Katie’s Mail Order Husband (Montana Prairie Brides #1) Review

** A clean historical novella **

In Book 1 of the Montana Prairie Brides series, Katie Corning marries her mail-order husband, Jason Matthis. Three ranches converge at Campbell’s Corner in the distant prairie Frontier outside Sidney, Montana. The Corning Ranch, the Campbell Ranch, and the Dempsey Ranch share a common fence corner and a water pump. The three ranch wives meet at the pump to share their cares and concerns. When, through varied circumstances, each one finds herself widowed, they meet again to console and support each other.

Katie Corning still can’t stop crying from the loss of her husband to influenza last winter. She doesn’t know how she’ll keep the ranch going without him. So she listens eagerly when her neighbor and friend, Hannah Dempsey, shows her a newspaper advertisement for the mail-order matrimony service. Hannah convinces Katie and their other young neighbor, Josie Campbell, to get mail-order.
The three men they get as husbands couldn’t be more different. Katie’s husband, Jason, is young, easy-going, and gentle, while Josie’s husband, Jim Eaton, is brooding and volatile. Hannah’s husband, Peter Cummings, is older, educated, and carrying a secret that will put his new marriage to the test. The three friends strike out on three different courses that sometimes converge and even conflict with each other. Marriage to these men challenges everything they knew about themselves and marriage, and brings each one to a different conclusion and, ultimately, a different destiny.
  • File Size: 1659 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503152413
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mail Order Bride Dept, Gold Crown Press (October 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

My thoughts:

Three women have lost their husband either through influenza or through an accident gun shot.  Katie, Hannah and Jose come together and send off for Mail Order Husbands.  The there men arrive and the ladies are pleased as are the men or so it seems.  Jason is intended for Katie and they get married first via the sheriff.  The rest of the ladies and men get married after they leave.  Jason and Katie work out well together and seem happy.

Then there is Jim and Jose, Jim comes across mean to his neighbors and worry about Jose.  The ladies  have all shared one stable/barn that is what their old husbands use to do and it is behind Jose’s house.  Jim gets mad when Jason comes over to get a horse and throws him off his land.  He doesn’t care of Katie either and makes it known.  Poor Jose tries and keeps the peace.

Hannah and Peter are the last to get married and hold up inside her house.  No one really knows what is wrong with Peter but he is older and can’t help any one with much at all.  Hannah defends him.

Katie knows there is something going on with the other two couples and tries to figure it out. There is not ending to this story as the author leaves it so you have to get book 2 and the rest of the series seem to be the same way.  This story will leave you in limber mode.

Over all I enjoyed the story, Jim is a bit weird and Jason about had a heart attack when Katie wanted to get his things from his trunk.  The men act weird to some point and Katie is going to drive every crazy finding out.