Book Review: Mail Order Mayhem

Mail Order Mayhem by Kirsten Osbourne

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

For a more sensual romance novella, this book was pretty good. There were no bodice-ripping, explicit sex scenes, and the only real sex scene was the wedding night, which was sensual and loving. Other than the wedding night scene, this could be considered a Christian Romance novella.

However, I feel that the author could have put more time into this piece and made it into a novel. If she had spent more time building on the characters, they would have felt more rounded. Maude, as the teller of the story for the most part, is probably the roundest character. She has a full spectrum of feelings, emotions, and characteristics.

The former groom-to-be is just plain nasty. I’ve read this piece many times, and I still haven’t found one redeeming quality for him, and your protagonist really needs one thing to make the readers see his/her side. I can’t even begin to sympathize with him.

Her groom fell a little flat as well. He’s a homesteader, and he’s kind and he loves her, but that’s about the best I can really give him.

I really do feel that if Ms. Osbourne has spent more time developing the characters and adding more dialogue and such, this novella could have been so much more. Granted, the story is still a good one, and I’ll be honest in saying that I have most of the series, but they are simply quick reads for me when I need a break and just want to pick something up and read.


Book Review: Mail Order Match Maker by Kirsten Osbourne

Mail Order Match Maker (Brides of Beckham #7)Mail Order Match Maker by Kirsten Osbourne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading this entire series, I was happy to see that Harriet finally embarked on her own mail order adventure and found happiness with a better man. Throughout this series, we have gotten glimpses of the horror that she faced when she was barely more than a child and a bride to boot. She was so young when she married that she really did not know what to do to defend herself. So now, to finally see her get her “happy ever after,” it was rewarding.

My only issue with this book has been a steadily growing issue with all of the books. There were blatant errors in the text that could have and should have been caught among the many steps of preparing the book for publication, and somehow, they were missed. I could have overlooked these issues except that it causes confusion a few times, which made me have to go back and reread parts to figure out what was going on. So, I am only able to give this book four out of five stars.

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