Come on down for a real family feud in this witty romance, the second novel in Kelly Eileen Hake's Prairie Promises series. In the Nebraskan Territory of 1857, the longstanding feud between their two families makes Opal Speck desperate to save the life of the Grogan who once pulled her from a burning building. Will her big white lie -- that Adam is the father of her unborn child -- land in enemy territory for the rest of her life? Find out how Adam and Opal deal with the repercussions of their shotgun wedding in The Bride Backfire!
Just like Kelly's first book in the Prairie Promises series, her second book, The Bride Backfire, did not dissapoint at all! How these two families can manage to stay sane while keeping up a hundred-year-old feud just boggles my mind! And bless their hearts...it wouldn't be so bad if they could just sit down and air out all their differences.
Since that didn't happen in the book, a couple of characters from each family decided to do the next best thing--get hitched. Opal Speck and Adam Grogan have secretly had eyes for each other for awhile now, although no one knows about it...shoot, they don't even know it themselves. When Adam takes an unplanned trip over onto Speck land to retrieve a wandering cow, Opal's brothers catch him and are ready to string him up for trespassing. Thankfully, Opal steps in and says that they'll do no such thing because she's expecting a child and Adam's agreed to be the father. However, only Opal knows that this little story is no where close to being true. So, they bring in an unknowing Parson Carter, and now, we have ourselves an old-fashioned shotgun wedding. Poor Opal has her work cut out for her after the wedding because her father proceeds to disown her, and unfortunately, she's managed to inherit the worst mother-in-law in the world. Add to that a wretched new brother-in-law that makes her skin crawl, and Opal is now in a real pickle!
Just like book one, Kelly Hake has such a great imagination with her stories. I loved that she included the thoughts of the characters in some places, and not just what they said in conversation. While all the characters from book one are featured in this book (especially Midge, who I loved in book one), this book easily stands on it's own and can be read separately. But now, I'm off to read the conclusion to this wonderful series...The Bride Blunder!
**Many thanks to Barbour Books through NetGalley for providing a copy for review.
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