The Mail-Order Brides Collection
What kind of woman would answer an advertisement and marry a stranger?   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 1897, Indiana Fresh from seminary, Amos Lowry believes marriage will prove to his skeptical congregation that he’s mature. If only his mail-order bride wasn’t an ex-saloon girl, or worse, pregnant.  The Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand 1881, Wyoming After a gang of outlaws use a mail-order bride advertisement to trick an innocent woman into servitude, an undercover lawman must claim the bride—even 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 Mix-Up by Sherri Shackelford 1885, Montana 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 grey.  Miss-Delivered Mail by Ann Shorey 1884, Washington Helena Erickson impulsively decides to take advantage of her brother’s 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 1867, Texas Nora Green doesn’t feel much like Cinderella when her mail-order groom stands her up. But could the mysterious jester from the town’s play be her Prince Charming?  The Brigand and the Bride by Jennifer Uhlarik 1876, Arizona  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 Y’Barbo 1855, Texas Pinkerton agent 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.  

The Mail-Order Brides Collection Details

TitleThe Mail-Order Brides Collection
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2018
PublisherBarbour Books
ISBN-139781683224440
Rating
GenreNovella, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Mail-Order Brides Collection Review

  • Yvette
    January 1, 1970
    I requested a NetGalley e-galley of this collection based on the title, having only previously read a few novellas by two of the nine authors, Kathleen Y'Barbo and Jennifer Uhlarik. That said, I 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 I requested a NetGalley e-galley of this collection based on the title, having only previously read a few novellas by two of the nine authors, Kathleen Y'Barbo and Jennifer Uhlarik. That said, I 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.Highly recommended. I think at this point I would need to reread all of my "favorite" novella collections from Barbour to make an accurate judgment, but for now I'll just say it - I think this is one of my favorites.This review refers to an e-galley read courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    From business arrangements to mix-ups, secrets to damsels in distress, you are sure to find a favorite in Barbour’s newest novella collection.I’m 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 Besing’s 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 Kathlee From business arrangements to mix-ups, secrets to damsels in distress, you are sure to find a favorite in Barbour’s newest novella collection.I’m 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 Besing’s 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 Y’Barbo is a bit of a caper with a touch of humor with a naïve and innocent heroine determined to stand on her own two feet.As I always anticipate in these collections, the stories are varied enough they don’t 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.Disclosure statement: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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    About 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 Besing1897, IndianaFresh from seminary, Amos Lowry believes marriage will prove to his About 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 Besing1897, IndianaFresh from seminary, Amos Lowry believes marriage will prove to his skeptical congregation that he’s mature. If only his mail-order bride wasn’t an ex-saloon girl, and worse, pregnant.The Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand1881, WyomingAfter a gang of outlaws uses a mail-order bride advertisement to trick an innocent woman into servitude, an undercover lawman must claim the bride—even if it puts his mission in jeopardy. Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna Schlachter1895, Train to CaliforniaJohn 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 Shackelford1885, MontanaA 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 Shocklee1866, New MexicoWhen 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 Shorey1884, WashingtonHelena Erickson impulsively decides to take advantage of her brother’s 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 Tolsma1867, TexasNora Green doesn’t feel much like Cinderella when her mail-order groom stands her up. But could the mysterious jester from the town’s play be her Prince Charming?The Brigand and the Bride by Jennifer Uhlarik1876, Arizona 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 Y’Barbo1855, TexasPinkerton 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.My Thoughts:I’m 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 history’s 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 Sophie’s immediate attraction upon meeting in Perfect for the Preacher developed into a sweet and tender love story exemplifying grace and commitment. The Outlaw’s 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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  • Alecia
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this collection! I love a good mail order bride story and this one was full of them!! All the authors were new to me, I love reading collection with new to me authors cause it helps me find new authors to stalk lol. I honestly don't know which of the stories would be my favorite I loved them all!I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    One of the things I especially like about these collections of romance stories is that the reader can pick and choose which order to read the novellas. These were sweet narratives where women take a huge chance on a man she only knows by letters. Both the ladies and the gents have dire needs for a match to take place. Barbour Books gathers the nine best authors to write the stories to fill their book and puts them in their best light. I am glad I chose to read this collection. Five Stars, Two Th One of the things I especially like about these collections of romance stories is that the reader can pick and choose which order to read the novellas. These were sweet narratives where women take a huge chance on a man she only knows by letters. Both the ladies and the gents have dire needs for a match to take place. Barbour Books gathers the nine best authors to write the stories to fill their book and puts them in their best light. I am glad I chose to read this collection. Five Stars, Two Thumbs, and a letter in the mail. My thanks to Barbour Books for allowing me to read and review this book.