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The four McBride brothers have their worlds turned upside down when their precocious younger sister secretly places an advertisement for a mail-order bride. Kit McBride knows that Buck's Creek, Montana, is no place to find a wife. Between him and his three brothers--plus little Junebug--they manage all right on their own, thank you very much. But unbeknownst to Kit, his sis The four McBride brothers have their worlds turned upside down when their precocious younger sister secretly places an advertisement for a mail-order bride. Kit McBride knows that Buck's Creek, Montana, is no place to find a wife. Between him and his three brothers--plus little Junebug--they manage all right on their own, thank you very much. But unbeknownst to Kit, his sister is sick to death of cleaning, cooking, and mending for her big brothers, so she places an ad in The Matrimonial News to get them hitched. After Maddy Mooney emigrated from Ireland, she found employment with an eccentric but poor widow. When her mistress decides to answer an ad for a mail-order bride, Madd​y is dragged along for the ride to Montana. But en route to the West, Maddy is suddenly abandoned and left to assume the widow's name, position, and matrimonial prospects.... With no other recourse in the wilderness, Maddy must convince Kit not only is she who she says she is, but she's the wife he never knew he needed.


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The four McBride brothers have their worlds turned upside down when their precocious younger sister secretly places an advertisement for a mail-order bride. Kit McBride knows that Buck's Creek, Montana, is no place to find a wife. Between him and his three brothers--plus little Junebug--they manage all right on their own, thank you very much. But unbeknownst to Kit, his sis The four McBride brothers have their worlds turned upside down when their precocious younger sister secretly places an advertisement for a mail-order bride. Kit McBride knows that Buck's Creek, Montana, is no place to find a wife. Between him and his three brothers--plus little Junebug--they manage all right on their own, thank you very much. But unbeknownst to Kit, his sister is sick to death of cleaning, cooking, and mending for her big brothers, so she places an ad in The Matrimonial News to get them hitched. After Maddy Mooney emigrated from Ireland, she found employment with an eccentric but poor widow. When her mistress decides to answer an ad for a mail-order bride, Madd​y is dragged along for the ride to Montana. But en route to the West, Maddy is suddenly abandoned and left to assume the widow's name, position, and matrimonial prospects.... With no other recourse in the wilderness, Maddy must convince Kit not only is she who she says she is, but she's the wife he never knew he needed.

