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Texas Bride (Mail-Order Brides #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,623 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews

Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Dell (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 25, 2016 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
What a nice series!
I love the mail order bride trope and here it was done really well!

Miranda was a sheltered rich banker's daughter who, with her 5 siblings, were orphaned during the Great Chicago fire and put by a jealous uncle in an orphanage where the vel caretaker was abusing all of them.

She accepts the offer to become a mail order bride in order to help her siblings escape the brutality. Afraid to leave the youngest of her sibling she takes with her her two brothers, after the brutal beati
Tina "coffee and books"
Texas Bride is the first book in the Mail Order Brides series by Joan Johnston. When a book deals with the topic of mail order brides it has to have all of the right elements to be easily accepted. Let’s face it, what are the chances of a mail order bride showing up and everything is so perfect and happily ever after from page one? Not only that, but this particular subject typically falls under the genre of historical romance, which makes it even trickier. Morals and male/female roles were so d ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Dorine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Texas Bride A Bitter Creek Novel by Joan JohnstonIf anyone can charm the pants off rancher Jacob Creed, it has to be Miranda Wentworth, the oldest of six orphans who survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Requesting a mail-order bride is a bit desperate, but she seems willing enough to fast-track herself to be his wife. That should have been his first clue…

Miranda Wentworth and her five siblings are forced to live at an orphanage after their parents die in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Having lost everything, they have no choice but to su
Lover of Romance
Miranda, with her five brothers and sister after losing their parents, have been stuck in a orphanage, under horrid conditions and so when they find a ad in the newspaper for a mail order bride, Miranda knows this is her way out to save her siblings, now that she is eighteen and about to be kicked out, and does the only sensible choice and goes all the way to Texas with her two brothers, only her future husband has no idea about her situation or the brothers she is bringing along with her. Jake, ...more
Angela DeSilva
Excellent read for fans of Western historical romance. Great series.
Nov 14, 2015 Tin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book (and author) came under my radar when a fellow blogger recommended it on Facebook. I can't remember anymore who it was (I've narrowed it down to two), but I want to say thank you to them -- because this book kept me company when my children were at home sick with a virus.

Texas Bride is the first book in Joan Johnston's Mail Order Bride series, a sub-series of her Bitter Creek stories, and focuses on the lives of the Wentworth Children.

I think the history of mail-order brides is very co
Good book. Miranda and Jake's marriage got off to a rocky start. I was really impressed with the way that Miranda got herself and her brothers out of Chicago and to San Antonio to meet Jake. She showed a lot of courage and resourcefulness to make that trip successfully. The fact that she hadn't told him about her brothers and the sisters she left behind was a worry for her, but she had to hope for the best. Meanwhile, Jake hadn't exactly been honest with her either. His ranch was in bad shape an ...more
I wanted to like this book, in spite of the simplistic opening chapter. Once past a hopelessly naive discussion of how Miranda comes to be a mail-order bride (I absolutely detest when historical fiction authors assume people are as simple as the technology of the era they live in), the book sets up a very touching conflict. Miranda needs a way out of poverty and a chance to save her family from abuse, and Jake needs a babysitter/cook/housekeeper that won't die in childbirth like his last wife. T ...more
I’m glad I gave this series another chance. The first book of the series I read, Book 3, I abandoned as I hated the lead heroine and I felt the untruths went on for far too long. This one, Book 1, is far better in my estimation. It hits the spot perfectly for a western historical romance.

The whole mail-order bride/marriage of convenience thing has become a real weakness for me since starting to read historical romances more often. I loved it in this work as well. Both Miranda and Jacob come from
May 13, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars. I liked the main characters, Miranda and Jake, and the secondary cast is mostly enjoyable, too. I had a few issues here and there with the believability of some of the events (yes, I know it is fiction), especially a specific event involving fire and some cow hands. My biggest complaint was when the book changed POV to Jake's stepfather, Blackthorne. I don't care what he is thinking, because especially once I learned about what all he has done to Jake and his family, I really just hat ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I don't know. I liked the beginning of this book a LOT and the simplistic* writing works VERY well for me, but . . . then there was just too many characters and too many plot points that just . . . okay, this is a spin off of sorts and I'm pretty sure some of what's mentioned happened in previous books (this is the first I've read by the author), BUT 1) this is the first book of a new series. I shouldn't feel like I'm missing stuff 2) I'm not entirely sure everything happened in previous boo ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

WARNING! Gushing ahead!!!

Without a doubt, this is a character-driven story which, combined with fast pace and more than one couple to root for, will take you on a journey of self discovery for all characters. Ms. Johnston made sure that her writing was so good that as a reader, I just ‘wanted’! This multidimensional story left me laughing, crying, and definitely wanting more.

I wanted to know about all the kids that were left behind, and I wanted to know what happe
Among The Muses
Jake Creed is in need of a wife to do the "womanly" chores and take care of his two-year old daughter and grouchy father-in-law, while he tends to his crumbling ranch. Having recently lost his wife and son during childbirth, Jake fits the definition of a hurt man with issues, but knows he must find a wife to take care of his young daughter and help with the tasks that have been neglected.

Miranda Wentworth is simply in need of saving. Saving herself and her five younger siblings from the horrid o
Kat Morrisey
Jan 02, 2014 Kat Morrisey rated it liked it
Shelves: cowboys, nook, western
I'm really waffling as to how to rate this book. I can't decide whether it should be 3 or 4 stars, though the more I think about it, it should be somewhere in between. Though I could change my mind. Hmm, yeah, I'm undecided. LOL

Whether three or four though, the point is, I really liked this book. I'd never read anything by this author before but this won't be my last read by her. The story was well developed and it was truly heartbreaking in certain parts. Both the MCs had suffered so much loss
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
My Review:
Miranda and her 5 siblings are orphaned when their parents die in the Great Chicago Fire. They have been living in an orphanage for the past 3 years and as Miranda's 18th birthday approaches, she has to leave the orphanage.

