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5 Stars Out Of 5
February 13, 2013
Two lovely stories of how God can take what seems impossible and make it wonderful. In spite of what might have been, the ladies is both stories ended up with the better man! A great way to relax and learn a little more of what it must have been like to be a mail-order bride.
This volume of two novellas was something I enjoyed. The two stories are connected in that the two brides become acquainted on the train ride west and continue the friendship as best they can upon their arrivals. Although the two stories were "novellas," they each were full, complete stories, with well-developed characters and plot. This volume is thicker than others for the same price, so it is a good deal for your money.
Home for Christmas is the first story in the Mail-Order Holiday Brides. Told in a charming way, we learn to know Christina as she rides the train to Montana. Curl up by the fireplace with your choice of hot drink and meet Annabelle who is a fellow mail-Order bride also on her way to the Montana Territory from the Dakota Territories. A delightful, cozy short novel, to get you in the holiday spirit, complete with whirling snow and wood fires. Jillian Hart pens an endearing novel in an amazing way. I feel I know both Christina and the other residents in Angel Falls, but the handsome marshal is the one I am drawn to as he helps his neighbors, and even those who are not.
Snowflakes for Dry Creek is just as pleasing a town as Angel Falls, perhaps more so, because as readers of Janet Tronstad's Dry Creek series, we have learnt to love this town and her people. Here again, the story is told in a way that we fall more in love with Annabel and the brother of the man who asked her to come be his bride. These are easy novels to read, after a busy day of corraling sugar hyped children, cleaning up those scraps of gift wrap we missed earlier and putting away the last of the turkey dinner.
I enjoyed both, and will love gifting this book to a dear friend. Thanks to Janet Tronstad for sending me this book so I could read and review it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though all she asked for was an honest review, not requiring a positive critique. The opinions stated are my own.
Mail-Order Holiday Brides by Jillian Hart & Janet Tronstad
Home for Christmas by Jillian Hart
Christina Eberlee is alone in the world and barley getting by. Being accepted by Tom Rutger as a mail-order bride is an answer to her prayers. Or is it? Not when every man, including Tom, is measured by the kindness of the handsome marshal she met on her way to Angel Falls, Montana. Christina's adventure includes meeting Annabelle, another mail-order bride who is headed for Dry Creek, Montana and Marshal Elijah Gable, a man who comes to her rescue more than once. Not to forget getting injured when a young ruffian steals her reticule.
Elijah had never thought he'd have a second chance at love, and maybe he don't. How can he tell his heart that this gal is already spoken for?
This was a heartwarming story that reminded me how these young woman who ventured off to marry men they never met_.never knew what type of man was waiting at the end of their travels.
Be sure and check out Jillian's other historical books that take place in the quaint town of Angel Falls, Montana.
Snowflakes for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
Annabelle Hester finally had some hope in her life. She lost her mom at a young age and her dad had a bit of a temper and he was a big man. After he passed away and she was left with very little she decided to become a mail-order bride. Adam Stone had proposed and accepted her even with her weaknesses. Or so she thought. Instead of Adam she was met by his brother, Gabe. A big man, even bigger than her father. In her mind that equaled cruelty and caused her fear.
Gabe quickly fell in love with his niece and nephew. His brother on the other hand was acting like a horses behind. The day his brother's soon-to-be bride came to town_.Adam left town. Gabe quickly finds himself having to explain to the woman that his brother didn't want her and fight off a local busybody who believes the children would be better off in any home but his.
Another great addition to Janet's Dry Creek Series. She brings in some old friends from some of her other Dry Creek historical books. A really enjoyable story that also gives a glimpse into how it must have felt to step off a train into a new place to marry someone you never met, and pray that they turn out to be kind and eventually someone who will love you.
This is the second time that Janet and Jillian have come together to bring us a Christmas story from their historical towns. If you haven't read it you may want to read their first book; Mail-Order Christmas Brides. I have read every book these two ladies have written and enjoyed them all.
Once again Janet and Jillian have written a wonderful novella for the holidays about mail order brides! The two brides don't marry who they were expecting to marry but they instead find true love in the frontier of Montana during the Christmas season. Christina and Annabelle discover that although they come to Montana alone, they get a husband and a family!