I love historical western romances, and Linda Broday is quickly becoming my favorite author of the subgenre. SAVING THE MAIL ORDER BRIDE follows outlaw and former lawman Jack and his mail order bride Nora. They meet by happenstance in the same coach after Jack has been caught by the law. After the coach crashes, Jack and Nora have to work together to get to safety.
As with any Linda Broday novel, that synopsis is just the tip of a crazy story with epic movie vibes. The plot always kept me guessing, and I loved the little twists and turns. Jack is a wonderful hero. He’s kind and brave and every time he got mad he counted so he wouldn’t blow up, which always made me laugh.
I’m in love with the former outlaw hideout turned small town where part of the story takes place. The cast of characters Ms. Broday has created is colorful and unique. I am already dying for many of the secondary characters to get their own book!
While I did love the story as a whole, I think the pacing was a little off. Some parts seemed rushed and others plodded a little bit. While I liked Jack, I had a harder time emotionally investing in Nora. She came off as flighty and immature at times, which I don’t think always balanced well with Jack. I also think her character changed rather abruptly mid-book. I like character development, but her’s was too sudden to be believable.
Overall, I am still a big fan of this series. The first book in this series is the best so far, but I have high hopes for book three. Linda Broday writes wonderfully rich novels and I can’t wait to see which outlaw finds his HEA next.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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