Let’s get to our first Monday Review of the year!
I chose to start the year with this sweet historical romance novella set in Montana. Her Mail Order Mix-Up is book 1 in the Brides of Lone Hollow series by London James. I was blessed to get my hands on an advanced reading copy. The book will release on January 25, 2022, but you can preorder it now. PREORDER
Maggie Colton leaves home in secret to escape her parents’ desire for her to marry someone she doesn’t like. Why would she do that when she’s fallen in love through letters to a man with a charming daughter in Montana? She’s quite shaken when she discovers her trip is not going to turn out the way she imagined.
Her fiancé is dead. There will be no wedding. No being a mother to pretty little Sadie.
Great hook! I mean what will Maggie do? If she goes home, she’ll have to deal with her parent’s displeasure and marry someone she doesn’t like. She’s disappointed because she’d already fallen in love with Clint and his little girl. But she can’t stay, she hasn’t enough money to rent a room for long, nor does she have a job.
But wait! There’s another brother! Cullen McCray. But don’t think for a minute he’s going to step into his brother’s shoes and marry Maggie. After all, he has already been thrown into being his niece’s guardian. All he wanted was to live in his cabin all alone away from memories and the family ranch he walked away from years ago.
This mail-order bride book is just what I needed for a quick little read curled up on my couch next to the woodstove and a cup of warm cinnamon tea in my hand. Treat yourself to an evening of romance with Her Mail Order Mix-Up by London James. Preorder it now and it will arrive on your reader just when the January days never seem to end.
Cullen McCray has no desire for marriage and love after the death of his first wife. A self-proclaimed lone wolf, he only wishes to spend his life in his cabin in the mountains, far away from his family’s ranch and his brother. But when Clint dies in an accident, he leaves behind a young daughter and it’s up to Cullen to pick up the pieces to help the girl. Question is can he also pick up the pieces for the woman, who he knows nothing about, coming to marry his dead brother?
When Maggie Colton steps off the stagecoach in the small town of Lone Hollow, she’s unaware of her intended husband-to-be’s accident. She also doesn’t know about his brother or the condition of the cattle ranch she believed was something other than what it is. Clint hadn’t exactly been honest about everything, leaving Maggie to rough it in an older ranch house, an even older guest house, and barn that has seen better days. Not to mention hundreds of cattle, dozens of chickens, pigs, horses, and what she is sure is fattest cat she’s ever seen.
Will Cullen send her back before her bags are unpacked? And if she stays, will Maggie be able to not only win his heart, but survive this new life she’s found herself in?