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Twin sisters say "I do" in the Wild West!

SURPRISE BRIDE FOR THE COWBOY by Lauri Robinson

Mary McCary never wanted to be a mail-order bride, but falling off the Oak Grove train into Steve Putnam's lap changes everything... Could he be the cowboy to tempt her down the aisle?

TAMING THE RUNAWAY BRIDE by Kathryn Albright

Running from trouble, Maggie McCary signs up to be a mail-
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Harlequin Special Releases
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Elaine Hathaway
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to have won a copy of this great book, Two twin sisters trying to survive by selling Tonic. They get forced into going to oak Grove to be mail order brides or stay in jail and do their time for being caught selling tonic with no permit.No family but the sisters are left. they arrive and the oldest sister by a few minutes decides to leave and find a place to let the current batch of tonic brew so they can sell it and get money and move on. little did they know this town would become h ...more
Susan
SURPRISE BRIDE FOR THE COWBOY by Lauri Robinson

Mary McCary never wanted to be a mail-order bride, but falling off the Oak Grove train into Steve Putnam's lap changes everything... Could he be the cowboy to tempt her down the aisle?

Good book. The story opens with a prologue, showing Mary and Maggie in jail in Ohio. They have been arrested for selling their "tonic" without a permit. They are given a choice of staying in jail or becoming mail-order brides in a small town in Kansas. There really is
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Babs
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Mary and Maggie McCary have nothing left since their father died. They do have his recipe for heal all tonic. They have to become mail order brides or face jail as they do not have a permit to sell the tonic. The are on the bride train to Oak Grove.
They have other plans then marrying. Mary is in luck and is hired as a cook that is until she learns her new boss is Steve Putnam.

Steve needs a cook or his men won’t get fed as Rex, the regular cook heals. Steve likes Mary and loves her cooking. When
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is a book with two stories by two different authors. Two twins have arrived in Oak Grove as mail order brides. Neither plans to marry.

Surprise Bride for the Cowboy is Lauri Robinson's. I have been a Lauri Robinson fan for years and always look forward to her books. I picked this one up and read it straight through. Mary is such a great character. She tries to be very strong and independent. Getting a job cooking on a ranch is part of her escape plan from marriage. She will make enough money
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Yvonne Wohlfeil
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet love story I enjoyed this book of Steve and Mary. just finished Maggie and Jackson's story very good another sweet love story. There both a must read if you want a love story.
Kathy Heare Watts
THINGS OFTEN DON’T WORK OUT LIKE YOU THOUGHT THEY WOULD IN THE BEGINNING

I enjoyed these two stories by two wonderful authors. Twin sisters, Mary and Maggie McCary find themselves in a pickle in their town in Ohio and are arrested, jailed, and forced to sign a contract and take a train to Oak Grove, Kansas as mail-order brides, along with three other women.

These two stories will be about Mary and Maggie, with bits and pieces of the other brides and some of the prospective hope-to-be grooms. Ther
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Kathy Heare Watts
THINGS OFTEN DON’T WORK OUT LIKE YOU THOUGHT THEY WOULD IN THE BEGINNING

I enjoyed these two stories by two wonderful authors. Twin sisters, Mary and Maggie McCary find themselves in a pickle in their town in Ohio and are arrested, jailed, and forced to sign a contract and take a train to Oak Grove, Kansas as mail-order brides, along with three other women.

These two stories will be about Mary and Maggie, with bits and pieces of the other brides and some of the prospective hope-to-be grooms. Ther
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Maria Dariotis
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Surprise Bride for the Cowboy
By Lauri Robinson
Rating 5 stars
Heat 1🔥

Mary McCary and her twin sister have nothing left but each other and their fathers family recipe for heal-all tonic. Since their fathers passing and being ordered to become mail order brides or face jail, without a permit they can't sell the tonic, they of course chose to become brides on the bride train straight to Oak Grove. But the girls have other plans and that doesn't include marriage! Luck is on Mary's side so it seems-sh
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Connie Tillman
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - I loved the idea of twin sisters and their adventures. Meet Maggie and Mary - twin sisters who get into trouble for selling "snake juice" and have to go west to become mail order brides. The sisters are spunky and don't like to be told what to do or controlled.

SURPRISE BRIDE FOR THE COWBOY by Lauri Robinson

Mary is the more practical, level-headed, and yes, even the oldest of the twins, even if it is only by mere minutes. While she and Maggie are forced to travel to Kansas a
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Cynthia
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great buy two books for 1.99 from two delightful authors who have intertwined two stories together that complement each other. Two twin sisters whose father has died is more or less run out of town and made to become mail order brides or go to jail. The two stories are built around them and their goal of whether or not to get married.

