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Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’ Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’s long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics. Will she find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?


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Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’ Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’s long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics. Will she find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?

30 review for The Anonymous Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    3.5 Overall, I’d say I liked this one. I think I would have liked it more if there had been a few things done differently. First the things I liked. I thought the plot was fun. Luke and Rachel had once been engaged, but the engagement was broken when Rachel suddenly married another man. It’s now been eleven years and Luke has returned to town to be the new marshal. Rachel is now a widow and single mother, and has never stopped loving Luke. Luke is pretty bitter still and definitely has a grudge a 3.5 Overall, I’d say I liked this one. I think I would have liked it more if there had been a few things done differently. First the things I liked. I thought the plot was fun. Luke and Rachel had once been engaged, but the engagement was broken when Rachel suddenly married another man. It’s now been eleven years and Luke has returned to town to be the new marshal. Rachel is now a widow and single mother, and has never stopped loving Luke. Luke is pretty bitter still and definitely has a grudge against Rachel. His cousins feel bad for him and decide to get him a mail-order-bride. Instead of one, three brides show up and all insist that Luke marry them. The mayor decides a contest is in order and the three brides have to do different things like bake a pie, so Luke can decide who to marry. Rachel doesn’t want to lose him again and decides to enter the contest anonymously. So, yeah, a pretty fun plot idea. Unfortunately, I think the story kind of got away from itself. We get to jump into the heads of each of the brides and hear all their back stories, plus we also jump into the head of Rachel’s daughter Jacqueline. I thought there were too many POV changes and thought the story should have just focused on Rachel and Luke. I know this is the first in a series so maybe it was done so we could get a feel for the girls in the next books, but the POV jumps in my opinion took away from Rachel’s story. Another small issue I had was that the second half of the book became a little too preachy for my taste. Lots more praying and a LOT of talk about forgiveness, a bit overkill. So, if the POVs had been narrowed down and the preaching toned down a bit, I think I would have enjoyed the story a whole lot more. Content: Clean.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    I love this book. In the way that I absolutely adore the writing of Christian Historical Romantic Comedy Author Mary Connealy, I now feel the same about Vickie McDonough. This book had me gasp and inwardly scream. I laughed out loud and snickered to myself. I turned the pages without abandon and I am so eagerly excited for the next book in the series Second Chance Brides that I forget about the pile of to-be-read books waiting for my attentions. There are many books and authors that I like, but I love this book. In the way that I absolutely adore the writing of Christian Historical Romantic Comedy Author Mary Connealy, I now feel the same about Vickie McDonough. This book had me gasp and inwardly scream. I laughed out loud and snickered to myself. I turned the pages without abandon and I am so eagerly excited for the next book in the series Second Chance Brides that I forget about the pile of to-be-read books waiting for my attentions. There are many books and authors that I like, but you have to be something really special for me to absolutely love it. And I love it. I recommend this book without fail. Read it, love it, and escape within the pages to a humorous situation in a historical time that will leave you laughing, giggling and sighing with satisfaction of a wonderful read. *Thanks to Vickie McDonough and Angie Brillhart for providing a copy for review.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Johnette

