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    1. Maine
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      A touching set of mail-order bride stories
      December 17, 2011
      Suzie
      Maine
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      It had to be a terryifying step of faith to get onto a train to travel to a new place as the promised bride of a complete stranger. The magnetism of being the new mother to a young child helped the potential bride make her decision. Faith that she is doing God's will is obvious as she does not have the means or a home to go back to if the man is not who she wants to believe he is. Jillian Hart and Janet Tronstadt combine their talents to write this touching pair of novellas set in the Montana Territory in December of 1884.

      Felicity Sawyer is Jillian Hart's mail order bride in "Her Christmas Family". She has promised to be the bride of widower, Tate Winters. The man sees the beautiful young woman his daughter Gertie points out after the train pulls in to let passengers from back East disembark. He expects a plain, sensible woman not the pretty lady his eight-year-old declares is like a princess from one of her story books. Gertie and the lovely Felicity are immediately drawn to one another while Tate is unreceptive to the woman. As time passes, will Felicity have her heart's desire, "Her Christmas Family"?

      The second novella in the Mail Order Brides book finds Miss Eleanor McBride waiting, alone, in an old cabin near Dry Creek. She is waiting for news of Sergeant Adam Martin and his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. Eleanor has tried to prepare this cold cabin for the arrival of the military man and his child per his written request in a letter she received before leaving Nantucket. It is far from the home and Christmas setting it should be. She feels like a failure and has a big surprise in store when the man and child arrives with his mother. The older woman has mistaken Eleanor for a wealthy, well bred woman and instantly opposes the union when she decides the mail order bride is an imposter. Adam has his work cut out for him as he is caught between his intended bride who he is drawn to and his headstrong mother who has been caring for his child. Eleanor's desire to be a mother to young Hannah and a growing attraction for Adam makes life in Dry Creek interesting in this sweet Christmas story.

      I enjoyed this book very much and found it hard to set it aside. I recommend it for a gift for others or yourself for Christmas.
    2. Arizona
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      Brides a letter away...
      November 20, 2011
      JudyMom2
      Arizona
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      Mail-Order Christmas Brides - Jillian Hart & Janet Tronstad

      Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart

      Felicity Sawyer is on her way to be a Mail-Order bride. She is already in love with eight year old Gertie Winters and hopes to love Gertie's dad, Tate,as well and hopefully to be loved in return. After the death of her parents, Felicity and her two sisters were put into an orphanage, her sisters were adopted out but it seemed that she was always passed by, unwanted. Felicity stayed in the town as long as she could in hopes her sisters would find her, but her money and hope ran thin so she has decided to start a new family in Angel Falls, Montana with Tate and Gertie. Only she did not know that Tate was a man without hope or heart.

      Tate knew what it was to be kicked when he was down. After trying to do the right thing against the wrong type of people, his wife took their daughter and left him and than he was falsely accused of crimes and sent to prison. Thankfully after his wife died, Tate's sister Ingrid was able to find Gertie and bring her home. He carried failure on his shoulders like his best friend. After meeting Felicity at the train station he knows he will fail her as well, but can he send back this beautiful woman who has stolen Gertie's heart at first sight, and could his dead heart still has a few beats left in it as well?

      If you enjoy series you may want to read the first of Jillian's historical books and follow the list down as they all take place in Angel Falls, Montana. The situation in this book is first mentioned in Calico Bride. The list is on my blog under Jillian's Love Inspired book list.

      http://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com/2011/08/jillian-hart-love-inspired-books.html

      Christmas Stars for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

      What a wonderful historical trip back to Dry Creek, Montana. Eleanor McBride has decided to marry now that her father passed away. Her previous employer, Mrs. Stout, helped her with answering an ad for a Mail-Order bride. She was met at the trains station by the neighbors and after twelve days alone in a poorly stocked cabin with very little furniture her future groom and daughter finally show up, with the future mother-in-law in tow.

      Sergeant Adam Martin has finished his duties with the army and now it's time to take over raising his daughter. After a fire where his wife died and Hannah was injured, his mother took over rearing the girl. Now Hannah needs a woman who will teach her the ways from back East so she would be ready when it was time for parties and balls. Problem is Eleanor ends up not being who Mrs. Martin expected her to be and now she wants her gone. Can Adam decides he likes the fiery haired Irish gal but is Eleanor willing to split up a family for her own happiness?

      We get to meet new friends and old ones like Jake & Elizabeth Hargrove and their children from Janet's first Dry Creek historical; Calico Christmas in Dry Creek. Be sure to have a nice warm drink while these folks fight the frigid Montana temperatures...

      The list of Janet's books are on my blog at:

      http://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com/2011/08/dry-creek-series-by-janet-tronstad.html
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