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Mail-Order Marriage, A Novella by 5 leading inspirational authors
This novella includes five historical American west stories about arranged marriages between strangers that began by advertisements for mail-order marriages.
Cinda's Surprise, by Mary Davis
Cinda's friends have been writing to a potential groom for her.
His Brother's Bride, by Denise Hunter
Emily’s groom dies in an accident 2 days before she arrives to meet him.
Changes of the Heart, by Judith McCoy Miller
Luther needs help in his store. Will Maura become his bride?
Mail-Order Husband, by DiAnn Mills
Lena is now a widow who needs help raising her two children.
Forever Yours, by Tracie Peterson
Daughtry marries by proxy.
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Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good stories!January 22, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Mail Order Marriage: Five Historical stories of marriage arranged by strangers (various authors). Cindas Surprise by Mary Davis involves Cinda Harrison and Lucas Rawlings. Cindas friends decided to help her find a husband. Cinda agrees to the marriage and wonders why Lucas needed a mail order bride. Cinda discovers the answer when she arrives at his home. Will these two be able to make it work?
His Brothers Bride by Denise Hunter takes place in Cedar Springs, Kansas. Emily Wagner is traveling to Cedar Springs to meet her fianc, Thomas for the first time. Emily is hoping this marriage will help her save her grandmother from her Uncle Stewarts clutches. Emily arrives to find Cade Manning, Thomas brother. Thomas died before Emily arrived. Cade (a widower), though, needs a wife to help with the house and to take care of his son. Will Emily still be able to help her grandmother?
The third book is Changes of the Heart by Judith McCoy Miller. Luther Buchanan opened a mercantile in Placerville, California. He needs a wife to help at home and around the store. He advertises for a mail order bride (but does not mention he wants help with store). Maura Thorenson feels that Luthers ad is an answer to her prayers. Maura wants to get married, but none of the local men will marry her because of her affliction (as she calls it). Maura answers Luthers ad but does not mention her affliction (you just know this is not going to go well). On the trip to California (aboard ship around the Cape) Maura meets Georgette Blackburn. Georgette desperately needs help and Maura is going to provide it. Luther is surprised when he picks up his fianc. Is there a chance for these two?
Mail-Order Husband by DiAnn Mills is set in Nebraska in 1880. Lena Walker is a widow with two children. They have a farm and she needs help to keep it. She advertises (the local men are disgusting) for a husband (a very rare occurrence). Gabriel Hunters answers her ad. He is a bookkeeper and loves to read. Gabriel figures his book knowledge will help him run a farm (he has never lived on a farm or performed manual work). Lena is shocked by Gabriels appearance (and manner of speaking), but Lena gave her word. Will Gabriel be able to work a farm? Can a marriage work between these two very different people?
Forever Yours by Tracie Peterson is set in Bandelero, New Mexico. Daughtry Lucas is twenty-three and would love to escape her family. Her father and brothers are over protective. Daughtry runs away to answer Nicholas Dawsons ad for a wife. They are married by proxy before Daughtry starts her journey. But Daughtry is not quite what Nicholas was expecting. Does their marriage stand a chance when her father and brothers show up?
Mail-Order Marriage contained some good stories. I enjoyed three out of the five of them (the first three). The story by Judith McCoy Miller was my favorite (and I wish it had been longer). I give Mail-Order Marriage 4 out of 5 stars. The stories are all well-written and interesting to read (just some more than others). They are all Christian stories with nice themes. There is no sex or foul language in any of the stories. They are good Christian, historical romance stories. The last two are good, but I just did not enjoy them as much as the other three (just personal preference).
I received a complimentary copy of Mail-Order Marriage from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 55 novellas in oneDecember 5, 2015MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you are looking for five amazing Mail Order Marriage books all in one. This one is for you. For some reason I just love mail order marriage books, they are always full of excitement, uncertainty and romance. Some you will not want to put down. I was given a copy of this book from net galley for my honest opinion.
