Synopsis: Estelle Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness?
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My Thoughts: This is the third book that I’ve read by Kim Vogel Sawyer and I can confidently say that she is becoming one of my favorite authors. I am not particularly a fan of historical fiction because I often find that it’s a bit predictable and cliched but Sawyer’s historical books do not fit into that mold.
I expected one thing when starting the book based on the synopsis and got something much different (in a good way).
The author is very gifted at character development…each character had their own voice and was very easy to picture. I found myself chuckling several times at the scenes of these “rascally” men who were very unrefined and just wanted to get some wives (the sooner the better). The contrast of these men to the uppity and snooty Abigail was very fun to read about.
This story took several very unexpected turns that surprised me. There was depth to this story that I’ve found in all of Sawyer’s books, which really adds to the enjoyment and makes them more memorable.
I also appreciated that although there was romance, it began as a friendship and was very slow burning and sweet.
My only wish was that there was an epilogue to see where these characters were in the future. A sequel would be even better!
All in all, this was a very enjoyable story that I could see myself rereading in the future. I definitely recommend Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books…I plan to purchase many more to read.
I received this book from the author to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.