From D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review:
About a year ago, over forty independent authors decided to create a series ('American Mail Order Brides') set in the late 1800s, with each author creating a story (or two) for one of the 50 states, following the order that the state was admitted to the Union.
Each book is a stand-alone creation, and Mollie: Bride of Georgia adds to this series in telling of an unusual eligible bachelor doctor who could have his pick of gals, but who chooses to place an unusual ad for a bride in The Groom's Gazette, and romance author Mollie, who seeks a new life ... but not necessarily with a distant, crusty vet.
That's the background about this novel's creation and a quick overview of its plot; but among its strengths and pleasures is an attention to detail that includes humor, strong characters, a realistic setting, and a series of compelling issues that join some protagonists while alienating others.
The trials, tribulations and human and animal characters of an early American vet's practice, the personalities of beaus who are either humble or spoiled, and the underlying expectations of romance between men and women are all explored with a fine eye to adventure and insight.
Under Farrelly's hand, early America's worlds and characters come to life, with the aftermath of struggles and traumas of war influencing perceptions and choices. From the feisty, opinionated character of Willie Mae (whose wisdom and advice often hit the nail on the head with more than a light dose of humor) to unfortunate introductions and the surprising events that evolve from them, the hopes, dreams, motivations and choices of Mollie, Nick, and their circle come to life.
It's fairly rare (but not unique) to have a collaborative literary effort spark a powerful series. What is even more notable here is that the book stands alone superbly and the series theme both links productions and allows for a good deal of author creativity under a general umbrella. The result is everything a successful collaborative effort should be. Mollie: Bride of Georgia might not have been written without this inspiring project, but it moves beyond its themed boundaries to create a truly wonderful, compelling historical romance piece, highly recommended for any reader looking for a rollicking good read.