Rachel Matthews is determined to make a living without help. Becoming a dance hall girl is one of the few jobs available during a time when woman have few ways to earn a living. Her brother is concerned for her safety and sends his friend John McIntyre who is a local busine... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
- UPC: 9780800722654
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 336
- Publish Date: Feb 2, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0800722655
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- Great book! by Jeanette on 3/20/2016
I believe that this is the second book I have read by Ms. Brendan but it won't be my last. I LOVED it and will check out every book she has written.
Her characters are so loveable and I was swiftly carried away by this warm and wonderful family.
John and his grandmother, Estelle, share a very close bond. He would do absolutely anything for her but get married. Estelle wants the best for John which includes marriage. Rachel is trying so hard to take care of herself until her brother returns but John comes to rescue her. Little does John knows that Rachel will rescue him.
The book has a theme of acceptance that runs through it. Rachel was accepted by the community even after they discovered she was a dancer at the saloon. She did not judge others and remained friends with her fellow dancers at the risk of her reputation. Rachel loved her family with all her heart. She only had her brother, Preston. She couldn't bear the thought that her brother didn't return and help save the family home. What was she going to do? She had a difficult time to accept that her family home was lost to her. But GOD had a plan for Rachel and John.
I didn't just read this book, I was part of the family. I look forward to more books by Maggie Brendan.
I received this book for free to review.
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 3/19/2016
When most people think of cowboys they think of Texas. Not me! I think of Montana. Maggie Brendan's Virtues and Vices of the Old West series has been a true delight so far because it has great characters and interesting storylines but more importantly it is set in the Montana Territory.
A Sweet Misfortune is the second book in the series and in it we meet Rachel Matthews who finds herself dancing in a saloon just to survive. Her parents are deceased and her only brother has headed west to seek fortune to buy back their family's ranch. Unbeknownst to Rachel her brother has written his friend and current owner of the Matthews family ranch, John McIntyre, and asked him to rescue his sister from the saloon and watch out for her until he returns.
John's idea of rescuing leaves Rachel crazy mad. Not only does this bully now own her family's land but he also thinks he can tell Rachel what to do. The sparks are flying and someone is bound to get burned. The redeeming factor and calming force is John's beloved grandmother. Rachel can't help but fall in love with her.
The theme of virtues and vices is a clever one. Ms. Brendan explores how we look at people from the outside while discounting how they came to be in the situation. She also allows us to contemplate our own greed by pondering how much is enough.
I enjoyed this novel on many levels. It is a light read so you can enjoy it on a lazy afternoon or even during times of multiple interruptions. I found it refreshing to have only the main storyline to concentrate on and a limited number of characters to get to know. Even though it is part of a multi-book series it is a stand-alone story and can be read without needing to read the other books. If you are looking for a fun light romance set in the Old West then I recommend taking a chance on this one.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Good but not Noteworthy by Leah on 3/8/2016
I have cracked the cover of another historical romance. Historical romances are all over the place so for me to come across one that I really enjoy is rare.
This book was good but not stunning and not one that will be remembered forever in my book.
I thought that Rachel was not very unique and was a little bland to read about. Although I thought that John was a pretty good character.
I was a bit confused at first because the story seemed to progress SSOOOO quickly and I that made me feel like the story could have been over halfway trough the book. And I felt like it was just your average historical romance that was not very captivating and lacking in adventure.
But overall the writing style was great and this will not stop me from reading another of her books
I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
- Sweet romance novel! by The Avid Reader on 2/29/2016
A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan is the second book in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series. It is September 1862 in Montana Territory. Rachel Matthews’ brother (Preston) had to go away and he asked John McIntyre to rescue his sister. Rachel could only find work as a dance hall girl (serving drinks, food, etc.). John McIntyre goes into the saloon, asks which girl is Rachel, grabs her, and takes off. He gets on his horse and takes off for his ranch. Rachel is outraged. Rachel did not enjoy working as a dance hall girl, but it was the only job she could find. She wanted to help her brother raise funds to save their ranch (they got behind on the taxes after their parents died). Estelle, John’s grandmother, convinces Rachel to stay and offers her a position in her millinery shop. Rachel is enjoying her stay until she discovers that John holds the deed to her family’s ranch. John paid the back taxes on the property and had an agreement with Preston Matthews (he would pay John back within a certain amount of time or the ranch stays with John). As Rachel and John spend more time together, the attraction between them grows. Can these two different people come together in love or will the Matthews family ranch be a sticking point between them?
A Sweet Misfortune is a charming, historic romance novel (with a Christian theme). It can easily be read as a stand-alone novel (without having enjoyed the first book in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series). A Sweet Misfortune is nicely written and very easy to read. I did find it, though, to be a predictable romance novel with the normal issues of miscommunication between the couple, misunderstandings, breaking up, getting back together, and happily ever after. The characters are fun (especially Estelle). The Christian theme is very light in this uplifting story. I give A Sweet Misfortune 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).
