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Love on the Prairie

(McKinnie Mail Order Brides #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  629 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Abigail McKinnie refuses to allow her sisters to be dispersed across the nation as mail order brides. Despite the fact the union soldiers took everything from them during their march through Atlanta-their lands scorched, house burned, food stolen-she won’t give up. With a plan in place, she sets out for Kansas to her second cousin under the guise of marriage. But instead, ...more
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Published March 2nd 2017 (first published 2017)
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Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first ever book of Ciara Knight that I read. It is very well paced, such a sweet romance between the two lovable characters. I’m very excited for you to meet Abigail McKinnie and Owen Baker.

Abigail McKnnnie has six younger sisters and when their house has been demolished, all possessions are gone including their dreams, she fees responsible to provide a comfortable life to her sisters even if this means agreeing to a marriage of convenience. She vows that she needs no man in her lif
Deanne Patterson
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the McKinnie Mail Order Brides series and this is sister Abigail's story. A sweet and clean well developed story line. After their Southern Georgia home is destroyed along with their way of life and the comforts that entails oldest sister,Abigail feels it's her responsibility to take care of her sisters.Abigail has six sisters and I am assuming each sister will have her own story in the series. Traveling to the prairie of Kansas is a little more than uncomfortable for h ...more
This was a good read. I love a good mail order bride story but this wasn't really one. It was fun to read. Nothing really great about the writing and a little silly drama lead to the 3 stars. This is a clean western romance that is about a woman fighting for her place in the west.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Inaccuracies overwhelming plot

I want to like this book. The premise seemed a good start. But I'm only a short amount in, and the inaccuracies are grabbing all my attention. You cinch a belt, not synch it. You can't churn butter on a homestead with only chickens, 1 ox(that means male), and one horse. And you cannot spin cotton into linen. Just ...oy.
Vikki Vaught
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Musings

This is a sweet western romance with engaging characters and a great plot. I believe this is the first historical written by this author and she definitely tells a good story, but some of the garbage is a little modern. That's the only reason I have it 4 stars. Happy ☺reading 📚!
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love On The Prairie ( McKinnie Mail Order Brides -Book 1 )
By: Ciara Knight
Love on The Prairie is book one in the new series McKinnie Mail Order Brides. I have just found Ciara Knight and love her writing so far. This was a good clean western , on the prairie, romance and I loved it. The story takes place on the prairie. I really enjoyed the two main characters, Abigail and Owen. They both have been through so much. Abigail and her sisters are left with nothing after the war took everything away
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Post Civil War love story. Abigail, the oldest of 6 and is leaving home to go to a relatives prairie home to become his wife so she can start a new life for her and her sisters. They lost family, love, possessions, home and one even her virtue after Sherman's troops left. She finds herself at the home only to find her cousin had just died and there is a stranger stated it is his land. Abigail will fight tooth and nail against, the harsh prairie life, gossip and even Indians to keep what is hers. ...more
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LOVE ON THE PRAIRIE begins the McKinnie Mail Order Brides series with a complex couple who have their hearts set on far, far different goals when Abigail and Owen first meet. I love this time period, the ongoing march to the West coast and the War Between the States on the East and South – plus some Regency over in England. It’s a time when a lot is going on in the world, so I will devour romances set within this general time frame. A story or a series doesn’t have to
Dorothy Roller
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Worth much more than five stars. Very much worth reading this first story in this series.

I loved this awesome story. Ms. Knight created very good characters and did her research well for understanding life on the prairie and how to live with these Native Americans who were peaceful when the white people came into their sacred land but didn't want war with them. This story is about life after the Civil War and one family of sisters that lived in Georgia lost everyone and everything they had and w
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! I really liked both Abigail and Owen! Abigail is spunky and sassy and determined. Her love for her sisters is admirable. Owen is such a gentleman. He is kind, caring and hard working. Both of them could be quite stubborn, which was entertaining at times. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow.

I loved the story! I loved the lessons it contained about not judging others and not making assumptions about another person’s life. I also really liked the interactions Abi
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love on the Prairie by Ciara Knight is Book 1 in the new
McKinnie Mail Order Brides series.
The book is wonderful! I really enjoyed reading it!
It is a touching & emotional love story.
Abigail & sisters have lost everything because of the war. To survive, Abigail travels alone to Kansas from Georgia to marry her cousin. On her way there, he dies. The land is now owned by a man Owen.
He & her cousin worked their claims together.
Now Abigail has claimed her cousin's land as her own.
The two of them d
Susannah Carleton
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise and characters with potential, but the writing is substandard, and the editing and copy editing—if there was any—was worse.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think it's only fair to start this review with the admission that I really don't tend to gravitate towards books that are straight romance. The only romance I usually read is the paranormal type. BUT, in this case, I knew this author. I knew there was going to be nothing typical or cheesy about this read. And frankly, anything based in the Civil War era intrigues me, because there was so much more to it that didn't make the war as simple as our history books have made it sound. Nor was the wes ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love Mail Order Bride Historical Romances, they hold a special place in my heart because they were the first romances I ever read as a kid. Now whenever I get my chubby paws on one, I do a happy dance and usually read it within a day. That's what I did with this one. I'm pretty sure I finished it in under 2 hours!
Abigail McKinnie is no shrinking violet and doesn't back down from a fight. She's feisty and resiliant and one heck of a loyal sister. The writing was good, but the pacing was
Cute easy read
Tamra Delasalle Padgett
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ciara Knight you have yet another awesome book with such strong women as your characters. During such a time of war and struggle these women prevail even when doing things is against what they believe in. Can't wait to read more on this series. Ciara is one of my top favorite authors and never disappoints me. Make sure you get this book and start reading. I received the book from Ciara Knight from a contest so please know this is my honest review.
Tammy Rolle
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Choosing to survive