    The Anonymous Bride is the first book I've read that was written by Vickie McDonough. I enjoyed every minute of this story. It follows Marshall Luke Davis that has just returned to town after many years of being away. He runs into the woman (Rachel) he was engaged to..until she broke his heart. Will he learn to forgive her? Why did she betray him like she did? Will love blossom between them again? I think Jack, Rachel's daughter, was my favorite character. She had such sound, determination, buri The Anonymous Bride is the first book I've read that was written by Vickie McDonough. I enjoyed every minute of this story. It follows Marshall Luke Davis that has just returned to town after many years of being away. He runs into the woman (Rachel) he was engaged to..until she broke his heart. Will he learn to forgive her? Why did she betray him like she did? Will love blossom between them again? I think Jack, Rachel's daughter, was my favorite character. She had such sound, determination, buried hurts that shower on her outward appearance..and someone you just wanted to reach through the pages and hug. The Marshall's cousins really set him up for some trouble. 3 women show up ready to marry the handsome Marshall. What will he do? A story filled with characters we can relate to. Those needing forgiveness and those learning to forgive. Past heartache, salvation, and love. Adventure, personality and contests to win a husband! I so enjoyed this story and all of the characters. It wasn't a story I have read before. It kept my interest and honestly was a book I didn't want to put down. I didn't want the story to end! Vickie also penned the beautiful story of God's love for us no matter who we are or what we've done, this won't be my last book by her!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    This was the first trade paperback that I've read by Vickie McDonough and I LOVED it! I can't wait for Second Chance Brides to be released later this Fall. The Anonymous Bride has fun, faith and a few outlaws which makes for one interesting story. The antics of eleven year old Jacqueline aka "Jack" are hilarious, she reminds me a little of Missie from the film version of Love Comes Softly. She's more at home in overalls, fishing with the boys than wearing dresses and helping her mom run the boar This was the first trade paperback that I've read by Vickie McDonough and I LOVED it! I can't wait for Second Chance Brides to be released later this Fall. The Anonymous Bride has fun, faith and a few outlaws which makes for one interesting story. The antics of eleven year old Jacqueline aka "Jack" are hilarious, she reminds me a little of Missie from the film version of Love Comes Softly. She's more at home in overalls, fishing with the boys than wearing dresses and helping her mom run the boardinghouse. Jack was my favorite character in this book. I hope we see her more of her in this series, perhaps as an adult? Rachel and Luke aren't bad either. ;-) I love stories when old flames meet again after many years apart and discover that the spark is still there no matter how much they both try to deny it. All in all I would say if you like Mary Connealy and Lori Copeland you will definitely love Vickie McDonough and her Texas Boardinghouse Brides series! Thanks to Goodreads, the publisher, and author for my free copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    MaryLu Tyndall

    This is my first book by Vickie McDonough and I was not in the least bit disappointed. What I thought was going to be merely a lighthearted fun western romance (and it was that!) turned out to be also exciting and adventurous as well. Rather than simply dwelling on the humorous situation the sherrif finds himself in when his friends set him up with three mail order brides, the author also treads into deeper waters with such important issues as rape, betrayal, parenting, and faith. Well written, This is my first book by Vickie McDonough and I was not in the least bit disappointed. What I thought was going to be merely a lighthearted fun western romance (and it was that!) turned out to be also exciting and adventurous as well. Rather than simply dwelling on the humorous situation the sherrif finds himself in when his friends set him up with three mail order brides, the author also treads into deeper waters with such important issues as rape, betrayal, parenting, and faith. Well written, funny, and page-turning, I'm sure you'll enjoy this historical romance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tanx

