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Brides of Prairie Gold

(Dangerous Men #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Wagon master Cody Snow faces a challenge when he falls in love with one of the passengers on his wagon train transporting 12 mail-order brides from Missouri to Oregon. A sizzling saga of love and adventure on the western frontier--sequel to the award-winning Seduction of Samantha Kincade, a September 1995 Warner release. Original.
Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1996)
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Bark  |  Laurie  |  LOHF
I read Brides of Prairie Gold as an unabridged audiobook narrated by Chris Faulkner. If you’re looking for a good bit of grit alongside your adventurous romantic entanglements you may want to track down a copy of the paperback. The narrator tries (too hard at times) but this book has an enormous cast and I think this one would’ve been better suited to a multi-cast of narrators. Many of the women end up sounding very similar and when they are hysterical, angry and screechy it’s hurtful to the ear ...more
Duchess Nicole
I'd have to agree with previous reviews that state that this is more of a women's fiction book. However, it had plenty of romance as well...enough to satisfy this romance lover. There were three main stories taking place...that of the romance between Cody Snow, the leader of the wagon train, and Perrin Waverly, the shunned woman, another about the plain Jane bluestocking bride and one more about the rich, spoiled girl who basically makes life hell for everyone on the wagon train until they turn ...more
Lisa Kay

★★★★½ Wonderful story of a group of brides traveling the Oregon Trail in 1852. Well narrated by Kris Faulkner, though I must admit I had to refer to the hardcover copy I have in order to keep the multiple characters straight and to understand that crazy opening. True, after the few books I’ve read of Ms. Osborne, I am used to a bit more humor. Nevertheless, this is a well-researched book with believable characters that have some depth to them – most of whom chose to help forge a nation in th
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am really surprised about how much I liked this book.

It is the story of 12 women who, for each of her own reasons, feel the life they are leading in the small town of Chastity, MO is untenable so they agree to be mail order brides to un-met husbands in Oregon.

They meet with the wagon train master, a no-nonsense man named Cody Snow who lays out the realities of travelling 2,000 miles in a wagon train over somewhat hostile territory.

"Tomorrow morning we will embark on a journey that will take u
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Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
This was a great story about second chances and the strength of the pioneer women. We start in Chastity, Missouri, with a group of mail order brides as they embark on a 5 month journey along the Oregon Trail to meet their future husbands. Each woman has a unique story, there own hopes and dreams, and they all have issues with Perrin Waverly. Our heroine is in for a long journey that will test her physical and mental endurance all the way. I thought the relationship between the women was very rea ...more
This isn't a typical romance and perhaps should be listed as historical fiction with romantic elements. The story deals with the wagon train full of Oregon brides and the journey from Missouri to Oregon. There were too many characters to follow that the romance portion got shoved onto the back burner. Still the obstacles and pitfalls and heartache and joy along the way made this a decent read. I wasn't happy with the way the author left the ending but it wasn't anything that would cause me to cr ...more
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: content
I listened to this book and enjoyed the woman who told the story.This was a good story of women who traveled west to be brides in Oregon. I loved how different each of these woman were and how they all worked together and fought together. The book was very real and I got a good feel of what it must have been like for them. There were a couple writing problems that held the book back like repetition of the characters thoughts and feelings were repeated over and over.It is hard when the book foll ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
More woman's fiction than romance, and not the typical humor I am used to with Maggie Osborne. But overall, an interesting story. ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this novel, it was fantastic to read about the trip those women had to embark on to marry and how difficult it was. What made this book so interesting for me wee the different women and how they interacted among one another, what made them strong and weak and how each one's actions could affect the trip of all. The romance aspect was also good and sufficiently intriguing and well paced for me to be eager for every page.

Of course, as you can assume, there is a whole psychological side in
Megan Kelly
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Osborne is a terrific writer and didn't disappoint this reader with Brides of Prairie Gold. * This tale crossing the country by covered wagon is made more interesting as the wagon train is made up of mail-order brides. The heroine is shunned by the other brides for her past indiscretions, and the hero has baggage enough to fill a wagon.
There's romance and history of course, and as one would expect in an Osborne book, a great deal of emotion and fun. At first I found it difficult to keep
Sedoo Ashivor
I loved, loved this story! At first, I had a hard time getting into it because I couldn't grasp where the story was going, then a little later, I had to acquaint myself with the many characters but thereafter, it was fabulous! I relished the love relationships especially Webb Coate and Mem's, they were such a realistic couple! ...more
Susannah Carleton
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Bry Thomas
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm surprised I like this as much as I did. I heard it rather than reading and that sometimes makes it or breaks it. I didn't love the lady reading the book but...

