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Love on the Ranch

(McKinnie Mail Order Brides #4)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Elizabeth McKinnie will no longer accept men ruling her life. After the Civil War devastated her family home, and having no way to survive, Elizabeth accepts one of the mail-order bride proposals presented to her and her sisters. She chooses a man who promises to treat her as an equal. Her sister convinces her to switch suitors, proclaiming the weather in Texas would be mo ...more
Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Defy the Dark Publishing
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I liked it but didn't love it. And the ending was too quick and not particularly romantic.

Jeb is a cantankerous rancher with a managing mother, who hates women.
Elizabeth is a southern belle fresh from the war who is part special snowflake.
But he needs a bride to make his mother happy with grandbabies and she needs a home away from the burnt out shell of the south.

I really enjoyed the first 3rd but then Jeb started to wear on me and Elizabeth was just too chock full of super powers. She's a fan
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When love ruins all your plans…

The characters are everything in this slice of the American Wild West that shares the adventure of that time as well as the hardships. War, lawlessness, survival – there was a lot to live through and overcome and Elizabeth and Jeb’s romance highlights them all…

“…but that’s what’s funny about destiny. It’s a vixen…”

Elizabeth was a survivor. She had gone through the wars (literally) and suddenly found herself alone with no one to count on but herself. She was fei
Beyond The Covers Blog
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romaine
After the Civil War there was so much  destruction left behind. Lost loved ones. Homes destroyed. In the 1800's women had no rights. If the men in their lives died, they were on their own.

Elizabeth and her six sisters had a chance to become mail order brides that would spread them over the states to begin a new life.

Elizabeth is a strong and fiesty young woman who would not allow any man to control her life. She stood on firm ground determined to work as hard if not harder than any man.

Jeb was i
Lydia's Bookshelf
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Wow!!!! I absolutely ADORED this book!!! What a treat. This was my first book by Ciara Knight (and my first Historical Western Romance too) and I must say I am VERY impressed. Wow!! I fell irrevocably in love with Ciara Knight’s words. From the very beginning to the very last page, I was GLUED. I actually stayed up all night reading which is something that almost never happens.

Elizabeth—what an amazing character!! She was so strong and sassy! Loved, loved, loved her. She certainly didn’t put up
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is a good historical romance read. The book is the 4th in the McKinnie Mail Order Bride series but can be read as a stand alone read. The story is a well written, and has a good flow. The characters are good, and interesting. The story is a good historical, western, inspirational, and sweet love story read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The McKinnie sisters are strong and resilient and I love seeing them find happiness. This is Elizabeth's story. She is feisty and determined, and Jeb is so stubborn. The sparks really fly as they face off. It's another great book in a wonderful series! ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Unexpected Adventure

This was one of the better books in the series. I was a fan of Elizabeth right away and enjoyed her spirit as she fought against the many challenges she faced to survive her harsh journey to happiness. There were a few times the characters' stubbornness drove me crazy, but I was happy with the ending and look forward to reading Francine's story. 4.4/5
Tiffany Readz
Excellent Period Piece

What a breath of fresh air this book was! There's nothing like getting out of your comfort zone occasionally and that is exactly what Love on the Ranch was for me. While it is book four in the series, it was the first one I read and is perfect as a standalone.

We are back in the 1800's with this story, a time when a woman's worth was how well she can cook and how many babies she can produce. Hard to believe and very difficult for a fiery red head called Elizabeth. This was m
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I was actually quite excited to start this book! I do enjoy a good historical, mail order bride story and this one caught my attention.

It is book 4 in the series and I was intrigued by the others stories but thanks to the small bit at the beginning that gave an overview I didn't really feel like I had missed too much. The book starts of well with a spunky character who knows what she wants out of life and isn't going to settle despite her limited options.