Cindas Surprise - by Mary Davis -
Cinda is not sure what to think of the letter she just received. What is expected of her? When she finally decides to go through with her marriage to Lucas will she be able to be the wife he needs? When surprises seam to come at her in all directions will she keep her promise to him?
Lucas needs to find Cinda and get home. When some complications arise will he go home empty handed or has God a plan after all. When his secrets reveal themselves is it more than Cinda can handle? When tragedy strikes will Cinda return or is it more than she can handle?
This novel is full of surprise, laughter, love, family and forgiveness.
His Brothers Bride - by Denise Hunter -
Emily is not sure what to do when she learns of her fiancs death. When she agrees to marry his brother Cade she may not be prepared for all that is in store. Will she ever get the desires of her heart? Can all this deceit lead to anything good? When Cades son and even Cade find their way into her heart is it all for nought?
Cade is not sure why he asked her to marry him, other than he needs a ma for his boy and a helper on his farm. Will the guilt over having feelings for someone else ever go away? What ever is Emily doing with her time and what secrets is she hiding?
Changes of the Heart - by Judith McCoy Miller -
Maura is off on quite an adventure. Will Luther be all she hoped for and will he understand her deceit? When Maura finally mets Luther things are not quite what she expected, will she be able to go through will all of this or not?
Luther really just wants a good helper, when he meets Maura he is not expecting her secret nor her friend. Will they have a change of heart or not?
There are times in this novella you will want to just want to slap some people and tell them to grow up. There is much to learn, going to do and forgiveness to be given.
Mail-Order Husband - by DiAnn Mills
Lena has no where else to turn other than follow what she believes is Gods leading and put out an advertisement for a Mail-Order Husband. When Gabe steps off the platform he is not what she expected and wonders if she really heard Gods leading. Lena has a strong will and temper of her own.
Gabe has never imagined doing anything like this. It is so out of character for him, yet he cant deny feeling God is leading him to answer this advertisement. When he meets Lena old fears arise and he wonders if this is a big mistake.
This is not your typical mail-order novella. There is romance and the sparks of getting to know one another yet it is full of much much more. We are introduced to many more people with whom their lives intertwine. This book has a lot to do with forgiveness and love.
Forever Yours - by Tracie Peterson
Daughtry is feeling smothered, when she finds an ad for a wife she wonders if this is her out. With her decision made she wonders if she made the right one. When she finally meets Nicholas she knows she loves him already. Yet there are secrets they both have that may put a strain on their marriage.
Nicholas cant believe his luck. Yet what secrets is she hiding and will she trust him enough to not ask to many questions? Yet when the past comes to town will he be able to keep those he loves safe?
This novella is stuffed with mystery, love, laughter, spunk and drama.
JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great stories with great characters!December 3, 2015JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed reading every one of these stories. I felt like I really got to know each of the main characters, which doesnt always happen in books with several stories. I ended up loving them all and couldnt wait to find out what was going to happen next. Every author in this book wrote a great story. My attention was kept the entire time, and I didnt want to put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. I had fun going to another place and time and know you will as well. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
VeraGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5wondeful stories of love and family in the WestNovember 30, 2015VeraGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book has 5 novel of marriages contracted thru the mail to form solid, loving marriages. To say all is smooth sailing would be an untruth, as rocky roads and relationships are in store for all five of these early pioneers lives in the West. All contain a solid story with good plotting and character growth, mystery, evil people and relatives that leave a lot to be desired. The authors demonstrated how Gods plan will work to his good and the good of each person involved. Each is a clean wholesome story of love and adversity in a time period when life was harder than we can imagine and each character has a wonderful love of God. All will keep your interest from the first story to the last and leave you wanting more.
Cindas Surprise by Mary Davis
Cinda is an old maid with friends that want to see her married and out from under her Aunts domineering and demeaning thumb. Cinda finds herself a mail order bride due to her friends interference and plotting. Off Cinda goes to the Wild West on a harrowing stagecoach ride with a new husband and a very unwelcome surprise waiting at the end of their journey for both. All is not as it seems with her husband, Lucas Rawlings, he has a huge secret; Cinda also is not all her friends wrote as she lacks housewife skills. I was enthralled with Cindas situation from the first paragraph and loved watching her and Luke grow and mature to a solid loving marriage, but rocky would hardly describe their journey. Ms. Davis did a wonderful job of plotting and pacing this book. I was sorry to say goodbye to the characters.
