The Perfect Mail-Order Bride
Series: Frontier Matches #1
Published by Edwards and Williams
Publication Date April 18, 2022
Genres: Inspirational Fiction, Western, Clean Romance
Setting: Washington Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Written for: Adults
Close to perfection
Ada Williamson lived her whole life in the shadow of her charismatic, capricious sister. But when the beautiful Melinda decides to jilt her mail-order groom on the way to meet him in Seattle, Washington Territory, Ada’s conscience demands that she continue the journey and tell Thomas Rankin the truth. After all, she wrote most of the letters the couple exchanged, and she’s already halfway in love with the man herself. Yet somehow, one look at Thomas and the future he offers, and the truth never comes out. Suddenly, Ada finds herself not only out of the shadows, but living the life meant for her sister.
After making his fortune on the goldfields, Thomas “Scout” Rankin found he could buy almost anything he wanted, including the perfect mail-order bride in a territory where women are still few and far between. But past betrayals have left him wary, so he immediately notices that the woman who claims to be his mail-order bride doesn’t quite act the part. Still, someone wrote those letters that spoke to his heart. If getting to know Ada better will reveal the truth, he’s willing to try, even if he must protect his own secrets along the way.
But someone knows both their secrets and aims to use them to advantage. Can Thomas and Ada discover the truth, about their enemy, about their pasts, and about the love they both yearn to share?
If you like warm, witty historical romances, then you’ll love this frontier historical romance by an award-winning author that continues her popular Frontier Bachelors series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Have you ever been afraid of hurting someone by telling them the truth? And then discovered that because you didn’t speak up sooner, your silence had them believing a lie? Poor Ada! Her kind heart wasn’t made to keep secrets like she did.
I really liked Ada’s kind and gentle spirit. She wasn’t humble necessarily, she just didn’t think she had much worth due to the way she had always been treated by her family. With her sister’s beauty and talent overshadowing her, she never expected much of herself.
Thomas, aka Scout, was a delight to get to know! He was generous and expected the best of others, which had caused him a good deal of hurt. It hadn’t embittered him, however. He continued to help others and do what was good and right.
The depiction of Seattle before it began to grow was fun! Having driven through it, it was a stretch for my imagination to see it as a smallish town where many people knew each other. Author Regina Scott did a great job describing this, allowing me to see how things could have been.
Readers who enjoy historical romance set in the West will enjoy this lovely story! I can’t wait to read more from this series.