Kim Vogel Sawyer writes very well and I enjoy her books. “Beneath a Prairie Moon” is no exception. This is another mail-order bride novel, but with a twist.
Helena Bingham has a business matching eligible men with women of marriageable status, for a price. Abigail Grant has been sent to four different men for marriage, but either has returned of her own free will or has BEEN returned. She was raised in wealth, and when her father brought shame to their family by committing fraud, if she wanted to be married, since she was shunned by her former friends, she needed to become a mail-order bride.
Bachelors in Spiveyville, Kansas wanted wives, for comfort and for help on their farms and in their businesses. Since there were no single women in their town or surrounding parts, they collectively wrote letters to Mrs. Bingham seeking brides. When their letters arrive, Mrs. Bingham was appalled by their crudeness and illiteracy, not to mention lack of societal manners. In order to make sure she was not sending her girls into a bad situation, she decided that she and Abigail would travel to Kansas to provide classes for the men to teach them how to be husband material.
Although these marriage broker novels are mostly the same, this one in particular, is a joy to read. I found it so interesting because of the various characters and their mannerisms and also I found it very humorous which kept me reading. Ms. Sawyer has produced a good novel and I recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.com. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.