Mail-Order Bride Switch by Dorothy Clark ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Garret Stevenson is one of the bachelors of Whisper Creek, Wyoming, who accepted the deal to open a business and have a wife shortly after his hotel opens. He has a mail-order bride coming and is engaged to be married in name only to a maid that will help him cook and clean for the guests coming to his hotel. But when a beautiful heiress steps off the train instead of a maid, he makes the best of the situation in order to keep his business.

Victoria Winterman is being railroaded into an arranged marriage to a manipulative man, so when her maid runs off with the butler instead of following through with her mail-order engagement, Victoria takes her maid's place. Victoria doesn't know a thing about cooking or cleaning, and struggles to keep up with the hotel's demands.

Will Garret find the courage to speak up, and give their marriage of convenience a chance?

Victoria is very knowledgeable about hosting, and being hospitable to guests, when Garret has to leave town suddenly, Mrs. Fuller comes to stay at the hotel, and kindly teaches Victoria how to do household tasks and to cook. Mrs. Fuller is a true godsend, kind, patient and willing to lend a hand, and when Garret offers her a job she happily accepts.

Victoria is a quick learner, she embraces learning new things, and catches on quickly. Victoria wonders if there could be more between her and Garret than an in name only marriage, and gracefully gives Garret time to figure things out. I like how she was smart and quick thinking to to take a chance and get out of the horrible arranged marriage back home. She holds to her faith, knowing that God will see her through.

Garret doesn't like how kind and entirely too pretty Victoria is, he has never wanted to get married and struggles to trust women after his mother abandoned him when he was young. He keeps sending mixed signals, but is ever the gentleman, respectful, and kind, though sometimes the stress of starting a business got to him.

Overall, a sweet western romance, it took a little time for them to figure out what they wanted, but an enjoyable story nonetheless. I liked Victoria's strong faith and how she was open to learning new skills, and how Mrs. Fuller helped her out. Mrs. Fuller was avery kind and gave good advice, her cooking was also amazing. A good story with a touching twist to the ending.

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