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The Kitchen Marriage

(Montana Brides #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A Montana Brides Romance

Book 2

A bright future awaits the women of courage and faith who boldly chase their dreams across the wide-open Montana Territory, prepared to embrace adventure and forge their own destinies . . .

When French immigrant Zoe de Fleur is forced out of her position as household cook for a high society New Yorker, the pretty and talented chef seizes
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Zebra (first published September 2018)
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Dale Harcombe
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
Born in France and having immigrated to America with her father years before, Zoe de Fleur finds herself suddenly out of a job as household cook. Not a chef because only men can be chefs. Instead of taking the option offered her by her ex employer, Zoe heads off in a completely different direction, heading west. However, thanks to her young friend Nico and his deceit, Zoe is not heading west to the job in a prestigious kitchen as she thinks she is. In the town of Helena, M
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Kitchen Marriage

Gina Welborn
Becca Whitham

THE KITCHEN MARRIAGE is the second book in the Montana Brides series. Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading THE KITCHEN MARRIAGE by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Zoe after she was forced out of her job as a household cook! What an awesome story. All
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Kitchen Marriage. It took me a bit of time to sort out who everyone was in the book. I was fairly confused about some of the underhanded things going on in town that were hinted at. I think it might have helped to have read the first book in the series to understand some of the backstory.

I enjoyed the mail order bride aspect of this book and the resulting relationship issues that developed between Zoe and the Gunderson brothers. The fact that Zoe was the focus between these two bro
Maureen Timerman
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
A very different type of mail order bride story, especially when the perspective bride is lied to when she only reads French. Now who was the culprit who lied? Well, a delightful youngster who is very street smart, and becomes our Zoe’s unofficial brother, or a brother of the heart.
This is the second book in this series that I have read, and as enjoyable as the first. When our Zoe arrives, she is pledged to a twin brother, one who seems to like her and the other thinks she is a gold digger.
Leslie M.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second installment in the “Montana Brides Romance” series. I enjoy mail-order bride stories, so I was glad to have the chance to read this one. I didn’t read the first one, but I wasn’t lost with this story. It has a love triangle, which is a bit of a twist for this type of story.

The writing in this historical romance flows seamlessly, so you don’t realize it’s actually written by two separate writers. The faith element is woven throughout, and there are some difficult themes address
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley

I didn't like author's style, I got lost with so many names, I think you should read first book..
The heroine was a French girl, and she talked "zis is fine, zat would be good...". It was annoying.
I didn't like the Hero, he was lusting after his brother's bride....
I skipped a lot...
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I was so hoping that this book would center around gourmet food and romance like the title suggests, but The Kitchen Marriage reads like most other historical romances set in the west. I love historical romances, so It’s not a bad thing, just a little disappointing. That being said, this book also has a love triangle which I tend to loath these days since it seems to be an overused trope in tv, film, and books. Still, I actually still like this book in spite of it having checked off that major R ...more
Suzie Waltner
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The Kitchen Marriage is a mail-order bride book with a couple of twists. First, the bride doesn't realize she's responding to an ad for a bride. Second are the twin brothers who have big, but completely different personalities.

Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham take readers to the bustling city of Helena, Montana and expose some of the challenges of a growing city as well as the difficulty of a newcomer finding their place.
Zoe de Fleur is a memorable character--originally from France, a che
Cheryl Baranski
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
The Kitchen Marriage is book two in the Montana Brides series by Gina Welborn and Goodreads Author (Becca Whitman.) This is the first book that I have read in this series. This was a unique story. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 3.0 stars
Gina Holder
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zoe de Fleur is a chef…uh I mean, home cook, in a time when women could not be chefs no matter how brilliant their cooking expertise. At the recommendation of a grumpy old chef, Zoe loses her job and the only home she’s known for many years. Zoe speaks English, but cannot read or write it, and is therefore tricked by the young boy she’s befriended into uprooting herself and heading for Denver to a chef’s position that doesn’t exist. Here’s where the fun begins.
This mail-order bride romance becom
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
For the most part I enjoyed The Kitchen Marriage. The plot was a unique take on the mail order bride theme with a bride who was mistakenly led to believe she was answering an ad for a position as a chef. The fact that the intended groom had a twin brother who was antagonistic toward the bride made the story even more interesting, especially when the plot took an unexpected twist or two.

