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Friday, May 20, 2022

Bride of the Rockies

About the Book

Book: Bride of the Rockies

Author: Angela Breidenbach

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: January 1, 2022

Bride of the Rockies Option 2.2.1 FRONTFor 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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About the Author

BreidenbachAngela-Headshot (1)Angela Breidenbach is a professional genealogist, media personality, conference speaker, bestselling author of eighteen books, and screenwriter. Angela lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. Catch her show and podcast, Genealogy Publishing Coach!

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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!


What makes this book so good is the historical details at the beginning before the story starts as well as history scattered throughout the book. I found this very interesting and couldn’t wait to see where the author would take us on this journey to Montana. If you have never been to Montana, you are missing  out on beautiful landscape as well as historic sights. 

Bettina is a young woman on the cusp of science moving forward. What would it be like to discover plants that are healing and can be used to enhance food? I was so excited as Bettina asked questions that filled her with ideas of how to improve on the discoveries before her. Her mind is intriguing as she contemplates how to tackle hunger, childhood diseases and much more. I don’t think I will ever look at a blade a grass the same after Bettina described it as much more than just a blade of grass we step on. Traveling down memory lane with Bettina was fun as she tasted Cracker Jacks at the fair. I remember getting a box and shaking it around to find the surprise. 

Luke surprised me with his quick attention to Bettina. He seems a bit smitten with her but I’m not sure they have the same goals in mind. He is a mine owner who also happens to be looking for a wife. It was funny to have three older women who were determined to help him find the perfect wife. I was curious as to what they would stir up as Luke is drawn to Bettina. The author does an excellent job of the old favorite “opposites attract” term. These two are so different I didn’t see what they would find in common.

I really enjoyed the banter between Bettina and Luke as he does his presentation. The questions fly as Luke tries to defend working the mines for silver  and gold. Bettina is beside herself as she makes sharp comments at Luke’s answers. I so wanted her to calm down a bit and perhaps look at his side with an open heart instead of a judgmental attitude. The sparks fly as these two battle it out in front of the audience. I wonder who will realize they need to be more understanding and less trying to prove a point?  

The book  not only gives us a few laughs with a trio of matchmakers but highlights the importance of women who discovered new plant life. With their knowledge they showed that the plants could help in medical ways as well as feeding people. It must have been exciting for these women to walk away from the fair with seven medals. I have to say how much I adore these women who never gave up, searched long hours in the heat and conquered new discoveries that benefited many. 

The story was fun to read and very educational at the  same time. Do our main characters end up together? Grab a copy of this book to find out for yourself. 

“ You don’t have to chase the same dream to help the other reach theirs.” 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

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  1. This sounds like an exciting romance but also a book from which I will learn a great deal of history which is a lovely benefit of reading historical fiction.

  2. Angela BreidenbachMay 23, 2022 at 10:40 AM

    Deana, I am so honored by this review. Thank you for taking the time to read and review Bride of the Rockies!