Publisher:  Edo Press

Published Date: December 10, 2013


Genre: Romance

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

Pale, pretty, dark-haired Ellie Bates lost her entire family to typhoid and narrowly escaped death from the sickness herself. Now she finds herself as an unpaid servant for her deceased brother’s wife, struggling with dizzy fits that send her spinning. When Ellie finds out she is to be forced into marriage with a vile snake of a man, she knows she must escape now or die a slow living death. On impulse Ellie takes a leap into the unknown and advertises herself as a live-in housekeeper in a national newspaper.

Tall, rugged, handsome cowboy Jared Ford lost his parents in a train crash fourteen years ago. To cope with the pain of his loss he threw himself into managing the vast family ranch, with only his grandmother and a bunch of entertaining comical dogs to keep him company. When Jared’s adorable but interfering Irish grandmother decides he needs young female company, she goes ahead and orders him a mail order bride from the newspaper for his birthday. The only problem is, her eyesight fails her and she thinks Ellie’s advert is for a mail order bride.

So begins a tale of tender, sweet and true love between an unlikely pair. Ellie finds herself falling headfirst into love with Jared, but how will she cope when Jared’s cousin turns up on his doorstep proposing an arranged marriage to his ideal woman? Ellie must decide if she can stand by and watch Jared marry someone else. Jared has to learn that real love means loving a woman’s heart, but will he learn his lesson in time to claim Ellie as his own?


Mail Order Love by Amy Blakelear is just not a book I can recommend.  The book suffers from two major issues.  First, a great deal of it is written as info-dumping, or generally describing characters rather than allowing their actions and words to describe them.  When there is dialogue, it is stilted and no character had his or her own voice.  The authorial voice was ever present.

The second issue was the complete lack of any historical accuracy.  It was hard to get past giant wooden mansions in 1880s Oregon with 20 rooms or a cowboy going to the saloon in town for lunch during the day working on his ranch.   A meddling grandmother certainly works well, until she becomes a 2010s animal crusader who uses the grapevine to decide who can adopt the dogs she breeds with no kennels.

In the end, this combination made the book too hard to read.


Heat Rating:  Sweet

REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves

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