30 review for Kit McBride Gets a Wife

  1. 4 out of 5

    PamG

    Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry is a historical romance that combines romance and humor in a historical western setting. It’s 1886 in Buck’s Creek, Montana where Junebug lives with her four older brothers: Morgan, Kit, Beau, and Jonah. The four brothers believe everything is fine, but Junebug is tired of cleaning, cooking, mending, and the animals. She decides she needs help and that help should be a wife for one of the brothers. Kit is the blacksmith for the family, the trappers that s Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry is a historical romance that combines romance and humor in a historical western setting. It’s 1886 in Buck’s Creek, Montana where Junebug lives with her four older brothers: Morgan, Kit, Beau, and Jonah. The four brothers believe everything is fine, but Junebug is tired of cleaning, cooking, mending, and the animals. She decides she needs help and that help should be a wife for one of the brothers. Kit is the blacksmith for the family, the trappers that stop at their trading post, and for the town of Bitterroot four hours away. Maddy Mooney emigrated from Ireland and finds employment with a widow who decides to answer an ad for a mail-order bride. The characterization was terrific in this novel. The McBride family, Maddy, and the widow Willabelle Lascalles come alive on the pages, as do a few of the tertiary characters. Often their natures are shown using action versus purely through explanatory descriptions. Maddy and Kit are dynamic characters responding to the events as they unfolded and experienced changes in their outlooks. However, Junebug was the highlight character of the book for me. She’s fourteen and has been raised by her brothers with little exposure to other women. While the plot is straightforward, the book is full of laugh-out-loud humor as well as some more somber moments. The world-building was great and the author captured the cultural lifestyles and portrayed them well. The internal dialogues deepened the conflict and the writing was fluid, but descriptive. While I didn’t learn anything new from a historical point and the plot was a little too uncomplicated, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and spending time with the McBride family. Overall, this was an entertaining, cute, and funny novel. It has a great setting and extraordinary characters. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Berkley Publishing Group and Amy Barry provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for August 23, 2022. ---------------------- Review to be posted 1 week prior to publication (around Aug. 16, 2022).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    ✨Oh to be a flannel pulled taught against the broad back of a mountain man✨ I loooved this book so much!! I was hooked from the summary and it really did not disappoint. It starts off in truly bizarre fashion, so my advice is to just saddle up and enjoy the ride! Kit McBride was one of the most fun characters I have read in a LONG time. Most non-rake heroes are still either swarthy or confident or aware of at least some of their charm. Well my baby boy Kit here was aware of NOTHING. That poor man ✨Oh to be a flannel pulled taught against the broad back of a mountain man✨ I loooved this book so much!! I was hooked from the summary and it really did not disappoint. It starts off in truly bizarre fashion, so my advice is to just saddle up and enjoy the ride! Kit McBride was one of the most fun characters I have read in a LONG time. Most non-rake heroes are still either swarthy or confident or aware of at least some of their charm. Well my baby boy Kit here was aware of NOTHING. That poor man had only seen around 8 women in his entire life, with two of them related to him. He had ABSOLUTELY no idea what to do once he laid his mighty fine honey eyes on Maddy. IT WAS SO good. Never have I ever been so in awe of man so in awe of a woman. He was so bumbling and awkward and apologetic and adorable and just. so. TAKEN by her. Somebody call Liam. From the first, her Irish accent had him enchanted and he never stopped falling. I was obsessed with Kit’s jealousy when Morgan was messing around and flirting with Maddy. And when she saw Kit for the first time after he shaved?? Same girl. Just the way I’m imagining him asking her if she was married and just how he made her tea…I’m not sure but this whole book was just so vivid. I can’t get his whole himness out of my mind. Like Maddy discovered, there’s just something so attractive about a man who looks like a mountainous god having absolutely no idea what to do around a woman. You’re telling me this man, this MAN with tree trunk thighs, washboard abs, forearms for days who was often shirtless and sweaty because he was a blacksmith DOESN’T EXIST?? There’s no steam in this book but honestly?? I was still sweating. The sexual tension between the two was palpable and when they finally kissed, it wasn’t spicy, but it was so intimate and charming and it worked for the scope of the book. I would’ve liked more scenes between the two (steamy and not) just because they were so good together. We got a lot of paragraphs about scenery description, some chapters from Junebug’s POV, and just a lot of chapters where they were apart. So my only asks for the future books—because I WILL be reading them—would be more steam and more on-page time together between the main couple. In all honesty, the scenes we got between Kit and Maddy were perfect, so I’m being greedy but it’s fine. I’m fine. I really cannot wait for this audiobook because I know Junebug’s delivery is gonna be so perfect. It’ll be such a production and I cannot wait. One of my favorite parts was the beginning when she was like “no woman wants to see my brother shirtless.” On that note, this book was absolutely hilarious. I laughed so many times and still laugh thinking about scenes. If you’re even remotely interested in a western-esque mountain man book, really give this a try! It’ll definitely not be for everyone, but I’m so happy I picked it up. Found family is one of my favorite sub-tropes and it’s wonderfully established here. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 🌶/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    4.5 Stars Junebug McBride is the lone girl in Buck’s Creek, Montana where her brothers man a trading post. There are endless chores to look after her brothers, and not much gratitude. So Junebug decides that she’ll find a wife for Kit, another woman on the mountain to help cook and clean. She writes up the most hilarious matrimonial request to post in the paper, mostly because it’s brutally honest in her description of her brother, and wait and see what happens. Junebug was so freaking funny, I j 4.5 Stars Junebug McBride is the lone girl in Buck’s Creek, Montana where her brothers man a trading post. There are endless chores to look after her brothers, and not much gratitude. So Junebug decides that she’ll find a wife for Kit, another woman on the mountain to help cook and clean. She writes up the most hilarious matrimonial request to post in the paper, mostly because it’s brutally honest in her description of her brother, and wait and see what happens. Junebug was so freaking funny, I just loved this girl! If I had to do all that cooking and cleaning, without modern conveniences, I’d post an advert too! The way she described her brother had me laughing up a storm! Maddy came to America from Ireland seeking a better life and a chance to be more than just a parlor maid. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. Maddy didn’t figure on being mistaken for a mail order bride. Junebug convinces her to go along with it and before you know it Maddy feels at home with the big burly mountain McBride men. She also comes to love Junebug with her brash and honest way of speaking. Maddy was a hard worker and a straight talker but had a grace about her. She was good for Junebug and the McBride men! She had some hard knocks, so it was special to her to be looked after like she was by the McBride’s. Maddy also was overcome by the beauty of Buck’s Creek with its majestic scenery and open spaces, vividly described by Ms. Barry’s writing, and I just knew this was the place for her! I adored this romance so much! It was a slow burn and sweetly passionate! The secondary characters were also interesting and fun. Just an all-around pleasurable read! I’m now eagerly awaiting Morgan McBride’s romance next! A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    5 STARS This book was an absolute delight. Laugh-out-loud funny at times, so tender and sweet at others. The characters were a joy to read. Truly, Junebug alone was nothing less than brilliant. The story was light and well written. A sweet romance. My only complaint would be that the ending was a little rushed. (meaning, I didn't want it to end.) I sure hope this author is working furiously on Morgan's book... and the lot of McBrides as well. I look forward to reading many more from Amy Barry! **P 5 STARS This book was an absolute delight. Laugh-out-loud funny at times, so tender and sweet at others. The characters were a joy to read. Truly, Junebug alone was nothing less than brilliant. The story was light and well written. A sweet romance. My only complaint would be that the ending was a little rushed. (meaning, I didn't want it to end.) I sure hope this author is working furiously on Morgan's book... and the lot of McBrides as well. I look forward to reading many more from Amy Barry! **Pre-release copy graciously provided by NetGalley**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Westerly Wind

