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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When Luke Davis returns as the marshal to his hometown of Lookout, Texas, he is taken completely by surprise by what he finds. Rachel Hamilton, almost his bride over a decade ago, is now a widow, with a spirited, spunky ten year old daughter, Jack. Luke refuses to forgive Rachel for her marriage to his friend James, and he makes the mistake of telling his cousins that he might marry if the right woman came along. Trying to help him out, his cousins order a trio of mail order brides to give him some variety to pick a wife from.
After a string of unfortunate mishaps and misunderstandings, Luke is finally ready to pick a wife. Will he be able to put the hurts of his past with Rachel aside and forgive her - or will one of the three mail order brides be "the one" for him?
I went to great lengths to get my hand on this book; despite it's recent publication date it went out of print a couple months ago. It was completely worth every penny I spent. This book was everything I'd hoped it would be, and more. The story line was engaging, and I enjoyed every character - even the bad ones. The time and the place was key to the charm of the story, but the best part of the plot was just reading every detail as it unfolded. I will be re-reading this book many times in the coming years.
What a delightful book!. Marshall Luke Davis returns to his home town after being gone for several years. The moment Rachel Hamilton lays eye's on Luke she knows that she still loves him. Things get complicated when Luke's cousins decide that he needs a wife so they send for three mail order brides for Luke to chose from. When it's discovered that all the brides are there for Luke, its decide that they should hold several contest in the arts of cooking and sewing for the right to have Luke court them, and even though she is not one of the mail order brides Rachel enters the competitions to try to win Luke's heart. Luke meanwhile finds that his feelings for Rachel are also resurfacing, so he desperately tries to find a way to let the mail order brides down without hurting any of them. This was a fun light read with plenty of dialogue the moved the book along. There were several places that I laughed out loud. I enjoyed every minute of this book.
I had books two and three in the series and needed book 1 ... waited months for it to become available and when received, I was disappointed that it is a small book - not the same size as the other books in the series. Looks more like a Love Inspired size than regular size.