    As with most mail-order brides stories, this is a quick read. Nothing phenomenal, but nothing to rant too. I finished this in 3 days (around 6 hours total reading time) and had a satisfied feeling as I finished the last page. Favourite character's Jacqueline (Jack), so much spunk and so cute. The part on rapture had me laughing out loud. Overall an enjoyable and satisfying read If you enjoy reading mail-order brides books, then I believe this will be to your liking as well. As with most mail-order brides stories, this is a quick read. Nothing phenomenal, but nothing to rant too. I finished this in 3 days (around 6 hours total reading time) and had a satisfied feeling as I finished the last page. Favourite character's Jacqueline (Jack), so much spunk and so cute. The part on rapture had me laughing out loud. Overall an enjoyable and satisfying read If you enjoy reading mail-order brides books, then I believe this will be to your liking as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE Author: Vickie McDonough Publisher: Barbour Books April 2010 ISBN: 978-1-60260-696-8 Genre: Inspirational/historical romance Luke Davis as served years in the cavalry, but now he is out and looking for a job. When he learns that his old hometown has an opening as a marshal, Luke is torn. Return home and get the only woman he’s ever loved out of his system, or run as far as he can in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, duty calls, but Luke’s arrival in town is less than p Title: THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE Author: Vickie McDonough Publisher: Barbour Books April 2010 ISBN: 978-1-60260-696-8 Genre: Inspirational/historical romance Luke Davis as served years in the cavalry, but now he is out and looking for a job. When he learns that his old hometown has an opening as a marshal, Luke is torn. Return home and get the only woman he’s ever loved out of his system, or run as far as he can in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, duty calls, but Luke’s arrival in town is less than pleasant. Instead, stopping at a water hole, he is accosted by three children who end up knocking him in, forcing Luke to present himself dripping wet. He does manage to capture one of the offenders and haul him into town, only to discover to his horror that the him is a her and her mother is none other than the woman he’s been dreading. Rachel Hamilton loved Luke, but she decided to give up her dreams of love for riches. But instead she got heartbreak, shame, and a headstrong daughter that she can’t control. Not to mention, her husband is dead, but Luke is back. How can Rachel face him every day, knowing what she did? Rachel begs for his forgiveness, but Luke has none to give. But then three women arrive each of them claiming to be ordered for Luke through newspaper ads. The only place for them to stay is in the town boarding house. And none of the women are willing to give Luke up! How many brides does one man need? Which woman will Luke choose? THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE is the first book in Vickie McDonough’s Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. It says on the back that this is Ms McDonough’s debut novel, but anyone that has read Heartsong Presents knows that she has had many books published with them, and has even been named favorite historical author for that line. Ms. McDonough is a talented historical author. I could almost taste the dust in the trails and see the marshal and his cousins swagger down the road shoulder to shoulder like gun-slingers itching for a fight. I could also feel Luke’s dread in the pit of the stomach as he faced Rachel for the first time, and realized that the bratty child he was man-handling was actually her child. If you are looking for a good historical read, especially one with an old west feel, you’ll want to consider THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series, Second Chance Bride, coming in the fall of this year. $12.99. 347 pages.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Luke Davis was jilted by his betrothed, now Rachel Hamilton, the widow of his ‘best friend.’ He developed deeply-seated wounds from this rejection. He’d left Lookout and joined the cavalry for 11 years to escape the pain. He decided to return to Lookout, face his past issues with Rachel, and move on. Little did he know that Rachel was widowed. His anger and unforgiveness towards her continued to simmer deep inside regardless of her availability for marriage. Luke unfortunately told his two cousin Luke Davis was jilted by his betrothed, now Rachel Hamilton, the widow of his ‘best friend.’ He developed deeply-seated wounds from this rejection. He’d left Lookout and joined the cavalry for 11 years to escape the pain. He decided to return to Lookout, face his past issues with Rachel, and move on. Little did he know that Rachel was widowed. His anger and unforgiveness towards her continued to simmer deep inside regardless of her availability for marriage. Luke unfortunately told his two cousins that he would marry when the right woman came around. So under his name the cousins invited five women to come to Lookout as a mail-order bride, thinking only one would answer. When faced with three of the five invited mail-order brides, Luke was stymied as to what to do. To avoid embarrassment and a possible lawsuit, the mayor ‘suggested’ that Luke pick a bride and marry her–thus the contests for the women to prove their worthiness