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Wagon master Cody Snow faces a challenge when he falls in love with one of the passengers on his wagon train transporting 12 mail-order brides from Missouri to Oregon. A sizzling saga of love and adventure on the western frontier--sequel to the award-winning Seduction of Samantha Kincade, a September 1995 Warner release. Original.


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Wagon master Cody Snow faces a challenge when he falls in love with one of the passengers on his wagon train transporting 12 mail-order brides from Missouri to Oregon. A sizzling saga of love and adventure on the western frontier--sequel to the award-winning Seduction of Samantha Kincade, a September 1995 Warner release. Original.

30 review for Brides of Prairie Gold

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I read Brides of Prairie Gold as an unabridged audiobook narrated by Chris Faulkner. If you’re looking for a good bit of grit alongside your adventurous romantic entanglements you may want to track down a copy of the paperback. The narrator tries (too hard at times) but this book has an enormous cast and I think this one would’ve been better suited to a multi-cast of narrators. Many of the women end up sounding very similar and when they are hysterical, angry and screechy it’s hurtful to the ear I read Brides of Prairie Gold as an unabridged audiobook narrated by Chris Faulkner. If you’re looking for a good bit of grit alongside your adventurous romantic entanglements you may want to track down a copy of the paperback. The narrator tries (too hard at times) but this book has an enormous cast and I think this one would’ve been better suited to a multi-cast of narrators. Many of the women end up sounding very similar and when they are hysterical, angry and screechy it’s hurtful to the ears. I didn’t take notes so this is off the cuff, probably inaccurate and may make less sense than my typical review. Set in the 1800’s, twelve women leave Missouri and head out on the Oregon Trail to become the mail order brides of men they’ve never met. So glad I wasn’t born back then . . . The trip is wrought with danger and disease and the man in charge tells them that at least one of them will not arrive alive. They go anyway. And, for the record, he wasn’t lying. The story follows these women but only a few become main characters, thank the gods, as my head would’ve exploded from confusion. They slowly reveal the reasons they’ve chosen to take this difficult trek for what may probably be a difficult life and I found it all fascinating. They’re forced to work together (even when some of them despise each other) to survive. The trip delivers everything Cody promised in the way of danger and then some. They’re forever changed by what they’re forced to endure and become, for the most part, stronger women for it. This story is rich with historical and character detail and it has a little bit of everything one could hope for in book of this kind. There’s action, the promised death(s), prejudice, clashes between the classes, rumors, forbidden romances, complicated and constantly evolving relationships between the women, unlikely friendships and alliances and even a psychopath to make me happy. If you want drama that isn’t overly dramatic you’ll find it here. I’m not overly fond of historical fiction of this kind but this book? This book I loved despite my issues with the narration. The story gets a 4.5, the narration a 3.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    I'd have to agree with previous reviews that state that this is more of a women's fiction book. However, it had plenty of romance as well...enough to satisfy this romance lover. There were three main stories taking place...that of the romance between Cody Snow, the leader of the wagon train, and Perrin Waverly, the shunned woman, another about the plain Jane bluestocking bride and one more about the rich, spoiled girl who basically makes life hell for everyone on the wagon train until they turn I'd have to agree with previous reviews that state that this is more of a women's fiction book. However, it had plenty of romance as well...enough to satisfy this romance lover. There were three main stories taking place...that of the romance between Cody Snow, the leader of the wagon train, and Perrin Waverly, the shunned woman, another about the plain Jane bluestocking bride and one more about the rich, spoiled girl who basically makes life hell for everyone on the wagon train until they turn on her. None of the stories ever get boring, and I loved how each character wasn't meant to really be understood and loved. They were written just as they were, and it was take it or leave it. A lot happens to these ladies and gentlemen during their trek across the U.S. Death and disaster wait at every turn, and the author does not shy away from the harsher realities of the American West. One of my favorite things about this book was the ending, in which Osborne gives us a small insight into each of the brides and their husbands. Just a taste of what became of them all after the end of the book...how they lived and how they died, and even then she wasn't all hearts and flowers. It was a fantastic way to end the story. FYI, this is an audiobook review and I'd rate this narrator 5 stars. She was dead on for each of the characters. Fantastic job. Steam rating: 1

