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Once Upon a Mail Order Bride

(Outlaw Mail Order Brides #4)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  50 reviews
When the West was wild and man's law favored the few, these extraordinary women could be the heart of an outlaw.

Accused of crimes he didn't commit, ex-preacher Ridge Steele is forced to give up everything he knew and make his home with outlaws. Desperate for someone to confide in, he strikes up correspondence with mail-order bride Adeline Jancy, finding in her t
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 finding faith again stars

So I'm a little late reading Once upon a Mail order bride and getting my review up thanks to getting Covid and having it kick my butt. Better late than never. I have been a fan of this series since Clay's book. I love reading about mail order brides and life back in the wild west and this series has both those. Ridge Steele has been my favorite since book 1, so finally getting his story was great. It was nice to take a step back from the stress of life and enjoy h
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I am very sad to see this amazing historical western romance series end. It is definitely one of my favorites in this subgenre and I have come to really love all the characters in it. Once Upon a Mail Order Bride tells the story of ex-preacher Ridge Steele, who now serves as the mayor of the outlaw town of Hope's Crossing. He is the last of the town's founders to meet his mail order bride Adeline Jancy. Addie has spent the last three
Awesome storytelling brings Ridge and Addie's happily ever after to life.

I adored these two so much - they were the perfect ying-yang to the other, proving right from the start how they could provide the safety, comfort, grace, and acceptance they each needed so desperately. There was so much going on in the story, flowing from one valley and trial right to the mountain tops, and through it all, Ridge and Addie shared a united front. I love these kind of relationships and seeing the characters g
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Hi! I did it again and haven't read the first three books, but this one is a stand alone.

Ridge has been accused of crimes he didn't commit. Ridge has been living in Hope's Crossing and watched his friends find HEA with mail order brides and decides to take a change. Addie was falsely imprisoned for something she didn't do, and while in there stopped talking. She is released and is immediately in danger which follows her to Hope's Crossing. Ridge's past also comes to call.
Pelusa Rivera
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the last book in this series and I am honestly sad to say good by to the people of Hope's crossing. You know how sometimes you start a series and the rest of the books are not good, well that is not the case with this series. We began with Tally and Clay and i still love them, but then we got Nora and Jack, Melanie and Tait and we cant forget Rebel, boy did she come along way. In this book we get Ridge whom we were hoping that whoever he got was worthy of him and I am happy to say we got ...more
Jan Sikes
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the tough preacher turned outlaw to the woman who has endured more than anyone should ever have to, I loved everything about this story. Ridge Steele longs for a home, a wife, and redemption from the price on his head. Addie Jancy desperately needs a safe place to heal, to learn to trust and to find her voice. She finds all that and more in Ridge's arms. The circumstances that bring them together, the forces determined to break them apart and the strength they find in each other settles aro ...more
Mary Gallo
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an all around enjoyable story. Most western romances are basic and don't go into real depth. They are a light, quick read and some times there are missing components.
Not this one. This story was complete and there were no danglers or story line/characters that were just tossed in for no good reason. This book made sense. I felt I was in the old west. It was part of a series, but it did not feel like it. It was definitely the story of Ridge and Addie.
The heroine has just been released f
Tonya Lucas
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve anticipated this amazing book, Once Upon A Mail-Order Bride by Linda Broday for years.
When Ridge Steele was introduced into this phenomenal series, he intrigued me in more ways than one, especially his mysterious past.
Often when a book is over anticipated by a reader, once they finally get to read it, it often can be a letdown, but OH CONTRAIRE, this book delivered beyond my wildest expectations.
Our Queen of Texas Historical Romance, never lets her readers down.