to be his wife. Rachel’s rekindled love for Luke is being challenged by these three brides. I enjoy books about the 1880s and mail-order brides, but this one took the prize–not one bride, but three arrived, without Luke’s prior knowledge. I found the method the town sought to remedy the situation for these women humorous. It sounded absurd when it was first suggested, but then I realized the time period and the dilemma these women were in, and it made sense. When you read about why these women came, you’ll find some outlandish, yet understandable reasons for answering the call for a mail-order bride. The competition issues between the brides were portrayed so realistically. This was a fun read for these reasons. What hit home the most, though, were the issues of forgiveness and faith for Luke and Rachel. Some spoke directly to my own heart, as I’m sure they will affect many readers. The need for repentance and intense prayer also come forward. Vickie’s weaving of these issues are so poignant and important to the story and to our own lives. Application of these truths can help all of to mature–albeit not an easy thing without the Lord’s help. Vickie’s great storyline and spiritual messages are what I look for in Christian novels. Great job, Vickie! This book was provide free by Angie, Publicist at Barbour Publishing, Inc. for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Ten years earlier Rachel had broken Luke's heart and married another man. Luke left town and joined the Calvary. Now he is returning to Lookout to be the towns marshal. Rachel is now widowed and has a 10 year old daughter. Her daughter is running all over town dressing like a boy and getting into trouble. Luke’s cousins think getting Luke a mail order bride will help him get over his past feelings for Rachel but the plan back fires when 3 brides not 1 come to town. Will Luke pick one of them or Ten years earlier Rachel had broken Luke's heart and married another man. Luke left town and joined the Calvary. Now he is returning to Lookout to be the towns marshal. Rachel is now widowed and has a 10 year old daughter. Her daughter is running all over town dressing like a boy and getting into trouble. Luke’s cousins think getting Luke a mail order bride will help him get over his past feelings for Rachel but the plan back fires when 3 brides not 1 come to town. Will Luke pick one of them or will his old feeling for Rachel relight? Will Rachel tell Luke the secrets of her past so they can move forward together or will she lose Luke forever? I enjoyed this book. I really like series like this where you get to know quite a few characters and then get to read the stories of some of the side characters in other books in the series. In this book the main story is between Rachel and Luke. We also get to see the romance from Rachel's 10 year old daughters eyes which I thought was kind of fun. I found myself really liking Jack even though she was causing so much trouble. The only down side was I felt the first book told the story from a few to many of the future book characters. All 3 of the mail order brides and both the cousins where told in this book and I found myself at times wanting to get back to the main story. I found it interesting this book touched on rape, spousal abuse as well as child abuse. Lots of issues but the author did a wonderful job of working it into the story line. The ending was a good one but also left me wanting to read the next book in the series. Over all a great start to the series!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I’m afraid I finished this book only because I’m stubborn. It jumps around a lot, especially in the beginning and that makes it hard to get into. We seemed to be inside the head of nearly every character in the book at one time or another and action takes place in three or four different states. I think we were supposed to enjoy watching it all come together, but it was too chaotic for my taste. There was no chemistry between the two people who get together because they had very little interactio I’m afraid I finished this book only because I’m stubborn. It jumps around a lot, especially in the beginning and that makes it hard to get into. We seemed to be inside the head of nearly every character in the book at one time or another and action takes place in three or four different states. I think we were supposed to enjoy watching it all come together, but it was too chaotic for my taste. There was no chemistry between the two people who get together because they had very little interaction. The author was, in my opinion, trying to tell too many other stories. Luke and Rachel spend most of their time on the page apart, separately fretting over what happened between them eleven years ago. This gets VERY repetitive and doesn’t serve to make the reader excited about a reunion. I also felt the heavy-handed sermonizing on forgiveness didn’t quite line up with the plot. Luke is kind and respectful towards Rachel and she seems convinced that he’s holding a grudge about the past simply because he doesn’t profess his ongoing love for her. It’s been eleven years. And what if her husband was still alive? What would forgiveness look like then? Luke’s cousins were a bright spot in the book. I picked it up because so many reviewers called it fun, humorous or lighthearted. Garrett and Mark provided the only humor I found. Too bad they were only in a few scenes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula-O