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★½ Wonderful story of a group of brides traveling the Oregon Trail in 1852. Well narrated by Kris Faulkner, though I must admit I had to refer to the hardcover copy I have in order to keep the multiple characters straight and to understand that crazy opening. True, after the few books I’ve read of Ms. Osborne, I am used to a bit more humor. Nevertheless, this is a well-researched book with believable characters that have some depth to them – most of whom chose to help forge a nation in th ★★★★½ Wonderful story of a group of brides traveling the Oregon Trail in 1852. Well narrated by Kris Faulkner, though I must admit I had to refer to the hardcover copy I have in order to keep the multiple characters straight and to understand that crazy opening. True, after the few books I’ve read of Ms. Osborne, I am used to a bit more humor. Nevertheless, this is a well-researched book with believable characters that have some depth to them – most of whom chose to help forge a nation in the wilderness. It’s also a good study of John Bradford’s old adage, “There, but for the grace of God, goes I.” Addendum: In order to enhance your listening pleasure, I updated www.shelfari.com with a description of all the characters (no spoilers). Here is the link: Brides of Prairie Gold’s List of Characters @ Shelfari.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I am really surprised about how much I liked this book. It is the story of 12 women who, for each of her own reasons, feel the life they are leading in the small town of Chastity, MO is untenable so they agree to be mail order brides to un-met husbands in Oregon. They meet with the wagon train master, a no-nonsense man named Cody Snow who lays out the realities of travelling 2,000 miles in a wagon train over somewhat hostile territory. "Tomorrow morning we will embark on a journey that will take u I am really surprised about how much I liked this book. It is the story of 12 women who, for each of her own reasons, feel the life they are leading in the small town of Chastity, MO is untenable so they agree to be mail order brides to un-met husbands in Oregon. They meet with the wagon train master, a no-nonsense man named Cody Snow who lays out the realities of travelling 2,000 miles in a wagon train over somewhat hostile territory. "Tomorrow morning we will embark on a journey that will take us halfway across a continent, We'll be on the trail for 2 and a half thousand miles, and over five months. We're going to encounter all kinds of weather and problems we can't anticipate now. Several of you will fall seriously ill along the trail; one or two of you in our party will die. These are facts based on experience. There's cholera and measles on the trail; dysentery is a common ailment. We're going to ford rivers and cross mountains. It's going to rain, hail, and snow on you for most of eh trip, the sun is going to broil you alive. We'll encounter every type of wildlife you can name, some of it dangerous." Added to that the women were required to drive their own wagons, set up and dismantle their own tents, cook their own food, and take care of their own livestock. As the team gets underway it is a first confusing keeping all the names straight. But it soon becomes clear that several of the women stand out. Perrin Waverly is nominally the heroine of the book. She is described as very beautiful but she is an outcast amongst the women because she was the mistress of a man back in Chastity. Perrin is conscious of the other women's disdain and she works hard to rise above it. She catches the eye of Cody and they deny their attraction because he has sworn off women because his wife betrayed him(yawn!) and she is promised to the man in Oregon who is to be her husband. I liked Perrin. She had a bit of that noble, suffering heroine thing going on. And she was just so nice and worked so hard. You just root for her. But even though she was the heroine, I honestly didn't find her story/character arc the most fascinating. Yes, she and Cody made a great main couple. But the author just didn't give her story the teeth that she did some of the others. There is also Mem Grant a spinster who hated being the unmarried one next to her prettier sister. She is looking at the journey as the adventure of a lifetime because she has had a thirst to travel and see and experience things. She falls in love with Webb Coate the half-Indian scout on the trip. But Webb has eyes only for the lovely Augusta. I think I actually liked Mem the best of all the brides. Truthfully, I think Mem's story arc was closer to a true heroine of a romance novel. Her fate on the trail and at the end of the story was fantastic. She was just as nice as Perrin and was one of the few women on the trail who really didn't dislike Perrin and she works in her way to get the other women to start to come around. And then there is Augusta Boyd. She is the most beautiful woman in the train. The spoiled, pampered society maiden who has never known want. She secretly yearns for Webb while despising him for being half-Indian. She absolutely hates Perrin and does everything she can to undermine her whenever she can. Some of the other women are sycophantic because they are now able to be a part of her society where she would have never deigned to notice them back at home. I thought Augusta's story arc was hands down the most fascinating. She is the typical, hateful spoiled character with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. But Augusta is more than that as we learn as the story unfolds. Over the course of the story, I hated her, I pitied her and I, surprisingly, kinda liked her. The other women tended to be rather more supporting characters. And they all had secrets which come to the light over the course of the gruelling trip. And yes, some of them don't make it to the end. Outside of the characterization, I thought the author did a bang up job of making you feel the true arduousness of the journey. The descriptions of the rain, the dust, the disease, and the endless exhaustion. It was more -- gritty--- than some western romances that I've read. At the end the author includes an epilogue that tells about what happened to each of the brides, even the ones that left the train early. I thought that was a nice touch and it felt fitting. This is my first ever Maggie Osborne book but it won't be my last.

