Review: Mail Order Man by Heather Gray

Mail Order Man by Heather Gray
Series:  Ladies of Larkspur (# 1)
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Publisher: Astrea Press
Pages:  225
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Some people get a mail order bride. She got a mail order man.
A well-meaning friend places an ad to find a mail order husband for Sarah, the proprietress of Larkspur’s stage and mail office. Sarah, who is generally quiet and reserved, doesn’t know about the ad and has no idea what to do with all the people that are showing up in her community. Before long, the town is overrun with men and mail alike. Sarah is trying to avoid some men who have accosted her on the street when she stumbles into Samuel. Through long days spent together at the stage office, some very adventurous pots of coffee and a shared faith, the two become friends. Sarah knows that Samuel is hiding something from her, something important, but that doesn’t stop her heart from leaping wildly into love. Lacking the confidence to trust her heart, Sarah wars with herself over the feelings she can no longer deny. When some of the men who have come to town show their true intentions, a shootout follows. Sarah finally gets answers to many of the questions circling through her mind. One question remains, though. Where will her mail order man go when the dust settles?


Review:  This was an enjoyable western romance but totally unexpected in its premise since I did not expect an inspirational book with lots of prayers to God to guide their actions, thinking and future.  The conversations were often stilted and interspersed were a lot of prayers and talk of  trusting God’s path for the characters.

I like books set in the late 1800’s and this book is set in Idaho for a real western flair.  Sarah was easy to like in her simple and religious ways but very forward for a woman since she ran the stage office which her father had run before he died.  She also couldn’t cook or make coffee but no one seemed to mind.  Samuel always had a smile on his face and in his eyes along with laughter but was also religious and took it very seriously. He also had secrets that couldn’t be revealed due to his promise to the mayor.   The mayor’s family was delightful and like Sarah’s second family since her parents were deceased. The Martinez family was hardworking and were woven throughout as well as Samuel’s cousin Ida and her husband John.

I enjoyed the twist on the mail order bride theme that most of us have heard of since there were hordes of men who came to Larkspur looking for a bride not all who were savory.  There were family, friends, romance, love, laughter, some tears, heartache and a happily ever after. The epilogue was a nice touch since not only were loose ends tied up but we got a glance at Sarah and Samuel’s life together.

I don’t believe I’ve read books before by this author but I look forward to reading Just Dessert, book two in the series along with any future ones.  I will also add her other books to my ever growing TBR pile!

Favorite Quote:  When he kissed her for the first time, he planned on it being the kind of kiss that staked his claim for all time.  He didn’t feel he could do that, though, until she knew everything there was to know about him.  Then, if she was still interested in spending time with him or being courted by him, he would kiss her for all he was worth.  And if it ended up that he couldn’t persuade her with words, then a couple of honest, well-placed kisses would have to do the job for him.