Beneath a Prairie Moon

Katherine Gale

3.5 Stars

December 4, 2017

An enjoyable Christian romance set in a small Western town.

Abigail Grant, used to luxury but now facing financial ruin due to her father's illegal activities, is desperate to keep herself off the streets by finding a husband. After several unsuccessful matches as a mail-order bride, she is recruited by Mrs.Bingham for the challenge of teaching a group of rough ranchers proper manners so that they can be matched with brides. This turns out to be a challenge indeed. And then there's Mack Cleveland, a man whose uncle was swindled by a mail-order bride and who suspects a potential scam when Abigail and Mrs. Bingham arrive.

I found this a light, enjoyable read, although at first the ranchers seemed almost too ridiculous to be believed and I shared Mack's irritation with Abigail. Her dedication to etiquette is severe (and often it seems she values manners over politeness and graciousness). It's clear that this is a way for her to remain connected with her mother and that she uses it as a defense mechanism, but the degree to which she behaved 'correctly' was a bit grating. That being said, as we get to know the characters the ranchers become more dimensional and less like caricatures and Abigail begins to loosen up. I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would at first. 

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.