Review: Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan

Seeing how successful her older sister’s “mail order marriage” has been and longing to strike out on her own, Greta Olsen answers an ad for a mail order bride in Central City, Colorado. But when she meets Jess Gifford, owner of a thriving mercantile, she begins to harbor doubts. He didn’t place the ad to begin with and his business in a busy mining town leaves him little time or energy for love. To compound her troubles, she was not the only bride to answer the ad! Will either bride strike the match she hopes for?




This second offering in the Blue Willow Brides series was different from the first. This is not one I HAD to review [somehow I missed the call for influencers] but I did influence for the first one and the third will post tomorrow.

One thing that bugs me [in general] is having two main couples with equal – or nearly equal – page time. I generally feel that I don’t get to know either couple as well as I’d like. That’s the case here.

I enjoyed getting to know both couples but would have loved it if they both had their own books or something. That would be difficult to do given the plot, but… Or just a longer book ;).

One thing that did bug me a bit was that Zach had ordered two brides for his brother with the intention that he would be able to pick the one he liked the most. I get that… sort of. In that you wouldn’t want to run the risk of some evil woman. [There is much hesitance when I say that, by the way.] But, he never thought it through. What was going to happen to the other bride? If he’d ordered them planning all along that he would marry one and his brother the other, that’d be different, but he didn’t. I’m not sure he ever thought about what the other bride would do in a very rural mining town. And he never really apologized either.

It was a fun quick, read and I enjoyed getting to know all four characters. I likely won’t read it again often, but I am glad I read it once :).

Overall rating: 8 out of 10 stars