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    God is working his magic in the lives of 9 couples who are marrying for different reason like financial, needing a place to live, being helpful to a doctor & a preacher, to needing help with children, escaping from the law, trying to break a mail fraud ring, saving a innocent from outlaws, proxy marrying couple, and not wanting to be an old maid. The authors of these 9 stories have taken you to the 1850-1890 west where their couple start out strangers and with God's intervention fall in love God is working his magic in the lives of 9 couples who are marrying for different reason like financial, needing a place to live, being helpful to a doctor & a preacher, to needing help with children, escaping from the law, trying to break a mail fraud ring, saving a innocent from outlaws, proxy marrying couple, and not wanting to be an old maid. The authors of these 9 stories have taken you to the 1850-1890 west where their couple start out strangers and with God's intervention fall in love at first sight but take the time to get to know each other. They work their way through the problem and secrets that one or both bring to the relationship. God though whether want their secrets revealed or not brings them to the surface to be tackled by the couples together. Emotions run high and feelings are hurt but with God's help and wisdom they are handled and forgiven. These stories are funny, and will make your tears flow. It gave me insight into what real Christian mail-order brides might have gone through back in the past. Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing 1897 Southern Illinois Sophie Ross is the mail-order bride of Pastor Amos Lowry. Sophie's past will come back to be faced. Amos is basically forced into taking on a mail-order bride by an Elder of the Church because of his youthful experience. As Amos and Sophie get to know each other they fall in love but that love is tested by the Elder who doesn't want Amos as the preacher. When Sophie's past is brought to light it's a shock to the entire community. Amos is in love with her so he won't give her up even after her worst secret is revealed. Deciding to leave the church after marrying Sophie. The town is hit by a robbery of the general store and 22 women are taken hostage. When they are safely returned the community goes looking for the daughter of the Elder who wants Amos out. She shows up at the church where Sophie talks to her about what happened to the girl and what she went through in her old life. The Congregation comes to the side of Amos and Sophie after over hearing what happened to her and start to help women who have had abused.The Outlaw's Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand Wyoming 1881 Wyatt Coulter aka Luke Bellamy is being an unconventional outlaw by trying to keep innocent Mariah Snow from marrying her mail-order bride because he can't stand her being put into the situation that will come. Mariah is stubborn and won't leave until she sees her groom. When she stubbornly stays, to protect her Wyatt marries her himself. That puts him in a precarious situation because Mariah affects his work and cover. Mariah is keeping a secret that she has outlaws in her family as well. They show up looking for her just as she was attacked by her intended groom. Since the brothers and the gang have found out about a bank in the area they decide to pool their resources and work together only to get caught. Wyatt comes back to round up the last of the gang and reveals his true identity to Mariah.Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna Schlachter Pennsylvania & California 1895 Mary is about to age out of the orphanage that she's grown up in. John Stewart has just lost his wife and needs someone to take care of his 2 daughters. The local preacher talks him into taking a mail-order bride. Mary is desperate to find some type of work so she won't end up in the saloon working. When she sees an ad in a paper she writes. John goes to visit his in-laws to discuss his decision to remarry. Mary leaves the orphanage early and starts for her new life. John & Mary end up on the same train headed west. Circumstances throw them together while travelling. They are attracted to each other and because of one disaster after another they end up longer on the train than expected and fall in love with each other not knowing that they are already engaged. Mary decides to call off her engagement but John won't show his feelings until his mail order bride responds to his telegram wanting to cancel their engagement.Mail-Order Proxy by Sherri Schackleford Montana 1885 Delia is waiting for her sister's groom to show up. Colonel Sean Morgan is waiting for his brother's bride to show up. They figure out that they are both their siblings proxy for the marriage. After the ceremony Delia is taken hostage and Sean tries to safe her. They go to lunch and Sean gets the truth from Delia why she actually came with her sister for the wedding. He tries to talk her out of her appointment with an outlaw for an interview. Delia gets annoyed with Sean with he keeps thwarting his attempts to get in touch with the outlaw. When they find out the paperwork for their proxy marriage is real they work together to go after the judge to get the situation taken care. They get side tracked by helping a young man who is a runaway and having their siblings show up. Unfortunately, before Sean can leave to get the mistake taken care of Delia is taken hostage again by the outlaw she wanted to interview. Delia and Sean realize that they have fallen in love with each other.To Heal Thy Heart by Michelle Shocklee