Colorado, 1881. Lydia Walsh is on the run. The quiet rancher she marries and expected to find safety and protection with turns out to have three siblings, next to nothing to live on, and is a crack shot who may or may not be one of the states best cattle rustlers. Beau Harding wants to keep his family together and do the right thing by them. His mail order bride comes with her own set of baggage: two more mouths to feed and empty hearts begging him to fill. The job he took for some quick money gets him thrown in jail for rustling, and then to clear his name he takes on another job–and learns that his wife may have been the one plotting his family’s downfall all along.
My Thoughts: From the start, I was smitten by the plot and couldn’t wait to see how Lydia and Beau would manage their blended families. The story started off a little rocky in places for me. I felt like the characters were having conversations without me at times, but things smoothed out soon enough. As a whole, the story was funny, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable.
I loved the chemistry between these two. Both Lydia and Beau were characters that I could easily relate to and root for. I’m looking forward to revisiting this family in the future.
Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 4.5 stars and recommending it to anyone who enjoys a mail-order bride story or Christian Historical Fiction.