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The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday – Blog Tour Review (and Giveaway!)

Today I am the last stop on my first Lone Star Book Blog Tour of 2019 and I’m bringing you The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday. If you are in the market for a great romance novel and you love historical westerns, the first book in author Linda Brody’s new Outlaw Mail Order Brides series is an excellent start!

With a gorgeous cover that’s a familiar throwback to the romance novels my momma read when I was a kid (the same that I would pilfer from her stack of books), The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride is an updated take for today’s romance reader – this isn’t a fluffy “handsome cowboy rescues helpless girl and sweeps her off her feet”. This book has the stuff you can sink your teeth into with some tough storylines, twists, turns, and a couple who have chemistry – but first need to overcome their own demons.

And – since it’s a book blog tour, there’s a giveaway, too! Read on and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win your own copy of the book (and maybe a gift card, too!)

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Mail Order Bride, #1
by Linda Broday

Genre: Historical Western Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Number of Pages: 384 pages


When the West was wild, and man’s law favored the few, extraordinary women could be found…in the heart of an outlaw.

Outlaw Clay Colby is tired of living one step in front of the law and wants to see his dream of having a wife, a family, to give his life meaning. So far, he’s been rejected twice, and he won’t try again if this one doesn’t work out. But hope fills him that Tally Shannon will see his heart and help him finish this town where once stood an outlaw hideout. On the day when she’s supposed to arrive, a bitter enemy sets fire to the buildings he’d fought to erect and he’s back with nothing to show for his efforts. There’s no woman in the world who’d stand by him now.

But Talley Shannon is no ordinary woman.

After escaping the living hell of the Creedmore Insane Asylum into which she was thrust to die, Tally only wants someone to protect her and the little girl under her care. She doesn’t mind that Clay’s home is dang near burned to the ground—not when he makes her feel so safe. So cherished. But it’s only a matter of time before the ghosts of her past come calling, intent on stealing her happiness, her very life…and her loving cowboy must defend his new bride—and the family they forged—to his very last breath.


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“Broday’s earthy, no-nonsense characters fit the rugged setting perfectly, and it’s a pleasure to watch these two lonely, cynical souls forge a powerful, passionate partnership.” – Book Page

“Clay and Tally’s story will captivate the historical western lover in us all. Linda Broday has earned her way into the coveted title of “Queen of Texas Historical Romance.” — Tonya, Goodreads reviewer

“If love is your interest, do not miss this book. I could not put it down it was so compelling.” Cricket, Goodreads reviewer

“Trying to put this book down at times was like trying to get off of a high-speed roller coaster — the kind with twists, turns, and even loops; it’s just impossible.” Glenda, Goodreads reviewer

This is the story of a former outlaw (now trying to make good) and a deeply traumatized but strong woman, both who are trying to start a new life. They both are strong but flawed characters. Tally Shannon wants someone to take care of her, but after the abuse and suffering she endured after being put in a psychiatric “hospital” (it seems to be anything but) by a greedy stepmother looking to keep her out of the way, it will take a long time for Clay Colby to earn her trust. I loved the multifaceted character of Tally Shannon because she’s a hero in her own right and tough as nails, but has a side that is fragile and self-doubting. The more you learn about her past life, the more your heart will break for her.

Trying to start a new life out of nothing while looking over his shoulder is the challenge Clay Colby is facing, along with trying to earn Tally Shannon’s confidence. He’s rough around the edges but has a good heart, and you’ll be rooting for him to win Tally over.

The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride is fast paced and action-packed, and plenty of nail-biting moments – along with a few twists and surprises I didn’t see coming. It’s not a sweet, soft fluffy romance – this is a story with teeth, and the characters endure some pretty difficult circumstances.

But lest you forget, this IS indeed a romance novel as well, and the love story between Clay and Tally – along with a few steamy scenes – is a good one. This is story of finding love, starting over, overcoming adversity, and of learning that there is more to people than how they appear on the surface.

Linda Broday is a master at pulling you into a story and plucking at your heartstrings, and this novel definitely has its share of tragedy that plays well into the desperate, desolate setting of the Old West. Her character development is wonderful as is her imagery, and there are wonderful secondary characters in this tale whose own stories I hope to see in future editions of this series.

If you haven’t read anything in the historical western/romance genre recently, give The Outlaw Mail Order Bride a try. I do believe it will surprise you, and you’ll enjoy the ride as much as I did.

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I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty historical western romance novels and short stories. I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed, and at times if the breeze is just right, I can hear their voices whispering in the wind. Texas’ rich history is one reason I set all my stories here where cowboys are still caretakers of the land. I’m inspired every day by their immense dedication and love for the wide open spaces.

When I’m not writing, I collect old coins and I’ve also been accused (quite unfairly I might add) of making a nuisance of myself at museums, libraries, and historical places. I’m also a movie buff and love sitting in a dark theater, watching the magic unfold on the screen. As long as I’m confessing…chocolate is my best friend. It just soothes my soul.




FIRST PRIZE: Signed Copy of The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride
+  $25 Amazon gift card
TWO WINNERS: Signed Copies of the book.

FEBRUARY 5-15, 2019
(USA only)

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  • Tonya Lucas

    Im so proud Linda write Clay and Tally’s book. These 2 along with Violet and everyone else left my heart soaring.

  • Linda Broday

    Jenn, it’s wonderful to be here at Momma on the Rocks and thank you so very much for the review! I’m so happy you liked Clay and Tally and all the people in Hope’s Crossing. Outlaws are certainly redeemable and I had fun taking Clay from being hunted to having a clear slate and a new start. He’s typical of a lot of outlaws back then who only righted wrongs and took justice however they could find it. Tally and Clay will always live in my heart and remain a part of me. So thank you for seeing what I tried to show in this story.

    Book #2 of the series – Saving the Mail Order Bride – will be out in April and it features outlaw Jack Bowdre. I had such fun telling his story. Then in September, Rebel Avery gets her turn in a Christmas novella that will be in a Sourcebooks anthology. So there’s lots more ahead.

    • Jenn

      Rebel was so much fun to hate – until her story unfolded. While I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Jack, I’m really looking forward to reading more about Rebel!

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