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In New York, Michael ran afoul of a notorious gang. Traveling west was a necessity, not a choice. The longshoreman grew fond of his young charges, and now he's quickly becoming partial to their beautiful sister, too. So when danger follows him, threatening Maddie and the children, he'll do anything to protect them-and the future he hopes to build.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Love Inspired Historical
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Frontier Bachelors
GHott4 Stars Out Of 5I really enjoyed Instant Frontier Family.January 6, 2016GHottQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I really enjoyed Instant Frontier Family . Maddies work ethic and her willingness to work herself to the bone to provide for her family shows a love and willingness to be Gods disciple that many people dont have nowadays. It was fun to watch her fall in love especially as she protested that she did not want that more than anything else. Her siblings were a great source of annoyance even to me as the reader. She kept saying how she felt guilty that she had a short temper with them and yet, I dont know that I could have been as sweet as she was to them. All in all Instant Frontier Family is a great read and a terrific addition to this series!
Author: Regina Scott
Publisher & Date: January 5th 2016 by Love Inspired
Genre: Historic Christian Romance
ISBN: 0373283423 (ISBN13: 9780373283422)
Setting: October 1866 in Seattle Washington
Series: Frontier Bachelors, 4
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Another Great Installment to Frontier BachelorsJanuary 5, 2016eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was originally attracted to Regina Scotts novels because of their Regency setting, but her recent releases from Love Inspired have been in the Frontier Bachelor series, set in the Washington Territory in the 1860s. I have enjoyed each book so far despite the different time and place, and one of the reasons for that is the novels touch on family love as well as the romance between the hero and heroine.
The characters in this novel are by turns endearing and infuriatingsometimes both in the same chapterbut they are not flat. I enjoy the Irish twist to this story; I have very little background regarding Irish immigrants to the U. S. but there is a lot of information within these pages, both historical and cultural.
As I have come to expect from any Regina Scott novel, historical detail is impeccable and woven not just into the descriptions but into the very dialog the characters speak. For example, Maddie refers to Ciara and Aiden as her bone and blood rather than the more common term today of flesh and blood. Its the minutiae that keep me coming back to her novels again and again, the authentic and unexpected small specifics that set her writing and research above many other authors I have read.
Interestingly, parts of the story could have been taken from more recent headlines with gang violence and intimidation. There is also a subtle thread of entitlement, of wanting only the best, regardless of the cost to others or even to the person so caught up in what he wants that he cant see the damage inflicted. This highlights that despite what we might be tempted to think, problems people faced in the past and the ones we battle today are much the same in spite of the passage of timeI find that an encouragement in my own struggles.
Another uplifting component to this book is the Christian aspect and an exploration of our relationship with Goda personal faith opposed to a distant Creator uninvolved in our lives. A sometimes arrogant self-sufficiency contrasts with trust in One greater than ourselves, One who loves us beyond what we can see when we are consumed by the day to day demands of living.
And the romance! This is a fantastic story about two people convinced that love is not worth the risk, and yet Ms. Scott still finds ways to let the sparks fly between the characters at various points in the novel, some of them unexpected and more beautiful for the surprise they bring.
Many elements combine to make this a wonderful book and well worth the time spent reading. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy historical romance or who have an interest in Irish history in the U. S. And for those, like me, who found her writing through her Regency novels, theres even a nod to Pride and Prejudicean unexpected but welcome bonus to this delightful tale!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Setting and Interesting PlotJanuary 5, 2016Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Instant Frontier Family is a great addition to the Frontier Bachelors series, yet the story definitely stands alone and can be enjoyed without having read the earlier novels.
I really liked these two main characters and their journey was such a special one to read about. Maddie is strong and determined, yet scared to trust in love. Michael is caring and reliable, yet has been hurt before. I loved watching these two begin to care for each other.
Maddies younger sister, Ciara, drove me a bit insane! The author did a very convincing job of making this little girl difficult. But, her attitude toward her situation and toward Maddie were an important part of the story.
Instant Frontier Family has a great setting and a very interesting plot that is connected to their Irish heritage. I loved their Irish brogues that came through very nicely in the way the sentences were worded. It was a very enjoyable story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Instant MatchJanuary 5, 2016JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely adored Regina Scotts Instant Frontier Family. I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters and basically just being taken back in time. The story follows Maddie ORourke, a young Irishwoman, who is trying to make a living for her two younger siblings by opening a bake shop, while also trying desperately not to fall in love with a handsome Irishman. It was a delightful read filled with romance, but with a hint of mystery and suspense thrown in the mix too. What more could you ask for?
I was a little concerned with this book being the fourth one in the series, but my concerns were quickly erased. Instant Frontier Family, works perfectly as a standalone book too, which is great if you havent read any of the other books in the Frontier Bachelor series...like me! I am looking forward to reading all of the other books by Regina Scott!
I received a complimentary copy of Instant Frontier Family in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are all my own.
Instant Frontier Family is an Instant Good Read4 Stars Out Of 5Seattle, Gingersnaps, and an Irish TwinkleJanuary 3, 2016Instant Frontier Family is an Instant Good ReadQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed this charming story of Maddie O'Rourke and her desire to succeed in spite of the trials of life. Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine, so this did not disappoint. Faith, suspense, romance - all woven together in a story that will keep you reading. This book is set in Seattle's early frontier days. Maddie is a woman with a plan, and there are so many bachelors who wish to win her favor. Read this book and find out who has the key to her heart, and how she learns to trust God through it all.