Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
It is 1871 and Margaret “Maggie” Selby is about to deliver her newest bride, Jenny, to her mail-order husband to be, Caleb Black. But, this is an arrangement that will definitely not turn out the way Maggie planned. Caleb had requested on numerous occasions that Maggie accompany his bride-to-be Jenny to Denver to meet him, and Maggie continually refused. Unfortunately, when the man who was assigned to deliver Jenny resigned, Maggie found herself with no choice but to deliver Jenny herself.
On the train the unexpected happened. Jenny met a young man and they decided to get married. It seems that in 1871, there were not many long courtships. Now Maggie has to tell Caleb that there is no bride coming and trying to find him a new one. This will certainly prove to be easier said than done. She can’t refund his money right now since she doesn’t have it so what will she do?
It seems that Caleb is not disappointed about Jenny and had all along planned on Maggie being his wife, something she refuses to even consider. Her marriage to her late husband was an arranged one and lacked love, in addition to her being her husband’s punching bag. Never will she allow herself to be dominated by a man again. Even though Caleb is as far from her ex-husband as possible, she is still afraid.
Caleb wants Maggie both as his wife and as the mother of his seven year old daughter. In spite of all her arguments that it will never happen, he is not willing to give up. Even though Maggie is falling in love it is not enough, she wants a man to love her back. All Caleb is willing to commit to is caring for her. Is he incapable of love, or does he just not know what it feels like?
This is another wonderful addition to the Matchmaker & Co. series, stories filled with love and hope. This was a time in history when women of twenty-five were considered old maids and their only hope was to marry through a mail-order company, as were the ranchers and oil men out west who needed a wife and wanted children. Although this book was only 134 pages it lacked nothing and I sincerely hope there are more Matchmaker & Co. stories to come.