    Vickie McDonough writes series Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book#1 "The Anonymous Bride" I an enjoying reading this series, The brides to be are all worthy smart competent young women...well all but one anyway. Luke Davis and Rachel had a past years ago, young sweethearts growing up in same town and just knowing they would get married one day. This did not happen and when she let him know she had married his best friend Luke left town and was gone for a decade. Now Luke is back as sheriff of Lookout Vickie McDonough writes series Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book#1 "The Anonymous Bride" I an enjoying reading this series, The brides to be are all worthy smart competent young women...well all but one anyway. Luke Davis and Rachel had a past years ago, young sweethearts growing up in same town and just knowing they would get married one day. This did not happen and when she let him know she had married his best friend Luke left town and was gone for a decade. Now Luke is back as sheriff of Lookout Tx and Rachel is a widow but he wants nothing to do with her -He cannot forgive the woman that took away his dream. Luke's cousins get a bright idea to bring some mail-order women to town to marry Luke..will it work? letters go back and forth and before long there are three young ladies showing up all claiming Luke had written them and they expect to be his bride... WELL NOW...What a to do. come read the story Vickie tells of all the women living at the boardinghouse with the owner, Rachel Hamilton. How this all gets sorted out and whom will marry the sheriff?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    This was a quick, nice read. I thought the story was a little unrealistic in some ways, which is why I rated it as I did. There was a lot of repetition of the two main characters feelings for each other and then sometimes it seemed like the characters forgot they had already thought something or had come to a conclusion about something because then they would question things again or repeat what they already said (without giving too much away). It also seemed like the sheriff (main hero) should This was a quick, nice read. I thought the story was a little unrealistic in some ways, which is why I rated it as I did. There was a lot of repetition of the two main characters feelings for each other and then sometimes it seemed like the characters forgot they had already thought something or had come to a conclusion about something because then they would question things again or repeat what they already said (without giving too much away). It also seemed like the sheriff (main hero) should have had a stronger backbone. There is no way he would have been held responsible for what happened, so that was a bit of a stretch for me as well. Completely clean.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a cute story and the resolution was fun and predictable. But hey I like a good predictable romance sometimes. The Christian aspect was done well with only 2 major preaching scenes. I knew this was the beginning to a series so I expected a lot of characters, but the way they are introduced is abrupt and confusing. I wish the story had been a little more believable. The reason the main character chooses to marry another man was just hard for me to swallow. I have the second book but don't This was a cute story and the resolution was fun and predictable. But hey I like a good predictable romance sometimes. The Christian aspect was done well with only 2 major preaching scenes. I knew this was the beginning to a series so I expected a lot of characters, but the way they are introduced is abrupt and confusing. I wish the story had been a little more believable. The reason the main character chooses to marry another man was just hard for me to swallow. I have the second book but don't really care too much to read the next. I wanted a lot more interactions between the heroine and hero, but when I keep reading till the end it can't be too bad:}

