Kit McBride Gets a Wife
The four McBride brothers have their worlds turned upside down when their precocious younger sister secretly places an advertisement for a mail-order bride.
Kit McBride knows that Buck's Creek, Montana, is no place to find a wife. Between him and his three brothers—plus little Junebug—they manage all right on their own, thank you very much. But unbeknownst to Kit, his sister is sick to death of cleaning, cooking, and mending for her big brothers, so she places an ad in The Matrimonial News to get them hitched.
After Maddy Mooney emigrated from Ireland, she found employment with an eccentric but poor widow. When her mistress decides to answer an ad for a mail-order bride, Maddy is dragged along for the ride to Montana. But en route to the West, Maddy is suddenly abandoned and left to assume the widow's name, position, and matrimonial prospects….
With no other recourse in the wilderness, Maddy must convince Kit she’s the wife he never knew he needed.
With this squeaky-clean western, Barry (End of the Night Girl, written as Amy T. Matthews) takes readers to 1886 Buck's Creek, Mont., where Junebug McBride is fed up with her four older brothers expecting her to do all the "women's work" at their trading post. Her solution? Find a wife for at least one of them by secretly placing a newspaper ad for a mail order bride. Meanwhile, blowsy St. Louis widow Willabelle Lascalles hires Irish maid Maddy Mooney, who decided to try her luck in America after being seduced and discarded by the lord of the manor where she worked—but Willabelle can't pay her. When Willabelle sees Junebug's ad, she thinks it could be just the thing to solve her money issues. Once in Buck's Creek, however, the flighty Willabelle changes her mind, abandoning Maddy to fend for herself. A series of misunderstandings has Kit mistaking Maddy for Willabelle, and he falls in love with her under this misapprehension. When the truth comes out, their romance may be doomed. Feisty Maddy and strong, silent Kit are easy to root for, and brash Junebug steels every scene she's in. Barry's snappy prose and standout scene setting make Buck's Creek a destination readers will want to return to.
This book is absolutely wonderful! The characters are eccentric, whimsical, flawed, and lovable. The story flows quickly, with plenty of entertaining zigs and zags, and the conversations between the siblings are hilarious. I highly recommend this well-written story about four burly brothers trying to manage their little sisters shenanigans in the wilds of Montana. It’s a treat!