After Maddie O'Connor was brutally attacked, she sinks into a deep depression. Her older sister, Tessa, enlists the help of her brother-in-law, Seth Samuels, to coax Maddie into coming to Dawson to heal.
An accident leaves Seth severely injured. Maddie is intrigued by his enticing letters, and agrees to come west. They fall in love, but will their romance survive their different lifestyles?
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This book suited as an average feel good romance: two individuals are dealt with pain, a young cattle rancher, Seth injures his leg severely. And a young woman, Maddie, was nearly compromised but left attacked by someone she had called her 'best friend'. They both see a bleak future off in the distance, that is until they get in touch. They find the letters between them very comforting and soon the young woman makes her way to Montana. But, she has no thoughts of marriage, nor does he, they simply want to meet as this would allow Maddie to create a new future, for just a short time. As well as giving her a chance to see her sister and her sister's family. There in Montana, they, predictably, fall in love. But can the city girl embrace the life of a country gal?
This book wasn't anything new. This is how Mail order bride stories work. I do hope to pass this phase of being fascinated by them. Though, quite honestly, I find that this isn't a typical MOB type of novel: Maddie and Seth did not write of marriage at all, in their letters.
In spite of it not having been a novelty, the writer's style was slightly different: the reader gets a chance to meet all the family members, most likely to give the chance of a spin-off or sequel to this book (though, each of these books can be read as a standalone). In terms of the family, I only really liked Seth and the constant banter between him and his brothers. I appreciate witty dialogue. And the narrator was good with this. Though, he wasn't quite as good with the female characters, they all sounded the same. It's understandable, however, the dialogue of the female characters sounded very old, grown up, mature. It didn't fit.
Also the story was very drawn out, there was no real plot (aside from the injuries). Unless, you consider 'love' to be a problem. I feel that the writing could definitely have been spruced up, written concisely. There were some instances where the characters name kept coming up, it would say something like: 'Jeff picked up the apple, Jeff sat down. Then, while staring at the apple, Jeff noticed...'. (this is only an example, not an actual passage). In such instances the use of a pronoun would easily have sufficed.
When I saw that this book was a "clean" historical romance, I was prepared for something sickly sweet. Instead I was pleasantly surprised. The story had some depth and was overall enjoyable and entertaining. The characters were realistic with their individual quirks. The decided lack of sex and bad language does not take away from the story. In fact, I enjoyed this book enough to consider reading more from this author and series.
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