Surprise Bride for the Cowboy
Mary has always been the one to take care of issues, dealing with problems and take care of her family. When her father die
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Shash
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twins, Mary and Maggie McCary, avoid jail time by agreeing to be mail order brides. Of course, they don’t plan on actually marrying anyone. They’ll just leave before it comes to that.

The book is set up with a prologue, then Mary’s story (by Lauri Robinson), then Maggie’s story (by Kathryn Albright), and then it ends with an epilogue. The twins’ stories start in the very same place, as the train pulls into Oak Grove. From there, their stories take very different paths. I liked having the stories
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is a book with two stories by two different authors. Two twins have arrived in Oak Grove as mail order brides. Neither plans to marry.

Surprise Bride for the Cowboy is Lauri Robinson's. I have been a Lauri Robinson fan for years and always look forward to her books. I picked this one up and read it straight through. Mary is such a great character. She tries to be very strong and independent. Getting a job cooking on a ranch is part of her escape plan from marriage. She will make enough mon
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Sally
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Mail Order Brides of Oak Grove is two sweet love stories about twin sisters in the Wild West written by two authors: Surprise Bride for the Cowboy by Lauri Robinson features Mary, the responsible “older” sister, while Taming the Runaway Bride by Kathryn Albright features Maggie, who likes to do as she wants, not as she’s told.

Mary and Maggie have recently lost their father, who took them from town to town selling his miraculous tonic. Their lives were interesting but not very stable. With their
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Lois
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this sweet story of twins, Mary & Maggie McCary. They are given the choice of jail time or become mail order brides to the city of Oak Grove by the sheriff for selling the family tonic without a permit. Mary's story is written by Lauri Robinson. She tells the story of a strong young woman trying to find a place for herself & her sister without marriage. It was fun seeing how she shows her rancher employer, Steve (a burned no marrying man himself) that he can't live with ...more
claire jones
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Twin sisters Mary and Maggie, have been told to leave town or go to jail, after being caught selling their fathers' "tonic" , without a permit. They get separated on the train which leaves us with two stories. Both sisters are wilful and determined to make money from their formula to get out of marrying. Both stories follow similar plotlines, girl meets boy, neither want to marry, but....
The stories are interesting, the men are intriguing and the two sisters are determined in a time when women w
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Teri Donaldson
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everything about this book with two parts was delightful. I agree with another reviewing in that I smiled the entire time I was reading it.
Both Mary and Maggie are just as sweet and adorable as any potential mail order brides can be, even though they felt like they had not agreed to be mail order brides. They are both quirky, sassy and have hearts of gold. I quickly became endeared to each of them.
There were so many fun moments-ink and coffee fights, singing to the fishes, pet baby raccoons and
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Janice Sisemore
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
Mail-order Brides of Oak Grove

Surprise bride for the Cowboy by Lauri Robinson

Mary and Maggie get on a train for Mail-order brides but just trying to get away. When they get to Oak Grove they go their separate ways. Steve needs a cook and by surprise to him she ends up at his place. Mary makes tonic but has to hide it. This book is a very enjoyable, and funny. Loved it.

Taming the Runaway Bride by Kathryn Albright

This one is about Maggie and she is trying to sell the tonic while Mary is making
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Susan
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a page turner! The banter between the characters is just so engaging and fun. Mary and Steve have sparks fly and I loved watching them tip toe around each other. Maggie was hilarious in how she kept popping up in Jackson's life! The twins cracked me up and I loved that I felt the bond between the two. They had such great personalities and hearts of gold. Such a neat way to write both ladies stories and have them entwined. Each story had twists and turns that made it such a bookshelf keeper! ...more
Barbara Leuthe
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved both of these stories.Mary and Maggie just came alive on the pages and i could not wait to see what adventures they had.I will definitely look for more books by these authors and hope for more in the mail order brides series.I received this book free as part of goodreads giveaways.
Donna Foster
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Full of praise for this clean read that is adorably sweet and a little sassy.
Becca12348
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Mary’s story (3.5-4 stars) was better than Maggie’s (2.5-3 stars.) Overall, 3 stars for the entire book.
Cindy Nipper
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mary:
This is my first book by Lauri but I loved it! The ending comment by the Dr was perfect and had me laughing out loud! I loved the raccoon and ink incident as well! I'm especially fond of romances when the two start out as enemies or appalled by one another but find true love by being forced to spend time together! This book has all that and more!!

Maggie:
I just love Kathyrn's books! This one was of the same quality I've come to expect of her writing! Neither Maggie or the carpenter were look
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Lauri Robinson's chosen genre to write is Western historical, and when asked why, she says, "Because I know I wasn't the only girl who wanted to grow up and marry Little Joe Cartwright."

With a degree in early childhood education, Lauri has spent three decades working in the non-profit field for Head Start, Child Abuse Intervention, the March of Dimes, and United Way. She claims the once upon a tim
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