New Mexico Territory 1866 Post Civil War America and Luke is still suffering the effects of his time as a doctor. Phoebe is still mourning her dead fiancé and the death of her father. Money being an issue she answers Luke's add for a mail-order bride. Phoebe arrives while Luke is at the mining camp tending to some men. He returns and they marry. She helps him attend to patients and they get to know each other. Luke is falling in love with her but Phoebe is still holding onto the fiancé and trying to fight the feelings for Luke. Phoebe finally decides its time to tell Luke the truth and put her fiancé behind her. They're interrupted by a miner wearing a confederate coat and Luke refuses to treat the man's brother. Phoebe get angry and tells Luke about how her father died and goes to help. Luke finds the letter from Phoebe's fiancé that brings back all the old war memories. He goes to the reverend for help and he goes to Phoebe to tell to come talk to Luke. They forgive each the other and confess their love to each other.Miss Delivered Mail by Ann Shorey Illinois & Washington 1884 Helena is considered an old maid by the people of the town and wants to leave. Cleaning up at home she finds a letter in the trash and thinks about trying to find the owner. Her brother comes home and confesses that he wrote letters as a mail-order bride as a joke. The more Helena thinks about it she decided to use the train tickets to go be the intended bride. Arriving in Washington she is met by Daniel who is furious that she would take his intended brides place and won't let her explain. He drops her with neighbors who graciously take her in. Helena is stubborn and doesn't want Daniel to pay for her return ticket, and decides that she won't go back because there is nothing to go back to. She goes searching for a job and with the help of her hosts starts working at a local mercantile. Meanwhile Daniel realizes how much he's beginning to respect and think about Helena and knows he treated her wrong. He decides that he'll start courting her and get her to change her mind about leaving. All the while they're falling in love. When Daniel is hurt in a harvesting accident Helena rushes to his side. She leaves the next day to start her new life with out him but when a shadow covers her on the train Helena looks up and sees Daniel and they confess their love and head back home to get married.A Fairy-Tale Bride by Liz Tolsma Texas 1867 Nora and Maude are pulling into the train station to marry two strangers. They step off the train to find only one groom. Maude and Wade marry and have Nora come live with them to help Maude with the house and children but actually Nora does all the work. Josiah from the first sight of Nora thinks she's beautiful and that she won't have any thing to do with him because of his injuries form the war & past experience with other women. Nora is hurt that her groom didn't show up but makes the best of the situation Josiah can't stay away and comes to visit and get to know Nora frequently. He takes part in the town play and is wearing a mask so is able to be himself with Nora. As Josiah's secret come out, Nora treats him like any other man. When Nora finds out that Josiah was her intended groom and the man behind the mask she's mad & doesn't want to see him again. A few days laterJosiah shows up to talk to Nora and resolve their differences, which leads to her revealing about her dead husband being in the hospital. There is a proposal and marriage.The Brigand and the Bride by Jennifer Uhlarik Arizona Territory 1876 Jolie is trying to meet her mail-order groom at the church. Del is trying to hide from the law. When he shows up to hide out in the church he's mistaken for the groom. Del & Jolie get married and he changes the plans that were supposed to happen. He gets her out of town then leaves her to get back on her own. Instead of heading back into town she heads out after Del, capturing him and using his horse to go back to town. Del escapes and God tells him he needs to protect Jolie. He catches up with her and they strike a deal to help each other. del explains about being wrongly accused of murder and robbery. They almost get caught in town. Jolie's fiancé catches up with her and he explains her brother's involvement in her mail-order plan. Del tries to come to her rescue but is injured. Jolie is taken to the hide out and finds incriminating evidence against her fiancé and his friends and shows Del's innocence. Del comes after Jolie and they get involved into a gunfight with the law showing up to arrest Del. Jolie makes a deal with the marshal to get Del charges dropped. Her brother's gang is caught. Del & Jolie head back to the same church to get married.The Mail-Order Mistake by Kathleen Y'Barbo Illinois & Louisiana 1857 Jeremiah is a Detective for the Pinkerton Agency and has been given the case of mail fraud using mail-order brides. may has just lost everything in a fire and is taken in by the neighbors next door. Mrs. Barrone is going to match May with a man by having her write letters to them. Jeremiah sends a letter that May answers and that brings him to New Orleans to investigate. he is soon on the trail of the criminals the only thing is trying to figure out if May is a part of it or not. May decides to reject the suitors and takes letter to the post office and on the way her ridicule is stolen. Jeremiah catches the thief and take him to the police station where May shows up to file a report. When she recognizes the boy her stole her ridicule it's revealed that Mrs. Barrone is trying to kill May. Jeremiah takes her under his protection and gets her to testify against Mrs. Barrone. He also makes May a Deputy Detective so she can help him with the case. When Mrs. Barrone is caught she tells them that a man in Galveston is head of the organization. May and Jeremiah head there and discover her father. Where May finds out why her father left his family and that they have a common enemy. May under Jeremiah's supervision becomes part of the Pinkerton Agency. They fall in love with each other and Jeremiah asks to marry her.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I 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.