Once Upon A Mail-Order Bride
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Mail Order Bride
Outlaw Mail Order Brides Series #4
Linda Broday
Release date 11/24/2020
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca


An outlaw falls for his mysterious mail order bride in this sweeping western epic by beloved author Linda Broday.
Accused of crimes he didn't commit, ex-preacher Ridge Steele is forced to give up everything he knew and make his home with outlaws. Desperate for someone to confide in, he strikes up correspondence with mail-or
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to give this book more then 5 stars. I have loved this series, town and it's people since the first book. Linda Broday, took me on another journey that I wasn't expecting. I knew the book would be good, but this book kept me engaged from page one. Expect the unexpected, finding love, adding to the mix this is a town built by outlaws, what could possibly go wrong or right?
I loved catching up with members of the town.
One faced jail and the other the hangman's noose and the danger is still threatening when they join the outlaw mail order bride service. Saving the best for last is exactly how I felt when I finished this final book in the series. Western settings, hard-fought action and romance, and tender characters who only want to find love and make things right.

Once Upon a Mail Order Bride is the fourth standalone romance in the historical western romance Outlaw Mail Order Brides series.

Ex-preacher and accu
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Mail Order Bride

I've never been a nail biter before, but I sure was while reading this wonderful book!

Ridge Steel - once a preacher, now an outlaw.

Adeline Jancy - former school teacher turned prisoner.

This book made me laugh and cry. What a wonderful story about love, heartache, pain, and enduring life's most trying times. Linda Brody spins such a beautiful story that leaves you wanting more, and more, and more. I just couldn't put this book down. I loved how she included character
Yvonne Wohlfeil
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This will be the last book in this series. I'm sorry we won't get to visit our friends of Hope's Crossing. I do have to say I fell in love with Ridge and Addie. Ridge a Preacher accused of a crime he didnt commit and became an Outlaw. Addie in prison for a crime she didn't commit. She agrees to be Ridge's Mail Order Bride. What a beautiful loving story Ms Broday wrote. I'm gonna miss all these people. I couldn't put it down. I received this complimentary book for an honest review. ...more
Janette Mcmahon
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fitting conclusion to the Mail Order Bride Series. Anyone waiting for Ridge's story and happiness won't be disappointed! A definite read for those who crave a good cowboy romance with some depth. ...more
Kathy Rader
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is with reverence that I write a review of Linda Broday’s book 4 of the Outlaw Mail Order Bride series; Once Upon a Mail Order Bride.

The setting is Hope’s Crossing, 1882. The western town was established and protected by outlaws. In this community lives complex people who protect, defend, befriend, and help heal each other’s wounds from desperate situations life has thrown at them. Men and women with hearts as vulnerable as the struggles they face with utmost courage and determination to fin
Rose Ann
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart racing till the end , great book!!

Once again Linda Broday has brought the 4 and finale book of the Outlaw Mail Order Bride to life , full of action from the first page till the end. I literally couldn’t put the book down, at times my heart was racing as Linda Broday took me on the ride of my life !!

Ridge Steele was a man of god till one night, one lie changed his life forever. Now years of being an outlaw , forced to always looking over his shoulder Ridge decided he wants a life , a wife
Ruth Ramsey
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am always excited and have high expectations when a new book by Linda Broday is released! And she did not disappoint me with her new one, Once Upon a Mail Order Bride!! It was right up there with all of her other wonderful books!!

From the time that Ridge and Addie met sparks flew. They met many, many obstacles but persevered through all of them! Ridge is strong and we expect that of the hero of our story but Addie is one tough lady! She faced the demons of her life with great faith!

I don't thi
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
Oh what a read and awesome addition to the Outlaw Mail Order Bride series. I have to admit when I read the Author's remarks at the end of the book I teared up because Linda Broday let it be known that this was the last book in the series. I want more is all I can say. I have fallen in love with all the characters in this series that had forged their own way. Outlaws and many people that have come together to form a town in what used to be an Outlaw's Hideaway. This series could go on and on with ...more
Lydia E Winters
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
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Janilyn Kocher
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Broday tops off her series with a stunner. Ridge Steele finally marries but it takes Addie awhile to find her voice. Ridge is swoon worthy. I developed a reader crush on him immediately. My next favorite character was Bodie. My heart went out to this unwanted kid who just wanted to know someone cared about him. This book is action packed. From villains and robbers to dances and ferocious storms, one has to pause to catch her breath from all the events. The truly evil get their just desserts as ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fantastic conclusion to this action-packed and love-filled series.

