Once Upon a Mail Order Bride Cover Reveal


I just love when I get a new cover. It’s like opening a present on Christmas morning. I never tire of seeing the new designs by the people at Sourcebooks. They’re truly amazing.

I especially love this one. The colors are so beautiful and the models are truly romantic

This is Outlaw Mail Order Brides #4 and the ex-preacher Ridge Steele gets a bride at last.

Except Adeline Jancy cannot speak.

She communicates through writing so she carries paper and pencil everywhere. But just because she can’t speak, doesn’t mean she’s passive. Ridge finds that out pretty quick and doesn’t make the mistake again.

This story is about finding hope and having the courage to right wrongs. Ridge and Addie are reaching for the impossible. Oftentimes it’s easier to let things stay the way they are, especially when living in a safe, outlaw town. It’s a lot harder to force change and they had to reach a point where they could accept that it would be possible by the slimmest of margins to make their lives better and grab hold of their future.

I’m going to be very sad to leave Hope’s Crossing. I love all these people. But a new series awaits and will start soon.

So tell me what you like or don’t like about this cover and/or the title. The book comes out on November 24, 2020.

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Here in the Texas Panhandle, we do love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson and jeans that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!

53 thoughts on “Once Upon a Mail Order Bride Cover Reveal”

    • Good morning, Debra! It’s a beautiful day full of new opportunities. I’m happy you like my cover and the premise of the book. Now, go out and make a difference today in some way or another. Love you.

    • Good morning, Quilt Lady! I always smile when I see your name. I’m so happy you love the cover as much as I do. I think you’ll like this one. Love and big hugs!

    • Good morning, Janine Cat Mom! I’m so happy to share this with you. Yes, I do think this story will wrap up the series very well. I cried when I finished it because I knew there wouldn’t be anymore. Have a blessed and wonderful day, sweet lady!

  1. Good morning My Sweet Sister Friend! I love this cover and I’ve been waiting for Ridge’s book. For some reason he has had me so intrigued to get to know him better. Love you, we are leaving Beautiful Wyoming heading back to Kansas.

    • Good morning, traveling Sister Friend! I know you’re anxious to get home. It’s nice to leave but better to get home and hug your little Casino. Bet she’s missed you horribly. I agree about Ridge. He was the mysterious one of the outlaws I’ve written about and I think his story will touch readers. Addie has an equally tough road that will be emotionally charged. And of course, you know me. I had to put a kid in it. Bodie is a fifteen year old who needs someone to care. Such a sweet, caring boy. Anyway, have a safe trip back to Kansas! We’ll catch up later. Much love.

  2. Good Morning Ms. Linda! Your covers are always so beautiful! To me the cover makes a huge difference. I have actually passed books up because the cover was so unappealing to me. I can’t wait for this book! Can’t speak, you really have a way of pulling in the most enticing plots! Love you dear lady! Continue to be safe in these uncertain times!

    • Good morning, Steph, my warrior buddy! When I decided to make Addie unable to speak, I didn’t know how difficult it would be. It’s darn hard to keep someone present in a scene when they can’t utter a word, but I’m very glad I took this challenge. I think I grew as a writer and that’s always so important. I don’t want my books to get stale. I agree about covers. They have to appeal to me, draw me, or I can’t read the story. Sharing Multiple Sclerosis like we do makes these times extra scary and I’m being as cautious as I know how. Love you dearly, sweet friend and fight on!

  3. Good morning Linda! I love the windmill, the two story house with a large veranda, the tin roof on the barn, the prairie grass, and the sunset. Of course, the periwinkle colored dress is gorgeous, and the off the shoulder style may be more than what preacher Ridge can handle himself! The title is, for me, a bit too la-ti-da. Linda, I cannot wait for another book ride with you! I have thought of Ridge and hoped he would get his story developed. LOVE everything about the whole series and know this final story will not disappoint one bit!

    • Dearest Kathy! I hope you’re having a great morning. I agree about the background. Windmills have always been a welcome part of my life. I love the sound they make. It’s such comforting to go to sleep with. Oh yes, you’ve hit upon a part of Ridge that he never let come to life. Addie, with her quiet beauty, turns him inside out and he’s not quite sure how to handle her. She’s soft and tender but tough when she has to be. The perfect match for him. The title…well their marriage starts out like a fairy tale. Too good to be true and I love the feel it gives the story. 🙂 I hope your day holds many blessings. And maybe an exciting adventure. Love you dearly.

      • Well … I sure do look forward to reading every word my friend. The cover couldn’t be more tender and beautiful.

