Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Review: Aundy (Pendleton Petticoats - Book 1) by Shanna Hatfield

Title:  Aundy - Pendleton Petticoats (Book 1)
Author:  Shanna Hatfield
Genre:  Historical Romance
Publisher:  Self Published
Release Date:  May 26, 2013

About the Book:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a mail-order bride?

In Aundy, a sweet historical romance, take that journey with one courageous woman...

Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer's request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon. When a tragic accident leaves her a widow soon after becoming a wife, Aundy takes on the challenge of learning how to manage a farm, even if it means her stubborn determination to succeed upsets a few of the neighbors.

Born and raised at Nash's Folly, the family ranch, Garrett Nash loves life in the bustling community of Pendleton as the 20th century approaches.

When his neighbor passes away and leaves behind a plucky widow, Garrett takes on the role of her protector and guardian. His admiration for her tenacious spirit soon turns to something more. He just needs to convince the strong-willed woman to give love another chance.

Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

After reading Crumpets and Cowpies by Shanna Hatfield, I knew I had found a good historical romance author who did her research.  When I noticed that another of her books, Aundy, was available on Kindle Unlimited with the Audible version for only $1.99, I had to get it and my opinion of this author has again been confirmed.  I LOVE her books!

Yes, I occasionally want something spicy and wild to read, but when I'm in the mood for something sweet and clean with romantic tingles and a good solid story with well-developed characters and a setting that is factual, I'm going to reach for another Shanna Hatfield novel.  She is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors.

This is one of those mail order bride books and although that whole theme has been done over and over, this one was a bit different.  Aundy corresponds with Eric Erickson and agrees to travel from Chicago to Pendleton, Oregon to marry him.  He picks her up from the train station, heads to see the preacher, they get hitched and head toward his home.  On the way there something spooks the horses and the wagon tips over, crushing Eric, and this new bride suddenly becomes a widow with a ranch and farm to run.

Aundy doesn't turn tail and run back to Chicago.  No, she is strong willed and determined to run this ranch at a profit (much to the dismay of some of the farmhands and some of the neighbors).  As this city girl digs in her heels and learns everything she can, there are moments of chuckles, but her spirit wins out and she finds a way to make things work.  Add in the good looking neighbor, Garrett, and things get all tingly.

There are sweet moments, gut-wrenching sad moments, frightful moments and a HEA.  I'm not going to give any spoilers beyond what I have already said.  You just need to read this.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet, clean, Christian historical romance.

My Rating:
About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. 

Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

To learn more about Shanna or the books she writes, visit her blog or follow her on Facebook.


Shanna Hatfield said...

Oh, my goodness, gracious! Thank you so, so much for all your kind words! I'm thrilled to pieces you are enjoying my historical romances. Thank you for your review and for sharing the books on your blog. So appreciated!

Scherry said...

You are certainly welcome. Your books have been a pleasure to read and I am looking forward to reading more from you in the future. Keep writing!

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