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tori (Book Chick)

    I'm gonna give this book 3.5 stars. There were parts I liked a lot and then other parts that I was thinking, "Why the heck is this in this book?" I liked Rachel and Luke. And their story was interesting. There just seemed to be so many POVs which kind of got confusing and seemed unnecessary. I'm curious what will happen in the book #2. I'm just trying to decide if I'm curious enough to actually read it. I'm gonna give this book 3.5 stars. There were parts I liked a lot and then other parts that I was thinking, "Why the heck is this in this book?" I liked Rachel and Luke. And their story was interesting. There just seemed to be so many POVs which kind of got confusing and seemed unnecessary. I'm curious what will happen in the book #2. I'm just trying to decide if I'm curious enough to actually read it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    its been awhile since ive read western romance books. This one was enjoyable. It was both funny and allowed the two main charachters to learn forgiveness. I would say that you have to get at least 2/3 of the way through the book to find out what had happened between luke and rachel before....so that was my only complaint!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Vickie McDonough adds a refreshing twist to the classic mail-order-bride story by providing readers with not one but three brides-to-be, a reluctant prospective groom and, of course, the anonymous bride. For a story filled with engaging characters, look no further than The Anonymous Bride.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Gibson

    I really enjoyed Vickie's latest release. The characters are well developed and likeable. Read this book... you won't be sorry :) I really enjoyed Vickie's latest release. The characters are well developed and likeable. Read this book... you won't be sorry :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Eakes

    If you are a fan of Vickie McDonough’s Heartsong books, you will like this one twice as much. It holds the same tenderness, charm, and lovable characters with even more depth.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Salatin

    It was a cute story. Funny and charming. Good for a vacation from reality. :o)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    When Luke Davis returns to Lookout, Texas, as the new marshal, his cousins decide he needs a wife. So to be sure one arrives, they invite 5 mail order brides. Three arrive. The town decides there should be a contest to see which bride Luke will choose. Of course Luke isn't interested in any of them because, as much as he'd like to put her behind him, he soon realizes he still has feelings for his childhood sweetheart who married someone else. Rachel Hamilton is now a widow with a 10-year-old tomb When Luke Davis returns to Lookout, Texas, as the new marshal, his cousins decide he needs a wife. So to be sure one arrives, they invite 5 mail order brides. Three arrive. The town decides there should be a contest to see which bride Luke will choose. Of course Luke isn't interested in any of them because, as much as he'd like to put her behind him, he soon realizes he still has feelings for his childhood sweetheart who married someone else. Rachel Hamilton is now a widow with a 10-year-old tomboy daughter, Jacqueline, "Jack". Jack has a run-in with the new marshal before he arrives in town. Because Rachel runs the boardinghouse and prepares the meals for the marshal, they can't very well ignore each other. The 3 mail order brides stay at her boardinghouse, so now she's helping each of them win Luke. Very interesting story with a few laughs thrown in. Also, the plan of salvation is shared though not preachy. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I'm glad I already have book 2 to continue.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Lookout Texas, a place he hadn’t expected to return to. Washing off the dirt and letting his horse drink at the lake. When three kids throwing rocks, and yelling to get away from their swimming hole. The action startled his horse and knocked Luke into the water. Pranks, but not throwing stones at an animal. Turned out the one he caught was a girl, and the child of someone he once loved. He is the new Marshall for the town. Which for Rachel meant he would be having supper at her boarding place, a Lookout Texas, a place he hadn’t expected to return to. Washing off the dirt and letting his horse drink at the lake. When three kids throwing rocks, and yelling to get away from their swimming hole. The action startled his horse and knocked Luke into the water. Pranks, but not throwing stones at an animal. Turned out the one he caught was a girl, and the child of someone he once loved. He is the new Marshall for the town. Which for Rachel meant he would be having supper at her boarding place, and keeping his house and washing done up. Is the love still there, and when mail order brides come she will be challenged, but will she say anything. A cute story full of mishaps and the need of forgiveness for a happy ending.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Earlene Click

    Like and Rachel Like is coming back to Lookout, Texas after lost love, heart aches and eleven years in the Calvary to be the marshall. Rachel was a widow with a young rascal of a daughter and owner of the town boarding house. Luke's cousins think he need a wife to straighten his sad life so the each write and send for several mail order brides for him. He still longed for his former fiance even with all the heartache she caused him. When all three arrive each claiming the shocked, unaware Marshal Like and Rachel Like is coming back to Lookout, Texas after lost love, heart aches and eleven years in the Calvary to be the marshall. Rachel was a widow with a young rascal of a daughter and owner of the town boarding house. Luke's cousins think he need a wife to straighten his sad life so the each write and send for several mail order brides for him. He still longed for his former fiance even with all the heartache she caused him. When all three arrive each claiming the shocked, unaware Marshall as their groom the fun and excitement begins. You will love this story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gallo

