Let me correct any misconceptions you may have from the cover of this book. THE OUTLAW’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE is not a sweet or gentle romance novel. The story is gritty, it’s real, and it’s as tough as its characters. If you are bothered or triggered by difficult subjects, this is not the book for you. What Tally endured in the asylum is horrific and hard to read at times, but made for a gripping and engaging read.
The book starts at Tally and Clay’s first meeting. Tally has recently escaped from an insane asylum and is on the run from the proprietors. As a part of a voluntary mail order bride program, Tally agrees to marry Clay. Clay is an outlaw wanted for justified murder who just wants to build a safe town for the people who need it and have a wife of his own to love and cherish.
Every character in this book has had a difficult life. The Wild West in the 1800s was not an easy time to live in, and I love that Ms. Broday didn’t shy away from telling it like it was. As a contrast, Clay is one of the sweetest heroes. The way he loved and took care of Tally brought tears to my eyes.
The rich, three-dimensional characters in this book combined with lovely prose and a fast-moving plot made it hard for me to put this book down. I felt like I was reading an epic saga. Danger, heartbreak, romance, THE OUTLAW’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE has it all. I was so sad when I got to the end of the story. Thank goodness this is the first book in a new series! I can’t wait to read the next one.
Overall, I can’t recommend this book more. My emotions were fully engaged from the first page, and I was on the edge of my seat until the last. This is the historical western romance I didn’t know I needed in my life.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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