His Brothers Bride by Denise Hunter
Emily Wagner headed west to marry Thomas; She arrives after a long extremely dirty journey to marry Thomas only to find he has died prior to her arrival. Cade, Thomass brother, a Godly man and widower, decides to step into his place and marry Emily, as his small son needs a mother, however Emily is not all she seems. This is a story of old crimes, secrets, and mysteries, new hurts and sadness as Emily desires a real marriage and Cade wants one in name only, Emily has a secret that could tear her world apart, an evil Uncle of the highest caliber, a man and woman who need each other, Emilys Nana that is held by her Uncle as a pawn in his evil game, and Gods redeeming love. Ms. Hunters plotting was spot on, character growth was wonderful, and the twists and turns kept me interested in what would happen next, and the pacing was good. This is another solid Christian story that has it all, love, secrets, mystery, and evil.
Change of Heart By Judith McCoy Miller
Luther Buchanan went west to prove himself to his father. He has a General Store in Placerville, California that is very successful and now he needs a wife and her extra hands to help with his store. Maura Rebecca Thorenson wants a husband and family. She answers Luthers ad and heads west on a ship around the Cape. It was not an easy voyage, but she meets two wonderful women. One will be lost at sea; the other, Georgette, is unwed and pregnant. Things will blow sky-high when her future husband finally meets her, as Maura has kept a huge secret from him and she also fully intends to care for Georgette as long as possible. Luther is furious and feels used, he is also hard-nosed, arrogant, self-serving, opinionated, angry, considers Maura a cripple and doesnt mind stating so to her, he has no intention of making this a real marriage; he is altogether a very cantankerous ill-tempered ill-mannered cruel young man. Ms. Miller instilled really obnoxious traits in this man and her portrayal of his treatment of Maura was expertly done; I wanted to shake him until his eyes rolled in his head or maybe even kick him in the seat of his pants. This story evoked a lot of emotion in me as I dont understand mistreatment of anyone due to his or her mental or physical handicaps or their looks. That said, it was so much fun to watch the character growth of Luther as he grows and matures. What follows is an adventure in growing up, learning handicaps are in the mind, forgiveness, and learning to love and accept. Ms. Miller crafted a wonderful story, and I loved it was the first page to the last; her writing talent grabbed me and did not let go. Her plotting, pacing, and character growth was excellent. You wont want to miss this solid Christian story of a man more handicapped than his bride, and Gods love and grace in opening his eyes.
Mail-Order Husband by DiAnn Mills
I really enjoyed reading a western romance that did not feature the hero as an Adonis, tall, manly, muscled, hair like gold and blue-eyed. Gabriel Hunters is anything but an Adonis. He is a city boy, portly better known as fat, straw like hair that sticks out everywhere, white skin, soft all over, and knows nothing of farming except what he has read. Lena Walker, mother of two and widowed, is living in a sod home on a run down farm in Nebraska. She is desperate for a husband to help her with the farming and her boys but not desperate enough to marry any of the no goods that came calling. She advertises for a husband and Gabriel answers her mail order husband advertisement. Can these two very different people from different walks of life form a solid family and find love? I wont tell, you will have to read this delightful story.
Gabriel has had his share of troubles from heartache from a beauty woman who made him hope Lena was plain, to bullying and being a laughingstock, but he is a good man at heart, willing to learn, willing to love without limits, and willing to take two young boys as his own flesh and blood. Ms. Mills story was heart warming; I fell a little in love with Gabriel as he made his way through the learning process of farming and family. At times, Ms. Mills story was heart breaking and sad, at others I was laughing at how inept Gabriel was on the farm and with Lena, and how out-of-place this educated city boy was on the farm. In Lenas boys, Ms. Mills created characters that were a riot. They were honest in their opinions, especially sweet Simon, embarrassingly honest at times; it made me want to pick them up and cover them with kisses, that is after I had stopped laughing over whatever they had just done or said. This is a sweet tale of family and Gods love and what Gods has in store for us as his children. It was refreshing to watch Gabriel become all he could be and find the life he deserved.