    Wonderful story This was a story that I had read in an anthology and now it is available for individual sale. I loved this story. I laughed at the antics of Jack (Jacqueline). I worried when the ladies were kidnapped. I felt sorry for the sister forced in to crime by her brother. I felt angst for the young lady who was forced by her boy friend's best friend. And I was very happy at the end. This story has so many sub stories in it. It is like living the life in a frontier town. Wonderful story This was a story that I had read in an anthology and now it is available for individual sale. I loved this story. I laughed at the antics of Jack (Jacqueline). I worried when the ladies were kidnapped. I felt sorry for the sister forced in to crime by her brother. I felt angst for the young lady who was forced by her boy friend's best friend. And I was very happy at the end. This story has so many sub stories in it. It is like living the life in a frontier town.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elsa

    Couldn't get into it, worth 6hrs of reading time that kindle expected it to take. Luke is back in his hometown. The girl he loved broke his heart by marrying his friend instead. Now she's widowed and her daughter is a bratty tomboy running with some bad boys. Luke's cousins get involved and conspire to have some mail order brides come for Luke to pick from. But maybe he's not over his first love after all... skipped to the end because I was bored and could tell where it was going from the very be Couldn't get into it, worth 6hrs of reading time that kindle expected it to take. Luke is back in his hometown. The girl he loved broke his heart by marrying his friend instead. Now she's widowed and her daughter is a bratty tomboy running with some bad boys. Luke's cousins get involved and conspire to have some mail order brides come for Luke to pick from. But maybe he's not over his first love after all... skipped to the end because I was bored and could tell where it was going from the very beginning.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christine Pak

    The Anonymous Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides) A mixture of merry mix ups. A practial joke brings three mail order brides to Lookout Texas in hopes of marrying the marshall. The Marshall and the Boardinghouse keeper have a history, she also has a tomboy daughter. Throw in a bandit and his sister( who assumes a bride's identity), a homeless dog and two prank playing cousins. Can't wait to read the rest of this series. The Anonymous Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides) A mixture of merry mix ups. A practial joke brings three mail order brides to Lookout Texas in hopes of marrying the marshall. The Marshall and the Boardinghouse keeper have a history, she also has a tomboy daughter. Throw in a bandit and his sister( who assumes a bride's identity), a homeless dog and two prank playing cousins. Can't wait to read the rest of this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Ann's

    I found this book really enjoyable to read. I read it a few years ago and still remember quite a few things from the book. I have consumed more books than I can count so that is saying something haha I didn't give it five stars because there were a few times I felt the main characters could have been and would have been more honest with each other - but I also see why it was written that way. Overall a great book! I found this book really enjoyable to read. I read it a few years ago and still remember quite a few things from the book. I have consumed more books than I can count so that is saying something haha I didn't give it five stars because there were a few times I felt the main characters could have been and would have been more honest with each other - but I also see why it was written that way. Overall a great book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    A lighthearted romantic story that surprised me by including a clear Gospel message. The writing style reminded me of Erica Vetsch—western adventure and romance with humor—and I really liked Rachel and Luke. I'm definitely planning to finish the series, because I need to know what happens to the other brides and to Rachel's spunky daughter, Jack! A lighthearted romantic story that surprised me by including a clear Gospel message. The writing style reminded me of Erica Vetsch—western adventure and romance with humor—and I really liked Rachel and Luke. I'm definitely planning to finish the series, because I need to know what happens to the other brides and to Rachel's spunky daughter, Jack!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Echols

    A Christian Romance A fun Christian romance that referred often to Bible principles. I particularly enjoyed the character development including just enough back story on each to give the story depth. The lack of accountability for the cousins annoyed me, but otherwise, it was a good start to what I guess is a series even though this is a stand-alone story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gaylina

    Loved this book and the fact that the story and characters were developed throughout. I highly recommend it. This is a new author for me. I loved the way the author wrapped the Gospel and God’s forgiveness throughout the book. To me, a good Christian book helps me to reflect on my faith as I read. This was a fun read. After reading this book I was so glad I had all three books in the trilogy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Brown

    Very cute and light read! Even though it was a light read, the characters were well developed and I really enjoyed the interactions. You can’t help but love Jack... which I did a sneak peak and she has her own book later in the series!

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