About the Book
Book: Bride of the Rockies
Author: Angela Breidenbach
Genre: Historical Romance
Release date: January 1, 2022
For botanist, Bettina Gilbert, mining is an offense against God’s green earth. With the shortage of women in Montana, Luke travels to Chicago to manage the Montana mining exhibition hoping to also find a wife. Only that pretty botanist keeps disrupting his mining presentations … and his chances of meeting the right woman! A city girl who despises his way of life would be the worst choice for a miner’s wife, wouldn’t she?
Uplifting, wholesome romance set in the Gilded Age during Chicago’s World Fair. Written by bestselling author and professional genealogist, Angela Breidenbach. Accurate to history while entertaining, inspiring, with a lovely ambiance of hope.
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I do believe this is my favorite story of the Queen of the Rockies series, an historical look at Montana becoming a state and its historical accomplishments. This one's story centers around the Great Chicago World's Fair and the uniqueness Montana wanted to show from their state. Setting a certain budget aside, the women only received 10 percent of what the men received. But lo and behold they came home with the awards. The author in her notes describes what exactly happened and how these wilderness women, with less, showed so much more of their state.
Bettina Gilbert is a young botanist whose sole goal is to help the poor and better feed them through better farming techniques. She is bright, loyal, and driven. Luke is from Helena, Montana and has been chosen to represent Montana and it's mining at the exhibition. He is also looking for a wife. Not just any wife but one who will be the perfect match for him in every way. He believes he has found that in Bettina.
Theirs is an up and down journey of openness and laying aside the past to embrace the future. In a way, also pursuing new dreams for the future. I enjoyed their journey and courtship with the very interesting backdrop of Montana's women and their ingenuity.
I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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Rabbit trails. The paths that draw a writer away from her planned research. That’s what happened when I started researching Queen of the Rockies. I hopped down a rabbit trail that took me into an entirely different story. Here I was writing about the beginning of Montana as a state, the real people, and the unusual stories of the Gilded Age. Then a thread of the Chicago World’s Fair kept popping up like little bunnies in the middle of the field that darted here and there.
Well, those little rabbit trails captured my fascination. I couldn’t stop chasing them. I wanted to know more about why people who were busy carving out a new state would want to travel halfway across the country and live in Chicago for five months. Why would they care? What were their goals? Who were these unusual people? So, I did the smart thing. I started a new document to think about writing a later story.
The more I researched the first book in this series, Queen of the Rockies, the more I found tidbits of names that reappeared in newspapers. Then I followed a few of those names just to see what had become of them. I found a lot more than I expected. From the social pages in newspapers to club minute books to journals the stories of some really interesting women came to light. Their goals were much more than for one family or one town. These people found a cause bigger than themselves. They found a bond in forging a state that held respectability in the world’s eyes. These people were tired, and offended, of the constant slur — the Wild West. And they were going to change that erroneous misconception!
The rest of civilization didn’t understand how modern, elegant, and valuable Montana was in the 1890s. But the people of Montana were about to prove their infant state was the shining star on the American flag. She was no infant. This beautiful state, whose capitol was fully electric already, could hold her own among the elegant countries slated to be at that fair in 1893.
Come turn the pages of Bride of the Rockies and find out what these people, and especially the women, did to put Montana in the world headlines. See why they stunned with never before seen discoveries displayed in their pavilion during the Columbian Exposition. Can you imagine being given 10% of the budget while the men had 90%, in essence set up as the underdog, and blowing the world away with what you do with it? Walking away with the win? Not just one win…seven!
Bride of the Rockies took me on a fabulous rabbit trail of research. I hope this story will be fun for you, too!
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