      If you are looking for a feel-good historical romance, but are tired of all those dukes…   Kit McBride Gets a Wife is set in Buck’s Creek, Montana, 1886, and contains no British aristocrats. Instead we are introduced to the McBride family which consists of the fourteen year old Junebug and her four older brothers Morgan, Kit, Beau and Jonah who raised her. Junebug is tired of doing all the housekeeping for her annoying brothers. When she writes a letter for a trapper in response to a matrimonial   If you are looking for a feel-good historical romance, but are tired of all those dukes…   Kit McBride Gets a Wife is set in Buck’s Creek, Montana, 1886, and contains no British aristocrats. Instead we are introduced to the McBride family which consists of the fourteen year old Junebug and her four older brothers Morgan, Kit, Beau and Jonah who raised her. Junebug is tired of doing all the housekeeping for her annoying brothers. When she writes a letter for a trapper in response to a matrimonial advertisement, she conceives a brilliant solution for all of her problems: a mail-order bride.   A well-written endearing (clean) romance ensues, but what I enjoyed most are the great secondary and tertiary characters and the humor. For me Junebug was the star of the book, and the crusty old trappers at the McBride’s trading post also contributed to some funny scenes.   “She reached under the counter and pulled out her sign: “Junebug McBride, Public Letter Writer.” “I charge twenty-five cents a page,” she told Roy sternly, “and I require payment in advance.” (…) “The Matrimonial News.” Roy wrestled the paper off the counter, tugging it out of Junebug’s grip. “I’m looking to get a wife.” “A wife!” Junebug was genuinely shocked. “You?” “Why not?” He jutted his chin at her, looking about as obstinate as the cow got when Junebug tried to milk her. “Why shouldn’t I have a wife?” Junebug didn’t even know where to begin. His smell? His looks? The fact that he was currently living on a porch? And it wasn’t even his porch. (…) “I like yeller hair,” Roy said sullenly. “Yeller hair ain’t good for nothing. What you need is a woman who doesn’t mind living on a porch.” (…) “You’re saying a woman can make you lose your wits just by looking at you?” Junebug didn’t believe it. “A grown woman,” Sour Eagle amended. “They have to be grown or it doesn’t work.” He slapped Roy again when the muskrat went to speak. “Grown,” Sour Eagle repeated. “Ain’t that right, Roy?” “Yeah, that’s right,” Roy muttered, rubbing his sore head. “And yeller hair makes you witless?” Junebug considered Roy. “More witless than you already are…” “Yeller hair makes me…” Roy searched for a word, inching out of Sour Eagle’s reach. “Wild.” Huh. “And you want a wife to make you wild? You don’t want someone who can bake a perfect peach pie? Because this one here says her peach pie’s the best in Georgia.” She heard Sour Eagle slap Roy again, even though he hadn’t said anything. “Fine. It’s your life.””   The hero Kit McBride and the heroine Maddy Mooney are also very likeable. This is how Junebug advertises Kit (who is a cinnamon roll):   “How to sell Kit? There wasn’t much point in selling some poor girl a false bill of goods. Not like Roy had tried to do with his yeller-haired gal. No, if she was going to do this, Junebug was going to tell the truth. WANTED: Wife for a blacksmith. Do not expect doting, nor compliments. Must be willing to put up with judgment, nagging and unreasonable expectations. Mustn’t mind snoring, cussing or a filthy morning temper. Comes with a wealth of land. Is not too old and not too ugly, has all his own teeth. Added benefit of knowing myriad big words. Lady must have charms and know how to use them. Ability to complain in written form and bake pie essential.”   For me the romance almost took the backseat. It is a bit “love at first sight” (although charmingly written) and the conflict is resolved rather quickly. If you are looking for smut you won’t find it here.   But that should not deter you from reading this cute and funny romance with great characters in a refreshing western setting. Highly recommended four stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Wild Wild West come to life! Humorous and a tad crazy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This story had me shaking my head and slowing my roll a few times with the old west style speak, but I quickly settled in for a humorous take on an old style romance. With the West getting settled, it can be tough to find a woman looking to stay in questionable situations but when little sister takes things into her own hands the fun begins. Barry took some artistic liberties but crafted a delightful story that makes it a to Wild Wild West come to life! Humorous and a tad crazy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This story had me shaking my head and slowing my roll a few times with the old west style speak, but I quickly settled in for a humorous take on an old style romance. With the West getting settled, it can be tough to find a woman looking to stay in questionable situations but when little sister takes things into her own hands the fun begins. Barry took some artistic liberties but crafted a delightful story that makes it a tough book to put down. The descriptions of Junebug and her crazy antics and mouth made this story for me. She loves winding up her brothers and with good reason! Kit and Maddy are well developed and well matched. Their slow-burn romance was just perfect. The other brothers and secondary characters are dynamic and made this story well-rounded and easy to read. Their characters are going to be a treat to read about in future stories I am sure! For a crazy ride and all-around fun story, you need to grab this one. The Wild Wild West comes to life! Humorous and a tad crazy. * copy received for review consideration * full review - https://amidlifewife.com/kit-mcbride-...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Kit McBride Gets a Wife is a super cute historical romance and a fabulous start to Amy Barry’s Buck’s Creek series! Junebug McBride, a fourteen-year-old being raised by her four older brothers, is sick of handling all of the chores on her family’s homestead. So, she puts an ad in the paper for a mail-order bride for her older brother in the hopes that she will take over much of the cooking, cleaning, and mending. When Maddie’s employer answers Junebug’s ad, Maddie travels with her to Montana to Kit McBride Gets a Wife is a super cute historical romance and a fabulous start to Amy Barry’s Buck’s Creek series! Junebug McBride, a fourteen-year-old being raised by her four older brothers, is sick of handling all of the chores on her family’s homestead. So, she puts an ad in the paper for a mail-order bride for her older brother in the hopes that she will take over much of the cooking, cleaning, and mending. When Maddie’s employer answers Junebug’s ad, Maddie travels with her to Montana to meet Kit McBride. When Maddie is abandoned by her employer, Junebug convinces her to assume her employer’s identity. Junebug is absolutely hysterical, and she definitely steals the show in many scenes! Equal parts wise and naïve, she’s cunning, impetuous, outspoken, and completely incorrigible. I just adore her! She’s such a spitfire, and some of her antics and conversations are laugh-out-loud funny. Oh my gosh, the ad she puts in the paper about Kit is the best!! I also love how, though she frustrates them, she has all of the men wrapped around her finger. It’s endearing and says a lot about how much her brothers and the other people in town love and appreciate her despite, or perhaps because of, her shenanigans. The McBride family is the focus of the story, and they’re a fun group! I love their banter and teasing, their easy way with each other, and how much they have each other’s backs. They are a unit, and though they try to act tough, they are all such cinnamon rolls. This story focuses on Kit, and he’s a dreamboat! Quiet, strong, sensitive, and thoughtful, he’s also gorgeous and protective. He loves reading and collecting books, and he has some sneaky ways of getting Junebug to work on her reading, writing, and vocabulary. He’s a great brother, father figure, and friend, and I enjoyed watching him fall head-over-heels in love with Maddie. Maddie is another wonderful and layered character. Her life has not been easy, and it only seems to be getting worse when she’s abandoned by her mistress in Montana. But Maddie is resilient, even when confronted with a frightening situation, an injury, new people and lands, and more. Her relationship with Junebug is delightful, and they quickly form a unique bond, which is super endearing. Of course, it’s no shock that my favorite relationship in the story is the romance between Maddie and Kit. Sa-woon! I was surprised that Maddie and Kit’s love story didn’t really start until halfway through the book, but it was totally worth the wait. They have great chemistry, and their budding relationship includes a bunch of tropes I love, especially forced proximity, stuck in a snow storm, mistaken identity, and more. Kit is so taken by Maddy from their first meeting, and he is so awkward and tongue-tied around her, which is super cute. This is such a fun story, and I can’t wait to continue the series. I’m eager to learn more about the other McBride brothers, as well as many of the other dynamic secondary characters introduced in the book. This is a great read for people who enjoy fun historical romances with layered characters, a sweet love story, and some wonderful messages about family, love, and more. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Books for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mimi Matthews

