The Mail-Order Brides Collection: 9 Historical Stories of Marriage that Precedes Love - eBook
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Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2018
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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.
Crystal4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Stories of Love Found in the Old WestDecember 6, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0About the Book:
The Mail-Order Brides Collection features nine unique stories each from a different author sharing stories of unexpected, yet welcome, love often stemming from undue hardships in the characters lives. The collection captures the allure of the Old West complete with villains, outlaws, damsels in distress, and romance. A synopsis of each novella is provided below.
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 fianc 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.
Im a complete sucker for mail-order brides stories and this collection did not disappoint! Each author draws the reader in through their craft of storytelling infusing the reader with the sights, sounds, joys, and hardships of the frontier West. While other collections may present mail-order brides as fickle dream seekers, I feel that The Mail-Order Brides Collection captures the undeniable bravery displayed by historys real-life women who answered the call to fulfill the need for brides in the untamed West. Although I enjoyed all of the stories, I had a few favorites. Amos and Sophies immediate attraction upon meeting in Perfect for the Preacher developed into a sweet and tender love story exemplifying grace and commitment. The Outlaws Inconvenient Bride was comical in some parts, but Mariah- the strong, determined, and at times stubborn- lead character was refreshing in the face of her circumstances. I especially enjoyed the gentle melding of hearts between Luke and Phoebe after a rocky start in To Heal Thy Heart. Finally, the fierce protectiveness Del displayed over Jolie was tenderness at its best (and their first kiss had me in stitches!). Great opportunity to get introduced to new authors within a specific genre!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. This review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work.
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