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A historical western cowboy romance story about a mail order husband.

A clean historical novella.

Book 1 of The Texas Brides Series unravels the mystery of Jude McCann. Jude travels to the desolate desert flats along the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas, to marry Alma Goodkind. The Goodkind Ranch runs just fine since Clarence Goodkind broke his back falling off his horse. His three daughters, Alma, Amelia, and Allegra, manage the herds, guard them in their pastures, brand the young calves, and drive the cattle to the sale yards. They do all the jobs of cattle punching on the ranch without any help from anyone. All of that changes when eldest sister, Alma, decides she wants to get married and orders herself a mail-order husband.

Alma and Jude McCann get married in the little adobe church in Eagle Pass. But the minute they come home to the ranch, their plans for happily ever after run off the rails. Jude joins the sisters on the range, and conflicts develop in their approaches to managing the ranch. Alma’s new marriage puts her loyalty to her sisters to the test. At the same time, her bond with her sisters strains her budding romance with Jude.

Can their marriage survive, and can the ranch survive so many competing interests and personalities? Worst of all, the sisters’ father, Clarence, instantly detects that Jude is hiding something, a secret that threatens to push this family to its limits and shatter the peace they’ve worked so hard to build.

©2014 Kate Whitsby (P)2020 Kate Whitsby

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  • Smacnutt
  • 26-04-20

Nice easy listen

This is a good, clean romance. The narrator does a nice job but could work on his different voices a bit. It doesn't end in a cliffhanger but does set things up for the next book.

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  • Avid Book Lover
  • 25-04-20

Interesting Clean Romance

The author has penned an interesting mail order husband story. The five characters in this story were all a bit eccentric—but I could see how their living arrangements, while strange to modern-day listeners, would be on par for the historical setting of this story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • ReadingWench
  • 27-03-20

I wanted to punch him

Great book. I wanted to punch the hero in the face, but that is good because it makes you feel connected and invested in the characters and book.

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  • Faith D
  • 09-03-20

Unique

I’ve read a number of books about mail order brides and I found this story an interesting, new perspective.