She answers an add placed by Jake Creed for a mail order bride on his Texas ranch. Miranda sets out for Texas with her 2 brothers. Jake doesn't know Miranda is bringing her brothers with her and has plans of sending for her sisters once they are married. Miranda do
Nov 24, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
At First Sight: Following the death of their parents during The Great Chicago Fire, the Wentworth siblings were put on a orphanage where they endured a lot of mistreatment from the main caretaker. Still, the six siblings managed to stick together... until Miranda, the oldest, turned 18.

Knowing she had little chance of keeping them all together once she was out and and with a low-wage job at a hotel, Miranda agrees to go along with her sister Josie's crazy scheme and become a mail-order bride fo
Joyfully Reviewed
Miranda Wentworth will do anything to protect her younger brothers from the rod of the mistress at the orphanage. Since she has to leave the orphanage because she will be of age, she has no choice but to take her youngest siblings with her. Fate had answered her dilemma in the guise of becoming a mail-order bride to a stranger in Texas. However, Miranda wasn’t too sure that her groom-to-be would accept these young stowaways since she never mentioned them to him. She comes up with a slick little ...more
I really want to rate this book one star because both of the lead characters pissed me off with their lies. Deception is a frequent plot mechanism in such books. I don't know why deception in this book annoys me so much. I took an immediate dislike to both characters and then the book is done for.

But I will refrain from rating. Only read 20% before I DNFed.
I swear I wanted to catch up some contemporary romance but these western historical keeps beckoning me to read them. Now that I finished this one, I'm curious about the other sisters!
Love the simple life it portrayed, the hardship of the people back in the days and love when heroes are not your typical alpha, super rich, super good looking..Right, onto the next one.
Bill Landau
Feb 18, 2014 Bill Landau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read this type of book but the librarians I work with are participating in a weekly readers advisory session and I drew Western Romance out the hat this week. And guess what....I liked it! It was a very quick, fun read. Kind of sexy and yet had a western flare to it. Basically, the whole book tells the story of a young mail order bride and her new husband who only wants someone to cook and clean. So you read through most of the book wondering whether they are really going to "do ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Nova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a wonderful and warm love story.

The Wentworths throwed to the orphanage after their parents died in the Chicago Great Fire 1875. As the oldest, Miranda promise to take care of her siblings. So when she turn eighteen and had to go from the orphanage, she decided to be a mail-bride and go to San Antonio with her two younger brothers-left her three other sisters- to meet her soon to be husband. She hope her husband will have house big enough to fit all her siblings and eventually her husband w
Marin Thomas
Mar 28, 2015 Marin Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the story set-up! Mail-order bride, Miranda, Texas ranch, a heroic heroine trying to take care of her siblings after their parents dies in the Great Chicago Fire. Then you have a hero, Jake Creed, who suffered a terrible tragedy and pulls away emotionally from others. Johnston does an excellent job of showing Jake trying to resist falling in love with Miranda, and Miranda is one determined woman and wins Jake's heart. Johnston always pens a great story that you hate to see end.

Oct 22, 2014 Bunga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cowboy
Light reading dan lumayan enjoyable. Konfliknya juga lumayan banyak dan dramatis, plus POVnya sering gonta-ganti mulai dari Jake, Miranda, bokap tirinya Jake, nyokapnya Jake, dst. Tapi entah kenapa engga terasa maksa dan justru menghidupkan karakter mereka. Lumayan menarik untuk dijadikan pembuka dari sebuah series.

Anyway, di novel ini saya menemukan spoiler dari cerita di novel lain di series yang berbeda punya Joan Johnston--dimana Hero dan Heroinenya adalah ortunya Jake. Wah, jadi kecewa ban
This was book okay. I feel like the H&H cared for each other, but it was quite obviously an odd situation. I didn't know what to make of Jake's mother's relationship with Blackthorne, it was slightly toxic and a little weird. And that goes for Jake and Miranda's relationship too, something about it makes me slightly uneasy.

For more sensitive readers:

This book is not clean. There were a couple different explicit scenes that lasted several pages. I skipped over most of it because it was WAY to
Jo Ann
Nov 17, 2013 Jo Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 I love historical westerns, especially the mail order bride trope. This one ranks as one of my favorites in that genre. Looking forward to more of the Wentworth sisters!!
3.7 Stars. Public Library 11/24/14. I read this series a bit out of order starting with Hetty's book then moving on to Miranda's. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone or in order. True standalone books in a series aren't common but the author does an excellent job of balancing new information with old. This book does have a bit of excitement but it more focuses on making the best out of the situation with raw determination. I'd love to read the other books in the series to find ou ...more
Despite the fact that Miranda Wentworth lost her parents in the Chicago fire, she has kept her and her five younger siblings safe in the nasty orphanage. Now that she is about to turn 18, she is being kicked out and risks losing her siblings. Her younger sister provides hope, when she tells Miranda that she responded to a mail-order bride ad in the newspaper. Desperate to keep her family together, she sneaks her youngest siblings out of the orphanage to start their new life. Little does she know ...more
**2.5 stars**

Ugh! This book was all over the place and the conflicts were so freaking silly! Review to come.
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Joan Johnston (born Little Rock, Arkansas) is a best-selling American author of over forty contemporary and historical romance novels.

Johnston was the third of seven children born to an Air Force sergeant and his music-teacher wife. She received a B.A. in theatre arts from Jacksonville University in 1970, then earning an M.A. in theatre from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1971. She received
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