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Yankee Wife (Quaid #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  872 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
When a pretty spitfire who's down on her luck clashes with a stubborn man in search of a wife, sparks must turn to flames....A year after the Civil War, courageous former Union nurse Lydia McQuire was gamely scraping out an honest living. But now, as she said yes to marrying a stranger, her knees gave way with fear. Mr. Devon Quaid had seemed polite and handsome when she a ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Pocket Books
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It had a very good plot with lots of potential, but I think the author quite mixed it up. It just did not seem well thought-out. There was no congruity to the flow of story. And even with really well-written characters, the story continued to be a jumble of events and continuous internal wars that seemed to rise from nowhere. Also, it took a pretty weird turn in the latter half and then everything sorted out pretty swiftly, not to mention very conveniently.

Jan 15, 2014 Lorka rated it it was amazing
This book had a very good mail-order bride story line and plenty of side characters that kept the book interesting. I felt "Frodine" was a little bit of an odd character thrown in at the end, the two main characters were almost too stubborn with each other at times, but I loved the setting of the story, in the Northwest area of Washington. A refreshing change from the dusty Southwest or England. (I would have liked though to have read how the lady that delivered a baby at the end of the story re ...more
Jul 18, 2015 Cam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scribd
It had everything I like in a romance. Dual POV & epilogue.
Mar 30, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading the rest of the series. I generally like Lydia and despite the fact that he came off as a rather boorish idiot, I also likens Brigham... Which by the way is my name I've never heard of. Anyway, I like the way the story played it fell out with a variety of plot lines and the different possibilities between Devon Polly Joe and others. I don't want to say too much here about how things unfold, but I like the fact that there are variety of thin ...more
Jun 24, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
She's seen some pretty nasty stuff as a field nurse with her late doctor-father during the Civil War. With so few young men available post-war, she hired on as a companion to a west bound elderly lady who has passed. Her adult children felt no obligation and she finds herself in 1866 San Francisco trying to eek out enough money to feed herself or find a clean bed but not both; hopes of opening a music school for children have disappeared. A posted flier proposes the need for a wife for a good, s ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Leticia rated it really liked it
This was just a nice comfortable read about two brothers, their brides and a developing town. One of the husbands already had children and they are such lively characters. The next book I believe is about the eldest daughter.... cant wait.
Louise M. Stoddard
Good read

Fourth or fifth time this book. Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors...and this book is one of the best.
Oct 03, 2015 Sommertime rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library
Although I really enjoyed this book, it was a little too formulaic for me. Like the author put all the cliches in a hat a drew a hundred out.

I liked the marriage of convenience plot and I loved the Pacific Northwest setting. A book based along the Washington State coast instead of a dusty Wyoming town? Yes please! I loved the timber business and building a new town.

The characters were engaging but there were too many coinciding plots. Too many people thrown in with too much going on. And too m
Sep 14, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lydia a strong character who had lived through terrors of war, to be delivered as an unwanted bride. She carved a life where she was independent and marriage mostly on her terms.
Brigham king of the mountain had few who'd defy him but Lydia stood her ground, strong in her convictions, just wouldn't budge until they'd worked out priorities.

I enjoyed exploring the life of a lumber camp, burgeoning town, the vision of brothers on the frontier.
Shandra Teal
Mar 23, 2015 Shandra Teal rated it really liked it
I knew it would end well, our I wouldn't have read it. The thought that concerned me was would the journey be a challenge, painful or painfully stupid?
I found myself hurting for Lydia. In a time when we hear so much about PTSD and our current military, we tend to forget that it's not a new phenomenon and soldiers, doctors and nurses have suffered from it in the past.
I love that she was a strong but not a stupidly stubborn character.
Sep 23, 2016 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good I really liked Lydia but I never really warmed up to Brigham, I never saw him doing nice things for her because he cared yet he expected affection from Lydia which irrated me. And I never really felt their love for each other and we find out next to nothing about his past.
Jun 11, 2016 Rachel marked it as did-not-finish
I started to read this book and just couldn't get in to it. I didn't dislike the book but it didn't capture my attention either. Perhaps another time.
Sep 29, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This story takes place after the civil war. A former Union nurse Lydia McQuire was barely earning a living, playing piano at the local bar. She chances upon an ad for a wife. She goes to see the placer of the ad a Mr. Devon Quade. She accepted his proposition and he took her to Washington territory. It was then that she learned her husband to be was not Devon Quade, but his brother Brigham. He took an instance dislike to the man, however for some reason he aroused a passion in her and a resolve ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Mareli rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It was funny and wonderful. Lydia&Brigham were great and a lot of fun. As I said before this historical period is very interesting.

