Category : Western Historical Romance

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The only thing threatening their success is love.

After finding herself a widow at the age of twenty-six, Josie Johnson moves back home to Two-Time, Texas and takes over the town’s only newspaper, the Gazette. Everything works as planned until the very charming, very handsome Brandon Wade moves to town to start his own newspaper. At first, Josie welcomes the competition but soon learns that readers prefer Wade’s bold hyperbole to her more serious type of journalism.

Brandon never meant to put the pretty publisher out of business and suggest a solution. Nothing sells newspapers like a good juicy scandal, but lacking that, the next best thing is a good old-fashioned print war between two battling editors. Brandon even writes up an article disparaging himself and his paper to demonstrate. Josie refuses to stoop to such tactics. She’ll gain her readers back on her own terms—or not at all! But when her paper accidentally publishers Wade’s article, the print wars are on.

The rivalry between Josie and Brandon meets with immediate success and both newspapers fly off the racks. Editorial warfare is the talk of the town and readers can’t seem to get enough. But while the ink wars rage on, Josie and Brandon soon find themselves fighting yet another battle—a mutual attraction that could put everything they worked for at risk.

Titles in the Two-Times Texas series include – Left at the Altar – A Match Made in Texas – How the West was Wed

Gertrude  (Trudie) Miller is well-known for her cooking, working for the diner there in Beckham, Massachusetts. When she spots an old crush eating with his new wife, she realizes that there is no chance she will ever be able to find love there in Beckham, where everyone remembers her as a member of the demon horde. After some serious thought, she goes to her sister Elizabeth and asks to be sent west as a mail-order bride.

Douglas Charleston wants nothing more from life than regular meals. When he writes a letter to a matchmaker in the east, he makes it clear that he’s not worried about looks or age when he gets a wife. He is only concerned about her cooking ability. When he meets his potential bride, he’s startled when she’s young and pretty.

Will the meals he so desperately wants bring this unlikely couple together? Or will they live together with no love?

Mail Order Meals is the 32nd title in the Brides of Beckham series.  A complete list of titles in this series can be found on the Kirsten Osbourne page here at KB.

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When widow Ruth Arbuckle discovers her ranch foreman is stealing from her, she decides to do something completely unorthodox—she sends for a mail-order husband. She refuses to continue losing money, and she wants someone competent to run all aspects of her ranch, including the financial side. It’s purely business, but when the man arrives to marry her, she’s stunned to find him so compelling. She has no idea what to think or feel!

Sebastian Miller toils away in a bank in Beckham, Massachusetts, wishing for the opportunity to work outdoors while occasionally playing with the numbers he’s come to love. When his sister Elizabeth comes to see him with a plan for him to go west, he jumps at the chance—it’s as if Ruth’s letter was meant just for him. He gets on a train just days later, determined to woo his wife until she falls in love with him.

Will the two of them—each looking at things from very different perspectives—be able to find love together? Or will they have the loveless marriage Ruth initially planned?

Mail Order Magic is the 31st title in the Brides of Beckham series.  A complete list of titles in this series can be found on the Kirsten Osbourne page here at KB.

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Two broken hearts who need each other to heal.

Tess Palmer moved to Creede, Colorado to make a fresh start. When a man from her past shows up at the train station, Tess hides her identity, hoping he’ll leave quickly instead of dredging up the past.

Claude Herschel loves the beauty and freedom of the West he’s toured for the past month. After a night of gambling and drinking, he’s robbed and beaten—left for dead. Tess finds and takes care of him. He’s drawn to her pure heart and lovely face and wants to know everything about the intriguing woman—even the secret she’s keeping from him.

What secrets will Tess and Claude lay bare before they can trust each other and commit to love?

While the Cowboys & Angels series has officially come to an end we can still visit Creede, Colorado through the spin-off The Matchmaker’s Ball series which includes (so far) – Two-Step with Tess by Jo Noelle – Allemande with Angel by P. Creeden – Moonlight with Alice by Amelia C. Adams – Last Dance with Letha by Jo Noelle – Promenade with Penelope by P. Creeden –

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When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity’s doorstep, he knows he can’t help them—a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can’t bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail-order bride he’d been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers.

Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She’s rough and tumble – and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she’ll have to betray her new husband. There’s only one problem—the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister, or the man she loves.

Titles in the Outlaw Mail-Order Brides series include — The Outlaw’s Mail-Order Bride – Saving the Mail-Order BrideThe Mail Order Bride’s Secret

Independence has another mystery to solve!

Two, if anyone’s counting …

Sheriff Jace Diamond and his friend Fletcher Vander solved the mystery of Jasper Munson, (Mail-Order Bride Ink: Dear Mr. Vander) a man murdered just before his mail-order bride stepped off the train to meet him. Now Fletcher was happily married to the woman. But that didn’t explain the next mail-order bride to show up in town, this one claiming she was there to marry Jace!