The book was well written and definitely
Ann-Maree Howarth
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a new author for me and I must say I very much enjoyed this book and the character within it. This is book 4 of this series and I just might have to go back and read them all when time permits. I found the authors writing style to be great with the flow and descriptive language used had me totally interested to the end. I loved Elisabeth she is a strong independent woman that was not going to let any man stop her from doing what she wanted or needed to do. The book is full of drama and i ...more
Cassie May
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Blog
I have read the first book in this series and somehow missed book 2 and 3 and now got my hands on the fourth book in the McKinnie mail order brides. It can be read as a complete standalone, since the beginning tells a little about how and why the sisters chose to be mail order brides.
I have to say, the concept of mail order brides always fascinated me, so this series tickled my fancy, even though I normally don’t like romance books set in the past.
Kelly Tyree
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love on the Ranch is a mail order bride book that is about two people who have to overcome their own insecurities and preconceived ideas about marriage to be able to find love.

Elizabeth Mckinnie is forced to become a mail order bride because her home is destroyed during the Civil War. Her sisters have become brides and now it is her turn. Elizabeth has asthma so her sister switches places with her and send Elizabeth to a ranch to marry a man she has not corresponded with. All Elizabeth wanted t
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book in the McKinnie Mail Order Bride series by Ciara Knight. I've read 1, 2 and 4. I've got to find #3. You don't necessarily have to read the first one as the Author does a great job providing back ground history through out the book. This series is about a family of sisters. The Civil war brought so much destruction to their homestead and family that the sisters are starting to spread across the country in the mail order bride process. I love Elizabeth's character. She's stron ...more
Christy Buckelew
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me and I received an ARC for reviewing.

From the moment that Elizabeth meets Jeb the sparks are there but both deny them. Elizabeth is a strong independent woman who has survived the civil war and is making sacrifices to help her sisters survive the aftermath by each agreeing to be mail order brides. She has a health condition that forces her sister to switch spots and she is sent to meet a cowboy instead of her intended.

Jeb is a cowboy trying to make his ranch profitabl
Jill Anna  Freeman
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
”Love On The Ranch- (McKinnie Mail Order Brides Book 4 “ by Ciara Knight is a tale of a mail-order bride... Elizabeth McKinnie ..who as a result of being destitute post-Civil War ....accepts a a cattle baron, Jeb Clayton, she has never met in Texas. Jeb is initially dismayed by his first view of his bride-to-be he had great hopes rearing sturdy sons to assist him with his cattle ranch. Sadly...they both ...for reasons of their own...despise each other on sight....and do not . ...more
Becky Baldridge
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't read much historical fiction because the creative license taken often veers way off from historical facts. However, this one is set in time period when women were often forced out of their traditional roles and had to take extreme actions just to survive. So, while you probably wouldn't have found many, if any, women doing the things Elizabeth does, it makes you feel good to think they might have, and certainly gives you reason to smile. Jeb, on the other hand, frustrated me to no end wi ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Love on the Ranch (McKinnie Mail Order Brides Book 4)
By Ciara Knight
5 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

I love nothing more than a good historical romance story and this was a brilliant read! I was totally captivated by what I was reading from the very first page. The authors’ writing was detailed and rich and I felt immersed into the time period in which the story was set. This is the second book that I have read by this author but the first from this series.
I really lik
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a light, romantic read about a southern woman, after the Civil War, who has lost everything and agrees to be a mail order bride. Elizabeth winds up out west, on a cattle ranch owned by Jeb, a man whose childhood was difficult at best. Jeb's father was an alcoholic who squandered whatever money the family had on booze and gambling. Jeb grew up hungry and is driven to make sure he is successful at his work, and never hungry again. Elizabeth grew up in a wealthy and loving family and after ...more
Diane Wilson
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Knight and also the first Historical romance I've read and I must say I am impressed by both. I enjoyed Miss Knight's writing style and thoroughly enjoyed the story. Even though it was set in the Post Civil War era, it did not feel that way. I found it funny that the main part of the story was set in Sherman Texas as I have a friend who lives there and I have been there. It was interesting to think of the town I knew as it once was.

