Title: Aundy (Pendleton Petticoats #1)
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Sweet Historical Romance
Length: 332 Pages
Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer’s request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon. When a tragic accident leaves her a widow soon after becoming a wife, Aundy takes on the challenge of learning how to manage a farm, even if it means her stubborn determination to succeed upsets a few of the neighbors.
Born and raised on the family ranch, Garrett Nash loves life in the bustling community of Pendleton in 1899. When his neighbor passes away and leaves behind a plucky widow, Garrett takes on the role of her protector and guardian. His admiration for her tenacious spirit soon turns to something more. He just needs to convince the strong-willed Aundy to give love another try.
This was all kinds of wonderful! And sad, and intense, and all of the things a great book should be. I couldn't put this one down. There was just so much happening all the time, it kept me completely hooked throughout. I love how strong and independent Aundy is. She's definitely a strong female lead, and I love that, especially in historical romance. I love that she stepped up and did what needed doing without question. Shanna was able to keep it sweet, and a teensy bit steamy at the same time, without going overboard. That's a fine line to walk and she did it flawlessly.
My only real gripes here are that I felt the ending was a little abrupt, there was suddenly a lot of telling in the surmising of it, and there were a few times when the POV changes were confusing. It wasn't overly distracting, but I certainly noticed. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Aundy and would love to read more from Shanna in the future.