  • Anne Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    As you can guess from the title, this is a medley of historical romances set around the nineteenth century version of internet dating. Women would answer ads placed by men, usually from a female-scarce section of the country. After the civil war, especially, husbands were a rare commodity, and ladies didn't have a lot of opportunities for refined courtship. Some of the more adventurous (or desperate) of the ladies agreed to marry strangers after a brief mail correspondence. Each of these nine sa As you can guess from the title, this is a medley of historical romances set around the nineteenth century version of internet dating. Women would answer ads placed by men, usually from a female-scarce section of the country. After the civil war, especially, husbands were a rare commodity, and ladies didn't have a lot of opportunities for refined courtship. Some of the more adventurous (or desperate) of the ladies agreed to marry strangers after a brief mail correspondence. Each of these nine sagas are about the equivalent of thirty pages long. I think I liked the last one best--but that's often my experience. The best remembered and favorite is frequently the story I just read! That being said, the stories range from these ladies becoming the brides of men who are outlaws, who change their minds at the last minute, of Pinkerton agents on the trail of mail-order fraud ... and the list goes on. The lively imaginations of the authors have made each story a thriller and a keeper. I loved each of them and encourage you to grab a copy while they're hot. I received a copy of this book free, but the opinions and evaluations are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Mail-Order BrIdes Collection is a collection of 9 Historical Stories of Marriage that Precedes Love. These stories include: Perfect for the Preacher by Megan BesingThe Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna SchlachterMail-Order Proxy by Sherri ShackelfordTo Heal Thy Heart by Michelle ShockleeMiss-Delivered Mail by Ann ShoreyA Fairy-Tale Bride by Liz TolsmaThe Brigand and the Bride by Jennifer UhlarikThe Mail-Order Mistake by Kathleen Y’BarboI thought The Mail-Order BrIdes Collection is a collection of 9 Historical Stories of Marriage that Precedes Love. These stories include: Perfect for the Preacher by Megan BesingThe Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna SchlachterMail-Order Proxy by Sherri ShackelfordTo Heal Thy Heart by Michelle ShockleeMiss-Delivered Mail by Ann ShoreyA Fairy-Tale Bride by Liz TolsmaThe Brigand and the Bride by Jennifer UhlarikThe Mail-Order Mistake by Kathleen Y’BarboI thought this collection was pretty good. My favorite of the nine stories would be Liz Tolsma’s A Fairy-Tale Bride. I give this book 4 stars!
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    Another great collection by Barbour. Though you don't get to spend as much time with the characters as with novels, these novellas make up for it in variety. Even though each collection has a distinct common thread or theme, it amazes me how different the stories can be. My favorite thing about this collection is that in a culture of marriages being made and broken on the whims of love, this collection had a wonderful old fashioned commitment to stick it out and trust God to grow the love. Back Another great collection by Barbour. Though you don't get to spend as much time with the characters as with novels, these novellas make up for it in variety. Even though each collection has a distinct common thread or theme, it amazes me how different the stories can be. My favorite thing about this collection is that in a culture of marriages being made and broken on the whims of love, this collection had a wonderful old fashioned commitment to stick it out and trust God to grow the love. Back when someones commitment made to God was treated like a commitment made to God! So refreshing :) Enjoyable reads! Though the outlaw groom and proxy wedding were two of my favorites!
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully BookishWhile I won’t 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 com Full review on Faithfully BookishWhile I won’t 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.
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  • Adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    This collection was a ton of fun to read! Although I've read several other mail-order bride stories, there were some really unique storylines in this collection that were very interesting--outlaws who aren't really outlaws, Pinkerton detectives, marriage by proxy, and some twists and turns to keep things moving. I can't pick a favorite story because I enjoyed them all so much. These novellas are quick reads but also have a depth to them that makes them very satisfying.I read a copy via NetGalley This collection was a ton of fun to read! Although I've read several other mail-order bride stories, there were some really unique storylines in this collection that were very interesting--outlaws who aren't really outlaws, Pinkerton detectives, marriage by proxy, and some twists and turns to keep things moving. I can't pick a favorite story because I enjoyed them all so much. These novellas are quick reads but also have a depth to them that makes them very satisfying.I read a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Abigail Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful collection of heartfelt stories of hope and love. I highly recommend this book from a talented group of authors.I could mention all nine stories individually, but I particularly connected with the heroine in the first story, Perfect for the Preacher. The author presented Sophie's struggle, transformation, and acceptance in such a real and enjoyable way.Romantic, fun, well written. This collection won't disappoint!
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  • Michelle Shocklee
    January 1, 1970
  • Megan Besing
    January 1, 1970
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
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