“Linda Broday’s books always take me back to a west that feels true. Her love stories run deep with emotion. A delightful read.” —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Promise Me Texas
North Central Texas, 1875: When Delta Dandridge shows up claiming to be Cooper Thorne’s mail-order bride, he scrambles to set her straight. The tempestuous woman makes him see red and at the same time, challenges all his vows to remain a bachelor.
Rancher Cooper Thorne thinks his life is finally on an even keel—until Delta Dandridge steps off the stagecoach and claims she’s his mail order bride. Brash and quick-witted, the meddling Southern Belle is everything Cooper thought he never wanted…and everything his heart is telling him he needs.
But Cooper swore long ago that he’d never marry, and he aims to keep his word, especially now that the demons from his past have returned to threaten everything—and everyone—he holds dear…
Bachelors of Battle Creek series:
Texas Mail Order Bride (Book 1)
Twice a Texas Bride (Book 2)
Forever His Texas Bride (Book 3)
Broday's first Bachelors of Battle Creek historical, set in 1878 Texas, is packed with TV western clich s. Cooper Thorne and his two buddies formed a brotherhood bond during their childhood years at an orphanage. Now someone's played Cooper for a fool and ordered him a bride. He quickly tells Delta Dandridge it's all a mistake, but she's escaping her own past and refuses to return to it. After she lands a job at the mercantile, she charms everyone in Battle Creek including Cooper. The episodic story jolts from one melodramatic scenario to the next: someone infects Cooper's cattle with a deadly disease, a man beats his pregnant wife, and Cooper and Delta abruptly go from standoffish to smoochy. There's little real history underpinning the story, and much of the sparse character development goes toward setting up Cooper's brothers to be protagonists of future installments.