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Mail Order Cowboy (Brides of Simpson Creek #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  325 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
With beaux scarce in post-Civil War Texas, practical Milly Matthews and her "Spinster Society" friends have their hands full protecting their ranches. Their only hope: advertising for mail-order grooms. But aristocratic British cavalry officer Nicholas Brookfield isn't exactly Milly's idea of a cowboy--or a man she can trust. And the more Nick proves himself as a ranch han ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Harlequin (first published November 1st 2010)
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Quite good!
One thing that I really liked: Though it (the relationship) seemed to be going overly fast at the beginning, I liked that it slowed down and they didn't just go get married the first time they laid eyes on each other.

Over all, a good read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. :)
Anna Marie
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was time for an 'Inspirational Luvvv' book... and I figured I'd go for a Western.

Except that it was sorta Western. Sorta British. Sort of Bombay, India. Sort of Civil War in the South. It couldn't make up it's mind WHAT it wanted to be. It was... hard to get a feel for, as a result.

***All Spoilers, All the time.***

Millie and her sister organize a ladies' group to advertise for husbands for their society, since the Civil War left their town in Texas with a shortage of men. The men are supposed
April Suter
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love this opening...
Simpson Creek, Texas, July 1865
"The problem, as I see it," Millicent Matthews announced in her forthright way, looking around the edges of the quilt at the members of the Ladies Aid Society, "is that we unmarried ladies are likely to remain so, given the absoute lack of single men who've come home to Simpson Creek from the war. The few men who did return were already married, and while I'm very happy for their wives, of course--" she added quicky as one of th town's matrons
Vickie McDonough
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The premise of this book--mail order grooms--intrigued me from the start. I enjoyed reading about the Spinsters Society and the members' plot to get husbands by advertising for them. Millie's determination to keep her ranch and protect it from marauders is admirable, and finding a partner and possible husband in a British calvary officer was an unexpected surprise. Mail Order Cowboy has humor, adventure, romance, and an inspiring message of forgiveness. It was a delight to read.
Claire Noyes
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent, not engaging. Able to set aside in the middle.
Lisa Johnson
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Title: Mail Order Cowboy
Author: Laurie Kingery
Pages: 279
Year: 2010
Publisher: Steeple Hill Books
Milly Mathews is a young woman who wants to get married, but has very few options in her hometown so she creates a group of other like-minded women. They decide to place an ad in the newspaper, inviting men who are interested in marriage to begin corresponding with the group. The ad meets with immediate success as the first man arrives in town without even answering the ad! The man in question is Nicho
Dec 11, 2010 rated it liked it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

"Mail Order Cowboy" by Laurie Kingery is one of those romances that I never usually pick up. I'm more into hotter, angstier stuff, but I do like a sweet romance once in a while. I had mixed feelings about this one. The storyline is refreshingly original, and the idea of a woman choosing a man through a mail-order is empowering and different than the usual genre conventions in historical romance. I just wish there was more. The characters
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this book more than I thought I would. With the Civil War having ended, marriageable men are scarce in Texas, and a group of Christian women decide to place an ad in a local paper asking for mail-order grooms, a nice twist on the tired plot device of mail-order brides. Milly, the instigator of the ad, finds herself with British Calvalry officer Nicholas Broomfield, who's not technically a cowboy but who promises to learn how from her ranch hand, Josh.

The author nicely weaves in a subplo
I picked this book up on a whim because it said "Mail Order Cowboy" and while I've read quite a few stories about mail order brides, I've never read one about mail order grooms so this caught my eye. And was a good enough story to keep my attention span.

It's been less then a year since the Civil War ended and for many of the men in Simpson Creek, they did not come home. So the single ladies of the town decide to band together and form a group and place a ad in the paper inviting men to come out
This book was very engaging historically and in terms of the fun twist on the mail order bride theme. In post Civil War Texas, there are not enough men of marriageable age so the unmarried ladies place an ad in the paper and so the series begins.

Our heroine is a capable kind of female and our hero is a third son of a British lord making a new start in America due to a bit of scandal while he was a solider in India.

They are very likable and the love story is decent. This is a Inspirational roma
May 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Really disappointing. This book started out on a promising premise - a mail order groom - but had NO idea what it wanted to be when it grew up. It had, among other things, British lords, Indian attacks, flash-backs to a war in India (so, 2 types of Indians) and a failed romance with the daughter of a raja, post-civil war race tensions, the KKK, a herione that is "poor" but constantly has new dresses, a barn raising, and varies neighbors that act so inconsistently, you have no idea what their cha ...more
Jessie Anne
Nov 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Really disappointing. This book started out on a promising premise - a mail order groom - but had NO idea what it wanted to be when it grew up. It had, among other things, British lords, Indian attacks, flash-backs to a war in India (so, 2 types of Indians) and a failed romance with the daughter of a raja, post-civil war race tensions, the KKK, a herione that is "poor" but constantly has new dresses, a barn raising, and varies neighbors that act so inconsistently, you have no idea what their cha ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it
I received this book through Goodreads FirstReads

I enjoyed this book. It was a sweet romance and reminiscent of some of my favorite TV shows such as Little House on the Prairie and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

The author writes in a very readable style, using accessible language. Everything from the setting to the characters,dialogue, and costumes were depicted very authentically.