  5. 5 out of 5

    MBR

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Brides of Prairie Gold center around the twelve woman who travel to Clampet Falls, Oregon from Missouri as mail-order brides. Wagon master Cody Snow has no idea how he ended up with agreeing to take these brides to their destination. This being the last trip that Cody was going to take, he was also carrying a stash of weapons and whiskey unknown to the brides on board to sell. A journey that was to take a period of around 6 months of their lives through rough terrain and weather, Cody doesn’ The Brides of Prairie Gold center around the twelve woman who travel to Clampet Falls, Oregon from Missouri as mail-order brides. Wagon master Cody Snow has no idea how he ended up with agreeing to take these brides to their destination. This being the last trip that Cody was going to take, he was also carrying a stash of weapons and whiskey unknown to the brides on board to sell. A journey that was to take a period of around 6 months of their lives through rough terrain and weather, Cody doesn’t know how he is going to survive the incessant problems that seems to crop up amongst his travelers. Accompanying him as his scout is the enigmatic half-Indian Webb Coate who makes for a pretty interesting character as well. When Cody lays his eyes on the beautiful Perrin Waverly, the red-hot attraction that flares between them is instantaneous and unwelcome at best. Cody whose dead wife Ellen had betrayed him and got pregnant with another man’s child and died giving birth had left a bitter taste in Cody’s mouth where women are concerned. Cody had vowed that no woman would ever have that kind of power over him and his heart and he had resigned himself to settling down on his own. Perrin was a woman who had made a lot of mistakes in the past. Perrin viewed men as users of women, who always took and never gave anything back. Widowed quite unexpectedly from her jealous husband Gavin Waverly who had left her no means to fend for herself, Perrin had been at the end of her wits as to what to do when Joseph Boyd, Chastity’s wealthy banker had befriended her. In the end, Perrin had offered herself to him as his mistress, an act that had tainted her forever in the eyes of the citizens of Chastity. This journey towards a new life and a new husband was supposed to be her second chance. But life and its unexpected twists had thrown Augusta Boyd, Joseph’s proud daughter who doesn’t want anything to do with the woman who in her opinion had ruined her father which in the end had prompted him to commit suicide. Needless to say, the journey doesn’t start off well for Perrin or Augusta. Augusta is a character that brings out all sorts of emotions from the reader. She is spoiled to the core, demanding and pretty much thinks of herself to be above everyone else who was performing the journey along with her. Augusta hires Cora to do her bidding, and whilst Cody had ordered that everyone who was traveling with him had to do their share of work, Augusta refuses to lift a finger to do work she deems to be beneath her. With only 40 dollars to see her through the journey since her father had been completely ruined financially, a fact Augusta had managed to keep a lid on till now, Augusta is scared of not making it through the journey. Cody as the wagon master has always opted that his travelers select a representative from their group to bring their problems to, so that Cody can only attend to those problems that are deemed unsolvable by the representative. When Perrin draws the paper marked X which effectively makes her the group’s representative, none of the group members are enthusiastic about the fact. They all know of Perrin’s reputation and were doing their hardest to ignore Perrin and not associate with a woman who had fallen from grace. Cody curses and thanks the fact that being the womenfolk’s representative undeniably put Cody and Perrin into a situation where they could no longer avoid each other. Sparks fly and the atmosphere pretty much crackles with tension whenever Cody and Perrin are together. Though they try to deny the combustive attraction between them, it is inevitable as the rising sun that these two would come together in an explosive manner that pretty much obliterates everything else. When Perrin realizes that Cody has no intention of ever marrying again, but wants to continue their relationship, Perrin knows that she won’t ruin her second chance at respectability even if it means saying no to the man who had effectively captured her heart forever. I don’t think I can effectively describe what goes through during this tough journey that these brides take to reach their futures and their husbands. The rough and tough journey inevitably toughens them up. There are losses, deaths, squabbles and disease that occur during the space of the journey. Making the journey doubly dangerous is a long term enemy of Cody, who is hell bent on killing Cody and stealing the arms and whiskey that Cody was transporting. And amongst the women is a bride who has an unhealthy obsession with Cody, who thinks that she is the bride meant for Cody who in the end nearly kills the woman Cody loves with everything in his being. This book is a pretty great read which enriches the reader with the perils of traveling during the 1800′s. Life was tough and hard and people had to toughen up and face life head on if they wanted to survive. The most remarkable change comes out in Augusta, who finally gets what she deserves and a bit more, and in the end this makes her into a better woman, who but in the end loses the man she loves, because she was too proud to think that a half Indian was beneath her. The story of how Mem, a 28 year old spinster and Webb Coate find each other was pretty interesting as well. Webb who at first smolders at the mere thought of touching the hauntingly beautiful Augusta Boyd, finally finds everything he had been searching for and more in the arms of Mem, the woman who completes him in every way. I recommend Maggie Osborne novels for those romance readers who require something more than just a man and woman getting together and falling in love. If you want a romance with a bite of adventure, a little bit of mystery and enough passion to knock your socks off, this is a must read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becky ♡The Bookworm♡