    From my endorsement: Heartfelt, humorous, and sweetly romantic, Kit McBride Gets a Wife kept me smiling to the last page.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ☘ Lily ☘

    It took halfway through the book for them to start living together and learning about each other's quirks. Which is not exactly what I hoped from this book. But besides that, it was actually pretty lighthearted and fun to read. Junebug is the star of the show and the rest of them were just commoners in compared to her. It took halfway through the book for them to start living together and learning about each other's quirks. Which is not exactly what I hoped from this book. But besides that, it was actually pretty lighthearted and fun to read. Junebug is the star of the show and the rest of them were just commoners in compared to her.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angela Reads Romance

    I think if you’re gonna label it as romance, the primary POV and driving plot should BE the romance, and not the life story of a side character 🙈 I’m DNFing this at 55%. I’m DNFing because I’m dadgum worn slap out over this mess. 🤠 This book isn’t romance. Oh I’m sure two people fall in love and there is an HEA, but at 50% when the hero and heroine have YET to have a single interaction that goes beyond a few sentences and the hero’s sister gets chaaaapters of dialogue, I’m out. I’m out faster than I think if you’re gonna label it as romance, the primary POV and driving plot should BE the romance, and not the life story of a side character 🙈 I’m DNFing this at 55%. I’m DNFing because I’m dadgum worn slap out over this mess. 🤠 This book isn’t romance. Oh I’m sure two people fall in love and there is an HEA, but at 50% when the hero and heroine have YET to have a single interaction that goes beyond a few sentences and the hero’s sister gets chaaaapters of dialogue, I’m out. I’m out faster than a frog on a hot July tin roof. I’m not trying to hide what kind of reader I am. I am Angela Reads Romance. It’s obvious. I make it pretty plain. I don’t have patience for a lot of fiction and I really just like reading about people falling in love. So when I FINALLY get to the 55% mark and Maddie and Kit are FINALLY about to have a freaking conversation and connect and OMG WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR US TO GET HERE THIS BUILD UP BETTER BE GOOD- and instead of bantering or flirting or anything, Kit is making tea and Maddie spending four paragraphs looking at the hills before Kit just up and leaves…AND THE NEXT CHAPTER GOES TO JUNEBUG?! I’ll tell you what! I’m done. I’m just done. This book isn’t for me. I neeeeed the MCs together constantly, I neeeeeeeed so much conversation and looks and blushes and touches. And I need all 100% of the book to do it not the scraps after Junebug is done talking and Maddie finaaaaally makes it from Ireland to Montana. I also need Publishers to do me a solid and not sell me down the river with this. If it’s historical fiction, that’s great!! Be incredible historical fiction! Just don’t try to tell me it’s romance. Romance to me means that the PRIMARY DRIVING FORCE IS ROMANCE. It implies that the POV with be one or both of the love interests. If it’s gonna be historical fiction with a romance element, you gotta let me know so I can gauge my expectations accordingly and drop it to the bottom of my TBR. I’m not rating this book because this review is based on my missed expectation. Some people love fiction and will love this book! It’s unfair for me to rate this book on a romance scale when it’s just not 😏

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee (bookswithnopictures)

    I could not have been more delighted by this book. The full cast of characters made for an extremely diverting read and I can only cross all of my fingers and all of my toes that Amy can flush this out to a full series with books for each of the McBride siblings. The McBrides do not much else beyond minding their own business. Except for Junebug. She's an independent girl with big brothers consistently cramping her style. She wants to experience the world at her fingertips the way that they do bu I could not have been more delighted by this book. The full cast of characters made for an extremely diverting read and I can only cross all of my fingers and all of my toes that Amy can flush this out to a full series with books for each of the McBride siblings. The McBrides do not much else beyond minding their own business. Except for Junebug. She's an independent girl with big brothers consistently cramping her style. She wants to experience the world at her fingertips the way that they do but has been put in the role of many a woman/girl as the family cook, maid, housekeeper, etc. After hearing some of the men at the trading post talking about mail order brides, she schemes to bring one for any of the brothers to take some of the housework load off her shoulders. What results is a series of hijinks and hoodwinks that would make any sibling sigh in exasperation. I adored the love story woven throughout for Kit and Maddie the Maid. There's a lot of mistaken identity, forced proximity, and I just had to hold on tight for the ride. The epilogue makes me want book two asap. Eva Kaminsky was a fantastic narrator, carrying the wit and the heartache to perfection. I hope she performs the next in the series as well. Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for the advanced copy and PRHA for the alc. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren (thebookscript)

