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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,256 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and kidnapping a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expects to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from him, but ends up with a feisty copper-haired orphan thrown over his shoulder who was on her way to marry Sullivan's bitter enemy.
Emily McCarthy is an orphan out of options. Forced to marry because she was too...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jul 05, 2011 Kimberly rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: gentle-reads
There are two reasons why I finished this book:

1. My local library has an adult summer reading program and I can fill out an entry form for prize drawings for each book I read. While I understand that some library patrons may be less than honest when it comes to filling out entry forms for books they may or may not have finished reading, I am adamant that if I'm going to fill out an entry form for a book, I've actually finished reading the entire book.

2. I wanted to write a one-star review for t...more
Sep 04, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Margaret by: Relz Reviewz, CFBA
I love this book, as in love love love this book. The Vigilante's Bride is my first experience with author Yvonne Harris and you better believe it will not be my last. The romance in verbiage and actions is palpable and beautiful. If you know any of my taste in books, you know that I love Mary Connealy and Tracie Peterson and even though Yvonne's book is slightly shorter, she's right up there in my favoritism. I can hardly put the book down, and then when I think I've only been reading for a sho...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
*2.5 stars*

LIKES: the gorgeous cover, the fast-moving plot, the characters themselves, the indians, the western setting

DISLIKES: the unrealistic and irritating conflicts between the romantic leads -- why are they constantly angry with each other? no real reason or validity is given to their temper tantrums; several scenes are simply left unresolved/unfinished; also, the plot could've used more fleshing out

not nearly as satisfactory as similar books of the same genre, but it's worth a day's read...more
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Few authors can make a story with an excess of plot work. There are exceptions, I’ve heard many complaints regarding The Odyssey but I can’t recall anyone accusing Homer of having “too much going on.” Harris is no Homer. Unlike the epic poet, she needed to trim the fat. The Vigilante’s Bride is the story of a mail-order bride who travels across the country to marry a man who turns out to be a rather shady character. Her knight in...more
Aug 23, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: CFBA; Bethany House Publishers
First, let me just that had I come across this book in the store, I would have INSTANTLY fallen in love with it just from it's cover! When I opened the package that this book came in and I saw this amazing cover, I was in awe. The cover is pure breathtaking! This is one of those instances in which you CAN judge a book by it's cover, or at least, I did and was not disappointed!

Yvonne Harris' first Historical novel is beautiful. She has the writing ability to create a story that hooks the reader,...more
I usually love mail-order bride stories, and I even like an occasional western, but the combination of both in this book just did not do it for me. I’m not sure where it started to go wrong, but overall, the story did not flow well.

I came into the story expecting Emily’s point of view. After all, the story is called “The Vigilante’s Bride,” emphasis on bride. She came out west as a mail-order bride to this foul man, which she, thankfully, did not have to marry. Once she was released of her marit...more
This book takes place Dec 1884 in Chicago Ill. we are introduced to Emily McCarthy, an 18 yr old girl who has lived in the Aldersgate Home for Girls most of her life, she had been working as a teacher but was suddenly informed by the director that she has been promised to Bartholomew Axel as his new bride. He had advertised in the paper and an arrangement had been made between him and the school that Emily would travel to Repton Montana to become his wife. Emily can't imagine doing such a thing...more
This book has been on my to-read list for a while and last week I finally read it. It's a quick read with a fun twist on the mail-order bride plot and a good reminder that not all mail-order brides had a good man waiting for them.

The adventure surrounding the ranch was an exciting side story and the interaction between Emily and Luke was fun to read. They, but especially Luke had some harrowing experiences and the author did a great job bringing them together during those times.

The ending was a...more
This was a fairly predictable, yet enjoyable book. It kept my interest till the end and I was able to read it quickly. I enjoyed the romance between the two main characters and there were some fairly tense and dangerous situations that they experienced.

Luke and Emily's relationship was fun to watch develop. They were both rather strong personality types and had some clashing going on throughout a portion of the story. I will say that the ending felt a little abrupt to me, however, it was a satis...more
I give this book 3 stars. I had heard a lot about this book, so was looking forward to an exciting, gripping read about a girl who at first was forcibly taken from her intended, but in the end, was willingly accepting her kidnappers help to stay away from her intended. Though the story loosely followed this expectation, I feel it fell far short from what it could have been.

