THURSDAY’S WESTERN ROMANTIC PICKS- Fiery Bride by Cynthia Woolf

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In this western romance, after a disastrous marriage, Matchmaker Maggie vowed never to marry again. She will never give another man the power of life and death over her body and soul. Unfortunately, that doesn’t keep her lonely heart from fantasizing about her newest client, Caleb Black. She made the mistake of starting a flirtatious correspondence with the clever devil, believing they would never meet. But when his new bride abandons her mid-way to Colorado to elope with another man, Maggie is forced to face the devastatingly handsome Caleb and explain. Now she’ll have to stay long enough to make things right and find him a new wife. But Maggie better hang on to her vow with both hands, because Caleb has other plans for the fiery matchmaker…and a very seductive kiss.

 

Book 3 in the Matchmaker & Co series of western historical romance. A western historical mail order bride romance.

Review

This is another wonderful addition to the Matchmaker & Co. series, stories filled with love and hope. This was a time in history when women of twenty-five were considered old maids and their only hope was to marry through a mail-order company, as were the ranchers and oil men out west who needed a wife and wanted children. Although this book was only 134 pages it lacked nothing and I sincerely hope there are more Matchmaker & Co. stories to come. 5 stars

 

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Friday’s Find- Capital Bride by Cynthia Woolf

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In this western historical romance, unexpectedly homeless, un-wed mother Sarah Johnson has few options. They could go live with her cousin William, but Sarah believes there’s something untoward about his offer and it leaves her feeling uncomfortable. She’s qualified to be a governess, but no one will have her because she wasn’t married when she had her precious MaryAnn. Matchmaker & Co could be her salvation as mail-order-bride to Mr. John Atwood.

Book 1 in the Matchmaker & Co series of western historical romance.

Single father, John Atwood, is raising his daughter the best he can in the wilds of the Colorado Territory but knows he needs help. No woman he knows wants to take on the raising of his daughter who hasn’t spoken since she saw her mother brutally murdered during a bank robbery. Can Sarah, John and their two daughters overcome their pasts and find happiness together?

A historical western mail order bride romance.

Wednesday’s Historical Romantic Picks- Fiery Bride by Cynthia Woolf

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After a disastrous marriage, Matchmaker Maggie vowed never to marry again. She will never give another man the power of life and death over her body and soul. Unfortunately, that doesn’t keep her lonely heart from fantasizing about her newest client, Caleb Black. She made the mistake of starting a flirtatious correspondence with the clever devil, believing they would never meet. But when his new bride abandons her mid-way to Colorado to elope with another man, Maggie is forced to face the devastatingly handsome Caleb and explain. Now she’ll have to stay long enough to make things right and find him a new wife. But Maggie better hang on to her vow with both hands, because Caleb has other plans for the fiery matchmaker…and a very seductive kiss.

Book 3 in the Matchmaker & Co series of western historical romance.

 

Review

This is another wonderful addition to the Matchmaker & Co. series, stories filled with love and hope.  This was a time in history when women of twenty-five were considered old maids and their only hope was to marry through a mail-order company, as were the ranchers and oil men out west who needed a wife and wanted children.   Although this book was only 134 pages it lacked nothing and I sincerely hope there are more Matchmaker & Co. stories to come.  5 stars
 
Reviewed by:  Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Thursday’s Bargain Spotlight- Heiress Bride by Cynthia Woolf

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Heiress Ella Davenport survived a carriage accident that killed her father. Her life saved in exchange for savage scars marring her beautiful face. Her friends, socialites, showed their true colors, casting Ella aside like damaged goods and leaving her a social pariah. Even her wealth can’t buy her the kind of marriage she wants. Desperate to find a husband who can accept her despite her scars and, without knowing about her money, she seeks to become a mail order bride. Matchmaker & Co. is her one chance to start over and leave the pain and betrayal far behind her.

Nathan Ravenclaw was run out of town by the father of the girl he was courting once he discovered Nathan’s Arapaho heritage. It didn’t matter that Nathan was a successful rancher, businessman, and a positive member of society. The white community suddenly saw only a half-breed. Even his money couldn’t buy him a wife. That was ten years ago. He moved and rebuilt everything that cold rancher once took from him. He has it all…except a wife. Matchmaker & Company promises to send him a woman willing to start a new life with him. But Nathan’s battered heart lacks the ability to trust. He longs for children, not romance. His new bride, scarred and cast aside like himself, promises to be perfect for him. Until he meets his mail order bride. Fierce desire and an even more dangerous hope roar back to life within him. Two things he swore never to indulge in again.
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And love? For these two battered souls, that’s the biggest risk of all

 

Review

It is eighteen seventy one, and Mrs. Selby of Matchmaker & Co. has once again made what she believes is the perfect match. Ella Davenport is a New York City heiress. A year ago someone tampered with the carriage she and her father were driving in. A serious accident ensued, killing her father and leaving Ella badly scarred. Due to the constant stares and looks of pity, she has secluded herself in the home she shares with her brother Joshua. Now Mrs. Selby has found her a husband, and she will be travelling to Denver to marry him. He knows about her scars and has accepted her anyway, so now she has no fear of someone only marrying her for her money.
Nathan Ravenclaw has accepted Ella Davenport to be his wife since he has scars of his own. He is a successful rancher, but he is half Arapaho and in spite of people being willing to do business with him, they frown on their daughters or sisters marrying him. Ella knows about his heritage. She accepts his scars and he accepts hers.
Then danger rears its ugly head in the form of someone wanting Ella dead. Is this the same person who tried to kill her in New York City? What reason would someone have to wish her dead? Well, the guilty party took everyone by surprise including me.
This is the second book in the Matchmaker & Co. series, and like the first it is a heartwarming story about people with problems looking for love. We catch up on Sarah and John from book one who happen to be Nathan and Ella’s neighbor. I hope there are more books in this series, because so far I have not been disappointed.
Reviewed By: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

 

About the Author

Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends. Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006. Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time. She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years. In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she’d attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter’s table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn’t looked back. Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.