  4. What a combination — a swoon-worthy hero on the cover, and one of my favorite story lines — falling in love through letters! Can’t wait to read Ridge and Adeline’s story.

    • Good morning, Sharon! I’m so happy to see you. Yes, letters are a great medium for falling in love. A person can say on a page what they can’t through the spoken word. Their love develops slowly and I think in a natural way when feels are as deep as theirs. I do hope you like their journey. Sending love and big hugs!

  5. I love the color and scene of the cover. There is no denying it is one of your books if I saw it on the shelf.
    Beautiful. Hugs and have a wonderful day.

    • Hey, lady! Glad you stopped by. As someone who paints awesome pictures, your compliment means so much. Yes, even though all of my covers are different they have a sameness feel about them. Love you and hope you have a blessed and inspiring day.

    • Hi Pam, I’m happy this book intrigues you. I’ve written blind characters and almost everything else but a silent character is new for me. I hope I’ve done a good job. Love you and treasure your friendship, my Filly sister.

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover , so beautiful!! The title is perfect, I’m so sad though to leave Hopes Crossing . I loved catching up with the Legend men , and all the newest family memories. Ridge’s book will be awesome, can’t wait ??

    • Hi Miss Rose Ann! I’m so happy you like the cover and title. This book has a fairy tale feel to it pretty much. I know, I cried when I wrote the epilogue of this book and ended the series. This was my home. I really felt that it was. But, we don’t have to say goodbye to the Legend men just yet. The new series is about their children so they do appear some in those. Hallelujah! They’re too huge to say goodbye forever. I do hope you like Ridge’s story. I wrote it especially for you. 🙂

  7. Good morning, Linda! What a lovely cover, and can’t wait to read that story (on pre-order!). I would love these brides to go on forever.

    • Hi Sally! Nice to see you. I’m so glad you like this cover and story premise. Thank you so much for pre-ordering. I know what you mean. I love mail order brides. There are probably thousands of plots about women in this situation. Have a blessed and very inspiring day.

  8. Good morning Linda. I am soooo looking forward to reading this. I love Ridge’s quiet and tough nature.

    I will be in the Utah & Colorado area soon! Leaving Saturday until the 5th of September. It will be my first time out west. I’m so excited even if it is for work! Lol

    • Hi Dale! Wow, how nice to travel to cooler states! I hope you enjoy every second of your trip. Ridge and Allie have a perfect romance waiting for you with lots of adventure. This is the first time I’ve ever written about a tornado in any of my books so that should be interesting. I hope you love their adventures. Leave room in your suitcase or a seat in the car for me and I’ll come with you. Ha! 🙂 Love you so much.

  9. Perfect cover! The gorgeous sun rising on a new day, a new life. Loved the unique story line with the mute, intelligent heroine and the man that sees beyond her disability,

    • Hi Laurie! I’m so happy you love the cover. There’s hope and promise in the background. Ridge is an extraordinary man and cherishes Addie. Her not speaking doesn’t bother him. Have a blessed and inspiring day. Big hugs and much love.

  10. Good morning Linda! This is an absolutely beautiful cover!! And I just know that the story will be just amazing!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!!
    Hope you are doing well today! Love and hugs to you!

    • Dearest Ruth, thank you so much for coming. It’s wonderful seeing you. I’m happy you like the cover of Ridge and Addie’s book. You’ll definitely get an autographed copy. No worries there. Sending tons of tender love during this hard time and always.

  11. Linda, that cover is just gorgeous. I have loved every cover you’ve had in this series. I know you are VERY excited. I look forward to reading it! CONGRATULATIONS! Love you, sweet friend. XOXO

  12. I love this cover, sister! This is probably the closest they’ve gotten to depicting the characters the way I see them in my mind – well, except I pictured Ridge with longer hair. 🙂 It’s great! And I know all of your readers are going to love this story!

  13. I do love the colors in the cover. Sunsets (or sunrises) make wonderful backgrounds. The look they are sharing seems to indicate it is a more important part of communication between them than words, which in their case is true, since there are no words to be spoken. I am curious about the seeming fairytale reference of the title. I will really miss Hope’s Crossing. But of course in fiction, who knows when a character may pass through in another time.
    Take good care of yourself and stay healthy.

  14. Hi, Linda. I have enjoyed this series. I am wondering if a certain mysterious lady shows up in this book or maybe in a short story in an upcoming anthology. I can’t remember her name, but she was in Rebel’s book. She lives off by herself outside of town. She intrigues me.

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