My ethnic origin is Indian so the historical reference of the British in India was especially interesting and familiar t
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book, I know some of the reviews were not appealing to the fact they felt that it was western, civil war, British and a India story, but not all things that happened in the west would have been cut and dry western. I'm sure there were people from other cultures such as Nick was from Britian that were in the area or time period. All those things just made up the story. I loved the gentleness of the characters and the fact of the future stories makes for fun reading and develo ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a series of "Sweet" romance books that my Mom got me into. Sometimes I just like an easy story to read and this series meets my needs. It's does NOT have any heat in it and that is OK since I am not reading this series for that purpose. It's an Historical western set in the great state of Texas just after the "Civil War" period. All of the stories have HEA which I have to have in any of my romances I read, be it "Sweet" or "Hot". Because in MHO if a romance doesn't have a HEA it ain't no ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith-fiction
Laurie Kingery wrote a Western with a new twist! Mail Order style books are popular, but Kingery orders a husband instead of a bride. Mail Order Cowboy is the first in a series entitled Brides of Simpson Creek. I look forward to her next installment.

What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. ~ Micah 6:8

Time Period: Western, 1860's
Location: Texas, USA
Fay Risner
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a good read set right after the Civil War with freed slaves looking for work. Indians attacking and burning out ranchers. I liked reading about Milly and how she came to marry her mail order English husband. Those were rough times in Texas, and it was interesting to read the story with the background given it.

Now I'm going to read about her sister Sarah and her mail order selection.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Mail Order Cowboy offers a cute twist on the popular historical romance theme: Mail Order Brides. The story takes place in 1865 on a ranch in Texas. The plot moves along at a good pace and the story is relatively engaging for an "inspirational historical romance," but, in my opinion, the characters weren't developed fully enough for this to be a four star read.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
After the civil war, in a little Texas town, the single and widowed women decide to take romance into their own hands and form a "Spinster Societhy" to find mail-order grooms for themselves. This is their story and more. A very good ending.
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved the idea of this one since the women were the ones advertising for spouses. Nice twist on the traditional mail-order bride story. Nice romance with alittle suspense and action. On to #2 in the series, The Doctor Takes a Wife.
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Sandie Mixa
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I actually give it a 4.5. Very fun story line. The main characters were so likeable and I loved how they pulled the town together. I'm anxious to read the next one in the Brides of Simpson Creek series.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was very pleasantly surprised. A relatively quick read with a simple story line; quite enough to keep you amused and entertained. It was refreshing to have a [historical] romance that didn't include rather messy, mature, adult-only scenes. Just love at its simplest. Appropriate for all audiences.
Jessica Wolf
DNF at page 175: There was no tension, no high stakes. Everything happened too easily and was too sugary. I wasn't invested enough to finish.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Never quite clicked for me. There's so much going on that I think it detracted from the love story. It was also kind of weirdly detailed.
Sue King
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! The main character is strong and sweet. So enjoyable and uplifting.
Rachel Brand
Definitely the best LIH novel I've ever read. 4.5*
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mail Order Cowboy by Laurie Kingery
I love this book. It's a love inspired historical novel. Great story line, great characters, real bad guys and beautiful ending.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Cute public library Civil War era Texas.
Rhonda Gibson
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This was a very good book... I"m looking forward to future books in the series.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jan 01, 2015 12:00PM  
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  • Prairie Courtship
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Laurie Kingery is a central Ohio author and veteran E.R. RN who wrote 16 historical romances as Laurie Grant and now writes inspirational historicals for Steeple Hill. She won the Reader's Choice for short historicals in 1994. Her website is Country Christmas was her first inspirational historical in Oct. '08; her next release from Steeple Hill was The Outlaw's Lady i ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Brides of Simpson Creek (9 books)
  • The Doctor Takes a Wife (Brides of Simpson Creek, #2)
  • The Sheriff's Sweetheart (Brides of Simpson Creek, #3)
  • The Rancher's Courtship (Brides of Simpson Creek, #4)
  • The Preacher's Bride (Brides of Simpson Creek, #5)
  • Hill Country Cattleman (Brides of Simpson Creek, #6)
  • A Hero in the Making (Brides of Simpson Creek, #7)
  • Hill Country Courtship (Brides of Simpson Creek, #8)
  • Lawman in Disguise (Brides of Simpson Creek, #9)

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