Synopsis: After the death of their father, three sisters decide to become mail-order brides so as not to be a burden to their only relation, an elderly aunt. Hope has accepted the suit of John Jacobs, a mercantile owner in Medford, Kentucky, but her stagecoach is held up by robbers. One of the robbers is a government agent tasked with infiltrating the gang and discovering who is leaking information to the outlaws, but soon finds himself trying to keep Hope out of danger and into the arms of her fiancé.
Plot: This was by far the most interesting storyline of the three sisters’ stories. Other than the knowledge that everything will go wrong, you never know just what was going to happen next! The lot is completely unbelievable, but an incredible adventure nevertheless.
Point of View: The story alternates between Hope’s journey towards her groom, and of John Jacobs waiting for his bride. The trip to Medford is mostly told from Hope’s perspective, but does occasionally include Dan Sullivan’s outlook.
Theme: The idea behind this novel seems to be that God has a plan for each of us. We might not like what happens and we might not understand why it must happen, but it will all come about to God’s will. It also shows that no matter what situation we may find ourselves in, there is always a way to spread the word of the Lord.
Character Development: Frog is one of the outlaws who kidnap Hope. We know that he rides with two other criminals robbing stagecoaches, and acquired his nickname from the damage he received to his throat during a brawl. As the story continues Frog begins to speak up for himself, and eventually for Hope. In the end he tries to atone for his sins and wants to follow God’s word.
Romance: From the beginning it is obvious to the reader that Hope is unsure of the man she picks to be her husband as she isn’t pleased with the idea of being a mail-order bride nor is she overly fond of her fiancé’s appearance in the picture he sent her. On the other hand, Hope immediately notices one of the outlaws –the masquerading government agent- and is attracted to him until, over time, she finally falls in love with Dan.
Quote: You are the only woman I know who could get herself kidnapped twice and consider it a blessing.
The Verdict: This is definitely my favourite of the three Lori Copeland novels. It is funny without being slapstick, serious without being heavy, and teaches about God without sermonizing.