Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of --
The Chef’s Mail Order Bride by Cindy Caldwell
Overall star rating --- 5 stars
About the book:
All Sadie had ever known, or ever wanted to know, was being a baker. She'd been raised to bake in her parents' bakery, and after their deaths, she had planned to carry on the family tradition. Devastated to find out she was losing her family's business, she needed something to do to support herself. When she received a letter from her twin sister's husband in Arizona Territory, suggesting she come out to be the bride of his best friend who was opening a restaurant, it seemed like the perfect solution to her problems.
Tripp had gone to the best culinary school in the country, and he knew exactly how to create the perfect meal. He spent hours and hours coming up with just the right menu for his restaurant, only to be told he couldn't get a loan for it unless he married. When his best friend came up with the solution of sending for his baker sister-in-law, it only made sense. Her ideas of the perfect menu were different than his, though. Would the two be able to stay together long enough to convince the bank he was a good risk? Would Sadie be able to convince Tripp that the two of them belonged together after all?
Book creation ratings:
* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
Absolutely wonderful historical western romance. The author does an excellent job in spinning her tale. The story and the characters draw you in and keep your attention. It's a wonderful story of a young woman being fixed up by her twin sister, with the friend of the husband. Pick up this book and walk into a quainter day, when arranged marriages and mail order brides weren't that unusual. The cast of characters is great, and the words paint the western landscape in your mind. He needs a wife so he can get the loan for his restaurant, and along the way, they fall in love. There is no sex except for kissing, no violence. It's an excellent book, excellent story about a mail order bride; perfect for those who prefer a tamer romance novel that focuses on great characters and the story, rather than explicit love scenes. Love this book.
Genre -- historical western romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- very, very mild
Violence rating -- none
** The author's links **
Amazon author page