Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

I’ve read and reviewed a few books by Ruth Ann Nordin, so when Mitch’s Win, a historical romance, was free at Kobo, I was all for reading and reviewing.  Check out what I have to say about book one in the Montana Collection.

Title: Mitch’s Win
Series: Montana Collection, Book One
Author: Historical Romance
Author: Ruth Ann Nordin
Release Date: March 11, 2013
Length: 142 pages
Publisher: Parchment & Plume, LLC

Blurb:  When Mitch Grady goes to a saloon to take his wayward brother home, he finds that his brother’s horse isn’t the only thing being offered in a poker game. Heather Curtiss’ brother has bet her as well. Vowing an innocent woman won’t be forced to give up her virtue to a disreputable gambler, Mitch joins in the game of poker, and with luck, he wins and frees Heather.

Heather sees this as her chance to get away from her brother and appeals to Mitch’s kindness to marry her, offering to help him care for two children and his ailing mother. He agrees and they start a life together. But Heather’s brother hasn’t gone away. And Mitch might find that being with her is going to take more than a poker game.


I’ve read and reviewed a few books from the author in the past, so when this book came up as free at Kobo, I grabbed it.

Heather Curtis has a sorry excuse for a brother.  After the death of their parents, instead of using the money to purchase her a ticket so she can live with their aunt back east, he winds up in a game of poker at a saloon.  He puts his sister up when he needs something more for the pot.  Heather is terrified, thinking she’ll have to go home with the horrible man named John, but fate intervenes.

Mitch Grady is up to his ears in responsibility.  He has a sick mother to care for.  He has his niece and nephew to care for.  He has a ranch to run.  And he has to go to the saloon to drag his younger brother out by his ear who is gambling and drinking again, instead of caring for his children like a father is supposed to.  Mitch is also in desperate need of a wife, but no woman in the county will touch him because he already has a pre-made family and a sick mother.

The two meet when Mitch enters the saloon and finds poor Heather as part of the pot.  He’s a true gentleman and offers to purchase her a train ticket after saving her from the horrible man named John, but Heather comes up with a different offer…

This is a wonderful romance.  Mitch is a hard-working, honest man and Heather is a sweet and caring woman eager to help Mitch.  Both are new to relationships and watching them figure out marriage together was a great read.

There is also a subplot involving Heather’s horrible brother, along with the trials of Mitch’s brother who has never recovered from the death of his wife, hence why he’s now spending his days drinking and gambling.

The author sticks to the two main leads but offers glimpses that don’t interfere with the plot of what can be expected in future stories.  Well done.  I liked how she used the secondary characters to add seasoning to Mitch and Heather’s romance.

The setting isn’t heavily detailed, but it gives enough glimpses of what life’s like in the story.  It’s a great start to a series, and the couple are very likeable.  I recommend you give Mitch’s Win a read.  It’s a wonderful romance with steam.

Have you read Mitch’s Win?  If so, do you agree with my review?  If you haven’t read the book, would you be willling to now?

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