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A Most Inconvenient Love (Prairie Brides #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Sober businessman Seb Ward may have come from a wealthy lumber-baron family in Minnesota, but he knows that appearances can be deceiving, and that his illustrious family is pretty dysfunctional. Being in another state has provided the buffer he sought from his father’s misdeeds, but when a little boy shows up on a train… a little boy who looks enough like Seb to be his own ...more
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Published February 26th 2019
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I enjoyed this sweet story of a lumber mill owner and the local schoolteacher and how they came together despite some misunderstandings and conflicts in the town. I felt like I was missing a bit of backstory to many of the townspeople and family members that are mentioned, and while the author did a decent job catching the reader up, I wish that I had read The Sewing Sisters' Society novella collection first, where it tells their stories so I could get to know them first and appreciate them more ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Most Inconvenient Love

Ruth Logan Herne

A MOST INCONVENIENT LOVE is an inspirational and very emotional story about Seb Ward, a successful business man, who teach us what faith and courage is all about. He doesn't let fear stop him and right from the very first page, you will be cheering for him and praying that he gets to his happily ever after place. Ruth Logan Herne pulls her readers in from the first chapter and never lets them go. Ruth also breaks the reader's hearts, shreds them, and then,
A Most Inconvenient Love is loosely connected to The Sewing Sisters Society, which is a trilogy of novellas set in Second Chance, South Dakota. I always enjoy the writing style of Ruth Logan Herne. I think she is one of the best at writing children. Many of her stories reside on my keeper shelf.

Seb is my favorite character from this story. I really loved the sacrifices he was willing to make for his mother at the cost of his own reputation. While Seb might appear a little cold and too business o
Carla Johnson-Hicks
4.5 Stars After reading the Sewing Sister's Society, I became a fan of Ruth Logan Herne. The setting of Second Chance, South Dakota was wonderful and I was happy to travel back there in this book. Rachel Eichas is a seasoned frontier woman who has just been contracted to be the schoolteacher in the small town. Seb is a lumber baron’s son who wanted to get away from his dysfunctional family by making his own way with a lumberyard in Second Chance. No one really knows him well, but when he brings ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seb Ward has worked hard to make a life for himself apart from his complicated family and all their drama. Seb is a successful businessman who has worked hard to maintain a good reputation, but when a boy arrives on the train with an uncanny resemblance to himself.

The boy takes instantly to the new teacher, Rachel Eichas. Her father was a business first man, who rarely had time for her, so that is the last thing she is looking for in a man.

Will Rachel and Seb see past their outward reservations
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, such a delightful book set in the wild prairies of South Dakota as it is being settled! This book can be read as a stand-alone but reading the three preceding novellas in The Sewing Sisters Society will help the reader understand the town of Second Chance, South Dakota and all the key players in this story better. If you enjoy a well-written historical romance, you will enjoy this book. It has hard-working lovable characters, the setting of a thriving small town, and nice faith elements.

Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ruth Logan Herne's novella collection, The Sewing Sisters' Society, introduced the grumpy bachelor Levi Eichas and his three sisters, and showed them starting to break free from the drudgery and restrictions that they had continued to live with after their father's death.  Levi found love and his sister's unique talents began to gain appreciation.

In A Most Inconvenient Love, Rachel Eichas has taken a job as the school teacher in Second Chance, South Dakota, and is fully enjoying her newfound ind
Suzie Waltner
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
For those who have read The Sewing Sisters’ Society novella collection, Rachel Eichas is a familiar name. And if you haven’t read the novella collection, don’t worry, this book works just as the collection as an introduction to the town and residents of Second Chance, South Dakota.

Ruth Logan Herne introduces readers to the joys and struggles of prairie living (and small-town living) in this book. Readers get a feel for challenges brought on by the elements as well as growth while also sharing in
Sherida Stewart
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this sweet historical romance kept me smiling at each page!

Rachel Eichas and her sisters are determined women creating strong communities on the prairie frontier of South Dakota. When Rachel is given a chance to be the school marm in the town of Second Chance, she finds more that she ever expected.

Sebastian Ward comes from Minnesota, the son of a wealthy lumber baron. He works hard to keep his business operating in the emerging rail town. When unfortunate circumstances cloud his characte
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Second Chance, South Dakota feels like a second home to me. There is so many things I love about it, but nothing is better then the people. Ruth Logan Herne writes such wonderful characters, beautiful settings, and weaves faith into books so effortlessly. I met Rachel first in the The Sewing Sisters' Society, but don't be nervous if you haven't read that yet (although I highly encourage you to read it!). Herne makes you feel welcome, and introduces people again throughout the book so you do not ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Logan Herne has written an absolutely delightful and heart-warming story in A Most Inconvenient Love. This story is about hardworking people, overcoming untrue judgements from idle gossipers in a small town, and falling in love. Herne has written a story that will captivate readers and tug at their heart-strings as they come to know the relatable characters in the story. Familiar characters from The Sewing Sisters’ Society novella collection also show up in this sweet novel. Readers will de ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Today, we are looking at the first book in the Prairie Brides Series. This is the newest series by Ruth Herne Logan.

If you remember the Eichas’ from the Sewing Sister’s Society, this book is about Rachel Eichas and her new life within the town of Second Chance.

