Trudy by Debra Holland
Mail-Order Brides of the West, Book 2
The Montana Sky Series, Prequel
Publisher: Debra Holland (July 2013)
210 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $2.99)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: White Heart
Believing himself in love with a saloon girl, Seth sets out to propose to her only to find out she's left town with another man, and in the process he invents a fictitious bride to save face and manages to get himself involved in a bet between saloon patrons as to the mystery girl's existence, leaving him with no option but to write for a mail-order bride and try to produce the woman he made up. Trudy is looking for adventure out west and happens to match the physical description of Seth's mystery girl. The playful banter between Seth and Trudy was great, but I felt bad for her, unwittingly getting tied to a man who believed himself in love with another woman, especially after all the effort she put into their relationship. In the end Seth came through, but I'd have liked him to come clean and see the light a little sooner, poor Trudy. Trudy was such a strong, independent woman, and despite her unfamiliar surroundings, she jumped right in with both feet and I thought she really shined as a capable woman, destined to be a pillar of their small community. I'm interested to read further tales in the Montana Sky Series, and I hope that a few more Mail-Order Brides of the West tales for Sweetwater are to follow!