I thought the story of the mix-up with the names and marriage proposal a cute premise for The Bride Blunder but felt it lacked in focusing in on the relationship between Marge and Gavin. There was more dialogue between Amos and Midge which I enjoyed than the main characters. I wasn't convinced that Gavin wanted to marry Marge by the end of the book even with his thoughts being shared to the reader so I don't know how Marge would have been convinced without them having any deep discussions on the matter. Overall I enjoyed the book but skimmed a lot of the details given that really didn't pertain to the main story for example the conversations between the ladies of the town where Opal's mother-in-law, whose name I can't remember at the moment, was involved.
This is the 1st book I have read by Ms Hake, but it will not be the last. Hooked me in from the very beginning and did a great job on character development. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I really enjoyed this story. I find that I liked this series so much that I read it in book form and now on my kindle.
I would like to have seen another book to see how the other characters married up with each other. Buttonwood needs another book to see how things work out. With so many characters, all the stories get confusing.
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I have loved this series, but even I believed in God long before Midge and that nickname was atrocious. It is a good story, but I wanted a romance for the blacksmith's son. Kind of difficult keeping all the names and relationships straight. Nice to have two romances in one book.
Really liked the kids short stories at the end. The series is fun I thought book 1 and 2 were the best until I got further along in the story and it turns out 3 takes the prize! Shows God still cares for His children and we can trust him in everything. See all 33 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 1 year ago. Published on June 18, Published on July 31, Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Rugged And Relentless Husbands for Hire. Strong And Stubborn Husbands for Hire. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.
Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. Opal and Adam's relationship moves in fits and starts as they have the usual misunderstandings, but the back story elevates this above your standard historical romance. Adam's brother Larry oozes psychopathy, which he obviously inherited from his mother, Lucinda, and both keep the story compelling. Hake is definitely an author to watch. Apr 26, Tamara Tilley rated it liked it Shelves: Opal Speck wants nothing more than to prevent bloodshed and hold off the feud that has plagued the Specks and the Grogans for generations.
When Adam Grogan crosses territorial lines, the Speck men are looking for revenge. But Opal, cannot allowed Adam - the man that saved her life two years ago - to be the victim of the ridiculous feud. She knows of only one way to save him. What follows is a shotgun wedding, vindictive threats, a well kept secret, and the possibility of love to bloom between two families of hatred. Midge - Opal's best friend added a good dimension to the story, and of course, Mrs. Grogan was every daughter-in-law's nightmare.
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Overall, a good story that reads at a casual pace. Oct 30, Ashley rated it really liked it. The Bride Backfire is part historical fiction, part family drama, part Christian Fiction, and part fun! After I got the Specks and the Grogans all sorted out which took about two chapters , I was well on my way. The book follows a feud between two families and the situations that arise when Opal Speck and Adam Grogan get married under less than ideal circumstances in the midst of amplified resentment between the groups.
Throw in a troubled brother, a mean mother, and a fun friend and you end up with a superb late evening or afternoon read. Settle in with The Bride Backfire and a cup of hot chocolate on a snow day and you will not be sorry. Oct 24, SheLove2Read rated it liked it Shelves: Two feuding families are thrown together when Opal Speck makes the unwise decision to lie in order to save Adam Grogan's life from her father and brothers when they find him on their land.
One lie begets another and soon Opal and Adam both are wondering how they ended up hitched. This is the second book in Hake's Prairie Promises trilogy and while it had a good message - lying is never the right answer - it also had some moments that made me want to cry in frustration. A lot of heartache spanning multiple generations because of vengeance was only exacerbated by Opal's lies and Adam's refusal to man up to his Momma.
Who needed to be bitch-slapped, by the way. Good but not great. I'd recommend it if you're reading the series because a good bit of the story relies on previous events. Jan 16, Nellie rated it liked it. Opal thinks she is saving a mans life by saying he is the father of her unborn child, but throws their lives into chaos. Her family forces a shotgun wedding, and crazy happens from there. There were several times when I was frustrated with the characters, and their choices.
