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Kit McBride is as rugged as they come, but the bookish cowboy is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime when he’s saddled with a surprise mail-order bride. A hilarious historical romance for fans of Bridgerton and Calamity Jane.

Kit McBride knows that Buck’s Creek, Montana, is no place to find a wife. Good thing he’s not looking for one – between him and his brothers, and little sister Junebug, they manage all right on their own, thank you very much. Unbeknownst to Kit, though, Junebug is sick to death of cleaning and cooking for her big brothers, so she places an ad in The Matrimonial News to get him hitched.

Maddy Mooney, recently arrived from Ireland, has found employment with an eccentric young widow determined to regain her wealth. And when her mistress decides to answer an ad for a mail-order bride, Madd​y is dragged along for the ride. But as soon as they arrive out West, Maddy’s mistress abandons her to chase fortune further afield, and she is left to assume the widow’s name, position, and matrimonial prospects.

Penniless, and with no other recourse in the wilderness, Maddy must convince Kit she’s the wife he never knew he needed.

About The Author

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Amy Barry writes sweeping historical stories about love. She’s fascinated with the landscapes of the American West and their complex long history, and she’s even more fascinated with people in all their weird tangled glory. Amy is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Flinders University in Adelaide, where she lives with her family. For more, visit @amybarryauthor on Instagram.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (April 3, 2024)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781761425950

Raves and Reviews

‘Well, spit – now I'm in my cowboy era … Marrying Off Morgan McBride is a story for rom-com readers who've been craving an epic historical setting, laughs and irresistible mountain men. Expert world-building, authentic communities, genuine laughs and sizzling chemistry light up this novel!’

Clare Fletcher, author of Five Bush Weddings

‘Heartfelt, humorous, and sweetly romantic, Kit McBride Gets a Wife kept me smiling to the last page.’

Mimi Matthews, bestselling author of The Siren of Sussex

‘A sweet, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy set in the wilds of Montana, Kit McBride Gets a Wife will have readers smiling from ear to ear and set their hearts all aflutter. Maddy Mooney is a plucky, endearing heroine, and Kit McBride is the ideal frontiersman hero. With a cast of delightful secondary characters, including the irrepressible younger sister, Junebug, this charming romance is guaranteed a place on your keeper shelf.’

Elizabeth Everett, author of A Perfect Equation

‘Barry’s snappy prose and standout scene setting make Buck’s Creek a destination readers will want to return to.’

Publishers Weekly

'A slow burn, passionate romance. Now that's a wild wild west I can get behind.'


‘Yee-freaking-haw! This book is a glistering masterpiece. I fell in love with Buck’s Creek and all its whacky inhabitants. Amy Barry is a genius!’

Amy Andrews, author of The Forbidden Affair

‘The title tells the story, but we're in it for the ride! What a feel-good, happy, sunshiny read is Kit McBride Gets A Wife. Meet gentle giant Kit McBride (and his brothers – whew!), a meddling, curious, no-nonsense younger sister, an Irish maid, pesky trappers, a yappy dog and unpredictable weather and there you have it – gorgeous characters in an enthralling, page-turning fun-filled story, sassy and sweet in the wilds of Montana at Buck's Creek in 1886. Amy's love of the landscape is romance itself, beautifully written.’

Darry Fraser, bestselling author of The Milliner of Bendigo

'Storytelling this good shouldn't be read alone! Gather the family, read aloud!... Surely this novel will inspire the next, and still unmatched, Oklahoma style musical. Toe tapping, deliciously romantic and can't you just picture the scene where Junebug sheds her overalls and wears a devastating dress?'

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