    An absolute delight from page one to the finish. If you are wanting a happy read full of rambunctious young ladies, gruff mountain men and sweet sweet romance then this is the book for you. Once I picked up this book…didn’t want to put it down — but I also didn’t want it to be ever be over because it was a bright spot in my day. Since her journey from Ireland…Maddy has been through so much heartache and mistreatment. She has been lied to and abused and thinks she is destined to be alone. When cir An absolute delight from page one to the finish. If you are wanting a happy read full of rambunctious young ladies, gruff mountain men and sweet sweet romance then this is the book for you. Once I picked up this book…didn’t want to put it down — but I also didn’t want it to be ever be over because it was a bright spot in my day. Since her journey from Ireland…Maddy has been through so much heartache and mistreatment. She has been lied to and abused and thinks she is destined to be alone. When circumstances put her into close proximity with the McBride family in the wild wilderness of Montana…she discovers that joy and love might be possible for her all along. I mean this family! So many moments put a dumb grin on my face. Yes there is a romance…yes there is kissing BUT come for the wonderful family dynamic…ok and the kissing. I loved seeing the brothers mess with one another but June Bug is a REAL character in this book. Honestly she has personality for DAYS. Absolutely full of silliness, false identities, slow burn romance with instant attraction, swoon for days and a band of brothers….I am overjoyed this will be a series and cannot wait until I can get my hands on the next story. Audio was so good too and made this story come to life. I need a book about every brother! Thank you @prhaudio for my ALC

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cait | GoodeyReads

    Thank you PRHAudio for the gifted copy! Y'all. SO DANG SWEET. Full review to come. Thank you PRHAudio for the gifted copy! Y'all. SO DANG SWEET. Full review to come.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carol lowkey.bookish

    I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet and hilarious western historical romance! Although this is a historical romance, the most entertaining part of this book is one of the narrators, Junebug. She is the only female and younger sister living in a remote Montana Trading Post with her four brothers. When Junebug decides her brother needs to get a wife so she doesn’t have to do all the chores, hilarity ensues. Think Seven Brides for Seven Brothers set in Montana. The hilarious dialogue between Junebug and I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet and hilarious western historical romance! Although this is a historical romance, the most entertaining part of this book is one of the narrators, Junebug. She is the only female and younger sister living in a remote Montana Trading Post with her four brothers. When Junebug decides her brother needs to get a wife so she doesn’t have to do all the chores, hilarity ensues. Think Seven Brides for Seven Brothers set in Montana. The hilarious dialogue between Junebug and her brothers is priceless and worth reading just for that reason. However, there are many other characters including Junebug’s oldest brothers, Kit and Morgan. They are swoon worthy leading men who are funny and are best when verbally sparring with their sister, Junebug. There is a romance element to the book between Kit and his ‘bride’, Maddy. There are some sparks and pining, but this is most definitely a closed door romance. I'm so glad these characters will appear again in the next book in the series! I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    4.25 stars + This was such a charmingly delightful read. I found myself smiling often. I was not tempted to skim-a rarity for me. I can’t wait for the rest of the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

    Solid 3.5. Thank you NetGalley and Berkeley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Listen, this book was very cute and charming and funny but I found that I wasn’t really that invested in the characters as I wanted to be. I kept expecting more from everyone. It was a slow burn (I hesitate to even call it a burn lol more like a flash in the pan). No spice at all if that’s your thing. Don’t get me wrong cause I really like the insta-love trope but I also need more yearning and angst betwee Solid 3.5. Thank you NetGalley and Berkeley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Listen, this book was very cute and charming and funny but I found that I wasn’t really that invested in the characters as I wanted to be. I kept expecting more from everyone. It was a slow burn (I hesitate to even call it a burn lol more like a flash in the pan). No spice at all if that’s your thing. Don’t get me wrong cause I really like the insta-love trope but I also need more yearning and angst between the two love interests and I just didn’t get that with Maggy and Kit. I liked the premise of this book but not the execution. Despite all that, I still enjoyed it for the lighthearted read that it was and I might be persuaded to read the rest of the series just to see what more mischief Junebug has in store for her big overbearing brothers! Seriously, she’s a hoot and everything annoying little sisters should be!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Reading Ladies)

