top of page
  • N. N. Light

5 stars for A Blacksmith for Birdie by Kimberly Grist #inspirationalromance #historicalromance #historicalwesternromance #bookreview

Title: A Blacksmith for Birdie

Author: Kimberly Grist

Genre: Inspirational Western Historical Romance


Book Blurb:


A blacksmith in need of a miraclea livery stable owner requiring rescueWill an arranged marriage bring more than either bargained for?


A widowed blacksmith, Joseph Evans, is hardened, hard-pressed, and weighed down by the needs of his unusual family. If only he could find a housekeeper. But they’re in short supply, and Joseph needs one with the patience of Job. “I don’t want a wife. What I need is a miracle.”


Livery stable owner Birdie Murphy needs another pair of hands to save her family home and business. In desperation, she seeks the help of a matchmaker. “I don’t want romanceWhat I need is a single man without baggage or children – a business partner who’s honestkindhardworking, and uncomplicated.”


A satisfied grin spreads across the matchmaker’s face as she considers the surveys. Such a perfect pairing doesn’t occur often. After all, what we think we want and need are two different things.


My Review:


A delightful mail-order bride in reverse that’ll melt your heart. A Blacksmith for Birdie is a historical western romance with immersive narration, a rugged setting, and characters in need of each other. It’s a new approach to the mail-order bride trope and why not. With a matchmaker sealing the deal, this couple needs a miracle and that is what they get. Be transported to another era where faith and hard work go hand-in-hand.


Let’s talk about the characters. I connected with both Joseph and Birdie. Their plights are easy to relate to and my heart went out to them. What impresses me the most about these characters is their faith. Life is hard during this era and the only viable solution appears in the form of a very wise and astute matchmaker. How this couple deals with unmet expectations and strife inspires me.


The descriptive narration is impressive. Like many historical romance authors, Kimberly Grist plunges the reader into the time period. The narration is emotional and emotive. The reader feels everything and can picture the scene clearly. There were times when I didn’t want to close the book because I was enjoying myself too much while reading.


If you enjoy inspirational western historical romance, you’re going to love A Blacksmith for Birdie.


My Rating: 5 stars


Buy it Now:   





Author Biography:


Kimberly Grist is married to her high school sweetheart, Nelson. She and her husband have three adult sons, one with Down syndrome, and they have a passion for encouraging others.


Kim has enjoyed writing since she was a young girl; however, she began writing her first novel in 2017. “I believe you should come away refreshed and inspired after reading a book. Despite my best efforts, sometimes life is difficult. I need and want an outlet, an opportunity to relax and escape to a place where obstacles are met and overcome. My stories are designed to entertain, refresh, and inspire you, the reader. They combine History, Humor, and Romance with an emphasis on Faith, Friends, and Good Clean Fun.”


Social Media Links:


Sign up for my newsletter: 


Reviewed by: Nancy


bottom of page