Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Tour Review & Giveaway - - Marrying Off Morgan McBride

Marrying Off Morgan McBride
by Amy Barry
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: May 30, 2023
Reviewed by PJ

As the oldest of the McBride siblings, Morgan had to be protector and shepherd since Ma died and Pa ran off. It hasn't always been easy, especially when his heart longs to roam on the trail. But now that his brother Kit is married and settled, the time is right for Morgan to leave Buck's Creek. Little does he know that his hellcat of a little sister Junebug is dead set on keeping him at home and getting more help around the house – all with one honest advertisement in The Matrimonial News.

Epiphany Hopgood has always had a gift for doing the exact wrong thing. She’s too tall, too loud, too opinionated, and too contrary for her family and community. Staring down the barrel of spinsterhood, she and her grandmother answer a seemingly straightforward ad for a bride.
But when Pip shows up to Buck’s Creek, she finds that Morgan McBride is not the husband she expected. In fact, he doesn’t even want to be a husband. But maybe there’s a way to make everyone happy out on the Montana frontier…

PJ's Thoughts:

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of my favorite musicals. As I was reading Marrying Off Morgan McBride it was hard to miss those wonderful Seven Brothers vibes. Then, after writing this review, I went back to see what Hellie had to say about book one in the series, Kit McBride Gets a Wife (read Hellie's review). No surprise, those same vibes came through loud and clear for her too. 

First, I have to talk about Junebug McBride, Morgan's "hellcat of a little sister," as described in the book's blurb. She's a wily one, our Junebug. She may be the youngest of the family but as the only surviving sister she's been relegated to the duties she rightfully figures should belong to a wife. Plus, she knows Morgan is itching to hit the dusty trail again and the only way she knows to keep him home is to do the same thing she did with Kit: find him a wife. Things don't go quite according to Junebug's plan...

Man, did I ever feel for Pip, a woman nobody in Nebraska appreciated, including her family. Well, everyone except her spitfire of a grandmother. That woman knew Pip's worth...and her own worth as well. Pip's self-worth has been beaten into the ground so many times she has no idea she has so much to offer. I loved watching her take charge of her future, slowly begin to realize she has "the goods" to bring the boys to the yard, and finally stand up for herself, refusing to settle. 

Morgan may be stubborn, blunt, and prone to talking rather than listening but his prickly exterior hides a well of deep emotions. He's convinced himself he needs to leave Montana to break free of the grief that's dogged him since his mother died and left him to raise his younger siblings. But maybe what he really needs is a straight-talking woman with stubbornness to match his own, the ability to cook melt-in-your-mouth meals, and a body that brings him to his knees. But, once he realizes Pip is the whole package he didn't know he needed - or wanted - what does he do? He runs in the opposite direction! ::Sigh:: Nobody said this was going to be easy.

I loved this book! It's exactly the type of laugh-out-loud story that keeps me grinning from beginning to end. It's light and breezy, with snappy banter, well-developed main characters, richly entertaining secondary characters, and enough emotional depth to keep it from being all fluff. Not that there's anything wrong with fluff. I just like a nice balance of the two and Marrying Off Morgan McBride has it. 

I don't know if Barry has plans to write stories for all of the McBrides, but I'm hoping she will. The brothers all deserve happy endings, I have my fingers crossed that missing brother Charlie will return home, and I am beyond giddy to discover what will happen when Cupid's arrow finally finds Junebug. 

If you're looking for a humorous, feel-good, western historical romance that will have you laughing uproariously and possibly wiping away a heartfelt tear or two, pick up a copy of Marrying Off Morgan McBride. It's a fun ride.

Do you enjoy western historical romances?

Have you read Kit McBride Gets a Wife or Marrying Off Morgan McBride?

What recent books have had you laughing out loud?

Do you enjoy musicals? What's your favorite?

One randomly chosen person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, June 1 will receive a print copy of Marrying Off Morgan McBride.

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  1. Western historical romances novels are captivating and wonderful. I haven't yet read Kit McBride books but definitely will now. My favorite musical is Phantom of the Opera. What a performance.

  2. I am a fan of Western romances. This series sounds terrific. The MGM musicals were some of my favorites. I can't remember where I put my keys, but I know all the words to all those songs by Berlin, Gershwin etc. And the Fred and Ginger films were wonderful for me. I don't think I can choose a favorite. I loved too many.,
    This is a new to me author, but I fall in love with any writer who makes me laugh, so I am sure I will enjoy her books. Laughing Out loud, that was a reread of Rachel Gibson's Simply Irresistible.
    Thanks for this review and an introduction to another new to me author. Especially an author who can make me laugh.

  3. I like Western historical novels, but I don't think I've read any that were classified as a rom-com. This one and the previous sound great. I'll be checking them out, for sure. The last book that had me laughing out loud was an oldie by Loretta Chase, A Duke in Shining Armor.
    I do like musicals and one of my favorites is Brigadoon. However, when we went to NYC, we saw Waitress (Al Roker had a part and he sang!) and Aladdin and loved them both.

  4. I love Western romances! Mail order bride ones in particular can be lots of 'fun'. I haven't read either book yet, but they are on my wishlist since I've heard so many good things about them! (Honestly, I am looking forward to the entire series.) I do really love musicals, but cannot pick a favorite.... Maybe, just maybe, South Pacific because it was one of the first ones I ever saw.

  5. This one is going to be a big YES for me. I do enjoy western historical romances. At the moment, they are a good part of what I have been reading. I have not read wither of these books, but I will be putting them on my Wish List. SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is a family favorite. Our daughter had such a crush on the youngest son, Gideon, that she named her son after him. She borrowed my copy of the DVD constantly so I finally got another copy so I could watch it when I wished.
    It has been a while since I have read a book with a good laugh out loud character, just a chuckle or two.
    Favorite musical would be Seven Brides Fore Seven Brothers and Oliver.
    Thank you for the review and recommendation.

  6. I meant to mention that I like the twist from the plot of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. Instead of the brother wanting someone to so the housework, it is the sister that makes the move to ease her workload. I hope she gets sisters she can relate to and enjoy too.

  7. I do enjoy western stories and musicals. Seven brides for seven Brothers is one of my favorites. I have not read any of the books in the series yet, but have them on my wish list. And yes I LOVE laughing as I read.