We now meet Rachel Eichas as she transitions from the family farm to a small apartment downtown to pursue her dream of teaching. She is very nervous about the coming school year, as the previous teacher was ran out of town due to some rowd
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seb Ward kept to himself in their little town, that is until his little brother shows up on the train one day, unannounced! How could his dad do this to him? Well, that’s just how his dad it! Read the book to find out more about this sorry excuse for a dad!

Even though not many people knew Seb, when he started showing himself more, he was a likeable fellow. And I love the way he took his little brother,Eli in, loving him and making a special loving home for him.

I love thi
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the time it took the sun to set and set yet again, I read A Most Inconvenient Love by Ruth Logan Herne, the first in the series, Prairie Brides. The series continues the stories and lives of the people of small town, Second Chance, South Dakota.

Sebastian Ward runs the only lumberyard around, he is a successful business man, astute and smart, but he remains aloof from the people of Second Chance. When to school board hires the beautiful Rachel Eichas as the new school teacher, Seb is awe stru
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book from Ruth Logan Herne, A Most Inconvenient Love takes up where The Sewing Sisters’ Society leaves off. Also set in Second Chance, North Dakota, this book features Rachel Eichas who has recently taken a job in town as the school teacher. Seb Ward is a businessman who comes from a wealthy family in Minnesota but is estranged from his father whose personal and business transgressions go against everything Seb stands for.

Seb has kept his distance from the townspeople as he wor
Carole Jarvis
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading the novella collection, The Sewing Sisters’ Society, returning to Second Chance, South Dakota is pure delight. I loved seeing how previous characters are doing in this town that gives new meaning to the idea of second chances and fresh starts, and I have a feeling that there are lots of new stories to tell as well.

Seb and Rachel are one of those new stories. New school teacher, Rachel Eichas, is a smart and giving young lady who carries the baggage of a difficult relationship with
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been looking forward to visiting Second Chance, South Dakota again, and like the Sewing Sister's Society, the characters and citizens of the town welcomed me as they're own.

I liked Rachel, who we met in the SSS books, from the start. She is a hard worker, not afraid to tackle anything. In this book, she steps off of the farm an into the school, away from the life she knew, but not too far.

Seb may come off as a cold fish early on, but we learn of his sacrificial and honorable heart in li
Dee Wolters
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sober businessman Seb Ward may have come from a wealthy lumber-baron family in Minnesota, but he knows that appearances can be deceiving, and that his illustrious family is pretty dysfunctional. Being in another state has provided the buffer he sought from his father’s misdeeds, but when a little boy shows up on a train… a little boy who looks enough like Seb to be his own child… Seb’s faced with a dilemma. Raise the boy as his own, or let his mother suffer the embarrassment of “a brother by ano ...more
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
I was delighted to return to the little town of Second Chance, South Dakota in this next book in the series. This story focuses on Rachel Eichas, who has taken over the teaching duties at the one-room schoolhouse in Second Chance. When little Eli arrives in town and joins her class, Rachel can’t help but notice the kindness the little boy’s brother, Seb,shows towards him. There are challenges to the growing romance between Seb and Rachel, but their faith in God and each other will show them the ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
O.m.w. Seb Ward is one of the more swoonworthy book characters I've experienced in a while. I'll take one to go, please! :)

"A Most Inconvenient Love" drew me in from practically the first page. I recognized some familiar characters from "The Pastor Takes a Wife", and so enjoyed finding out what these characters were up to now. While they may be separate series, reading both is worth it for sure!

Eli is a darling little boy -- he reminded me of a dark-haired version of my own nephew. All teh cutez
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful Prairie Romance!

I simply loved this story! Sebastian received an unexpected delivery along with his lumber order. He is a better man than his father and accepts the responsibility no matter what the town busy body thinks.
Rachel is free from her unusually strict upbringing and is hired as the new school teacher. Now living in town, she is able to catch someone's eye.
I loved how the romance develops despite the difficulties that cause a separation of sorts. No spoilers from me though.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
I loved the characters of Seb and Rachel in this book! Rachel was so practical yet was drawn to Seb and had a hard time denying her feelings amid possible scandal. Seb was so honorable, even at the expense of himself. The story dealt with the importance of telling the truth, protecting your family, forgiveness and being cautious in love. There was a lot of Biblical wisdom in this book and a lot of sweet romance. I liked the conversation about how women's roles were changing and they were gaining ...more
Rachel DeVaughn
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this Christian historical romance by Ruth Logan Herne. I have read several other books by her and have always enjoyed them!
I especially liked feisty school teacher Rachel in this story! At first I didn’t care for Seb but grew to like him as I kept reading. And little Eli was such a sweetheart! This story was easy to read, good pace, good characters.
I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it

I enjoyed this book about a schoolteacher falling in love with a lumberman. There were twists and turns including learning to trust since both grew up with cold, demanding fathers.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

great read! would recommend buying and reading! nice sweetand clean! no cliffhangers, can't wait for the next bookin this series!
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Taking readers back to Second Chance, South Dakota, Ruth Logan Herne’s A Most Inconvenient Love offers another sweet historical romance—and it’s a most enjoyable trip.

Thanks to the small town, school teacher Rachel Eichas and businessman Seb Ward have reason to cross paths and discover where the obvious attraction between them can go, especially with an adorable little boy involved. Hurts from the past stand as hurdles before them, but as the town name suggests, perhaps it’s the perfect time
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