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Mail-Order Marriage Paperback – December 1, 2015
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Cinda's Surprise finds Cinda in for more than a few surprises--her mail-order groom for instance. Whom so knows nothing of, until he appears on the doorstep, expecting to marry her! I loved how Cinda dealt faithfully with all of her surprises, trusting God to guide her choices.
His Brother's Bride finds Emily arriving, only to find that her intended has died. But his brother Cade, needs a mother for his young son Adam. And so she accepts the offer. I liked the way that they worked hard to make it work, and got to know each other naturally through raising Adam and working together.
Changes of the Heart is about Maura and how she sails around the world to marry Luther Buchanan. A heartfelt, realistic look at what happens when a couple is disappointed in the match, but allow God to work in their relationship.
Mail-Order Husband is a lovely, humorous story, about Gabriel Hunter, a man unfamiliar with farming and prairie life, but who has read much about it, and is willing to learn. Lena Walker needs a husband and though she is skeptical, she gives him a chance. Gabe is good with her sons, and he is a man of strong faith, though he knows next to nothing about real farm work. The boys are quite funny in this book, and loved how Gabe and Len learn to love and respect each others for their strengths and weaknesses.
Forever Yours was one of my favorites, Daughtry marries Nicholas by proxy, so she begins to fix up the house while she waits be him to show up. A wonderful fast paced read, that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Overall, a lovely collection, including some that I had read before, and were previous published in other collections. If you like mail-order romance this is a great read!
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His Brother’s Bride by Denise Hunter takes place in Cedar Springs, Kansas. Emily Wagner is traveling to Cedar Springs to meet her fiancé, Thomas for the first time. Emily is hoping this marriage will help her save her grandmother from her Uncle Stewart’s 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 Luther’s 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 Luther’s 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 fiancé. 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 Gabriel’s 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 Dawson’s 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 brother’s 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.