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The Vigilante's Bride

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,885 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and kidnapping a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expects to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from him, but ends up with a feisty copper-haired orphan thrown over his shoulder who was on her way to marry Sullivan's bitter enemy.

Emily McCarthy is an orphan out of options. Forced to marry because she was too
Paperback, 297 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Margaret Chind
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Margaret by: Relz Reviewz, CFBA
I love this book, as in love love love this book. The Vigilante's Bride is my first experience with author Yvonne Harris and you better believe it will not be my last. The romance in verbiage and actions is palpable and beautiful. If you know any of my taste in books, you know that I love Mary Connealy and Tracie Peterson and even though Yvonne's book is slightly shorter, she's right up there in my favoritism. I can hardly put the book down, and then when I think I've only been reading for a sho ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: gentle-reads
There are two reasons why I finished this book:

1. My local library has an adult summer reading program and I can fill out an entry form for prize drawings for each book I read. While I understand that some library patrons may be less than honest when it comes to filling out entry forms for books they may or may not have finished reading, I am adamant that if I'm going to fill out an entry form for a book, I've actually finished reading the entire book.

2. I wanted to write a one-star review for t
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I really need to stop downloading kindle freebies. I’m sure there are good ones out there, but I never seem to snag them. Case and point, The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris, a cliché inspirational romance that left me both irritated and bored.

Orphans, saloon brawls, stage coach robberies, dinosaur eggs, it’s all here. Every trivial platitude of western literature, packed together in a single volume. Harris’ depictions of the Crow and their native land were eq
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
*2.5 stars*

LIKES: the gorgeous cover, the fast-moving plot, the characters themselves, the indians, the western setting

DISLIKES: the unrealistic and irritating conflicts between the romantic leads -- why are they constantly angry with each other? no real reason or validity is given to their temper tantrums; several scenes are simply left unresolved/unfinished; also, the plot could've used more fleshing out

not nearly as satisfactory as similar books of the same genre, but it's worth a day's read
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place Dec 1884 in Chicago Ill. we are introduced to Emily McCarthy, an 18 yr old girl who has lived in the Aldersgate Home for Girls most of her life, she had been working as a teacher but was suddenly informed by the director that she has been promised to Bartholomew Axel as his new bride. He had advertised in the paper and an arrangement had been made between him and the school that Emily would travel to Repton Montana to become his wife. Emily can't imagine doing such a thing ...more
For this book to get four stars from me is quite an achievement as I'm a rather fussy reader. I don't like westerns and I don't like a lot of Christian fiction (though I read a lot of it in the past), particularly Christian fiction set during America's long history. It's not that I don't like historical fiction or America or Christianity in fiction. It's just that so much of it looks the same, as though the authors are just pasting in characters and settings. The only reason I own this book at a ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-own

I hate to DNF a book, but this one just wasn't my cup of tea.
I mean the Romance happened so fast, that I didn't know what to think. One second he couldn't stand Emily, and the next he's Kissing her. Telling her loves her.

Nope, sorry not for me.
I'm into the real love, not the fake crap that happens over night.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been having a cowboy/western binge lately so it's no surprise that “The Vigilante's Bride” ended up getting thrown into the mix since I already owned a copy of it. I got this book free on kindle a while ago and am finally getting around to reading it.

You start out the book with a mail-order bride and a stage coach robbery. Needless to say it's jam packed with action. I liked Emily's character from page one. Red-heads with matching tempers are always fun to read about, even if they are somew
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
I usually love mail-order bride stories, and I even like an occasional western, but the combination of both in this book just did not do it for me. I’m not sure where it started to go wrong, but overall, the story did not flow well.

I came into the story expecting Emily’s point of view. After all, the story is called “The Vigilante’s Bride,” emphasis on bride. She came out west as a mail-order bride to this foul man, which she, thankfully, did not have to marry. Once she was released of her marit
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, adventure, 1800s
This book has been on my to-read list for a while and last week I finally read it. It's a quick read with a fun twist on the mail-order bride plot and a good reminder that not all mail-order brides had a good man waiting for them.

The adventure surrounding the ranch was an exciting side story and the interaction between Emily and Luke was fun to read. They, but especially Luke had some harrowing experiences and the author did a great job bringing them together during those times.

The ending was a
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fairly predictable, yet enjoyable book. It kept my interest till the end and I was able to read it quickly. I enjoyed the romance between the two main characters and there were some fairly tense and dangerous situations that they experienced.

Luke and Emily's relationship was fun to watch develop. They were both rather strong personality types and had some clashing going on throughout a portion of the story. I will say that the ending felt a little abrupt to me, however, it was a satis
The title is very deceiving. It should be The Vigilante. The story is about him not her, she is a side story, This book is about an orphan boy who is trying to live a good life but has some trouble with wanting revenge on the guy who took so much from his family. It's not a mail order bride or really a romance it's just a simple story about this cowboy. I almost didn't finish it, it was very predictable and didn't draw me in. I liked there fighting when he was sick more then anything else about ...more
So. Unlike a lot of the random books on my Kindle that I downloaded (usually for free) this one was already on my GR profile as 'To Read'. Honestly I have no idea why...

Some of the descriptions of the countryside were nice, but to me the characters were all very one dimensional and thier interactions were formulaic.