What I did enjoy though was how the author created so many characters, brides, each with their own story. It all blended so well. I liked how there was so much historical facts and information. Having just recently visited Independence Rock myself and saw engraved names myself, I totally appreciated what the story was talking about.

Jannah Cloud Child
Another excellent fun and rollercoaster MAggie Osborne filled with characters larger than life and lots of adventure, redemption, treachery, comedy and of course romance n lurve.
Absolutely loved it <3
Angelica Taggart
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listening-to
A great story of city women becoming pioneer women, heading to Oregon to be mail order brides.
I really enjoyed it. Each of the characters is well-developed.
I listened to this thru Libby -- and the reader is excellent. I didn't realize it was a series .. am looking forward to the rest.
Janet Koops
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book because I was interested in a story about the Oregon Trail. I was not disappointed. The romance took a back seat to the hardship, strength, and eventual friendship of the women traveling for months across the country.
Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)
Feb 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF very early on due to bad audio and after reading reviews saw that it was not what I wanted to read. It is more women’s fiction than romance.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, exciting, well written

Beatriz Valle
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this author. Every book is a new adventure full of competent women in a incredible scenario. I liked better Mem an Webb's love story. ...more
Jerome Boyd
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It kept me fully engaged all the way through.
Hutcherson Ratings
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading the drama involved.
Zel Polev
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this novel, but the romance between Perrin and Cody seemed pretty forced and insubstantial. We're told a lot about their feelings, but never actually shown anything to make be believe in the romance.

The adventure aspects of the book were far more compelling than the romance. Webb and Mem's storyline was actually far more interesting than Perrin and Cody's, and Augusta's journey was equally interesting.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jerry Jares
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hold on to your spurs, this is quite a ride! If you want action, romance, interesting subplots, action, fascinating characters and action – boy have I got a great book for you!

This is my third time reading this book; it is that good. It’s the story of a wagon train of almost a dozen mail-order brides going from Chastity, Missouri, to Clampet Falls, Oregon. It is a journey of 6 months duration across ½ of the United States. When the travelers embark on their long and dangerous journey it is April
This book is not my style. At all. I'm a sucker for wagon trains, prairie pioneers and the like so I decided to give it a try, never really expecting to finish it.

Imagine my astonishment when I found myself so involved in it that I was lugging around my iPad and headphones everywhere I went just so I could listen in every free moment.

I have no idea how this is book two in a series, or why the series is "Dangerous Men" but the author must see something in it that I don't. In fact, had my library
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. I was listening to the audio book and almost stopped because there were so many characters to keep track of and I was afraid that it was going to be too typical. It ended up pleasantly surprising me by giving an interesting perspective of the women who had to travel on the Oregon Trail as mail order brides. The story was a nice mix of history and romance. I know there was one comment from someone who didn't like the romance part. I though ...more
So far my least favourite of Maggie Osborne's western romances. There were too many main characters to have actually well fleshed out romances and the "suspense" factor was rather lame.
That being said, in comparison to other historical westerns this book is still pretty good.
I am very sad that I've run through almost all of Osborne's romances already, the more so, since she's happily retired as an author.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
After several attempts to listen to this book on my numerous 2 mile walks, I've given up! I expected it to be more historical fiction and little, if any, romance. How wrong I was....!!!!! Romance really isn't my favorite thing to read, so I'll pass this one on to someone who might be anxiously waiting for the audiobook. ...more
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Maggie Osborne is the author of I Do, I Do, I Do and Silver Lining, as well as more than forty contemporary and historical romance novels written as Maggie Osborne and Margaret St. George. She has won numerous awards from Romantic Times, Affaire de Coeur, BookraK, the Colorado Romance Writers, and Coeur du Bois, among others. Osborne won the RITA for long historical from the

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