Totally recommended! I'm onto the next one :)
Jun 12, 2013 Courtney rated it really liked it
Yankee Wife.

I dont usually like historicals. I dont like the men thinkin their boss and women being submissive. and young girls didnt need to kniw anything more than wifes.

I have to say I like this book A Lot!
yes Bingham is dominating and thinks hes the master. But Lydia is there to even him out. I didnt like how she was so easily swayed by sex, but eh.

I liked how Devon and Polly leveled eachother as well. she was sweet. I think I would have liked a little more from those two.

Bo conplaints
Sep 06, 2015 ReadingWench rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start to the series!
Jul 03, 2014 Rogetwhi rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 02, 2007 April rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of Romance Novels
Lydia McQuire sees an advertisement for a bride and decides it would be better than how she was currently living. The man she thinks she will marry is actually not the intended bridegroom. Instead, she has agreeded to marry an arrogant widower with two daughters. At first, Lydia takes an instant dislike for the man, but eventually love blooms.

This is a pretty familiar theme, but I liked Miller's writing style and would recommend her to anybody looking for a well written romance.
Nov 21, 2014 JLC rated it liked it
Shelves: scribd-available

This heroine got on my nerves. Still, a decent book.
The devestation of the Civil War and its aftermath affected the lives of so many in the North and South. This book tells of Lydia Quade and the perils of her life after having served in the medical aiding of the wounded troops from both sides. For years she can't get the sights and sounds of war from her head, the cries of young boys who were just babies. She finds her match and true love in a timberman named Brig Quade amongst the tall timbers of Washington State.
Feb 10, 2016 karen rated it really liked it
I like the strong women in the story but it was a little too outrageous between the stubborn Lydia and Brigham
Feb 11, 2008 Christel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Period romance readers
A really good story about a Civil War Nurse trying to put her past behind her and a gruff, domineering lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest. The subplots also keep you going in this book with Devon and Polly. Will read again shelf of my library
Janet Meeks
Jul 13, 2013 Janet Meeks rated it it was amazing
Never disappointed by Ms. Miller's books. She writes wonderfully . I think more of her stories should be made into movies, better than so many remakes of the some comic book themed movies.!!!!
Please keep on writing Ms. Miller!!!!
Jun 15, 2008 Shae rated it it was ok
After a friend read this and said it was full of funny bits I was excited to read it. I was quickly disappointed. I really didn't care for any of the characters as much as I thought I might. I didn't care what happened to them.
Connie Deere
Mar 16, 2009 Connie Deere rated it it was amazing
The twist in this story was hilarious. The plot was an ever-growing rollercoaster.
I kept wanting to smack the characters upside the head.
Aug 15, 2013 Janice rated it it was amazing
All of Mrs. Miller's books are a GREAT read!!
Oct 05, 2008 Sherri rated it it was amazing
Just finished this one, liked it too
Nov 12, 2014 Raj rated it it was amazing
Liked Brigham and Lydia's stubbornness.
Jun 01, 2014 Ivy rated it liked it
I have to fast forward through the sex scenes, but I like a good love story.
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The daughter of a town marshal, LINDA LAEL MILLER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. The "First Lady of the West" lives outside Spokane, Washington, where her rescued horses, dogs and cats live the high life.

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