Porter Creek, Montana Territory, 1885
Running away was not an easy thing to do especially if you were a born and bred city society girl like Miss Tess Kinley. As far back as Tess could remember she has dreamed of life out west on a ranch with her “Angel” by her side. Knowing she could not stay in Boston any longer or her tyrannical father would have her married to her worst nightmare, Tess answers an ad for a mail-order-bride and heads west. Being naďve, but not completely stupid, Tess soon realizes that her intended is not the sort of husband she had in mind, and thanks to bounty hunter Bart Calloway, she is able to escape the man. Hearing Bart talk of his home in Montana gives Tess the idea to journey there. Being bumped and tossed in a stage coach ride from Hell makes the journey a harsh one for Tess, but she arrives at the Calloway ranch to see her dream come to life! A ruggedly handsome angel with a black Stetson awaits her!
Yep, Gabriel Calloway was real all right, but when he opened his mouth, he was the furthest thing from an angel! A slew of curses spewed from Gabe when he found that his housekeeper had taken in a proper Boston woman to stay on his ranch! As far as Gabe was concerned, El Cielo was no place for a lady! Never mind that she was the most beautiful creature he had ever seen, and the fact that she was a jabber puss, only endeared her more to the growingly enamored Gabe! Still, he was determined to send Tess back to where she came from. Tess knew she needed a way to make her angel Gabriel see the light by realizing that she was the one for him and that their future belonged together on the Montana range.
First time author Laura Drewry has tried to put together a western historical romance with Here Comes the Bride, but unfortunately all the pieces are not in place. One-dimensional characters are fraught through out the book, and the story is choppy. Gabriel does nothing but bellow through almost three quarters of the book at everyone around him about how much a woman does not belong out on his ranch, and it gets old fast. Tess falls in love with this obnoxious man after one look, (what was wrong with his brother, Bart?), and it is not explained in detail as to why she runs away or what she is really doing out west until the last fifty pages. I am a huge western romance lover, and my hunger to find new outlets for that addiction brought me to Laura Drewry’s debut effort. Sorry to say, I am disappointed with the outcome.