Abigail 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.
The story line of this novel caught my attention. I thought the premise sounded fun, perhaps humorous and a little bit of a twist on the usual mail order bride scenario. I have to say that I was disappointed with the characters and the development of the plot in this book. There was very little humor, which surprised me given that the novel seemed to have a somewhat unrealistic storyline. I felt as though things were very slow to develop and there was very little about the Abigail that I connected with. She was rude, condescending, and unwilling to admit faults. It seemed that someone in her position would have recognized her position and been a bit more humble, however, she continued to be abrasive to those around her. I found it odd that everyone kept saying that the men of the town were good men, but the ladies needed an escort to walk up the street to the church or post office because there was a possibility of them being attacked. I also found it hard to believe that teaching the men etiquette training made them prepared to take a wife. I think instead of being taught dancing lessons and talked to in a condescending manners by two strange women, I would have just asked for my money back and found another company to sponsor a mail order bride. Mack was the only redeeming character in this book in my opinion. He was cautious but kind and was always willing to help anyone in need. All in all there were just a lot of holes in this story and it wasn’t my favorite.
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*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.