Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry
Published: Aug. 23, 2022 – Berkley
Review galley courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley
The four McBride brothers have their worlds turned upside down when their precocious younger sister secretly places an advertisement for a mail-order bride.
Kit McBride knows that Buck’s Creek, Montana, is no place to find a wife. Between him and his three brothers—plus little Junebug—they manage all right on their own, thank you very much. But unbeknownst to Kit, his sister is sick to death of cleaning, cooking, and mending for her big brothers, so she places an ad in The Matrimonial News to get them hitched.
After Maddy Mooney emigrated from Ireland, she found employment with an eccentric but poor widow. When her mistress decides to answer an ad for a mail-order bride, Maddy is dragged along for the ride to Montana. But en route to the West, Maddy is suddenly abandoned and left to assume the widow’s name, position, and matrimonial prospects….
With no other recourse in the wilderness, Maddy must convince Kit not only is she who she says she is, but she’s the wife he never knew he needed. (publisher)
First in a new series, Kit McBride Gets a Wife is set in 1880s Montana. Its about a family of brothers – and their sister who is tired of doing everything for them that a mother would do. She decides it is time for her to find her replacement. Light in tone and at times tender this is an entertaining story that will leave many readers and fans of the western historical romance sub-genre smiling. My one quibble was that the dialogue seemed too modern at times. I would prefer it to be more “of the era”.
About the author:
Amy Barry writes sweeping historical stories about love. She’s fascinated with the landscapes of the American West and their complex long history, and she’s even more fascinated with people in all their weird tangled glory. Amy also writes under the names Amy T Matthews and Tess LeSue, and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Flinders University in Australia. To learn more, visit: https://amy-barry.com/.
11 thoughts on “Kit McBride Gets a Wife”
This one sounds tempting. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Laurel. It was cute but not quite meeting my expectations.
I do like a western historical romance. And a sister who is tired of taking care of them all. Fun.
I agree, a fun premise.
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Sounds like a Funny-cute novel about finding a wife for demanding brothers. Reminds me of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the movie.
I drew the same comparison when I first read about it!
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That’s too bad the dialogue was a bit too modern. That’s always so jarring in a historical. Otherwise it does sound really cute.
Its one of my pet peeves in historicals. Lots of readers didn’t mention it though so maybe its just me.
I do like the premise. Good comment on the dialogue. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Thanks, Martha. Down the road I may give it another try in audiobook format.