Abigail is willing to do whatever it takes to rebuild a home for her and her sisters. The war took everything. She wasn't giving up any more. Owen has lost everything more than once. He needs to make Abigail understand that the prairie is no place for a woman on her own. What will it take to make them realize how much they need each other?
I love mail order bride stories.This was a great one with a twist & turn. ...more
Lisa Whitehead
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A short story about mail order brides out west.
A hard working woman, a man who knows just how hard the land is.
An enjoyable enough read to fill in a grey afternoon.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
In “Love on the Prairie” by Ciara Knight, we see the destruction that the war left on the citizens, the communities, and those who bravely fought in this war. Abigail McKinnie and her sisters are left with nothing after Sherman’s march to the sea during the Civil War. Because they will starve if they don’t think of something to help, the sisters decide to offer themselves as mail-order brides. Although with seven young women looking not for love, but for security, the pickings in their community ...more
Love on the Prairie” by Ciara Knight, is a tale of the ravages of war in post Civil War, Altanta. Seven sisters must survive with nothing left of their beautiful plantation but burned, scarred land, a house that the Yankees burned, their parents deaths, the destruction and terror of their lives, in ways than one. So, Abigail, the eldest of the sisters sets out to become a mail order bride to their cousin, William, in order to save her devastated sisters. Once she reaches him, he has died. His fr ...more
Brandan WH
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Post civil war love story

I almost didn’t make it past the first pages, primarily because of the line “...our slaves abandoned us...”. Saying I could not roll my eyes long or hard enough would not be an exaggeration. But, given that this story is about a family of women from Georgia, some blatantly ignorant comments were allowed.
Abigail is the oldest girl of 6 surviving siblings. All girls, they lost their brothers and parents in quick succession. Abigail is trying to keep her sanity and her fam
Margaret Watkins
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in one of the most difficult periods in American history, Love on the Prairie tells the story of seven sisters having to face the aftermath of devastation and war, with no one to depend on other than themselves. However, as they decide to choose the option of becoming mail order brides, they find that it's going to be a whole lot more difficult than they at first thought. Abigail is the first sister to set off, with the plan that she will be able to marry her cousin and then send for her sis ...more
Bethany Swafford
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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With her family's home destroyed from the war, Abigail sets out to save her sisters from being scattered as mail order brides by traveling to her cousin's claim in the territory. When she arrives and learns of her cousin's death, she must work hard to prove herself. Will she dare to let love into her heart along the way?

Abigail's reason for her journey was very practical, and I liked that about her. She was no shrinking daisy, but at the same time, she was almost too tough. It was difficult to b
Michelle Louise
After the Civil War, Abigail McKinnie is doing her best to hold her family together after Sherman's Union Army destroyed her home, killed her brothers, and took the innocence of one of her sisters. In order to do that, she makes an arrangement with a distant cousin to be his mail-order-bride and help on his farm in the prairies of Kansas. Unfortunately when she gets there, she discovers that her cousin is dead and that his partner, the handsome Owen Baker, has taken over the land she believes is ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love on The Prairie is book one in the new series McKinnie Mail Order Brides. I have recently been introduced to Ciara Knight and really enjoy her writing style. I love historical fiction and this book grabbed me from the very beginning. The book starts out with Abigail living in Georgia and trying to keep her sisters together after losing most of their home and so many of her family in the war. Abigail decides to go out west to marry her cousin so she can keep her family together. The challengi ...more
Sherri Smith
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story is about Abigail McKinnie who goes across the country to marry her cousin, in hopes of bringing her sisters there with her. Their home is destroyed, compliments of the Civil War, and unless her siblings wish to become mail order brides, this is the only thing Abigail see's as the solution. Unfortunately, their cousin, is dead and Abigail finds herself claiming the land while trying to convince Owen Baker, the neighbor, that she belongs there.

Aye. Not sure what to say about this story.
Sarah B White
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Story of Love on the Prairie

This is a sweet story of love on the prairie. There was a problem of Indian attacks or fears of Indian Attacks which got everyone in an uproar, leading the settlers to try to oust the Indians from their homes. The settler attacked the Indian villages trying to injure or kill as many as possible because when they had first settled the West they Indians had tried to scare the settlers.
Abigail and her sisters lived in the deep south where they had always lived in t
Sarah Zinn
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book itself wasn't awful, just hard to lose myself in. Between the devastated Southern belles trope, the false anachronisms (no one said "freaked out" or talked about being "stressed" in the post-Civil War era; those are modern idioms), the tap-dancing around modern psychological concepts (not to say they didn't have an understanding of PTSD without having a name for it, but the addressing of the matter didn't feel earnest)... it just didn't ring true to me, and I was often too caught up in ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I have always been a big fan of mail order bride stories and this one had a storyline that really tugged at my heartstrings because of the bleak future of our heroine, Abigail, and her six sisters who are traumatized after the Yankees burn their Georgia plantation to the ground. She accepts a marriage proposal from her cousin William and travels to Kansas in hopes that he will take in her sisters as well, but when she arrives his partner Owen informs Abigail that William is dead. Abigail's iron ...more
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Ciara Knight is a USA Today and Maggie award winning author who 'Fights for Love. One Book at a Time'.

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A brand new sweet, small town romance is coming in 2019! This one will be set in Sugar M

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