Book: The Bride Wore Spurs (The Inconvenient Bride Series, Book 1) by Sharon Ihlecategories: Book, Humor, Western, Indian, Irish, Funny, Love, Horses, Historical Romance
Sharon Ihleabout this book: It think it's really important for me to travel to the places I write about. That's when I can get the best feel of what it must have been like living in the area even if things have changed a great deal since the 19th century, my favorite period in American History. For The Bride Wore Spurs, set in 1878, I was lucky enough to travel to Centennial, Wyoming where most of this book takes place. It begins, however, in County Tipperary, Ireland. Well I had to go there, too, didn't it? You bet your spurs, I did!
My husband and I were fortunate enough to rent a 13th Century castle in that area with two other writer friends of mine and their husbands. During that wonderful trip, I got a feel for the Irish people, the way they talked, in particular. My heroine in this book, Lacey O'Carroll is Irish through and through. Her parents died in a fire years before and because of her behavior afterwards, she was thought to be a mad girl and was raised in a hospital for the insane. Lacey knows nothing of life outside those walls. When the nurse who befriended her and cared for her at all times is packing to head to Wyoming Territory as a mail order bride, Lacey begs her to take her along with her.
The two women travel to Wyoming and are met by half-Indian, John 'Hawke' Winterhawke. Lacey's frightened by the big, wild-looking man, but mesmerized as well. Hawke thinks he is only picking up a mail-order wife for his friend, and is dumb-founded when he discovers that friend ordered a bride for him as well. To keep peace, he agrees to 'see what it will be like' having her around, but only during daylight hours, and no touching.
Lacey is eager to prove to Hawke that she can become the kind of wife he wants, but she knows nothing of domestic chores, and even less about the livestock. She tries her best, and keeps Hawke either in stitches laughing, or wishing he could make her his own then and there.
• "Absolutely love the characters and the storyline. The story flowed so well I found myself racing through the pages."
• "On the face of things, this story couldn't have been more unlikely to end well. This is my first book by this author and she had me in stitches, grinning and laughing through the book."
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