The plotting, pacing and character development was excellent as we watched four people become a family unit. I would like to thank Ms. Mills for creating a different take on the mail-order bride story.
Forever Yours by Traci Peterson
This story takes place as our country has developed to the point that the automobile is making an appearance, the telephone has limited availability, and life is becoming more advanced. In the town of Bandelero New Mexico, life is still simple with limited advancement.
Daughtry Lucas feels stifled by her father and family on their ranch in Bandelero. Having lost one daughter to a riding accident, he guards Daughtry so well she feels wrapped in cotton. To gain her independence she answers a mail order bride ad penned by Nicholas Dawson, married by proxy and travels to Nicholas ranch; leaving a letter for her family explaining what she has done.
What follows is an adventure for Nicholas and Daughtry as they build their marriage, love and life together, along with dealing with her over protective family when they track her down. Nicholas and Daughtry have a firm foundation in the Lord. They will have to overcome many obstacles including vindictive outlaws from his former occupation and Daughtrys family before they will find the happy ever after they desire. Ms. Peterson plotting and character development was well done, and the pacing was spot on. There is a lot of action in this story and I enjoyed watching Daughtry mature and grow. This is a wonderful story of love, family and Gods plan for our life.
I highly recommend this book for your reading enjoyment.
I received this book from the Publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Karen RWAGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Nostalgic Love StoriesNovember 23, 2015Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Five couples meeting first through letters in answer to mail order ads learn to work through their differences under difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances. Set from the 1850's to early 1900's across small town America, each story has a charm of its own.
Cinda's Surprise: For someone who doesn't enjoy surprises, this poor gal sure gets a wagonload of them, and deals with each one with a lot more patience and grit than I would have! Good thing Lucas is kind hearted and good looking. Some good examples of forgiveness and love in this fun story.
His Brother's Bride: Emily is stuck in a dilemma, between the growing love for her new husband and his sweet son, and meeting her uncle's greedy demands. Will love and truth triumph or get crushed under the weight of deception? This one has a nice lesson in being honest in relationships, and trusting the Lord with the details of our lives.
Changes of Heart: This couple sure has a rough start, between his bitterness and hard-heart, plus her hurt feelings, it just may take a tragedy or a miracle to bring them together. It takes both! Lots of prayer, some good friends and a mangy dog help too. They had a lot to work through, but it was good to see them persevere and be committed to making their union grow in love. The description of life in a California gold town, after an ocean voyage around the Horn, was very interesting!
Mail Order Groom: Lena and her two sons are struggling to keep their Nebraska farm going after her husband dies. They get a surprise response to the want ad for a mail order groom all the way from Philadelphia. Gabe fits the bill except he's never set foot on a farm; good thing he's a quick learner! Loved this story of a seemingly opposite couple who overcome many obstacles and dangers, with love, grace and a bit of humor. This one really captured my heart and was my favorite of the collection. What a great example of an honorable, humble, godly man Gabe was to his new family and neighbors. He's on my all time favorite heroes list!
Forever Yours: This couple plunged right into married life after a few brief notes, and had a lot of excitement along the way. Life in New Mexico at the turn of the century was still pretty rough, but these two were determined to make a go of it. Loved how Nick was so patient with nave Daughtry; their mutual respect for each other was admirable.
There's quite a variety of people and settings in these five different stories. All the stories were quite enjoyable, including a lot of historical details, like their transportation, from a trip around the Horn, to train, stagecoach, wagon and horseback. Their different housing and work was interesting too, from life in a gold town store, to working a farm and living in a sod house, to living in an adobe home on a large cattle ranch. Something to interest everyone!
Recommend for fans of historical Christian romance fiction.
(Book provided by NetGalley and Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.)