things men, save for her experience with her abusive father. But she is determined to make this marriage work and be a good wife, for she has absolutely nothing in the world, and Trey is providing her with a full life.
Trey is determined not to fall for the same wiles that he knows women can play, and while he is a good provider and husband, he is also gruff, not totally understanding of the female emotions that have a grand play in all that goes on in their lives. He doesn’t have much time for that, so he does try to keep the deep emotions at an arm’s length.
There are a couple plot twists and secondary characters, some that suck and some that are friends. I just recently looked up this author and have realized that there is a second book on the way, and I am excited for little brother Cole’s book!!
The characters were likeable (esp. Cole), and a few of them quite hate-able. The way the folks in church treated the family gave me pause, though. A few of the members should have behaved in a friendly manner. As it was, it felt a bit unrealistic.
As far as technical details, this book would have benefited from an editor. It wasn't so rife with errors that it was unreadable--it was well written for the most part--but it could have been better.
As another reviewer noted, the characters sometimes used modern terms like 'retail therapy,' which didn't fit the decade. Introductory phrases (way more than 3 words in length) were often not followed by a comma. There were also verb errors ('...you could have just came and got it.' Past participle is 'come,' not 'came.'). These errors not only felt out of place, considering the character spoke well otherwise; but also were repeated in other characters' lines, making me wonder if the error was the author's and not theirs. The only other thing that stuck out (besides a couple of missing hyphens that got a laugh) was a few repetitive descriptions, like 'china doll' for various character's faces. Those could have been varied more.
That said, I'm glad I read this story. A solid 4 stars.
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I would love a follow up book with Cole.Read more