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The Marshals Mail Order Brides Book 2
Cynthia Woolf
Historical Western Romance
Firehouse Publishing
November 18, 2020

If Jared Winslow didn't have bad luck, he wouldn't have any. Forced to leave his home in Chicago or face the hangman's noose, he's supposed to lay low and stay out of trouble. He's not supposed to become a U.S. Marshall in The Nevada Territory. And he's not supposed to order himself a mail-order-bride. But Jared wants a real life. A home. A family. And he's not going to allow Lady Luck, or false allegations against him stop him from living his life.

When Angelica Riley arrives, he's smitten. She's kind, beautiful and generous. She wants what he does, a family, stability. A home. But he isn't the only one who finds her allure impossible to resist. A local troublemaker has decided that Angelica will be his. Her loyalty to Jared--and the promise she made him to become his wife--only angers a man who is used to taking anything he wants.

Obsession turns deadly and a woman with an uncanny resemblance to Angelica is violently murdered. Jared knows his enemy will stop at nothing to take his new bride. The question now is can Jared stop him or will his past--and Lady Luck--take everything from him this time, not only his life, but the woman he has grown to love.

Reviewed by Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

It is 1862 and Angelica Riley has been a widow for one year and with her finances running out and desperately wanting to have children and a husband she goes to Brides for the West and signs up to be a mail-order bride. 


Jared Winslow is the Marshal in Virginia City and he wants a wife and children everything he should not want since he is running from being accused of murdering a prostitute in Chicago when he was a Pinkerton Agent. Instead of laying low he is trying to build a life for himself while his partner is trying to clear his name.


Jared and Angelica become engaged sight unseen and while travelling to meet him she meets Clay Stockton a man who doesn’t take no for an answer and wants what he wants and that is for Angelica to marry him. Promises of giving her anything she wants does not change her mind. She made a promise to Jared and she will keep it putting her and Jared on Clay’s hit list.


Jared and Angel (which is what Jared calls her) have an instant connection and everything looks like it will be a HEA for them but Clay who has a past with Jared is not going to let that happen. When another prostitute is murdered very much like the one in Chicago and when this girl looks just like Angelica there is no doubt that it is a warning. What Clay didn’t count on is that Angelica is not a weak woman who runs when there is trouble but a woman who is ready to fight at her husband’s side.


Once again Ms.Woolf has taken me back to a time when everything we take for granted today, i.e. washing machines, microwaves etc. is not even a possibility but now we face a uneasy time and her books make me appreciate what I have in spite of the political unease and a pandemic.