    This was a great story about second chances and the strength of the pioneer women. We start in Chastity, Missouri, with a group of mail order brides as they embark on a 5 month journey along the Oregon Trail to meet their future husbands. Each woman has a unique story, there own hopes and dreams, and they all have issues with Perrin Waverly. Our heroine is in for a long journey that will test her physical and mental endurance all the way. I thought the relationship between the women was very rea This was a great story about second chances and the strength of the pioneer women. We start in Chastity, Missouri, with a group of mail order brides as they embark on a 5 month journey along the Oregon Trail to meet their future husbands. Each woman has a unique story, there own hopes and dreams, and they all have issues with Perrin Waverly. Our heroine is in for a long journey that will test her physical and mental endurance all the way. I thought the relationship between the women was very realistic, but I loved how they managed to work together to survive the trail. Maggie Osborne writes such great historical westerns. I always feel like I'm a silent observer, watching over the shoulder of the characters. I really enjoyed reading this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    This isn't a typical romance and perhaps should be listed as historical fiction with romantic elements. The story deals with the wagon train full of Oregon brides and the journey from Missouri to Oregon. There were too many characters to follow that the romance portion got shoved onto the back burner. Still the obstacles and pitfalls and heartache and joy along the way made this a decent read. I wasn't happy with the way the author left the ending but it wasn't anything that would cause me to cr This isn't a typical romance and perhaps should be listed as historical fiction with romantic elements. The story deals with the wagon train full of Oregon brides and the journey from Missouri to Oregon. There were too many characters to follow that the romance portion got shoved onto the back burner. Still the obstacles and pitfalls and heartache and joy along the way made this a decent read. I wasn't happy with the way the author left the ending but it wasn't anything that would cause me to cross this author off my reading lists. There is a little mystery involved but it wasn't too hard to figure out. Still it was a little added bonus to the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I listened to this book and enjoyed the woman who told the story.This was a good story of women who traveled west to be brides in Oregon. I loved how different each of these woman were and how they all worked together and fought together. The book was very real and I got a good feel of what it must have been like for them. There were a couple writing problems that held the book back like repetition of the characters thoughts and feelings were repeated over and over.It is hard when the book foll I listened to this book and enjoyed the woman who told the story.This was a good story of women who traveled west to be brides in Oregon. I loved how different each of these woman were and how they all worked together and fought together. The book was very real and I got a good feel of what it must have been like for them. There were a couple writing problems that held the book back like repetition of the characters thoughts and feelings were repeated over and over.It is hard when the book follows so many different characters. This book had some light swearing and lots of sexual innuendo, but no details sex scenes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    More woman's fiction than romance, and not the typical humor I am used to with Maggie Osborne. But overall, an interesting story. More woman's fiction than romance, and not the typical humor I am used to with Maggie Osborne. But overall, an interesting story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sonia189