    4.5 Stars Thank you #NetGalley @BerkleyPub #BerkleyPublishing #BerkleyWritesStrongWomen #BerkelyBuddyReads for a complimentary e ARC of #KitMcBrideGetsAWife upon my request. All opinions are my own. Kit McBride Gets a [Mail Order] Wife through the letter-writing/advertising antics of his little sister, Junebug. A precocious fourteen-year-old, Junebug lives with her four adult brothers in a remote Montana cabin (4 miles from the nearest small outpost). Even though she’s cared for, she’s fed up wit 4.5 Stars Thank you #NetGalley @BerkleyPub #BerkleyPublishing #BerkleyWritesStrongWomen #BerkelyBuddyReads for a complimentary e ARC of #KitMcBrideGetsAWife upon my request. All opinions are my own. Kit McBride Gets a [Mail Order] Wife through the letter-writing/advertising antics of his little sister, Junebug. A precocious fourteen-year-old, Junebug lives with her four adult brothers in a remote Montana cabin (4 miles from the nearest small outpost). Even though she’s cared for, she’s fed up with being the only female and handling the household chores. In desperation, she calculates that getting a wife in the house will alleviate her burdens. A problem arises when the unexpected mail-order wife arrives at the cabin unannounced. From the first page, Junebug captures our interest. A precocious and well-meaning younger sister, Junebug advertises for a mail-order bride for one of her adult brothers. One day, her bother Kit, a sexy and he-doesn’t-know-it mountain man, rescues a damsel in distress (a.k.a. the mail order bride…..well….she’s mistaken for the mail order bride…..it’s complicated). We end up with a slow burn, “forced proximity” (closed door) romance, and a poignant siblings’ story. With her love for big vocabulary words, writing, and reading, Junebug is a precocious, memorable, incorrigible, and endearing character. However, she doesn’t love cooking, washing, and mending and intends to remedy the situation by taking matters into her own hands. Without a doubt, I will add her to my list of unforgettable, zany, and one-of-a-kind characters! Don’t Forget the Brothers! All the characters are wonderfully drawn. At first, we’re not sure about Junebug’s brothers, but we grow to appreciate them throughout the story. Specifically, I need to mention the caring, over-the-top hunky, book-reading brother (but it doesn’t seem that out of place with the other hyperbolic aspects of the story). Did I mention hunky? It is obvious that this author loves her characters! I appreciate the author’s writing and the tone of the story: light-hearted at times, tender and poignant at others, and often humorous and hyperbolic (all in good fun). I’m happy I read this on a kindle and could look up vocabulary words with one click! The author vividly describes the rural, remote, mountain setting. We sense the isolation, suffer the bitter coldness of the blizzard, and feel the warmth and comfort of the campfire. Most importantly, she creates a supportive family of siblings. I am pleased that this entertaining story is the first in a series! Along with the fun and zany plot, thoughtful themes include caring and protective brothers, sibling loyalty, survival for women in the 1800s (sometimes the only option is to become a mail order bride), and women’s domestic roles in the 1800s. I’m Enthusiastically Recommending this engaging and heartfelt story for readers who are looking for a light and fun, 1800s western romance with larger-than-life characters; for fans of romantic historical fiction (that is not Regency Romance); for readers who love a quirky character and sibling themes; and for book clubs. Honestly, this put a smile on my face from beginning to end. If you enjoy it, you’ll be pleased to know that Kit McBride Gets a Wife is the first of a planned series! For more reviews visit my blog www.readingladies.com where this review was first published.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hirondelle

    Low drama, almost rom-com sweet western romance set in 1880s Montana at a 5-person "town" (plus the 3 trappers. And then Maddy). And it is very very charming, I was smiling at half the pages. It is also very very well done, the pacing, the writing, the secondary characters (the 3 trappers, a fantastically horrible antagonist, even the dog), the plot (such as it is). Checking author bio, while it is a new pen name, it is not her first novel (and I am going to check her back list romances as Tess L Low drama, almost rom-com sweet western romance set in 1880s Montana at a 5-person "town" (plus the 3 trappers. And then Maddy). And it is very very charming, I was smiling at half the pages. It is also very very well done, the pacing, the writing, the secondary characters (the 3 trappers, a fantastically horrible antagonist, even the dog), the plot (such as it is). Checking author bio, while it is a new pen name, it is not her first novel (and I am going to check her back list romances as Tess LeSue), it is just so well done. Junebug is a fantastic character as a plot lever, mover and shaker of the plot -but a bit of her goes a long way, I wonder if I will get tired of her in the next books (because I will be reading the next books...). If anything maybe the romance gets a bit overshadowed by Junebug at least in the epilogue...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    absolute fluff. off-beat, charming, and breezy. absolutely loved it. the melodrama is low, the stakes are low, everything is fairly surface level. it almost has the same energy as a play, a very light-hearted family farce. absolutely perfect as a palate cleanser, and just different enough to be very refreshing. i'm going to read every book in this series. may god bless you amy barry absolute fluff. off-beat, charming, and breezy. absolutely loved it. the melodrama is low, the stakes are low, everything is fairly surface level. it almost has the same energy as a play, a very light-hearted family farce. absolutely perfect as a palate cleanser, and just different enough to be very refreshing. i'm going to read every book in this series. may god bless you amy barry

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)

    I haven’t read a western historical romance since I was a teenager and I was stealing my aunt’s books secretly off her bookshelf, so to say I went into this with NO IDEA what to expect, I mean it! What I never ever could imagine was that we would get to be inside the brain of the main hero’s wily little sister’s, Junebug, brain. It was so hilarious and made this story a lot more lighthearted and funny than I think most western historical romances probably are. Junebug lives on a remote mountain i I haven’t read a western historical romance since I was a teenager and I was stealing my aunt’s books secretly off her bookshelf, so to say I went into this with NO IDEA what to expect, I mean it! What I never ever could imagine was that we would get to be inside the brain of the main hero’s wily little sister’s, Junebug, brain. It was so hilarious and made this story a lot more lighthearted and funny than I think most western historical romances probably are. Junebug lives on a remote mountain in Montana with her older overbearing brothers who doin’t do much to help out around the homestead. Tired of being one of the only girls/ladies in “town” (let’s face it… the town is basically a crude settlement consisting of mostly her own family), she sends out an ad for a mail order bride for her brother Kit. She hopes this will bring in someone to share in the burden of keeping the house going. Kit is a big but gentle man, who runs the black smithing forge, and keeps to himself. He has a love for reading and is not expecting Maddy Mooney to show up ready to marry him. Except Maddy has assumed the name of her former employer, hoping to find a way back home to Ireland after coming to America only to be stuck caring for the insufferable window who “hired her” and left her stranded in Montana. This is a sweet and often funny slow-burn romance (I mean, I actually could have done with more romance, because when we FINALLY got to the kissing, you could tell there was chemistry, but it felt weird that it took almost 3/4 of the book to get there….). I definitely enjoyed it and am curious to see who Junebug conjures up for her next brother, Morgan. *thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free eARC and ARC copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Wuthering Vines