The ending was ridiculous. Larry was a horrible person who tried to kill her baby and didn't mind hurting her to do it. So what if he jumped in front of snakes so she wouldn't die, he only did it not to save Opal thinks she is saving a mans life by saying he is the father of her unborn child, but throws their lives into chaos. So what if he jumped in front of snakes so she wouldn't die, he only did it not to save her, but to keep her for himself! I didn't see a redeeming quality in him, but the family decided to see him as a hero anyway.
Call a spade a spade! Lets face it, he was evil! I liked it until that part!
At first, it was hard to keep up with the various characters, but eventually I got it. I love how both Adam and Opal worked toward keeping the peace between their families. I think few in our culture can understand what it's like to have to live so near your enemies day in and day out when they posed a constant, deadly threat. I do understand Opal's loyalty to her family and others she loved. Some might see that kind of loyalty as a weakness. I believe it's a strength that few possess and fewer At first, it was hard to keep up with the various characters, but eventually I got it.
I believe it's a strength that few possess and fewer understand, and only those who possess it for themselves can understand the anguish one goes through for the sake of those they love. In the end, Opal was rewarded for her loyalty and selflessness and that made for a sweet ending.
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Jun 28, Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it. Opal Speck wants nothing more than to prevent violence in the feud between her family and the Grogans. Adam Grogan wants the same thing. Which is why he chases the cow. Which results in him being held at gunpoint, Opal telling a serious lie, and a shotgun wedding.
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After that no one really cares about the cow. The Bride Backfire is an entertaining light romantic read with a frightening glimpse into how reality can be twisted—when one determines who the villain is before the truth. Jun 13, E. Normally I don't comment on why I give a book a certain number of stars. I'm a bit lazy like that.
But last time I gave a book a low rating, I got called out on not saying why, so here's why; I got bored. I very rarely get bored while reading.
There was a lot in here--particularly from the mother in law-- that I just could not have cared less about. I finished it because I wanted to know if they ended up together and happy. Of course they ended up together, but there were a lot of loose strings Normally I don't comment on why I give a book a certain number of stars. Of course they ended up together, but there were a lot of loose strings that were not taken care of. After skipping over several paragraphs, this bothered me. Nothing against the author, just didn't like the book.
Jan 06, Zette rated it really liked it. Enjoyed the second book in this series by Kelly Eileen Hake. This setting and time is one of my favorites to read about. I enjoyed all the characters and seeing the characters from the previous book included. As I said in my review for The Bride Bargain, I feel like there could be more romantic tension between the lead couple.
There was more in this book than the last but I was still wishing for a little more. I'm enjoying this series and have now started reading The Bride Blunder. I haven't hea Enjoyed the second book in this series by Kelly Eileen Hake. I haven't heard if there will be another book in this series but I hope there is one that focuses on Midge and a happy ending to her story. Nov 30, M.
Pearson rated it it was amazing. I adore Kelly's writing. Her talent is so wonderful.
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I completely got lost in the characters and scenes that I didn't even notice the writing. As a writer, I usually find myself paying more attention to how the author put the scene together, moved the plot along etc. Rarely can I just sit back and read without analysing a book to death.
You captured my interest to such an extent that I forgot about seeing how you did it! Now I will have to go back and force myself to lear I adore Kelly's writing. Now I will have to go back and force myself to learn instead of just enjoy. Aug 14, A. Heath rated it it was amazing. What does it take to make a good book great? Lovable characters, chemistry, and two people caught in an awkward situation.
The Bride Backfire had all of these and more. I adored the first book of this series, but book two proved to be even better! Opal and Adam belong to feuding families, but things between the families only get worse when the two are forced into a marriage that neither planned for. Can they find love where they dared not look for it, or will the long standing feud tear apart th What does it take to make a good book great?
