About the Book
Greta Nilsson’s trip west to save her ailing little sister, Astrid, could not have gone more wrong. First, bandits hold up her stagecoach, stealing all her money. Then, upon arriving in Fairplay, Colorado, she learns the man she was betrothed to as a mail-order bride has died. Homeless, penniless, and jobless, Greta and her sister are worse off than when they started.
Wyatt McQuaid is struggling to get his new ranch up and running and is in town to purchase cattle when the mayor proposes the most unlikely of bargains. He’ll invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt’s ranch if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying and starting a family. And the mayor, who has promised to try to help Greta, has just the candidate in mind for Wyatt to marry.
In My Opinion
Jody Hedlund has moved from bride ships to cowboys in her new historical western series. A Cowboy for Keeps is a mail order bride/marriage of convenience story.
While Greta and Wyatt are the focus of this book, two other characters (Greta’s sister and Wyatt’s farmhand) often stole the spotlight. I did appreciate Wyatt’s kindness in stepping up when he realized what dire straights Greta and Astrid were in. And Greta is not a simpering heroine. Nope, she holds her own (and them some) on the ranch.
You can’t help but miss the underlying theme of God’s love freely given to his children, either.
Overall, a pretty good start to the series and I’m interested enough to find out more about Wyatt’s siblings in future books.
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