The characters were well
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a dramatic, heartwarming and interesting story. Jeb is hard, harsh and stubborn. Elizabeth is a strong, tough, brave, determined and generous. After losing everything during the civil war, Elizabeth has no choice but to be a mail order bride, so she agrees to a match in Seattle, but at the last minute finds that her sister switched places with her and she's going to a cattle baron in Texas. When she arrives, and Jeb finds that she's not who she's supposed to be, he is angry and wants her ...more
K is for Cathy
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not JUST another mail order bride book. The McKinnie family lost more than family during the war between the states. The seven remaining sisters agree to be mail order brides, now that they can no longer exist at their home. Each sister being unique in looks, personality and desires how they want for their future. Elizabeth, the independent woman has agreed move to Seattle to be an equal with her future husband. Undermined by her younger domesticated sister, who takes off to Seattle to trade hus ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Love on The Ranch is a sweet, fun and easy historical Christian romance. I really enjoy historical fiction. I typically do not care for romance at all but I really enjoyed this book. I got a big kick out of Elizabeth’s sass, spunk and spirit. I did not care for Jeb at all in the beginning; however, Ciara Knight fleshed him out nicely to become a well-rounded person. I adored the ranch hands, especially Sam!
This book is a solid 4 stars, perfect for a cozy afternoon by the fire. This book i
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth and Jeb are hilarious together. They have that love hate chemistry that either turns out really bad or leads to forever. This is the first historical romance I have read by this author and she did an awesome job IMO. I felt like I was there and experiencing what the characters were going through. This isn't just another mail order bride story but one with such heart and passion that you just can't put it down until you know what happens. A very sweet clean romance between two people wh ...more
Penny Ellgass
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth is on her way to be a mail order bride, she and her 6 sistera decided that is the only way to survive. The war is over their parents and brothers dead the plantation destroyed.
Jeb and her hate each other on site. He thinks women are lies and manipulators, he is not going to be taken in like his pa.
Read the tale of their discovery of what is like for people in the world of 1866 that they live in.
I loved this historical story, Elizabeth was a strong woman after a good life and Jeb Aman w
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the Civil War faced with no real future Elizabeth has agreed like her seven sisters to become mail order brides. Things are pretty rocky at first and Jeb is a disgusting jerk. Elizabeth has had to face the war, loss of her home and death of family her family has only thought of her as weak, but the last thing this character is weak. A really fantastic written story my granddaughter is now reading it as she is super impressed. The female characters are just the right kind of heroines young ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth is sent as a mail order bride to supposedly a wealthy land owner. When she arrives, she gets off to a bad start with Jeb. He can't just send her back and his mother invites her to the ranch. Elizabeth is quite a smart mouthed woman- she stands up to him. While on the ranch, she starts to cook and the men at the ranch sure do appreciate her. She starts to ingratiate herself there even though Jeb is sure he will figure out a way to send her back. She does things he gets mad about and the ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Elizabeth McKinnie and Jeb Claytons story, 4th in the McKinnie Mail Order Brides Series; a standalone, happily ever after, sweet love story.
This is the story of a woman strong enough to rise to any situation she is confronted with and a man who has been raised not to trust any woman.
This tale is well written, has nice flow, interesting characters, both good and bad; a nice sweet romance. This is the first book I’ve read of this author and look forward to reading more in this series.
I rec
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth McKinnie is forced to become a mail order bride to a growling, handsome Texas rancher, Jeb Clayton. Jeb thinks he’s been duped by Elizabeth and she wants a man who doesn’t treat her like his property. Together they find what they are looking for on a long, tiring cattle drive. Great characters and a sweet, romantic theme make this a delightful, enjoyable book for historical romance lovers.

Love on the Ranch by Ciara Knight is available by Author Collective 20. An egalley of this book w
Marie Bourgery
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth McKinnie decides to be a mail-order bride after losing everything in the civil war. At the last minute her sister Francine switches suitors thinking asthmatic Elizabeth will have the easier life as the wife of a cattle baron in Texas. But from the day Elizabeth and Jed Clayton meet they rub each other the wrong way and he refuses to marry her. It isn't until she works as hard as his men and risks her life repeatedly that he comes to appreciate her worth. Plenty of funny and suspenseful ...more
Misty Goan
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable and entertaining story of love, family, and sacrifice in this historical romance. After losing everything in the civil war Elizabeth decides to be a mail-order bride. Hating each other on site makes an incredible journey as she works as hard as his men and risks her life repeatedly making Jeb appreciate her. This story has drama, danger, villains, cattle and suspenseful moments in this funny historical western romance.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am volunta
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