    I liked this novel, it was fantastic to read about the trip those women had to embark on to marry and how difficult it was. What made this book so interesting for me wee the different women and how they interacted among one another, what made them strong and weak and how each one's actions could affect the trip of all. The romance aspect was also good and sufficiently intriguing and well paced for me to be eager for every page. Of course, as you can assume, there is a whole psychological side in I liked this novel, it was fantastic to read about the trip those women had to embark on to marry and how difficult it was. What made this book so interesting for me wee the different women and how they interacted among one another, what made them strong and weak and how each one's actions could affect the trip of all. The romance aspect was also good and sufficiently intriguing and well paced for me to be eager for every page. Of course, as you can assume, there is a whole psychological side in everything, especially when it comes to the "lesson" each woman had to grasp while dealing with things and overcoming issues. I was tempted to give it 5 stars until the end because despite some less then good situations, as a whole this was quite engaging. The problem, for me, was the sort of epilogue where we find out what happened to each bride when they finally arrived. I was quite happy to know all married but...(view spoiler)[ was it really necessary to include how they died too? (hide spoiler)] and so my enjoyment was a bit bitter.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan Kelly

    Maggie Osborne is a terrific writer and didn't disappoint this reader with Brides of Prairie Gold. * This tale crossing the country by covered wagon is made more interesting as the wagon train is made up of mail-order brides. The heroine is shunned by the other brides for her past indiscretions, and the hero has baggage enough to fill a wagon. There's romance and history of course, and as one would expect in an Osborne book, a great deal of emotion and fun. At first I found it difficult to keep Maggie Osborne is a terrific writer and didn't disappoint this reader with Brides of Prairie Gold. * This tale crossing the country by covered wagon is made more interesting as the wagon train is made up of mail-order brides. The heroine is shunned by the other brides for her past indiscretions, and the hero has baggage enough to fill a wagon. There's romance and history of course, and as one would expect in an Osborne book, a great deal of emotion and fun. At first I found it difficult to keep the brides straight as to who is which, but it gets easier. * The only thing I disliked was the summary at the end of what happened to the people. But another reader might love that. IMO, it made the end of the book sad. I'd say skip it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sedoo Ashivor

    I loved, loved this story! At first, I had a hard time getting into it because I couldn't grasp where the story was going, then a little later, I had to acquaint myself with the many characters but thereafter, it was fabulous! I relished the love relationships especially Webb Coate and Mem's, they were such a realistic couple! I loved, loved this story! At first, I had a hard time getting into it because I couldn't grasp where the story was going, then a little later, I had to acquaint myself with the many characters but thereafter, it was fabulous! I relished the love relationships especially Webb Coate and Mem's, they were such a realistic couple!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susannah Carleton

    Fabulous!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bry Thomas

    I'm surprised I like this as much as I did. I heard it rather than reading and that sometimes makes it or breaks it. I didn't love the lady reading the book but... What I did enjoy though was how the author created so many characters, brides, each with their own story. It all blended so well. I liked how there was so much historical facts and information. Having just recently visited Independence Rock myself and saw engraved names myself, I totally appreciated what the story was talking about. I I'm surprised I like this as much as I did. I heard it rather than reading and that sometimes makes it or breaks it. I didn't love the lady reading the book but... What I did enjoy though was how the author created so many characters, brides, each with their own story. It all blended so well. I liked how there was so much historical facts and information. Having just recently visited Independence Rock myself and saw engraved names myself, I totally appreciated what the story was talking about. I didn't realize this was part of a series though! I'll have to look up the other ones.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jannah Cloud Child