I'm hoping this was a free book, though I have paid money for worse books. It killed a few hours so yeah. Not a book I'd recommend but not a bad book either.
Jan Phillips
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Vigilante’s Bride is a pleasant, clean, quick cowboy romance. The best thing I liked about this story is what it didn’t include. There was nothing unpleasant about this story at all. Admittedly though it wasn’t engrossing or enthralling enough to be an excellent read. The romance was satisfactory, but I would have liked to have read more attraction and desire between the main characters.
Right so I started the book but then had to return it to the library. Didn't really fight this as I wasn't really invested in the story yet. However I may or may not pick up the story again. It totally depends on if I read the reviews and if they're good or not. ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this easy read. A great western romance filled with everything that makes a good story. Emily and Luke's loves story is so sweet. I enjoyed reading about the vengeance that Luke feels he needs to act upon while battling with his beliefs. All around enjoyable book! ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
It was ok. Easy read, clean.
L. Treadwell
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Yvonne Harris achieve making the plot interesting and I liked that it was fun when it needed too.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Luke Sullivan is heading home but first he must rob the stage because the man that cheated his father in poker and stole their land and everything else had his banker on the stage with money. Emily McCarthy was on the stage too and she was to be the mail-order bride to Bart Axel the man Luke was stealing from. Luke stole $1000.00 from the banker and when he found out Emily was to marry Axel a man old enough to be her grandfather he took her too. There are a lot of twists and turns humor and murd ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Title: The Vigilante’s Bride.

Author: Yvonne Harris.

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Western, Romance, Drama, Action/Adventure.

Plot: Eighteen year old Emily McCarthy reluctantly agrees to leave the only home she’s ever known and answer a mail order bride notice, traveling all the way from Chicago to Montana on a train in December of 1884. On the first day of her arrival, while she is on her way to meet her intended husband, the stagecoach she is riding in gets held up and Emily McCarthy is kidnapped by
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Emily McCarthy grew up in an orphanage and is now on her way from Chicago to Montana Territory as a mail order bride. But she never makes it to her wedding since her stagecoach is robbed and she is abducted. And it’s a good thing too because she was going to marry Bart Axel, a nasty man and the enemy of Luke Sullivan, her abductor. Axel is not pleased with Luke and plans to get rid of him, for reasons other than Emily, but things don’t turn out as either of the cowboys planned.

It’s been a long t
Jan Marie Newby
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The year is 1884. The nation is in the midst of a severe depression, jobs are scarce and young Emily McCarthy is being forced to leave Aldersgate Home for Girls, the only home she has ever known. The wealthy widower, Bartholomew Axel, has advertised for a wife in the Chicago Daily Tribune and the board of directors of Aldersgate has accepted his offer on Emily's behalf. Young Emily, at the age of 18 and with no other prospects in sight, reluctantly agrees to accept the marriage proposal and sets ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Vigilante’s Bride isn’t your typical romance, and it’s definitely not your typical inspirational romance. Harris pushes the bounds of Christian romance in a new and refreshing way.

The story opens with our heroine being asked, forcibly, to leave the orphanage, the only home she’s ever. Without giving her an option, the board of directors at the orphanage answers a newspaper ad that will bind Emily in matrimony to a man not of her choosing. Fortunately for Emily, fate intervenes in the guise o
Stephanie Christmann
Absolutely wonderful book.
Trinity Rose
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The author wrote to me and told me this, quite interesting:

“I have a couple of things about the book that aren't generally known. For instance, it is based on fact--there really was a vigilance committee by the same name in Montana and run for Granville Stuart (a real man who became an ambassador after he got out of the cattle business in Montana.) My fictional hero ran the committee for Stuart in the story. Stuart's group makes an appearance or two in the story. They were the good guys and Stu
Sep 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 3 stars. I had heard a lot about this book, so was looking forward to an exciting, gripping read about a girl who at first was forcibly taken from her intended, but in the end, was willingly accepting her kidnappers help to stay away from her intended. Though the story loosely followed this expectation, I feel it fell far short from what it could have been.

Once Emily was rescued from Bart, from what I read on the back of the book, I expected Bart to go to great lengths to get Em
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I love westerns, and enjoyed this one. I've never read any of Yvonne Harris' books before but would gladly read others in the future. The beginning shows Emily who was raised in an orphanage being kicked out by the board as she is of age and they need room to take in young orphans in her place. They answer a mail order bride advertisement for her and pledge her to someone she has never met. They pay for her fare on the stage coach and send her off. The stage is held up ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Vigilante’s Bride, started out strong, but got weak towards the end.

Emily is too old to stay at the orphanage, so the Board is sending her away to be a mail-order bride. No amount of arguing on her side will get them to change her mind, and next thing Emily knows, she half way to Montana. Enter Luke Sullivan, vigilante, and cattle rustler punisher. He hangs a criminal every other week, but the job has gotten too much for Luke, and he decides to head back to the only home he has known, to the
Rachel Thompson
I downloaded this book for free for my Sony e-reader.

Emily is an orphan. After she turns eighteen, she is sent out west to become a mail-order bride, but her stagecoach is robbed. While she's standing in the middle of the road, the robber returns to kidnap her. Luke is intent on making sure Emily knows just who she's agreed to marry before she goes through with the deed.

First of all, I am sick to death of characters named Luke. They pop up in historical romances (especially westerns) way too oft
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
The genre of this book is 'Christian Romance'. I'm agnostic, so I didn't mind the story arc of the cowboy finding God through the woman he loves, but the whole romance angle of this came off hokey. Really. I think the book could have done with a sight LESS of it.

Most of the plot focuses on a cowboy who's trying to go straight, trying to abide by the law, and how life seems to be playing against him. It's also about the Chicago mail-order-bride he kidnaps to get even with his rival. And how, alle
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Yvonne Harris earned a BS in Education from the University of Hartford and has taught throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic. Unofficially retired from teaching, she teaches writing at Burlington County College in southern New Jersey, where she resides. She is a three-time finalist for the Golden Heart, once for The Vigilante’s Bride, which is her first historical novel.

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