Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride

The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride (Cowboys and Brides - Book 3) by Carolyn Brown

Publication Date: 04/02/2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Pages: 384
ISBN-10: 1402280521
ISBN-13: 978-1402280528

(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca)

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Books in the series

Billion Dollar Cowboy (2013), The Cowboy's Christmas Baby (2013), The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride (2014)

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Excerpt from, The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.


She's Got Sass...
Emily Cooper promised her dying grandfather that she'd deliver a long-lost letter to a woman he once planned to wed. Little does adventurous Emily know that this simple task will propel her to places she never could have imagined...with a cowboy who's straight out of her dreams...
He's Got Mail...
When sexy rancher Greg Adams discovers his grandmother Clarice has installed Emily on their ranch as her assistant, he decides to humor the two ladies. He figures Emily will move on soon enough. In the meantime, he intends to keep a close eye on her—he doesn't quite buy her story of his grandmother as a mail-order bride.
A lost letter meant a lost love for Clarice, but two generations later, maybe it's not too late for that letter to work its magic.


Carolyn Brown brings readers another great Contemporary Western Romance with her latest book in the Cowboys and Brides series, The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride. Brown is one of the best at writing cowboy romances and this one is no exception. With everything from lost love letters to busy-body old ladies this book has it all. Brown's trademark wit and humor shine in the banter and dialogue of the characters and her love of all things cowboy will have readers smiling with the turn of every page. A great addition to the series.

What I liked:

Carolyn Brown is easily my favorite writer of this kind of romance. Cowboy romances were something I always thought existed only in historical romances until I started reading Brown's contemporary novels with Western settings. She has a knack for the cowboy lifestyle, from huge ranches to small spreads and the Cowboys and Brides series indulges a readers love of the idealism of the cowboy and his lady. Brown has made a niche for herself and she writes to fit that niche easily and with great candor and love for all things Western.

Have you ever written a love letter? I have and the idea of how Greg and Emily got together was just a real gem. At the dying wish of her grandfather Emily takes several letters that were never delivered to Clarice, Greg's grandmother. The two had, had big plans during the war, but Emily's grandfather's letter was never delivered and Clarice had no idea that he had sent it. What a beautiful story and great way for the hero and the heroine of this story to me. The written letter is a form of communication that is certainly dying out with the advent of email and texting, and I loved the fact that Brown uses a regular snail mail letter in this book, to convey so much.

I liked the fact that Brown gives us a heroine and hero that readers will enjoy. Emily is strong minded and very intelligent. It is easy to see that she could indeed run her own ranch. Greg is also smart and well mannered, a real gentleman. Brown doesn't rush the romance with these two, she didn't have to. The story felt very natural and everything seemed to progress at it's own pace, but not too slow. They get to know each other and then things get steamy and Brown can write a love scene with a lot of heart and sensuality. She makes the experience seem organic and not contrived and rushed as some romance authors do. These two were a great fit. 

Emily has a lot of decisions to make in this book and Greg's grandmother and her cronies are making decisions as well. I loved the fact that they are taking Greg's future into their own hands. The dating site fiasco was priceless. It really showed Brown's ability to inject humor into her stories without coming off as pretentious or over-the-top. This book will make you smile and often.

What I didn't like:

Though I loved Clarice, Dottie and the rest of the gang. They were a bit overwhelming. Greg was a big boy and he was easily capable of finding a lady for himself. A little meddling of course is to be expected. But I think this one went a little too far in that direction. The ladies could have stepped back a bit when it was evident that Emily and Greg were on the same wavelength and were moving toward a relationship. I think they had it under control.

Bottom Line:

This is another exceptional cowboy romance from Carolyn Brown. I love the fact that she can take a working ranch and turn it into a great setting for a romance. She has a knack for humor and for realism in her stories and I think this is one of her best to date.

The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than sixty books.
Brown presently writes both women's fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at www.carolynlbrown.com

Giveaway Details:

From the TBR File is giving away all three books in the Cowboys and Brides series along with a cowboy charm from the author. You only have a couple of days to enter so make sure you get over there as soon as possible.

1 comment:

penney said...

I love her books I can't wait for this one. thanks for the review