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- Publication Date: May 1, 2020
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B087ZMY3XL
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Roslyn, a young woman travels to Kansas as a mail order bride to a man her aunt had corresponded with. What she finds is not what she expected. The older man only wanted her to help in a homestead purchase but was upset when he found out she had a child and was not eighteen as presented. With little options, we agrees to go with the stagecoach driver to the local station that his wife and he keep up.
Elam Stewart had been working at the livery, and with him having one wooden leg from getting shot up in the war, he was trying to survive. He ends up taking a job at the stagecoach station as well since his livery owner did not have anymore work for him at the moment.
But there are several things going on and he caught on to one immediately to Roslyn's secret.
Zina Abbot's historical research and prose, always bring her stories alive and this one is no exception!
Take the amazing journey with Roslyn and Elam as they try to find their happy ever after!
First, it was just too short to have enough character development. I wanted more backstory on both Roslyn and Elam.
I liked that this story showed a realistic portrayal of what often happened to mail-order brides in the Old West. Many of them ended up with men who just wanted a servant or someone to help with their work -- but they didn't really want a wife. Others ended up with men who abused them, and some with men who never had any intention of marrying them. So many of the mail-order bride stories give the impression that women always found husbands that were perfect for them, which was very often not what happened.
The attitudes toward women with children in this series continues to bother me. Many woman with a child (even widows) are treated as if they have done something wrong. What is wrong with a widow having a child, and why does that somehow make her a bad choice for a man's wife? Maybe that was actually the way lots of people felt in the Old West, but if it was, then that is a terrible shame.
I liked that Elam and Roslyn had so much in common, and that they were both attracted to each other from the beginning. I also really liked that Elam wanted to protect her right away, and planned on doing that -- even though he thought she wouldn't want a relationship with a cripple.
This is a clean romance, with nothing but kisses. If you only want to read romances that do not include sex scenes, this one might work for you.
My rating system is below.
1 star -- Hated it, or did not finish. I usually only give this rating if some of the content is truly objectionable to me, like if one of the main characters does something really awful, and gets away with it.
2 stars -- Didn't like it. This rating usually means that I thought the writing wasn't very good, the editing was terrible, I didn't like the characters, or it had other major flaws.
3 stars -- I liked it, but had some minor issues with it. This rating means that there were minor editing issues, the story needed more character development, it was just too unrealistic, or had some other fairly minor issue. The majority of books I read get this rating – I do not consider it a bad rating.
4 stars -- I liked it a lot. This is a high rating for me, and I rarely give a higher one.
5 stars -- I loved it, and will probably read it again. Very few books are good enough to get this rating from me. The ones that do are usually classics.
Elam, a war veteran and amputee, struggles to find steady work.
Roslyn, raped and left with a child, is subjected to a sinister plan showing the few choices left to single women at that time (though the same treatment of women happens today).
Enjoy a wild ride to a far out stage station, unhappy Indians, and fighting for survival on many levels.