Union Pacific Station Agent Chadwick Hughes has everything in a state of readiness to welcome his mail order bride…everything but the bride. The woman he’s corresponded with for a year didn’t change her mind or miss her train in Omaha—she never existed. Chadwick’s mortified to discover he’s been swindled by a fraudulent matrimonial agency in Chicago. He needs a lawyer if he’ll ever recover a dime of the fortune he spent on worthless membership fees and the nonexistent bride’s transportation west.
Sophia Sorensen, Attorney at Law, is a spinster on the edge of propriety. The good people of Wyoming Territory are open to a lot of things, including Lady’s Privilege during Leap Years, but some aren’t fond of her day-to-day behavior. Why, the woman rides her bicycle hither and yon, showing her petticoat ruffle and ankles. She might be the least ladylike specimen beneath Wyoming skies, but it’s entertaining to watch her court the U.P. Station Agent, Chadwick Hughes, the most-eligible bachelor in the county.
My Review: 5 Stars
I love an unconventional character such as Sophia. She's sassy; she's spunky; and she's a woman living a man's dream in the late 1880s.
I have so many thoughts about this book--did people really scam the mail-order bride business? That's not something I've ever considered before and when Chadwick's bride fails to show up, he hires the Lady Lawyer, Sophia, to help him figure out why.
Is this leap-year courtship thing real? How fascinating--every leap year, the women get to take charge of the relationships and that arrangement suits Sophia to a T. I love the way she and Chadwick come together in a delightfully sweet and romantic tale that is full of nagging nuisances, mainly in the form of the local newspaper--it sure stirs up trouble. Are most small-town rags back then so gossipy? I got a kick out of it, but sure wondered how in the world that reporter figured out his information.
All in all, this is a charming read with great, quick-witted characters that aren't afraid of swoon and throwing societal rules to the wind.
Content: mild, swoony romance
*I received a copy, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by this.*
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