    Another excellent fun and rollercoaster MAggie Osborne filled with characters larger than life and lots of adventure, redemption, treachery, comedy and of course romance n lurve. Absolutely loved it <3

  16. 5 out of 5

    Angelica Taggart

    A great story of city women becoming pioneer women, heading to Oregon to be mail order brides. I really enjoyed it. Each of the characters is well-developed. I listened to this thru Libby -- and the reader is excellent. I didn't realize it was a series .. am looking forward to the rest. A great story of city women becoming pioneer women, heading to Oregon to be mail order brides. I really enjoyed it. Each of the characters is well-developed. I listened to this thru Libby -- and the reader is excellent. I didn't realize it was a series .. am looking forward to the rest.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Janet Koops

    I read this book because I was interested in a story about the Oregon Trail. I was not disappointed. The romance took a back seat to the hardship, strength, and eventual friendship of the women traveling for months across the country.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)

    DNF very early on due to bad audio and after reading reviews saw that it was not what I wanted to read. It is more women’s fiction than romance.

  19. 5 out of 5

    MrsMascara

    Excellent, exciting, well written Hardback

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beatriz Valle

    I love this author. Every book is a new adventure full of competent women in a incredible scenario. I liked better Mem an Webb's love story. I love this author. Every book is a new adventure full of competent women in a incredible scenario. I liked better Mem an Webb's love story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jerome Boyd

    It kept me fully engaged all the way through.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hutcherson Ratings

    I really enjoyed reading the drama involved.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Enchiridion

    Good storyline and main theme joining it all together.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Zel Polev

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought this was absolutely great. I could have done without the death notices though. It was a bit of a damper but I really liked the story. I thought there were really great moments in the book. One of these moments was the brides wearing their wedding gowns as camouflage. I thought it was a really evocative image and it embodied their tough spirit and how they kick ass. Some parts were harder to read but it was worth it. Augusta's racist thoughts were harder to plod through but it was worth I thought this was absolutely great. I could have done without the death notices though. It was a bit of a damper but I really liked the story. I thought there were really great moments in the book. One of these moments was the brides wearing their wedding gowns as camouflage. I thought it was a really evocative image and it embodied their tough spirit and how they kick ass. Some parts were harder to read but it was worth it. Augusta's racist thoughts were harder to plod through but it was worth it for her transformation. I loved that she did get her comeuppance in an unexpected way. It wasn't the material wealth that ultimately hurt her. It was partly that but a deeper cut was losing out on Webb. She missed out on love because of her prejudice. She was too late. By the time she was a proper and decent person, someone else moved in. The person who she needed to become came too late. I loved the characters. They grew on me. They had distinct personalities and they carved out their own stories along the journey. I loved Mem and Webb together. I thought that she could be a bit melodramatic at times and she does have a spot of selfishness, but her relationships were interesting. I liked her friendship with Webb, which blossomed into something more. I wish I read more of it from his perspective since he was initially interested in Augusta. I also liked her relationship with Bootie. It was framed in a way that Bootie appeared to be a nuisance. When it came down to it though, Bootie was just a really good person. She might be a bit clumsy with how she came across but she meant well. I thought the scene where Mem finally told Bootie she was glad Bootie was there was really sweet. It was a nice scene because Bootie's inner nature showed up. She was aware that Mem wasn't too enthused about her joining but as she said, she didn't want to part with her. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it was really nice. I could read events from her perspective and see the shift as she grew as a person. That is what the characters did in this journey. They were preparing for a new lease on life and the journey was a life changing one. They had to work hard and along the way, they developed as people. The writing captured that and it was really nice to read. Perrin and Cody were the main character but I thought it was really balanced with others. They don't hog too much of the spotlight. It was an alright story. It finally got going when Perrin demanded marriage from him. Their road to romance was rocky because Perrin didn't trust men and Cody didn't trust women. I thought their reasons were a bit shaky but whatever. Overall, the characters were really fascinating. The writing was really spot on. It brought the stories to life and I have no doubt that this was a hard task to accomplish. The story revolves around brides being escorted to their grooms. The brides have their reasons for answering the advertisements. The overarching theme for these women is a new start. Each has their reason on why they left their old life behind. They had problems back home including bankruptcy, tarnished reputation, opiate addictions, and lack of prospects. The journey presented a lot of problems that forced them to grow as people. Perrin found courage and self respect. Mem found her love. Bootie found her strength. Augusta found a person. Not all of them had pleasant epiphanies. Winnie relapsed and squandered her second chance. People like Sara discovered the depths they would go for ambition. While a lot of conflict were internal ones, they also had to face external problems. Cody's enemy kept popping up to steal the cargo. The last attack involving threats to the brides if the arms wagon weren't surrendered. They also had to face a deranged bride who was deluded into a secret affair with Cody. This led to attacks to Perrin, the last attack being a paring knife aimed at her neck. Anyways, I just want to say this book was great and that is due to the writing. The characters came alive even if they weren't sympathetic. Their problems, tribulations, and growth were interesting because they were written well. The characters were distinct with a voice of their own and as a result, are able to carve out their own place in this book. Even minor characters are memorable even if their moment to shine was brief. They were impactful and I fully attribute that to the writing. Honestly, I want to knock the rating down because of the epilogue. Endings do make or break the book for me. I just thought the epilogue tarnished the story slightly. However, the book really was great and I think I will leave it at five stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Claudine