Characters were well-rounded and interesting although Zoe's accent was sometimes distracting. I would have like
Vicky Sluiter
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The Kitchen Marriage has a couple of unexpected twists and a mystery. It was enough to keep my interest and keep me turning pages. I won’t say what happened as I don’t want to spoil it, but do be on the lookout!

This is the second book in a series, and while you can read it as a standalone I wouldn’t recommend it. I haven’t read book one and got lost periodically. But I always found my way back and enjoyed the story.

I did find a few flaws with phrasing etc. and the time period but I could overloo
Patti Pierce
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
oe de Fleur, a kitchen cook, finds herself without a job when a male chef takes issue with her and forces her employer to fire Zoe. Without any recourse, her young friend Nico convinces Zoe to go west to become a chef at a hotel. Because Zoe is French and cannot read English well, she embarks on a journey laced with deception. Rather than sending her to become a chef, her actual destination involves matrimony. Also, Nico fails to mention that he plans on coming west as well. Living in today’s ti ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance fans
Sparks fly in the kitchen and in the heart...

I've been looking forward to The Kitchen Marriage since I read book 1 in the Montana Brides Romance series last year. Within a few pages I was immersed in the lives of Zoe, a certain young rapscallion, and the equally charming and frustrating Gunderson brothers.

The Kitchen Marriage was a lovely blend of sweet romance, a dash of humor, and a continuing thread of suspense. There were some real twists and turns in the story, not so much in the romance en
Hallie Szott
Nov 12, 2018 marked it as reviewed
Shelves: books-for-review
I do love a good mail-order bride story—especially when it starts with mishaps and miscommunications. The Kitchen Marriage is just that, and it is a whole lot of fun to read.

Chef Zoe de Fleur heads west in need of a job without realizing she’s actually responding to an ad for a bride. Upon her arrival in Helena, Montana, she gets to know Jakob Gunderson, the man who sent for her, and his twin brother, Isaak. Naturally, a problematic love triangle ensues, along with a story full of danger, myster
Authors Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham have come together and written an enjoyable historical mail-order bride romance in The Kitchen Marriage, book two in the Montana Brides series. Although the pacing of the book is a bit slow, the story is still fun and enjoyable. It introduces readers to the prejudices of true mail-order brides vs. those that are acting fraudulently, as well as to the idea of making a life for oneself and finding true love. Welborn and Whitham’s novel is one that readers tha ...more
Deana Dick
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I was hoping that the story would move faster as I read but for me it seemed to drag. I did like the idea of mail order brides as the theme. It seemed to be very popular during the time period of this story. Zoe is the main character of the book and I had a like/hate relationship with her. For some reason she bothered me with her over the top sugary personality or perhaps she went to Helene on false pretenses. She did have some redeeming qualities of caring for others and staying committed.

Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
When I saw the title and summary of this book, I was very intrigued. I have never met a French mail order bride before, or even a female chef from this time period. Unfortunately, it did take me a bit to really get into the story. The first part of the book didn't hold my interest a whole lot. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been shortened. I wanted for Zoe to quickly answer an ad and be on her way to Montana, but it took a while to get to that point. And then when she did arrive, ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an delightful author collaboration from two wonderful women, Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham. Both these ladies have worked together to create such a wonderful story for our reading pleasure. A beautiful friendship spun into words that leave your heart filled with joy and warmth.

