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The Barefoot Bride

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  557 ratings  ·  25 reviews
From genteel Boston to the wilds of Montana, she is searching for a safe haven for her family—and finds unexpected love.
Having lost her beloved husband, a whaling captain, to a watery grave, Molly Gallagher refuses to risk more heartbreak. Determined to keep her headstrong son from following in his father’s footsteps, she agrees to become the mail-order bride of a Montan
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 2nd 1991 by Dell
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May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
This is one of those book who start out genuinely interesting and manage to stay that way until about 2/3s the way through. The end of this book left much to be desired. There was so much that should have happened, so much that our heroine, Molly, should have said to back up what she was feeling but didn't.

Conclusion: Read this book just so you can meet Patch and Ethan who have a story called the Outlaw's Bride by the same author - now THAT is a good, humorous Western!
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Joan Johnston's westerns
I really like Joan Johnston writing style.

Looking forward to reading Patch story and other books by the author.
Dianne Lowe
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a good story of a widowed woman from the East who becomes the bride of a western doctor. Seth is a country doctor who decides to find a mail order bride to make a lady of his daughter Patch. Molly is the widow of a whaler with two children, Whit and Nessie, to raise. She answers Seth's letter and travels west with her children. The children of both adults are against the marriage, but Patch is not above doing something about it. Seth and Molly are surprised by the appearance of the othe ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a bad little story. She lost her husband, a ship's captain, and was left with 2 children. He, a doctor, lost his wife and was left with a young daughter who needs a mother. She answers his ad for a wife and moves from Massachusetts to Montana. She forgot to mention she had children - so did he. His daughter tries to drawn her upon her arrival. Ditto her son to him. Nevertheless they marry and try to sew together a little family. But there are still many more secrets to unravel and much dange ...more
Sönïa Dhillion
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet, humble story but it was predictable. An easy read no efforts needed.

The way I see the characters same order.

Seth, Molly, Patch, Whit, Nessie .

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Judith Jones
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story. It had a very good plot and I did not want to put it down. I believe anyone who likes a nice love story with a little intrigue would enjoy this one
I liked the story, but it was missing something...
Phylisha Stone
A widowed whalers wife with two children and n o way to support them, becomes a mail order bride in the Montana territory to a doctor/undercover Lone Ranger type. Women sure had it rough back then.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very well written. It was an excellent story with a lot of humor and heart in it. There was also a very good plot. I initially did not like Patch very much. I found her spoiled and bratty in her way. But I did grow to like her as the book progressed. I'm very curious to see what will happen to her. Also I'm very interested to see what will happen to Ethan. At any rate, I thought Seth and Molly were a very good couple and worked very well together. There were times I reall ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story was about two people who are in need of a partner in order to raise their children together. Seth needs a mother for his daughter, and Molly needs a husband to help her with her two children. They both say that they won't love the other when they marry but you know that isn't going to happen. The Masked Marauder was a bit of intrigue for the story. Curious to see if Patch and Ethan ever get their story.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Anna Schno
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is lovely crafted. I enjoyed the characters and though the western life was kind of romanticized I did enjoy it.
Johnston is a great story teller.

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Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is one of those stories that was okay but didn't really make me feel anything for the characters or story. There was a lot of telling, but I didn't really feel any romance from the main characters. I figured out who the Marauder was pretty quickly. I also thought Patch was pretty annoying.

Overall, it wasn't bad. Just not something I'll remember in a couple weeks.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
A great book that is full of personality and is a quick read. I enjoyed the characters especially Patch. This was the first book I have read from Joan Johnston and I am hoping the rest are so great. Actually I probably would give it a 5 but that would break my trend.
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very sweet and easy book, the characters were likeable and entertaining. If I could change anything, I would have had the hero deal with the bad guy quicker instead of dragging it out so much. I can't wait to read the sequel for Patch and Ethan :) (in Outlaw's Bride)
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Got this one for the mail ordered bride kinda feel.....
Not the best book in the world but it was cute. Knew all along who the Masked Marauder was. Wanna know what happens when Patch grows up though.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Very sweet book. Easy read. Finished in one day. A widow and widower looking for love in old West Montano, faced their fears, outlaws, blending families and came out on top. No doubt a sequel in Ethan's story.
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Super read!
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet. A mail-order bride theme, which I love, but this one focused a lot on the blended family rather than the main couple.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book and found it a delightful light read.
Crystal Karre
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A delightful read
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable story about finding love again. Like the banter between the children. What I imagine a blended family would be like.
Mae R
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Story was good, but not my cup of tea (I prefer mysteries).
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Joan Johnston (born Little Rock, Arkansas) is a best-selling American author of over forty contemporary and historical romance novels.

Johnston was the third of seven children born to an Air Force sergeant and his music-teacher wife. She received a B.A. in theatre arts from Jacksonville University in 1970, then earning an M.A. in theatre from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1971. She received