Can they find love where they dared not look for it, or will the long standing feud tear apart their sham of a marriage? May 07, April Hochstrasser rated it it was ok. This book was big on confusion, too many names to remember and a very simple plot. It just kept going on and on, would she tell, would she not tell? For pages the insanity continued about whether Opal's lie about being with child in order to save the family would backfire on her. Her husband didn't believe her, then he did and back and forth and on and on. Written on a fourth grade level and not worth the time.
He has hopes of keeping them both their permanently, but doesn't voice them till the timings right. He strikes a bargain with Clara to convince his son Saul to settle down in Buttonwood and marry one of the eligible woman there, secretly hoping that Clara will win Saul's favor. Saul does prefer Clara, but Clara won't marry to solve a problem, only for love because of her cruel Uncle Uriah who belittled her and her aunt all for material support of the two woman.
Then there is Midge and her welfare in the mix. Jul 14, Margaret Chind rated it liked it Recommended to Margaret by: An enjoyable read by an author new to me. Being the same age as the author also gives me another reason to awe and praise her work. In the future I definitely look forward to reading many more stories from Kelly Eileen Hake to come. First let me start with the only real downside I see to this book or rather to the Prairie Promises Series, I just do not like the covers on bit.
Not sure what it is, but in comparison to other covers out there, these just do not do it for me. As for the story, this is a good plot of matchmaking that backfires on the maker as it often will. The witty humor is fun and the characters are enjoyable. After reading the first sections I felt that I knew what was going to happen, but that is okay.
Every once in a while you need a story like that. The best part of the descriptions of prairie life for me were the detailed recipe instructions of the food made by various characters through out. Oct 27, Lisa Brown rated it liked it Shelves: Clara Fields and her aunt are in desperate straights. Left behind from their wagon train, they are forced to try and make it alone, when when they reach Buttonhole, Nebraska, they find out that they are too far behind to ever make it to Oregon this year. However, when the owner of the general store sees their predicament, he offers them a trade - cook and clean for him, in exchange for a place to stay.
But the bargain gets even more intriguing, when Mr. Reed promises Clara his big, beautiful hou Clara Fields and her aunt are in desperate straights. Reed promises Clara his big, beautiful house, if she can get his son to agree to marry one of the girls in town. With the bargain set, Dr. Saul Reed comes to help his father out, never knowing what plans are in store for him.
And he may just fall in love with one of the Buttonhole ladies, just not the one that Clara had ever planned on. A really fun story, with some tragic elements from the pasts of the main characters, but otherwise clean and light hearted. I really enjoyed it, but it was the ending that fell a little flat for me. Things were building nicely, and it felt like it got all muddled and confused at the end - as if the author knew how she wanted it to come together, but wasn't exactly sure how to write it. It made the story loose some of its luster for me, which led to it only getting three stars.
Dragging themselves into town 2 days after the wagon train abandons them, they meet Josiah Reed, a lonely storekeeper, whose family is back east. He needs a woman's touch in his lonely huge home and they need respite. Josiah proposes a bargain in which if Clara gets Saul Reed to marry a girl in Buttonwood then Clara can keep Josiah's house. Now you have the beginning of a cute story whose characters are well developed. Clara has her steps all planned out for herself on the wagon train until they decide to take a break in Buttonwood but, even after Josiah's proposal, she plans and proceeds to execute with predictable interruptions.
Somewhere along the line, she remembers that God can bless our plans or not. I know some folks pick a book for it's cover alone sometimes and I admit it does influence what I choose to read but this book's label does nothing for me. Jan 25, Angela Bycroft rated it really liked it. Every now and then a story comes along that simply is a pleasure to read and demands no deep thinking or serious reflection.
Just a simple tale of two different people, both wanting to gain their own agenda and yet indirectly both heading in the same direction. Clara and Doreen have been abandoned by the wagon train as without a man around they have been lagging behind. Arriving in the small town of Bottonwood, they are taken in by kind hearted storekeeper Josiah, who has plans of his own. His s Every now and then a story comes along that simply is a pleasure to read and demands no deep thinking or serious reflection. His son, a city trained doctor, has no plans to move back to his small town home and settle down but his father has other ideas.
