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The Mail-Order Brides Collection: 9 Historical Stories of Marriage that Precedes Love
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Traveling west on promises of marriage, nine women have their reasons to accept a husband sight unseen from fleeing poverty and abuse to simply seeking a brighter future. But missing grooms, mistaken identities, nefarious traps, and undisclosed secrets await them. Each bride must eventually find a safe place to call home and a husband to love.
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's DilemmaAndrea BoeshaarBarbour Publishing / 2017 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 62 Reviews
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Escape into the history of the American West along with nine couples whose relationships begin with advertisements for mail-order brides. Placing their dreams for new beginnings in the hands of a stranger, will each bride be disappointed, or will some find true love?
Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing
Fresh from seminary, Amos Lowry believes marriage will prove to his skeptical congregation that hes mature. If only his mail-order bride wasnt an ex-saloon girl, and worse, pregnant.
The Outlaws Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand
After a gang of outlaws uses a mail-order bride advertisement to trick an innocent woman into servitude, an undercover lawman must claim the brideeven if it puts his mission in jeopardy.
Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna Schlachter
1895, Train to California
John Stewart needs a wife. Mary Johannson needs a home. On her way west, Mary falls in love with another. Now both must choose between commitment and true love.
Mail-Order Proxy by Sherri Shackelford
A mail-order marriage by proxy goes wrong when a clerical error leads to the proxies actually being married instead of the siblings they were standing in for. In their quest to correct the mistake, the two discover outlaws, adventure, and even love.
To Heal Thy Heart by Michelle Shocklee
1866, New Mexico
When Phoebe Wagner answers a mail-order bride ad that states Confederate widows need not apply, she worries what Dr. Luke Preston will do when he learns her fiancé died wearing gray.
Miss-Delivered Mail by Ann Shorey
Helena Erickson impulsively decides to take advantage of her brothers deception and travels to Washington Territory in response to a proposal of marriage intended for someone else. How will Daniel McNabb respond when Helena is nothing like he expected?
A Fairy-Tale Bride by Liz Tolsma
Nora Green doesnt feel much like Cinderella when her mail-order groom stands her up. But could the mysterious jester from the towns play be her Prince Charming?
The Brigand and the Bride by Jennifer Uhlarik
Jolie Hilliard weds a stranger to flee her outlaw family but discovers her groom is an escaped prisoner. Will she ever find happiness on the right side of the law?
The Mail-Order Mistake by Kathleen YBarbo
Pinkerton detective Jeremiah Bingham is investigating a mail-order bride scam bankrupting potential grooms. When unsuspecting orphan May Conrad answers his false ad, she becomes the prime suspect in the case.
Since her debut in 2011, Sherri Shackelford has become a highly acclaimed author of nine novels published with Love Inspired Historical. Her debut novel was a finalist in the ACFW Genesis Awards. Her books have earned a Readers Choice nomination from Romantic Times Magazine, as well as placing in the National Readers Choice Awards. Shes a member of Romance Writers of America and the Faith, Hope and Love Chapter. A wife and mother of three, Sherris hobbies include collecting mismatched socks, discovering new ways to avoid cleaning, and standing in the middle of the room while thinking, "Why did I just come in here?" A reformed pessimist and recent hopeful romantic, Sherri has a passion for writing. Her books are fun and fast-paced, with plenty of heart and soul.
Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and their two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best 'collections' books I've read!April 9, 2018wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think this is one of the best collection of novella books that I've read. It has a little bit of everything, you always think about what the 'bride' is getting in the groom, well in one story you will probably find yourself feeling sorry for the 'groom'. I was also pleased that there was a Pinkerton Detective story in here, love those stories! I can not encourage you enough to grab a copy and find our for yourself, you will NOT be disappointed.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet collection with great variety!February 19, 2018BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4While I wont take time to comment on each individual story (there are NINE of them after all and novellas are so easy to spoil), there are plenty of wild west adventures to go around! I was pleased to discover many of the stories have important lessons to impart to readers in addition to the happily ever after entertainment factor. These big juicy collections from Barbour are always a great place to meet new-to-you authors and I found a few here!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Yvette K.4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Novella CollectionJanuary 25, 2018Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I particularly enjoy an unexpected element in my mail-order bride reads and these novellas did not disappoint. Chance meetings, deceptions, and unexpected complications are just a few of the obstacles that the hopeful couples encounter, not to mention a few interfering, disagreeable relatives. The heroines are relatable and the heroes are adorable, even when they are getting in the way of their own happiness.
I enjoyed every little twist, turn, and wrinkle in this set of novellas. Each story was interesting, entertaining, a bit uplifting (eventually) and I would gladly read more by any of these authors. My favorites were those with outlaws, cowboys, and colonels. Which of those might actually be Pinkerton agents in disguise, along with which mail-order bride is eager to become "deputized," I leave for you to discover. If you enjoy a good historical romance, this collection will be well worth your time.
This review refers to an e-galley read courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Another Fantastic Novella Collection from BarbourJanuary 16, 2018SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From business arrangements to mix-ups, secrets to damsels in distress, you are sure to find a favorite in Barbours newest novella collection.
Im not sure I can actually pick a favorite, but the bookends (first and last) of this one stood out to me for very different reasons.
Megan Besings Perfect for the Preacher delicately deals with sensitive subject matter. The small town, in-your-business, mentality shines through with both antagonists and supporters. While The Mail Order Mistake by Kathleen YBarbo is a bit of a caper with a touch of humor with a nave and innocent heroine determined to stand on her own two feet.
As I always anticipate in these collections, the stories are varied enough they dont all read alike and I get a taste of what these authors write. Plus, these shorter novellas are the perfect dessert when I finish a lengthier book and need a bit of a reprieve before digging into the next 300-plus page tome.
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely StoriesDecember 11, 2017SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I love these collections of novellas. They are perfect for busy days and holidays. Short enough to be interesting but not too long when you're busy. I especially enjoyed Kathleen Y'Barbo's contribution.