Title: Mail Order Cowboy
Author: Laurie Kingery
Publisher: Steeple Hill Books
Milly Mathews is a young woman who wants to get married, but has very few options in her hometown so she creates a group of other like-minded women. They decide to place an ad in the newspaper, inviting men who are interested in marriage to begin corresponding with the group. The ad meets with immediate success as the first man arrives in town without even answering the ad! The man in question is Nicholas Brookfield and his curiosity is piqued by the ad. He wants to meet the woman in charge of placing the ad. He meets Milly, but before they can get beyond a brief introduction Milly is called out to her ranch due to an Indian attack.
Upon arriving home where Milly lives with her sister Sarah, they discover the barn has been burned down, their livestock stolen and their only experienced ranch hand injured. The two women are at a loss as to what to do, but are determined not to sell out to their sneaky neighbor. Nick volunteers to stay and help out until the foreman gets back on his feet. A family of freed slaves agrees to work for Milly in exchange for room and board, but some in the town then begin to treat Milly differently. Milly and Nick begin to develop a relationship, but will Nick’s past come back to haunt him? Will the town accept these freed slaves or will Milly send them away?
One thing I consistently find enjoyable and satisfying about these stories is that faith is always in the forefront. While this story wasn’t my favorite, it does have a good plot and two likeable main characters. They pray in the good times and the bad for God’s guidance and protection. The plot just wasn’t to my liking. I will be reading more of these little books as they are a nice way to spend an afternoon and they bring faith to the focus.
My rating is 3 stars.
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