    I enjoyed reading this novel, but the romance between Perrin and Cody seemed pretty forced and insubstantial. We're told a lot about their feelings, but never actually shown anything to make be believe in the romance. The adventure aspects of the book were far more compelling than the romance. Webb and Mem's storyline was actually far more interesting than Perrin and Cody's, and Augusta's journey was equally interesting. I enjoyed reading this novel, but the romance between Perrin and Cody seemed pretty forced and insubstantial. We're told a lot about their feelings, but never actually shown anything to make be believe in the romance. The adventure aspects of the book were far more compelling than the romance. Webb and Mem's storyline was actually far more interesting than Perrin and Cody's, and Augusta's journey was equally interesting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Foxfire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book made me very angry as it failed the basic premise of a romance - a feelgood story with a happy ending. There are a dozen brides, but three of them become central characters: Perrin. A fallen woman who falls again and yet gets her happy ending. Mem. A spinster with a yearning for adventure and an impatient, condescending attitude toward her shallow and helpless younger sister, even though the sister and her husband have provided Mem a home. Mem gets a chance to indulge her adventurous and This book made me very angry as it failed the basic premise of a romance - a feelgood story with a happy ending. There are a dozen brides, but three of them become central characters: Perrin. A fallen woman who falls again and yet gets her happy ending. Mem. A spinster with a yearning for adventure and an impatient, condescending attitude toward her shallow and helpless younger sister, even though the sister and her husband have provided Mem a home. Mem gets a chance to indulge her adventurous and romantic streak and she gets her happy ending. Augusta. A society beauty whose father goes bankrupt and blows his brains out. In order to settle her father's debts Augusta loses everything she owns. She has to learn humility and to do things for herself. Of all the characters, she is the one I sympathized with the most, for whom I cheered. Yes, she is snooty, snobbish, and full of social prejudice, but she is learning, growing as a person. And yet, instead of getting the man who stirs her passions, she gets beaten up so badly that she loses her beauty. According to the epilogue, she ends up in an unhappy marriage to a stranger, her husband loses his fortune, and Augusta commits suicide. This is not how a romance should end!!! I desperately wanted Augusta to be redeemed, to get her man and be happy. Of all the characters, she was the one who faced the greatest challenges, and who showed some growth, albeit slow and with many setbacks. Overall, I also found that there were too many characters, and the romance was secondary to the interrelationships between the women. The lack of happy ending for my favourite character totally ruined what could have been a great story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    Hold on to your spurs, this is quite a ride! If you want action, romance, interesting subplots, action, fascinating characters and action – boy have I got a great book for you! This is my third time reading this book; it is that good. It’s the story of a wagon train of almost a dozen mail-order brides going from Chastity, Missouri, to Clampet Falls, Oregon. It is a journey of 6 months duration across ½ of the United States. When the travelers embark on their long and dangerous journey it is April Hold on to your spurs, this is quite a ride! If you want action, romance, interesting subplots, action, fascinating characters and action – boy have I got a great book for you! This is my third time reading this book; it is that good. It’s the story of a wagon train of almost a dozen mail-order brides going from Chastity, Missouri, to Clampet Falls, Oregon. It is a journey of 6 months duration across ½ of the United States. When the travelers embark on their long and dangerous journey it is April 1952. There is trouble even before the wagon train leaves. Augusta Boyd, daughter of the esteemed former banker and mayor of Chastity, demands that Mrs. Perrin Waverly be removed from the wagon