Dinah McKinnie, the once rich beauty of Marietta, Georgia, was abandoned by all her suitors who left for war. With the South burned, and her future bleak, she desires to find a husband who adores her above all else. She only hopes he is everything the mail-order bride service promises: a man who is docile, dependable, devoted, and dutiful.
Colt Hardin, leader, commander, warrior who won every battle he ever fought returned home more beast than man. Too broken and ill-tempered to raise his sister's orphaned children,, he sends for a new wife-a woman who will care for his kids so that he can escape to the only thing he knows, fighting.
But when a different kind of war knocks at his door, he must choose between protecting his family or his sanity.
I absolutely adored this clean Western Historical Romance! Taking place shortly after the end of the Civil War, Dinah’s once lovely plantation is in ruins. She and her sisters are barely subsisting. Hoping to make a fresh start on a better life she accepts a marriage proposal and heads West as a mail-order bride, tearfully leaving her sisters. She is hoping she can send for her sisters once she is settled in her new home.
When Dinah meets her husband-to-be, tempers clash; he is overbearing, smelly, and unsophisticated. Their meeting is absolutely hysterical! Dinah is determined to find a more suitable match.
Colt has three young children in his care and he aims to get them a mother who can tend them while he carries on with his various business ventures. The boy is mute – refusing or unable to speak ever since he witnessed the death of his parents.
This was such a fun read that felt believable for the time period. It’s full of surprising moments that tugged at my funny bone AND my heart, in turns. This feel-good read is sure to leave you smiling, too.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Meet the Author
Ciara Knight writes with a ‘Little Edge and a Lot of Heart’ with her contemporary and paranormal romance books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, Sweetwater County, has topped the charts and received acclaimed reviews. Her international best-seller, Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owl’s Top Pick, among other praises.