    I went into this one pretty blindly after seeing my girl @thesharpereader say she loved it, and who can’t turn down a good brooding stubborn cowboy story and it was totally worth it! It was such a fun historical western romance and I enjoyed that even though it was a closed door romance, there was still so much sexual tension and chemistry between Kit and Maddy! I absolutely loved Junebug and thought that she made for a perfect sidekick and supporting cast member as she’s just so endearing and al I went into this one pretty blindly after seeing my girl @thesharpereader say she loved it, and who can’t turn down a good brooding stubborn cowboy story and it was totally worth it! It was such a fun historical western romance and I enjoyed that even though it was a closed door romance, there was still so much sexual tension and chemistry between Kit and Maddy! I absolutely loved Junebug and thought that she made for a perfect sidekick and supporting cast member as she’s just so endearing and also hilarious! I rotated this one between physical and audio and I must say that the audiobook was fantastic!! I loved all the different accents and the narrator just nailed everything! Goodreads shows that this is going to be a series now, The McBrides of Montana with the sequel named Marrying Off Morgan McBride and I can’t wait to continue the McBride’s adventures!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This Western historical romance set in rural Montana was utterly delightful!! I absolutely adored spunky little sister Junebug McBride who sends away for a mail order bride in order to get her meddling older brothers off her back. A mix-up ensues and Irish maid Maddie turns up by mistake falling hard for sensitive, book-loving Kit. This was a sweet, kissing only historical romance but I didn't mind in the least. The McBride family are rough and tumble with the biggest hearts and Junebug totally s This Western historical romance set in rural Montana was utterly delightful!! I absolutely adored spunky little sister Junebug McBride who sends away for a mail order bride in order to get her meddling older brothers off her back. A mix-up ensues and Irish maid Maddie turns up by mistake falling hard for sensitive, book-loving Kit. This was a sweet, kissing only historical romance but I didn't mind in the least. The McBride family are rough and tumble with the biggest hearts and Junebug totally stole the show! I can't wait for the next book in this series and cannot recommend it enough!! Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    This book is adorable! Junebug's antics made me laugh. Her employer reminded me of Jennifer Audrey Coolidge in the movie version of Austenland. (Which is based on the novel by Shannon Hale, which I also recommend.) It's a sweet story with a colorful cast of characters. Can't wait for the next book! Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this. This book is adorable! Junebug's antics made me laugh. Her employer reminded me of Jennifer Audrey Coolidge in the movie version of Austenland. (Which is based on the novel by Shannon Hale, which I also recommend.) It's a sweet story with a colorful cast of characters. Can't wait for the next book! Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brent Hetherington

    This was a BookTok recommendation. Honestly, I could not WAIT to be done with this book. Whatever I thought it was going to be, it was not. Set in Montana in 1886, a young girl takes care of her set of older brothers. Tired of performing laborious tasks from day to day, she writes an ad for a mail-order bride. Cue Maddy Mooney, a young Irish woman who came to America to pursue a better life, but ended up as a penniless maid. The rest you can guess as it follows the traditional romantic trope set This was a BookTok recommendation. Honestly, I could not WAIT to be done with this book. Whatever I thought it was going to be, it was not. Set in Montana in 1886, a young girl takes care of her set of older brothers. Tired of performing laborious tasks from day to day, she writes an ad for a mail-order bride. Cue Maddy Mooney, a young Irish woman who came to America to pursue a better life, but ended up as a penniless maid. The rest you can guess as it follows the traditional romantic trope set in the west. As for the author, if I had to read the phrases “Well, spit!” or “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!” one more time, I was going to throw my book through the wall. For someone with such a rich vocabulary, and who uses words such as “absquatulate,” and “irascible” regularly, the lack of creative interjections was unbearable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Therese-Libn

    It is 1886, Buck’s Creek (more of a river) Montana and Kit’s sister, Junebug, secretly put an ad in the paper to find a wife for him. Kit is a book loving hunk of a blacksmith who knows a “myriad big words” but is shy around women, not having had any experience with them. Maddy is an Irish maid who has come to America and ends up working for Mrs. Lascalles, who hasn’t paid her back wages or any wages for that matter. They are forced to absquatulate (one of those myriad big words for abscond, bol It is 1886, Buck’s Creek (more of a river) Montana and Kit’s sister, Junebug, secretly put an ad in the paper to find a wife for him. Kit is a book loving hunk of a blacksmith who knows a “myriad big words” but is shy around women, not having had any experience with them. Maddy is an Irish maid who has come to America and ends up working for Mrs. Lascalles, who hasn’t paid her back wages or any wages for that matter. They are forced to absquatulate (one of those myriad big words for abscond, bolt, flee) as Mrs. Lascalles has used all her money and credit. Her plan is to become a mail order bride to a rich man out West. She picks Kit from the ad Junebug put in the papers. She drags Maddy along with her… and then abandons her in Montana. Junebug maneuvers it so Maddy ends up in Buck’s Creek where she hopes Maddy will fall for Kit after all. But there are a few bumps along that road! What a fun read! The characters are all quirky and amusing. There’s so much to be said and loved about all of them but my favorite is Junebug, Kit’s 14 year old sister who is endearingly ludicrous, i.e. she’s a hoot. She’s a feisty combination of educated and ignorant and naive. She is always collecting new words and loves reading the dictionary. Like absquatulate, her word collection is hilarious. She is sick unto death of caring, laundering, cooking and cleaning for her 4 big brothers. That’s why she is trying so hard to get a wife. Well, not a wife for her, exactly, but a wife for Kit so she can help with all that cooking and laundering. I read this book in one sitting and laughed out loud in several places. Along with Junebug the other secondary characters are rib-ticklers. But all along I rooted for Kit and Maddy. Their story was sweet and delightful. I look forward to recommending this book to my patrons. No explicit sex.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette Bloom