Striking a bargain with Clara, he sets her the challenge to find Saul a wife. Just what lengths will Clara have to go to to get Saul to the alter? In a tale that is long on the laughs and gentle on the romance, Kelly Eileen Hake brings the warmth and charm of small town America and although the story is fairly predictable, the getting there is always the fun part A wonderful way to while away a few happy hours with these delightful set of characters.
And with another 2 books in the series, I can't wait to enjoy more time in Buttonwood. Jun 19, Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it. Clara is a young woman on the Oregon Trail determined to make her own way. Without the help of a man. Saul is a recently graduated medical student determined to set up his own practice in the city. Who offers Clara a bargain: Clara accepts the bargain.
I liked all the historically accurate references from sewing grain sacks to harvesting walnuts , and I like Saul. Who really has no idea what lies in store for him. Aug 05, Joanna K. Normally I don't expect much from prairie romance fiction, but I was happily surprised with this book. I liked the characters, there was humor throughout, and the writing flowed well. There was pretty good spiritual content, with the exception of the main character agreeing to the bargain without any reservations of conscience.
But in the end she learned something about herself and there was a fairly good resolution to the story. My only other comment is that this book is written from four diffe Normally I don't expect much from prairie romance fiction, but I was happily surprised with this book. My only other comment is that this book is written from four different points of view, not just the two main characters. Maybe this is a new trend in fiction, though personally I prefer limited point of view unless it's written from omniscient pov. Perhaps the author used these extra characters' points of view to set up future books in the series.
Anyway, overall an entertaining and uplifting read. Jul 29, Cathy rated it liked it Shelves: Set down upon the wild American plains during the s, Clara is desperate for a home and a future for herself and her aunt. Striking a bargain with a lonely trader to fool a head-strong doctor could lead Clara to an unexpected avenue of romance.
Pretty predictable, though the storyline jumped around a lot and seemed to steer off into obscure subplots; it always came back to the obvious, though. The ending was rather abrupt, I guess we got to the book's objective and there it ended. The Christia Set down upon the wild American plains during the s, Clara is desperate for a home and a future for herself and her aunt.
The Christian references were rather random and the guilty premise wore thin the longer I read. Many of the characters in town were introduced all at once and it was confusing through most of the book. My favorite character was Mr. Josiah Reed, the father. He was a quick judge of character and seemed to have his priorities straight, though a bit misceiveous with his bargain making - with good intentions.
Feb 22, Ara Floyd rated it really liked it Shelves: I was out of things to read, so I picked this book up, and I wasn't really in the mood for historical romance at the time so i didn't really get into it at first. But after a few days of trying I started to really enjoy it. At times I found myself laughing at how the characters' schemes played out and other times banging my head against the wall at how clueless Clara was to what was so apparent and right in front of her. Also the ending seemed rushed, like the author only had a certain number o I was out of things to read, so I picked this book up, and I wasn't really in the mood for historical romance at the time so i didn't really get into it at first.
Also the ending seemed rushed, like the author only had a certain number of Paige's to Wright. Although this book had some short comings I did really like it, and will, I think, pick up the second. Dec 12, Laura rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was better than the 3rd book and the 3rd book was really good.
The only way it could have been even better was if Kelly would of had Clara and Saul's wedding in there. That's just my opinion but i just love weddings so since it wasn't in there that was disappointing but then i think the wedding would of made it off track since it was all bout getting Saul to pick a women. Once Saul did pick a woman, the next focus was to get the woman to agree.
Once both of them agreed, the story would This book was better than the 3rd book and the 3rd book was really good. Once both of them agreed, the story would of been done. The main idea would of been done and if Kelly was to put the wedding in, it was of been extra and not really with the main focus of the book.