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.
Title: Mail Order Meals
Series: Brides of Beckham #32
Author: Kirsten Osbourne
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Published: March 23, 2020
My Rating: 4.5 stars
It was fun to return to the Brides of Beckham series for Mail Order Meals. I love returning to longtime favorite series for another visit, one of the many reasons I’m addicted to series I’m sure. And another member of the infamous Miller “demon horde” children will find her happy ever after far away from Beckham where everyone knows her childhood actions, pranks and will never ever consider her marriage-worthy – unfortunate, but Trudie has finally accepted it as truth. As she throws herself on her sister Elizabeth’s matchmaking skills, Trudie is really ready to leave home and find happiness in the Western states, at this point, being needed for her cooking skills is better than what she has in Beckham. And that is exactly what one future groom seeking a bride is looking for – looks, age, ability in any other chore isn’t as important as his bride’s cooking skills. He’ll overlook anything else (nice of him, right?) but she must be able to feed him well. Trudie can do that, and she’s off on an adventure that hopefully will turn out as she hopes.
I fell in love with Doug’s personality just as Trudie did at their earliest times together, yet was just as perplexed as she when that changed a bit. By the story’s ending I got the “why” and it broke my heart for Doug – but what a happy life these two are going to have together. I loved Mail Order Meals for several reasons and would highly recommend it to any reader who loves a good, solid romance with believable characters.
I own a Kindle edition of this book.
Available for e-readers (mine is the Kindle)