Once Emily was rescued from Bart, from what I read on the back of the book, I expected Bart to go to great lengths to get Em...more
Emily McCarthy grew up in an orphanage and is now on her way from Chicago to Montana Territory as a mail order bride. But she never makes it to her wedding since her stagecoach is robbed and she is abducted. And it’s a good thing too because she was going to marry Bart Axel, a nasty man and the enemy of Luke Sullivan, her abductor. Axel is not pleased with Luke and plans to get rid of him, for reasons other than Emily, but things don’t turn out as either of the cowboys planned.

It’s been a long t...more
The Vigilante’s Bride, started out strong, but got weak towards the end.

Emily is too old to stay at the orphanage, so the Board is sending her away to be a mail-order bride. No amount of arguing on her side will get them to change her mind, and next thing Emily knows, she half way to Montana. Enter Luke Sullivan, vigilante, and cattle rustler punisher. He hangs a criminal every other week, but the job has gotten too much for Luke, and he decides to head back to the only home he has known, to the...more
In 1884 unwed women have few options, even less so for orphans like Emily McCarthy who at eighteen is informed she will be married to a wealthy rancher per his recent advertisement. With no family, employment prospects or means to support herself, Emily resolves to do her best to become a good wife to Bart Axel. Being abducted by a tall, dark, ruggedly handsome yet completely infuriating cowboy is the last thing Emily expects upon her arrival in Billings, Montana. Even more distressing is the di...more
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Yvonne Harris


Bethany House


Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Set in Montana Territory in 1884, we find young Emily McCarthy on a stage coach on her way to be married to a total stranger. All arranged by the director of the orphanage where Emily was raised. Now that she is of age, they need the room she lives in so arrangements have been made. Emily is not happy about this at all, but has resigned herself to accepting it.

As she nears her destination, the stage is held up and robbed, an...more
Rachel Thompson
I downloaded this book for free for my Sony e-reader.

Emily is an orphan. After she turns eighteen, she is sent out west to become a mail-order bride, but her stagecoach is robbed. While she's standing in the middle of the road, the robber returns to kidnap her. Luke is intent on making sure Emily knows just who she's agreed to marry before she goes through with the deed.

First of all, I am sick to death of characters named Luke. They pop up in historical romances (especially westerns) way too oft...more

SETTING: 19th century Western

CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: Raised in an orphanage in a major eastern city, she is now considered to have reached the age of maturity. Finding a well to do man out West that has placed and ad in a newspaper for a wife, the Orphanage Board puts her on a train.
MALE MAIN CHARACTER: He quits his job on a major ranch and heads back home to help out on the orphanage ranch where he grew up. Out of vengeance, he kidnaps a mail ord...more
Title: The Vigilante’s Bride.

Author: Yvonne Harris.

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Western, Romance, Drama, Action/Adventure.

Plot: Eighteen year old Emily McCarthy reluctantly agrees to leave the only home she’s ever known and answer a mail order bride notice, traveling all the way from Chicago to Montana on a train in December of 1884. On the first day of her arrival, while she is on her way to meet her intended husband, the stagecoach she is riding in gets held up and Emily McCarthy is kidnapped by...more
Jan Marie Newby
The year is 1884. The nation is in the midst of a severe depression, jobs are scarce and young Emily McCarthy is being forced to leave Aldersgate Home for Girls, the only home she has ever known. The wealthy widower, Bartholomew Axel, has advertised for a wife in the Chicago Daily Tribune and the board of directors of Aldersgate has accepted his offer on Emily's behalf. Young Emily, at the age of 18 and with no other prospects in sight, reluctantly agrees to accept the marriage proposal and sets...more
I really liked this book. I love westerns, and enjoyed this one. I've never read any of Yvonne Harris' books before but would gladly read others in the future. The beginning shows Emily who was raised in an orphanage being kicked out by the board as she is of age and they need room to take in young orphans in her place. They answer a mail order bride advertisement for her and pledge her to someone she has never met. They pay for her fare on the stage coach and send her off. The stage is held up...more
THE VIGILANTE’S BRIDE by Yvonne Harris had all the ingredients for a good historical romance.