    I tried. I really did. If I wanted Junebug's story, then this would have been a different review, but the title led me to believe Kit would be the main character of his own story. While cute and funny in a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers kind of way, this one just didn't live up to its potential for me. I tried. I really did. If I wanted Junebug's story, then this would have been a different review, but the title led me to believe Kit would be the main character of his own story. While cute and funny in a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers kind of way, this one just didn't live up to its potential for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    This novel is a great example of how important voice is. We learn in the first few pages that Junebug, a young teen who is tired of being the workhorse for four brothers, because "that's women's work," lost her mother and three little sisters, and later we find out our heroine, Maddy Mooney, also lost her mother, and her siblings were separated, some sent to the workhouse, never to see one another again. (This is established early on, so I wouldn't call it a spoiler) But Junebug is blithe about This novel is a great example of how important voice is. We learn in the first few pages that Junebug, a young teen who is tired of being the workhorse for four brothers, because "that's women's work," lost her mother and three little sisters, and later we find out our heroine, Maddy Mooney, also lost her mother, and her siblings were separated, some sent to the workhouse, never to see one another again. (This is established early on, so I wouldn't call it a spoiler) But Junebug is blithe about it--she's sure her little sisters dance about with the angels, and Maddy keeps her eyes forward. Meanwhile, being inside Junebug's head was fun, often laugh out loud funny for me--but I don't mind cussin' a blue streak along with the exaggerated language and colorful dialogue that comes with some stories about the frontier. The novel could so easily have been grim and gritty all the way through, which would have lost me. As it was, the pacing is sometimes a bit slow, but I gave that a pass because it seemed pretty clear that we are being set up for a series of romances about these characters--and I am there for it. I loved them all. The romance is slow burn, and those looking for on page sex might be disappointed, but I really enjoyed this story, I fell in love with Junebug, and I want to read the rest of the series! Copy provided by NetGalley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur

    This story is a quirky, mail order bride scenario set historically in 1886. Junebug is tired of always having to answer to her older brothers. She has a side business of writing letters for people in town for extra income. So when one of her "clients" comes to her asking to reply to an ad, she gets an idea. She places an ad for her brother, Kit, to find him a wife. Kit is taking care of his family the best he knows how. All the weight is on his shoulders and sometimes he gets lonely, but he does This story is a quirky, mail order bride scenario set historically in 1886. Junebug is tired of always having to answer to her older brothers. She has a side business of writing letters for people in town for extra income. So when one of her "clients" comes to her asking to reply to an ad, she gets an idea. She places an ad for her brother, Kit, to find him a wife. Kit is taking care of his family the best he knows how. All the weight is on his shoulders and sometimes he gets lonely, but he doesn't have time for anything else. Maddy is a ladies maid and is traveling with a former debutant that has fallen from grace. She answers Kit's ad, but quicky pulls out leaving Maddy to pretend that she is her. Kit is immediatly drawn to Maddy when he meets her and as they get closer, he falls even deeper for her, but she is hiding her real identity and their relationship is being built on lies. Maddy fits in seamlessly with his family and that is something Kit thought he would never have. I liked Kit and Maddy and appreciated each of their situations. They had a bunch of baggage from the past that limited them, but I liked that they grew with each chapter. I struggled with connecting to either of them, though, so I didn't feel all the warm and fuzzies I hoped to feel. If you are looking for a historical romcom, look no further because this one is right up your ally. Thank you to Berkley, Amy Barry and Netgalley for an early copy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nina Furrtheloveofbooks

    This book. Honestly y’all this book had me laughing so much. Amy Barry created a great debut fiction. In this book we meet Junebug, a 14 year old girl, being raised by her four brothers out in Montana and she decides to take it upon her self to get some help with all the household chores and cooking and is tired of being the only woman around for miles. So she comes up with a plan to order her brother, Kit, a bride. The story takes many twist and turns and we learn about the McBride family and th This book. Honestly y’all this book had me laughing so much. Amy Barry created a great debut fiction. In this book we meet Junebug, a 14 year old girl, being raised by her four brothers out in Montana and she decides to take it upon her self to get some help with all the household chores and cooking and is tired of being the only woman around for miles. So she comes up with a plan to order her brother, Kit, a bride. The story takes many twist and turns and we learn about the McBride family and their home on the frontier. Willabelle, an uppity woman who wants a man for nothing other than his looks or money, answered the add and heads on out to Montana with her maid, Maddy in hopes of getting hitched. Willabelle ends up leaving Maddy after she finds someone she thinks is better than Kit. So Maddy is left stranded and has to find a way back to her homeland of Ireland. The book takes so many twist and turns but it was such a fun read. I will say they used GD a lot in the book and I know for me it felt like a bit of an overuse of the word. The romance was sweet and nothing steamy but it was a fun read. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series when it comes out.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky of Becky's Bookshelves

    Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry is the first in the series of The McBrides of Montana. Maddy has come a long way from Ireland and knows nothing about the wilds of Montana. The McBride brothers are simply trying to survive on the side of a mountain while trying to raise their 14 year old sister properly. Their sister, Junebug, thinks her brother, Kit, needs a wife and composes an advertisement that only a fed up fourteen year old girl could write. Junebug’s perspective on life kept me smilin Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry is the first in the series of The McBrides of Montana. Maddy has come a long way from Ireland and knows nothing about the wilds of Montana. The McBride brothers are simply trying to survive on the side of a mountain while trying to raise their 14 year old sister properly. Their sister, Junebug, thinks her brother, Kit, needs a wife and composes an advertisement that only a fed up fourteen year old girl could write. Junebug’s perspective on life kept me smiling and it was wonderful to see the devotion of the McBrides to each other. I enjoyed the sweet romance and visiting a small Montana moutnain town in the 1880’s. The story is told from multiple points of view with colorful secondary characters that helped me feel like I was living on the side of the mountain as well. I was very invested. I felt this delightful original story was refreshing, laugh out loud funny, and a pleasure to read. I did not want it to end and can not wait till Morgan’s story comes out next year. I highly recommend it. I was given a copy by the publisher and not required to write a review.

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