The full review is on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.
Ruthie Jones
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Dancing, like life, was all about learning the steps, making sure to avoid any obstacles, and not stepping in a pile of manure.”

Linda Broday never disappoints and once again presents an excellent romantic western that is sure to delight even the hardest of hearts. Once Upon a Mail Order Bride is Book 4 and the grand finale in the Outlaw Mail Order Brides series. Linda has created a wonderful world in Hope’s Crossing, Texas, inhabited by people who have shady pasts or are still wanted by the law
Lynn Poppe
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finding something new to say when you have already reviewed the first three books in the series (and another 5 by Ms. Broday!) is a challenge. It’s pretty much a given that I’m going to love the book. Great characters, lots of action, believable romance, and excellent writing are all hallmarks of Ms. Broday’s works. (See all my other reviews here.) In Once Upon a Mail Order Bride, we have Adeline Jancy and Ridge Steele’s story (FINALLY!).

Ridge has long been one of my favorite secondary characte
Lorilei Gonzales
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have lost count of how many Linda Broday books that I have had the privilege of reading, but I can say that Once Upon a Mail Order Bride is one of my favorites by the author. Broday is one of those writers who consistently delivers interesting characters, heartfelt romances, and exciting conflicts. You may have read other romances that have a similar premise of outlaws building a new life away from other civilized towns, but I can guarantee that you have not read a love story like Ridge and Ad ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
First off this was just an okay read for me. Please be aware the synopsis is nothing like the actual story..
The description of the story leads you to believe that you are getting a story where you see the characters communicate through letters and her fleeing her father with a small boy. And marrying and raising said little boy. Which is not the case.
You don’t get to see and prior communication between them. What shocked me was her being released from prison and leaving from there to go and marr
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
sweet romance story. enjoyable & entertaining.
great characters, good story.
not too long, the narrative flowed at an easy pace. Easy read.
The writer had a preface note which mentioned how she's come to care for the characters who are Hopes Crossing. I too as a reader enjoy them. I got the sense that this may be the last book for this series which is a shame. But if so, this was a great way to wrap things up & end the story of the "Outlaw Mail Order Brides."
I look forward to reading more of this
Amy Vida
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy of Once Upon a Mail Order Bride in exchange for an honest opinion. I usually love mail order bride themes, but this one wasn't my favorite. I didn't read the previous books in this series so that might have contributed to my opinion.

I really liked the idea that Ridge and Addie were both criminals and ended up in a town of misfits. I was a little confused by Addie's release from prison and her association with Luke, and her escape. i thought he was a quick characte
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved returning to Hope's Crossing for Ridge and Addie's story. While the story is fictional, Linda Broday has created characters who have taken up residence in my heart. As Once Upon A Mail Order Bride is the final installment in the Outlaw Bride's series, I will miss these characters who have dared to dream regardless of the odds against them and fought for the love and hope we all seek. Thank you Linda for creating a bright spot on the trail for weary travellers to stop and rest for a while ...more
Barb Lie
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday is the 4th and final book in her wonderful Outlaw Mail Order Brides series. I love this series, as Broday never fails to make us fall in love the couples in this western historical romance. Refresher: The story takes place in Hope’s Crossing, which is a town run by outlaws, who have started a clean slate on their lives, with building a family and changing their lives for the better.

Ridge Steele, is an ex preacher, and because of the crime he did not c
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Once Upon a Mail Order Bride is the 4th and final book in Linda Broday's exciting Outlaw Mail Order Brides series. I hate to see it end, as I've enjoyed it immensely. And it certainly ended with quite a bang! I'm going to miss the outlaw Texas town of Hope's Crossing and its unusual residents.

Ridge Steele, a former preacher, was accused of a crime he didn't commit. (Is it just me, or does that name sound like one of an adult film actor?) He makes his home in Hope's Crossing as mayor and runs a l
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I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. I live in the Texas Panhandle on land they call the Llano Estacado where the Native Americans and Comancheros once roamed and I can often hear their voices whispering in the wind. History is thick here with the ghosts of the people who settled this land. I love writing western historical romance and can't imagine ...more

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