Luke Sullivan is not a man most want to contend with. Angry and bitter when he finds out his father was swindle in a card game by Bart Axel – an act that forever changed his life – Luke sets out to settle the score. When he discovers Axel’s courier will be on a stage leaving town, Luke decides to take what is rightly his. What he didn’t expect to find is young Emily McCarthy, a girl betrothed to Axel al...more
This book had a lot of the elements I remember enjoying from my childhood — gun-slinging men constantly putting themselves in danger for the people/things they care about, strong (if a little naive) women who find ingenious ways to help the people in their lives and open their eyes to God, conniving villains whose desperation ends in their downfall, and hilarious confrontations between the people you already know are going to fall in love by the story’s end. Those story traits always keep me up...more
Brenna H.
Not stellar, but not horrible, either. (Sorry, I'm kind of a picky reader.) It kept my attention and I read the book straight through in a single afternoon, so it has that in its favor. :) There were occasional scenes that I didn't really get--like the one in the horse's POV--and some of the scene changes didn't always...flow, I guess, as well as they could have. But I liked the main guy, and I mostly liked the heroine, though I found her a bit annoying in the beginning. And in the middle. But I...more
The Vigilante’s Bride isn’t your typical romance, and it’s definitely not your typical inspirational romance. Harris pushes the bounds of Christian romance in a new and refreshing way.

The story opens with our heroine being asked, forcibly, to leave the orphanage, the only home she’s ever. Without giving her an option, the board of directors at the orphanage answers a newspaper ad that will bind Emily in matrimony to a man not of her choosing. Fortunately for Emily, fate intervenes in the guise o...more
4.5 stars. But I'm giving it 5 stars here because I just had so much fun reading this book.

I loved this book. Perfect Old West story/ historical Christian romance. I came across this book by accident and what a happy accident!

The title and the beginning of chapter 1 are misleading. If you are looking for a very silly romance with lots of lovey dovey scenes, this is not your novel. Now, if you like a good fast-paced story with a strong male character and good historical features, you should give...more
For fans of historical fiction (and handsome cowboys!), The Vigilante’s Bride is a gem. The story takes place in the 1800’s, in the Montana Territory and begins with Chicago native, Emily McCarthy, making her way west to Repton, Montana to marry a man she’s never met.

Although the wealthy widower, Bartholomew Axel is a stranger, he may very well be Emily’s salvation. With no place to go and no family to turn to, Emily is in need of a quick fix for her situation as she is being forced to leave Al...more
The Vigilante’s Bride by Yvonne Harris is a Christian fiction book that is set out west in the late 1800’s. Luke is a vigilante who wants to avenge his father’s death. He decides to rob the man responsible. To do this he must intercept a stagecoach, only when he robs it, he gets more than what he was after. Emily is from Chicago and is sent out west to marry in exchange for money to the orphanage she worked at. She doesn’t want to marry a man whom she has never met, doesn’t know anything about,...more
Amber Stokes
The beginning of this book really drew me in! There is some great imagery--some lines that really made me feel like I was there, experiencing the haunting and wild aspects of the West. And the anticipation, along with the action, made me power through the first half of the book, eager to keep on reading.

However, I must say that I was disappointed with some parts of this book. There were some great set-ups at the very beginning for some deep digging into emotional turmoil, but I sensed a loss of...more
Trinity Rose

The author wrote to me and told me this, quite interesting:

“I have a couple of things about the book that aren't generally known. For instance, it is based on fact--there really was a vigilance committee by the same name in Montana and run for Granville Stuart (a real man who became an ambassador after he got out of the cattle business in Montana.) My fictional hero ran the committee for Stuart in the story. Stuart's group makes an appearance or two in the story. They were the good guys and Stu...more
I read most of it... Stopped about 100 pages from the end (read the large-print version) and skipped to the ending, which really didn't surprise me much at all. I usually never do that ever.

This book was very very dull, in realms of writing style and plot development. This is a very slow-paced book. Nothing really happens in it at all, besides some very well-worn cliches, such as the love interests hate each other and want to make each other miserable in the beginning and the girl is terrified...more
The genre of this book is 'Christian Romance'. I'm agnostic, so I didn't mind the story arc of the cowboy finding God through the woman he loves, but the whole romance angle of this came off hokey. Really. I think the book could have done with a sight LESS of it.

Most of the plot focuses on a cowboy who's trying to go straight, trying to abide by the law, and how life seems to be playing against him. It's also about the Chicago mail-order-bride he kidnaps to get even with his rival. And how, alle...more
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Yvonne Harris earned a BS in Education from the University of Hartford and has taught throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic. Unofficially retired from teaching, she teaches writing at Burlington County College in southern New Jersey, where she resides. She is a three-time finalist for the Golden Heart, once for The Vigilante’s Bride, which is her debut novel.
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