Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds - Linda Bridey

Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds

By Linda Bridey

  • Release Date: 2014-07-11
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 986 Ratings


A historical western cowboy romance novel about a mail order bride.

Tessa O’Connor lives in a world of privilege and excess. Her doting parents want her to make a good match with a worthy gentleman and live a respectable life. She is beautiful and intelligent and she comes with a hefty dowry. There is no reason that she shouldn’t be able to find an eligible man and settle down.
Tessa herself is the reason. The men who are attempting to court her are, in her opinion, boring and conceited. Not only that, Tessa craves excitement and adventure, of which there is little in her social circles. By chance, she comes across an advertisement for a bride brokerage company seeking eligible women of good breeding to go west and find husbands.
One man on the list catches her eye and she begins corresponding with him, eventually agreeing to go to Montana to meet him. She can’t resist the possibility of finding someone different and even if she doesn’t, the adventure itself would be worth her time. Tessa makes a successful escape and sets out to make a new life in Montana.
Dean Samuels is a Montana rancher who is in over his head. His ranch is struggling and his two children are unruly and in need of a caretaker. It’s clear to his younger brother, Marcus, that he needs help. He tells Dean about a mail order bride service and convinces him that he should utilize it to find a wife.
After his wife, Sarah, had passed away, Dean never intended to marry again. His ranch and his children became his life. However, it becomes apparent that Sadie, his daughter, and his son, Jack, need stability and love. The demands of raising his children and keeping his head above water financially have taken a toll and Dean grudgingly gives in to Marcus’ idea.
Sarah had been the love of his life and Dean doesn’t intend to let any other woman into his heart. He’s locked those kinds of emotions deep inside, not wanting to take the chance of getting hurt like that again. Because Dean has trouble expressing his feelings in writing, his younger brother Marcus agrees to help write the letters to Tessa. Dean is happy to leave that part up to him.
When Dean and Tessa meet, sparks fly between the two strong willed people. Tessa is disappointed that Dean isn’t the romantic, sophisticated man she was lead to believe he was in the letters she received. Dean is aggravated that she isn’t a meek woman who is easily managed. Never mind the fact that she has no idea of how to take care of children and keep a home.
Dean and Tessa struggle to find common ground and make their marriage work. Will they each take the risk and open their hearts to one another? Can their marriage survive and will they find love and contentment in each other? Their future happiness hangs in the balance under the Montana skies.


  • Amazing

    By PSemones
    I loved this book, I laughed, shed tears, got upset and every emotion in between. I was sad for it to end so quickly. The only problem with this book is the description when I decided to get to read the book. It made the characters to be different than the book really is, Tessa is tired of her family not listening to her that’s why she ran away. So she answered a bride ad and meet Dean. She did find Dean not so open with his feelings and she felt again she wasn’t being heard. The description made it seem he demanded a meek woman and he was aggravated about it. But the story is different I don’t think that’s what he wanted he just was having a hard time learning to deal with his feelings and it was easier to shove his feelings down. It also said he was not happy she she could not take care of the home and children. NOT she jumped right in and took cooking lessons from a neighbor and worked with the children school lessons and played with them. There is no where in the book that indicated he was upset with her, in the book he thought her cooking improving, that was the extent of that. Confusing....Even the neighbors children loved her. So I’m not sure why the author thought it was okay to make the book sound like it did in the description. iTunes do not have the other books in this series, they have audio but not the books. I found the other books on Amazon.
  • Westward Winds

    By Hannah2014RIP
    I love it when I find a new author and wonderful book in a series! And this author is so prolific! I need to clean my reading glasses and start ordering more!! Great book and a wonderful cast of characters! I so fell in love with them all!
  • Eh....

    By avidreader1414
    It was boring, to be honest. I kept waiting for more action and was left wanting. It took too long for Dean and Tessa to figure it out, and I kept wishing there was more to the plot than that.
  • I heart it

    By KIbrah622
    Loved it! I hope Claire falls for Marcus.
  • Westward Winds

    By Littletraindad
    A really heartfelt story of two people that were struggling hard with their own feelings. The emotional ups and downs are so real and true to life, that I didn’t want to put the book down.
  • Mail Order Bride:Westward Winds.

    By Mary Loud
    Delightful book. I enjoyed every page of it. Look forward to reading more of this series.
  • Westward Wind

    By Classy Reader
    Enjoyed the book. It's so nice to read a love story without graphic sex. Very refreshing.
  • Captivating Lovestory

    By Neatza
    This book is a refreshing change from other books I have read that are set out west. It is a sweet positive love story & each character adds depth to the tale. I only wish Dean & Tessa would have figured out their issues sooner & the rest of the book could have been about their experiences!
  • Mail Order Bride

    By Southern PA
    I couldn't put it down. It was a good book.
  • Mail order bride: Western

    By Ashleesweetz
    Good book I'd recommend it