(Outlaw Mail Order Brides #4) by Linda Broday
Published: November 24th 2020 by
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length: 352 pages
My Rating: 3.5
Accused of crimes he didn’t commit, ex-preacher Ridge Steele is forced to give up everything he knew and make his home with outlaws. Desperate for someone to confide in, he strikes up correspondence with mail-order bride Adeline Jancy, finding in her the open heart he’s been searching for. Upon her arrival, Ridge discovers Addie only communicates through the written word, but he knows a little of what trauma can do to a person and vows to stand by her side.
Addie is eager to start a new life with the kind ex-preacher and the little boy she’s stolen away from her father–a zealot priest of a terrorized flock. As her small family settles into life at Hope’s Crossing, she even begins to find the voice, and confidence, she’d lost so long ago.
But danger is not far behind, and her father will not be denied. While Addie desperately fights the man who destroyed her childhood, a determined Ridge races to the rescue. The star-crossed lovers will need more than prayers to survive this final challenge…and find their way back to each other again.
Initially I wasn’t going to finish this book but something kept me reading and I’m glad I did. the beginning is slow and i found it difficult to get invested in the characters. Our characters have secrets and not only do they hide it from each other but also from the reader. I would have preferred knowing why Addie was in jail instead of wondering what she had done for people to be chasing her down.
This isn’t a light fluffy mail order bride story. This has depth and showcases the darkness that can take over a person’s life by the telling of lies. Both characters lives are destroyed almost ended by someone telling a lie about them. It was compelling reading and once I got passed the first third of the book I couldn’t put it down.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.