I received a complimentary copy of A Sweet Misfortune from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
- Captured by Maureen on 2/25/2016
I do have to state that I really enjoy Maggie Brendan’s books, and look forward to each one, and this one was no exception.
In this day can you picture a friend of your brothers going into where you work and throwing you over his shoulder and carrying you away to his home? No, absolutely not, but this is back in the 1860’s, and Miss Rachael is working at a place that does not have a good reputation, she is a dancer, but we would all make the assumption that she is a “soiled dove”.
The friend John, owns the title to her parents ranch, and she is not so happy to see the enemy, as she feels about him, of course he only paid the taxes, but means nothing to her. Her brother, Preston, still has a chance to redeem the ranch when he returns from the gold fields.
You are going to love Estelle, the Grandmother, and Annabelle the housekeeper and cook, and how they embrace Rachael, I wanted to move in with them.
When we let God be in charge a lot of doors open and more people are drawn in and saved by your actions, and that is how I felt while reading this book, it was amazing, and you kept finding more, even in adversity.
This is a sad, in some ways, but refreshing and sweet read, and I’m ready for the next book in this series.
I received this book through the Revell Reads Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Hold On a Minute Cowboy! by Tickmenot on 2/25/2016
One minute, Rachel is dancing on the stage of the Wild Horse Saloon. The next minute, a big cowboy has thrown her over his shoulder, jumped on a horse, and galloped off with her full-speed across the Montana countryside. Rachel doesn't know what he has in mind, but does her best to get away from him. Ultimately, she discovers this big cowboy, John, is her brother Preston's friend, and he "kidnapped" her at her brother's request. Preston didn't want her working at a saloon, and begged John to rescue her.
The only thing Rachel has cared about since her parents died, was making enough money to get her family's ranch back. Working at the saloon was her only choice. Unbeknownst to Rachel, Preston had John pay the back taxes on their ranch. This was done with the agreement that John would get their ranch if the tax money wasn't repaid by a certain date, and the time is almost up. To make matters worse, Rachel hasn't heard from Preston for months. Rachel doesn't know if she is more upset with John for not giving her more time to get the money to pay him back, or Preston for being unreachable and making this deal with John.
Rachel makes friends with John's grandmother, Estelle, who gives her a job in her millinery shop. Estelle would like to get Rachel, along with her grandson together, but John appears to be courting someone else. Also, he looks down on Rachel for working in the saloon, and the two of them don't seem to get along. Rachel is satisfied working with Estelle, and trying to get some of the other girls away from the saloon work. She hopes if they understand their worth in God's eyes, they will want a new life.
Montana in the 1860's has lots of eligible bachelors. Rachel is surprised to find herself with multiple suitors, three of them, including the town pastor. But will any of them make her heart flutter, even a little? Or will she settle for a marriage with someone who will give her a good home? None of it may matter though, when a heart attack, pneumonia or a whiteout snow storm may be the end of some, if not all of them.
A Sweet Misfortune is the second book in the Virtues and Vices series, but it is a tale that can stand alone. This book will appeal to those who like romances, but others readers will like it, as well, since it also includes a bit of danger, intrigue, and fun. I recommend this wholesome 5-star book to those wanting a well-written fictional tale set in the Old West.
The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of A Sweet Misfortune, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
- Predictable, but Fun by Ellie Faye on 2/12/2016
Finding herself alone and homeless in a small western town, independent heroine Rachel Matthews stoops to working as a dancing girl at the local saloon in an attempt to earn money to re-purchase her family’s ranch. When her brother in far-away California hears of her occupation, however, he sends his friend and local cattle baron John McIntyre to rescue her. Sparks immediately fly between the two, but will John be able to let go of his pride and suspicions that Rachel did more than dance at the saloon? Will Rachel ever forgive John for buying the failing ranch from her brother in the first place?
With an entertaining cast of characters and an interesting backdrop, Maggie Brendan tells a story not only of love, but of forgiveness, humility, and grace. While all romance novels tend to end somewhat predictably, this one lacked any suspense or adventure whatsoever. Every conflict resolves itself within a chapter or two, and every character gets just about everything they want without much development. It seems as if the events leading up to the start of the novel would have proven much more captivating: Rachel’s parents’ deaths, her brother’s departure to mine for gold, and her own decision to work at the saloon would have entertained much more than the given plot. Even the story of John’s sister Lura’s fall from grace would have livened it up a bit. As it is, not much happens. That said, Rachel is spunky and likable, and John is adequately swoon-worthy, which leads to a satisfying— if predictable— conclusion.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in return for an honest review.