Avon/January 5, 2000
Kate Murphy arrives in the Rocky Mountain mining town as a mail-order bride just in time to discover she's a widow before she's a wife. Looking to earn the stagecoach fare out of this dangerous town, Kate never expects the true peril to come in the tantalizing form of Trev Trevelyan.
MADE IN HEAVEN
MADE IN HEAVEN
The handsome mine superintendent desperately needs someone to care for his two young, motherless children, and Kate is delighted to take the job. But first the children capture her heart...and then the leaping attraction between sweet Kate and the smolderingly handsome Trev is too powerful to deny. Although Kate longs for the safety of his arms, will she ever be able to accept the danger of his life?
A mining town is a dangerous place, not only for miners but for single women. Kate Murphy doesn't plan to stay single long, she just needs to find her fiancé. When Kate learns her intended has just been killed in a mine accident she is desperate to get out of this rough town and to the nearest city, Denver. Fate places Kate in the path of Trev Trevelyan and she is hired to care for his children. It's funny because Kate has no experience but Trev doesn't have a lot of options so he trusts Kate. I think her looks helped her get the job if only on a subconscious level since Trev definitely noticed Kate's looks. I did like Kate's tenacity that was balanced with her ignorance of mining and the culture of the mining town.
Trev Trevelyan is a very busy mining supervisor, putting in long hours with little time for his children. The time he does spend with them, he cherishes which made me like him. He did come across as very driven to succeed at all costs. This was due to him growing up the very poor son of a miner in Cornwall. If it hadn't been for his relationships with his children he would have felt distant, a character with little warmth. Eventually that warmth was shown towards Kate but the convenience factor did play a role in their romance. Kate was there in Trev's home with no other respectable options for earning money. They did make time to talk and get to know each other but it felt contrived.
The town itself, the mine in particular, play an important role in Kate and Trev's romance. Trev being the superintendent for a number of mines has his future tied to the wealth and future of the mines. Kate doesn't like the danger of the mines or the violence that springs up with the miners and talk of unions. The tension between Kate and Trev is fueled by the drama surrounding the mines. Even with that drama, the plot moved fairly slowly and predictably. The antagonists were obvious, even the one(s) who were not suppose to be. The romance too was predictable with Kate determined to leave and Trev wanting Kate to stay and take care of his children and him as well. Kate was portrayed as an independent woman wanting to make her own way but this was after her fiancé died which didn't fit with a mail-order bride scenario.
Mail-Order Bride might be suffering from predictability but that won't keep me from trying more western romances from this author.