Zoe de Fluer ends up losing her job and finding herself in an agency for mail-order brides. Really, she's unsure of her next steps in life. Being a chef for a high society NY socialite was the biggest achievement
Janice Sisemore
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
The Kitchen Marriage

I enjoy mail order bride stories and especially during this book in history. This one has a different version of mail order bride. Zoe just needs to find a home since was being kick out from where she lived. So, her and Nico travel across country to Helena, Montana. Nico is like a brother to her but read the book to find out more about him.

Isaak and Zoe has quite an interesting time actually finding their way to each other. I loved the scene where she is getting a bunch of
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
"The Kitchen Marriage" by Gina Welborn & Beccan Whitham is a story about a cook who loses her job and is tricked into being a mail order bride. This is a story of twin brothers rivalry and love.

There are surprises all throughout this story.

It is the second book in the series. I didn't read the first book but I have added it to my to be read list and there are others coming. I hope the other books revealed that a certain couple gets justice dealt to them because they deal in selling young girls
Virginia Winfield
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this series and it would be helpful to have read the first book in the series but not imperative. I so enjoyed Zoe and Jakob and Isaak. This is a great historical western romance. This really shows how family members need to learn to communicate. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Karen Hadley
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What could be more stressful and awkward than to be attracted to your twin brother’s fiancée? Yet, Isaac finds himself in that very situation. I loved all three of the main characters in this story. Isaac who strives to do right and what is expected from him. Jakob who struggles to grow up and prove he can finish what he starts. Zoe, I love her French accent, strength and courage as she faces decisions for her future and that of her sort-of brother. I would so like to taste the many
Nov 11, 2018 added it
Shelves: romantic
Zoe needs to move on from her old job of Household cook. Her friend Nico, a sorta brother, tells her of a chance to move to Denver to be a chef. But Nico's plan is a buff. The job isn't real. Zoe is meeting a lady in charge of mail order brides to the wilds of Montana. ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Carpe diem - seize the day. This motto fit Zoe very well, who because she was female, was known as a home cook, even though she was a Paris trained chef. Having left Paris for New York City, it wasn't difficult to seize the opportunity to head west to seek her dreams. A mail-order bride was not what she had in mind, but it seemed to be the right ting to do at the time. Read on to find a story of twin brothers always trying to best each other, lies, intrigue, family and maybe even love.
This was m
Deanna Stevens
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
A story of matchmaking and mail order brides. It definitely took bravery and faith to chase dreams into the Montana territory. Zoe’s story is a wonderful adventure! Fun reading her French accent and ideas on cooking.. I was gifted a copy, no review was required. My review is voluntary...
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great read. I really enjoyed this story line. From the beginning we get to know these characters and their desires.

I loved that there was a mystery character thrown in and we don’t know who it is, but we get to hear his or her thoughts and they aren’t good. That adds some tension to the book.

It was such an intriguing plot because Jakob was a nice guy and you want things to work out for him but by reading the backcover you know there could potentially be a twist that could really hurt
Jodie Wolfe
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first introduction to the Montana Brides Romance series by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham. I admit that the beginning was quite confusing to me at first because of the introduction of a slew of characters all at once. Being new to the series, I found it hard to follow for a bit, but once I got into the story, I found it quite delightful. I loved the French heroine and was rooting for her to find her heart's desires. While both of these authors were new to me, they are ones that I wil ...more
Jennifer  J.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Slightly improbable but true to its historical romance genre, here’s a story about dashed hopes, future dreams, the trials and travails of the mail-order bride era, and women’s continual struggle for fair treatment and opportunity. With an easy writing style and a story that unfolds comfortably, The Kitchen Marriage succeeds as a pleasant read with some very interesting historical details woven throughout. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Isaak and Jakob Gunderson are twins who have spent their lives as each other’s best friend in spite of their competitive nature toward one another. They have a great relationship, or so it seems until Zoe de Fleur, a young woman who comes to Montana thinking she is going to have a job as a chef but in actuality is a mail-order bride, enters their lives. It was great fun to watch the word play between the three of them. This is a story of two brothers and a girl, of them coming into their own, re ...more
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