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Texas Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel (Mail-Order Brides #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,075 ratings  ·  102 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
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Published March 27th 2012 by Dell (first published January 1st 2012)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bill Landau
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
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
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.
Jill Twigg
I've always liked Mail-order Bride stories. The anxiety of what the buyer looks like and what he's really after that he can't find a bride in his own town unless it's a mining town I guess. After Miranda turns eighteen, she has to leave the orphanage but forced to leave some of her siblings behind. She becomes a mail-order bride and endures the struggles that it entails. Jake, a widower bites the bullet and advertises for a wife to take care of his 2 yr old daughter and invalid father in law. I ...more
I got exactly what I was looking for from this book and a little extra. The story is told from the POV of Jake, a man who has ordered a mail-order bride and the POV of Miranda, the actual mail-order bride. When I decided to read this book I thought I would have to look past ridiculous insecurities and weaknesses in Miranda for two reasons. Firstly, because she is a woman in a romance novel which, by current standards, seems to require her to be excessively self-deprecating and selfless and secon ...more

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
I love reading historical romances and Joan Johnston knows how to write them. This is the beginning to a new series. The series is about the Wentworth siblings and opens with them trying to figure out a way to get out of the evil orphanage they are placed in. When Josie (Miranda's youngest sister) comes up with a plan. Jake and Miranda are two characters you feel sorry for but for very different reasons. Miranda is a shy young lady and I enjoyed reading as she grow strong. Jake is scared to love ...more
Haley Whitehall
This was the first book I've read by Joan Johnson. I liked the premise of a mail-order bride marrying a husband who only wanted an amicable relationship not an intimate one.

Miranda becomes a mail-order bride at 18 when she is forced to leave the orphanage in Chicago. She secretly takes her 10 and 4 year old brothers with her to spare them from more torture by the evil woman running the orphanage.

Jake is a rancher trying to eke out an existence in Texas. His wife died in childbirth and he needs
Kat Morrisey
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
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
Guilty Pleasures
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4.5 Stars

Joan Johnston is one of my absolute favorite authors of all times. So it’s no big surprise that once again she has written an amazing, heartfelt, passionate story with Texas Bride.

Texas Bride is the first book of the new Mail Order Bride series. However, it does also tie into the Bitter Creek series. Don’t worry if you haven’t read that series, you won’t be lost. But I guarantee after reading this you will want to run out and get all her books.
Becoming a mail-order bride was the only option left for Miranda Wentworth. The only option that was good enough to get her and her siblings out of the Chicago orphanage and out of that horrid Mrs. Birch's grasp. About to turn 18, Miranda has no other choice but to leave the orphanage, in which she and her five siblings took shelter for the past three years since the fire burned down their house and claimed the lives of both their parents. Jacob Creed, puts out a notice for a mail-order bride a ...more
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
Joan Johnston has taken her readers to different periods in history with the many generations of Blackstones and Creeds- from the Victorian London to the American West. In Texas Bride, Johnston takes us to the baron lands of Texas in the year 1874. Jake Creed lost his wife six months ago to childbirth. He’s left to raise his young daughter and care for his crippled father-in-law, needing a wife desperately. In Chicago, Miranda Wentworth is about to be kicked out the orphanage she’s lived in with ...more
3,5 stars

Miranda Wentworth lost her parents in the Great Chicago Fire. She and her five siblings then lived in an orphanage. The Wentworth siblings lived in a nightmare from the brutality of their headmistress, Miss Iris Birch, who punished them severely for any mistakes, real or imaginary ones. After she reached her 18th birthday, according to the orphanage rules, Miranda had to leave. It means she had to leave her siblings. As much as she wants to, she feared for her siblings lives in the han
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In a few words, it was a very weird novel. It seemed like a rough copy of a novel that Joan Johnston wanted to hand to her editor. The story and plot seemed to be disjointed, and honestly - made no sense for a complete and published novel. For one, we are introduced to a major conflict in the beginning chapters: of the struggle between Jake Creed and his stepfather, Alex Blackthorne over their bordering ranches and how Jake was losing money and business. It seemed like the conflict would be the ...more
Marcia Berg Haskell

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 Jacob Creed’s Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she’s bri
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
For the first time in my life, I stopped reading a romance novel half-way.

The plot was great, and the main characters are a bit annoying, but they're not the reason I stopped.

I just couldn't get through the knowledge of what his stepfather did to his mother. And even though I understood that he loves her, and a ruthless business like him would not let anything take her away from him, including:

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This was my first delve into Joan Johnston, and I absolutely loved it and look forward to reading her back list as well as future titles.

I normally stick to the regency books, but I had wanted to read a historical western romance for a while, and the mail-order bride fit well with the story. I was absolutely in love with the heroine by page 22. Her fierce love for her siblings and incredible desire to do anything to protect them from harm brought tears to my eyes.

Wonderful read.

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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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