train. Cody Snow, wagonmaster, refuses -- but Augusta isn’t finished. She tells of the shameful actions of Mrs. Waverly (to the other women), and most want to isolate her. However, Mrs. Waverly draws the card to be the women’s representative to the wagonmaster. This sends a chill through the women. The things that happen on the trip are realistic and gripping. One would think that traveling with a group of women would be dull – let me assure you, it is not. There’s even a mystery-suspense angle; someone plans to marry Cody and notices that he is taken with Perrin Waverly. Strange things start to happen. There’s so much going on in this book; each of the women is unique and has a story (as to why they would travel so far to marry a man, sight unseen). Enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    This book is not my style. At all. I'm a sucker for wagon trains, prairie pioneers and the like so I decided to give it a try, never really expecting to finish it. Imagine my astonishment when I found myself so involved in it that I was lugging around my iPad and headphones everywhere I went just so I could listen in every free moment. I have no idea how this is book two in a series, or why the series is "Dangerous Men" but the author must see something in it that I don't. In fact, had my library This book is not my style. At all. I'm a sucker for wagon trains, prairie pioneers and the like so I decided to give it a try, never really expecting to finish it. Imagine my astonishment when I found myself so involved in it that I was lugging around my iPad and headphones everywhere I went just so I could listen in every free moment. I have no idea how this is book two in a series, or why the series is "Dangerous Men" but the author must see something in it that I don't. In fact, had my library's audio download description included "Dangerous Men" I doubt I would have selected it. The book was a bit long but it was interesting. My only real complaint is that I had to listen to Augusta refer to Perrin as "creature" about three thousand times too many. Creature? Seriously? Thesauruses (thesaurasii?) can be helpful. (Note: dictionary says "thesauruses" or "thesauri" are fine. Learn something new every day!)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. I was listening to the audio book and almost stopped because there were so many characters to keep track of and I was afraid that it was going to be too typical. It ended up pleasantly surprising me by giving an interesting perspective of the women who had to travel on the Oregon Trail as mail order brides. The story was a nice mix of history and romance. I know there was one comment from someone who didn't like the romance part. I though At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. I was listening to the audio book and almost stopped because there were so many characters to keep track of and I was afraid that it was going to be too typical. It ended up pleasantly surprising me by giving an interesting perspective of the women who had to travel on the Oregon Trail as mail order brides. The story was a nice mix of history and romance. I know there was one comment from someone who didn't like the romance part. I thought it was handled nicely. It didn't beat you over the head with it. Every character seemed thoroughly explored and there was even a mystery that built up in the story. Turned out to be well worth the time it took to listen to it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    sunsetsylvia

    So far my least favourite of Maggie Osborne's western romances. There were too many main characters to have actually well fleshed out romances and the "suspense" factor was rather lame. That being said, in comparison to other historical westerns this book is still pretty good. I am very sad that I've run through almost all of Osborne's romances already, the more so, since she's happily retired as an author. So far my least favourite of Maggie Osborne's western romances. There were too many main characters to have actually well fleshed out romances and the "suspense" factor was rather lame. That being said, in comparison to other historical westerns this book is still pretty good. I am very sad that I've run through almost all of Osborne's romances already, the more so, since she's happily retired as an author.

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