Katie Haverdash was a bookworm and librarian in search of a little adventure. When she began writing the seemingly stalwart Sheriff Diamond, she thought what could be better? A solid man with an adventure-filled job! But Katie gets more than she bargained for when she gets off the train only to find that her betrothed isn’t a betrothed at all. In fact, he didn’t even know she was coming! Now, what was she going to do? Plenty, if she wanted to stay alive. Someone isn’t too happy she’s in town and it’s up to Sheriff Diamond to keep her safe and find out who wants to do away with her. Will love blossom in the midst of danger? Find out in this, sweet, fun western historical romp full of adventure and romance! 

Titles in the Mail-Order Bride Ink series include – Dear Mr. Weaver – Dear Mr. Turner – Dear Mr. Comfort – Dear Mr. Comfort – Dear Mr. Vander – Dear Mr. White – Dear Mr. Miller – Dear Mr. Comforts – Dear Miss Cucinotta –  Dear Mr. Kincaid – Dear Mr. Diamond – Dear Mr. Stone –

(I’ve enjoyed all of the titles in the Mail-Order Bride Ink series, however, many of those earlier titles were reviewed on a website of mine that unfortunately no longer exists.  At this time I have no intention of recreating those reviews here at Keeper Bookshelf.  They can be found on Goodreads should you desire to read them.)

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Chet is dead to his family. That’s good. Maria is a beauty he’d like to spend time with. That’s bad—for her.

Maria Hensley has moved to Creede, taken a job, and lives with several friends. As much as she loves her new independence, she begins to imagine a happily ever after when she meets Chet. She can’t explain it but knows they should be together.

Chet Newell grew up in a family embroiled in range wars in Arizona. As a result of a train robbery gone wrong, his family thinks he’s dead. He’s glad they do and makes plans to create a new life in Creede, Colorado as a deputy.

After one dance with Maria, he’s convinced she’s the perfect woman for him but knows he’s not good enough for the preacher’s daughter. How can Chet overcome his past to have a chance of letting Maria into his life and his heart?

Healing His Heart is the 49th and final title in the multi-author series, Cowboys and Angels   For a complete list of titles and authors in this series please visit the Cowboys and Angels page.

Be sure to look for the spin-off The Matchmaker’s Ball series which includes (so far) – Two-Step with Tess by Jo Noelle – Allemande with Angel by P. Creeden – Moonlight with Alice by Amelia C. Adams – and more to come, I’m sure.

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A woman fighting to keep her family’s farm. A man hiding from the guilt that consumes him. The two angels determined to show each of them the power of forgiveness.

Sarah Abrahams hears the whispers around town and knows that no man would consider marrying her. Alone after her family’s death, she is now in danger of losing the farm and the only life she has known in Creede, Colorado. The bank won’t negotiate with her unless she is married, and she knows that no man would consider marrying her without expecting something in return. What she didn’t count on was the stranger from the North East that appeared on a rainy night and how a simple kindness could be repaid in a big way.

Ian Poole has been branded a coward and is on the run from the memories that plague him. He leaves his old life behind and heads West to find healing. Injured en route, he seeks refuge at a farm. When Ian finds out Sarah needs help, can this be the opportunity to redeem himself?

Married by Midnight is the 48th title in the multi-author series, Cowboys and Angels   For a complete list of titles and authors in this series please visit the Cowboys and Angels page.

(Now that the Cowboys and Angels series has ended with the 49th title – I need to binge read to catch up – be sure to look for the spin-off The Matchmaker’s Ball series)

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A woman with the face of an angel.
A man with the grace of … well, he could use some.

Maxwell Donovan has the chance to prove himself as a Pinkerton detective. Unfortunately, he’s not very good at being one. In fact, its not that he’s short on brains, just balance, which lands him in more trouble than he’d care to admit. Then along came an angel …

Angel Thorne came to Creede to escape the matrimonial wiles of her aunt. But being a nurse in a place like Creede has its own trouble. Like everywhere else, no one can see past her pretty face, which makes Angel figure on a lifetime of spinsterhood. After all, she wants a man that will love her for her mind as well. Will she ever find such a man?

Nursing the Newcomer is the 47th title in the multi-author series, Cowboys and Angels   For a complete list of titles and authors in this series please visit the Cowboys and Angels page.

(Now that the Cowboys and Angels series has ended with the 49th title – I need to binge read to catch up – be sure to look for the spin-off The Matchmaker’s Ball series)

When Mary Olson’s husband passed away, she purchased a large home and converted it into a boarding house as a means of supporting herself. With the help of her good friend and housekeeper, Patty, she’s able to meet her obligations, but there’s still something missing in her life, a hole created by the absence of love.

Christopher Hoffman has important business to conduct in the town of Creede, and he needs a place to stay. He was hoping for a clean room and hot meals, which he received – but what he wasn’t planning on was a landlady with haunted eyes and an indomitable spirit.

They each have loved, and they have each lost. Can they now find what they’re missing in each other?

Honoring Her Heart is the 46th title in the multi-author series, Cowboys and Angels   For a complete list of titles and authors in this series please visit the Cowboys and Angels page.

(Now that the Cowboys and Angels series has ended with the 49th title – I need to binge read to catch up – be sure to look for the spin-off The Matchmaker’s Ball series)

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