Review: The Mail Order Bride of Horse Creek, by Rich Amada

BOOK REVIEW: The Mail Order Bride of Horse Creek, by Rich Amada.

Rated four stars out of five by reviewer Iris Chacon.

A complimentary ARC was provided to this reviewer for an honest, unbiased review.

The author and publisher specify that this novel is intended for adult audiences and portrays adult characters.


Author Rich Amada has creatively combined an innovative style of mail-order-bride Western story with issues straight of today’s headlines. Issues of political and sexual abuse, immigration, veracity, violence, and forgiveness are woven intricately throughout an entertaining and sympathetic love story with well-crafted characters.

In this unique take on mail order brides in the West, the young (19-year-old) bride is no blushing virgin from good family back East, now fleeing an unwanted suitor or overbearing parent. No, this is an immigrant from Odessa (Russia, not Texas), who speaks no English, has no money, and is fleeing a life of destitution and sexual exploitation forced upon her in the turmoil of her native country.

The prospective groom is not the tall, handsome, gun-slinging, Adonis typical of many mail-order-bride novels. Instead he is a humble, average-looking, hard-working farmer offering a life of modest comforts to a willing stranger.

The story unfolds with such originality and pathos that I consumed it in one sitting, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to appropriately adult readers.

Not recommended for readers 18 and under due to adult subject matter and moderately detailed depictions of marital sex. There is little or no offensive language.


The Mail Order Bride of Horse Creek, by Rich Amada, is available on Amazon.

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