Saving the Mail Order Bride
"Beautifully written, enduring stories of love."—JODI THOMAS, New York Times bestselling author
When the West was wild and man's law favored the few
These extraordinary women could be found in the heart of an outlaw.
He may be a wanted man, but all outlaw Jack Bowdre ever desired was a second chance. Now he's on his way to jail, completely unaware that his unexpected—and unexpectedly beautiful—traveling companion is none other than Nora Kane…his mail order bride.
It's too bad Nora doesn't know Jack is her groom-to-be. All she sees is a scoundrel. But when their stagecoach crashes and the truth comes spilling out, they're suddenly left to fend for themselves—and each other. The longer they're together, the stronger their feelings grow. Hounded by desperate men bent on doing them harm, Nora and Jack will do whatever it takes to find their happily ever after...but first, they'll have to shake the devil from their trail.
A sweeping historical western romance, perfect for readers of Rosanne Bittner and Jo Goodman!
Outlaw Mail Order Brides series:
The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride (Book 1)
Saving the Mail Order Bride (Book 2)
What People Are Saying About Linda Broday:
"Fans of classic Western tales will delight in the rough-and-tumble world Broday creates..." —RT Book Reviews for To Love a Texas Ranger
"A shining example of the talent of one of the best historical western authors."—Fresh Fiction for Forever His Texas Bride
"Broday's Westerns always captivate with realistic settings, rugged cowboys and feisty heroines."—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars for Forever His Texas Bride
Sassy flirting and Texas-sized hearts
Saving the Mail Order Bride is chock-full of cheeky flirting between two characters with hearts of gold. I always enjoy Ms. Broday’s writing and this book is no exception.
The flirting starts with a bang, knees ‘accidentally’ touching across a stagecoach. Jack is handcuffed to a marshal while Nora sits across from him. He subtly moves his leg closer to her. This action angers Nora and entertains Jack. But of course, once Jack looks away, Nora is just as intensely interested in Jack. I just love this scene! It is masterfully written. There is subtle body movements and limited conversation. It sets the flirty tone for the book and Jack and Nora’s whole relationship. Well done, Ms. Broday!
The novel is peppered with great quotes between Jack and Nora, showcasing their teasing flirtation. Here are a couple that I really wanted to share with you.
“How am I going to keep my hair back now? I’ve lost all my pins but that one.” [Nora]
“Maybe you can tie it into one of those pretzel things.” [Jack]
“I wear black clothes for every person who’s been wronged, beaten down, deprived of a living, and for the poor and hungry. Why did you discard your bustle?” [Jack}
“It was in my way, and I’m tired of wearing what men decide women must.” [Nora]
(I might have raised my arm in solidarity over that last quote! 😉 )
Jack is a hardened outlaw with a soft and gooey underside. The above quote is a great example of his heart of gold. For me, he’s an outlaw in name only. He’s certainly more of a good guy than the lawmen chasing him. He is also extremely stubborn, but does finally realize that he’s no less a man if he accepts the help of a strong woman. Jack has my vote for a fantastic book boyfriend.
Nora is a woman with the heart of a warrior. She’s a fierce protectress, taking care of herself and others.
“I’ll stand by your side and hand you the bullets.” [Nora to Jack in her wedding vows!]
She loves quickly and wholeheartedly. I would want Nora in my corner anytime. She’s absolutely the type of woman who would make a loyal friend.
I enjoyed the first book in this series (read my review here: The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride). I did struggle, however, with how quickly Clay and Tally fell in love. In the case of Saving the Mail Order Bride, the romantic pace is just as quick. But in this case, I really think the fast pace works. Jack and Nora are handcuffed together, trying to stay alive in the wilds of Texas, while outrunning a posse. Their closeness grows as a result of the hardships they face and survive together. The love between these two characters reads as authentic and swoony.
Saving the Mail Order Bride is full of sassy flirting and Texas-sized hearts. Enthusiastically recommended.