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Christmas Mail-Order Brides: Four Mail-Order Brides Travel the Transcontinental Railroad in Search of Love Ride The Transcontinental Railroad As Marriage Arrives By Mail Order And Just In Time For Christmas Annika Arrives In Wyoming To Discover Her Intended Is Missing Jolie S Journey To Nevada Is Derailed By Disaster Elizabeth Carries A Load Of Secrets To Nebraska And Amelia Travels To California To Wrap Up Her Final Attempts At Matchmaking Will The Holiday Season Be The Ticket To Spark Love In Unexpected Ways A TRUSTING HEART By Carrie TuranskySwedish Immigrant Annika Bergstrom Travels To Wyoming As A Mail Order Bride, But When Her Prospective Groom, Chase Simms, Disappears, She Finds Herself Falling In Love With His Brother Daniel Will She Take Hold Of Her Chance For Love, Or Wait For The Man She Has Promised To Marry THE PRODIGAL GROOM By Vickie McDonoughJolie Addams Is And Must Leave The Orphanage She Grew Up In The Headmaster Has Arranged For Her To Work For A Lecherous Benefactor She Decides To Become A Mail Order Bride To Escape What She Fears Would Be A Dreadful Existence But On The Way To Nevada, Her Stage Is Robbed She And A Wounded Passenger Are Stranded They Are Rescued The Next Day, But Jolie S Intended Refuses To Marry Her After She Spent The Night Alone With Clay Jackson She And Clay Are Forced To Marry Can A Relationship And Love Grow From Such An Awful Beginning HIDDEN HEARTS By Therese StenzelAfter Facing A Series Of Tragic Events, Elizabeth Lariby Agrees To Become A Mail Order Bride Hoping To Build A New Life In Nebraska, She Is Determined To Hide Her Grief Stricken Heart From Her New Husband Driven To Be A Success, Zane Michaels Quietly Obtains A Wife Through A Mail Order Bride Society, But Feels He Must Hide His Past And His Recent Wealth From His New Wife When Their Secrets Are Revealed, Will Their Fledgling Marriage Survive MRS MAYBERRY MEETS HER MATCH By Susan Page Davis Amelia Mayberry S Rewarding Career As A Matchmaker Is Winding Down She D Like To Close Shop And Spend Her Sunset Years In Peace There S Only One Unfinished Piece Of Business An Unsatisfied Customer For Whom She Needs To Set Things Right The Question Is Will Lennox Bailey Allow Her To Make Amends


10 thoughts on “Christmas Mail-Order Brides: Four Mail-Order Brides Travel the Transcontinental Railroad in Search of Love

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I liked the Carrie Turansky story the best The other 3 were not very Christmassy and I didn t like them as well I m a big fan of Carrie Turansky s books so it didn t surprise me that I liked hers the most A Trusting Heart Carrie Turansky 4 stars A really sweet story I loved the little girl Mariah and the cook Song Li It was nice to see Annika s Swedish Christmas traditions St Lucia Day and each of the characters grew by the end of the story Definitely my favorite in the collection T I liked the Carrie Turansky story the best The other 3 were not very Christmassy and I didn t like them as well I m a big fan of Carrie Turansky s books so it didn t surprise me that I liked hers the most A Trusting Heart Carrie Turansky 4 stars A really sweet story I loved the little girl Mariah and the cook Song Li It was nice to see Annika s Swedish Christmas traditions St Lucia Day and each of the characters grew by the end of the story Definitely my favorite in the collection The Prodigal Groom Vickie McDonough 2.5 stars I liked the theme of forgiveness between Clay and his father, but the deus ex machina was a bit much and the true villain of the piece was so over the top bad that it was fairly unbelievable I also wasn t a fan of the suggestive comments Hidden Hearts Therese Stenzel 2 starsThere was barely any Christmas mentions, and I didn t like the suggestive comments I also didn t like the lack of honesty between the two characters Mrs Mayberry Meets Her Match Susan Page Davis 2.5 stars I liked that it touched on the subject of prejudice and I think the story handled it well This one was slightlyChristmassy but still didn t have much My main issue was the romance which seemed instalove y Overall the couple was cute I just wish the story had been fleshed out a littleAlso deus ex machina with lightning burning down her house basically made her decision to stay in Sacramento


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    Three young women and the matchmaker who placed them all cross the US on the transcontinental railroad in hopes that they have been connected to the love of their lives But in each case, God has something different planned for them and the wrong man turns out to be the right one.A Trusting Heart by Carrie TruanskyI love the convoluted twists in this particular mail order bride scenario A father writes a mail order bride request for his widowed son, his son is in love with someone else already Three young women and the matchmaker who placed them all cross the US on the transcontinental railroad in hopes that they have been connected to the love of their lives But in each case, God has something different planned for them and the wrong man turns out to be the right one.A Trusting Heart by Carrie TruanskyI love the convoluted twists in this particular mail order bride scenario A father writes a mail order bride request for his widowed son, his son is in love with someone else already and doesn t know a mail order bride is coming, and the son s brother falls in love with the mail order bride


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    Just in time for the Holiday season, Barbour s collection of Christmas novellas made an enchanting romantic escape Three mail order brides head west to seek new lives and hope for love as they meet their matches through Mrs Mayberry s Matrimonial Society for Christians of Moral Character As a delightful conclusion, the fourth novella involves Mrs Mayberry herself.Carrie Turansky tugged on my heartstrings with Annika Bergstrom s story, a Swedish immigrant who must leave her newly married sist Just in time for the Holiday season, Barbour s collection of Christmas novellas made an enchanting romantic escape Three mail order brides head west to seek new lives and hope for love as they meet their matches through Mrs Mayberry s Matrimonial Society for Christians of Moral Character As a delightful conclusion, the fourth novella involves Mrs Mayberry herself.Carrie Turansky tugged on my heartstrings with Annika Bergstrom s story, a Swedish immigrant who must leave her newly married sister to seek a place and a husband of her own When the man whom she believed to send for her rejects her, she faces the fear of abandonment, until an unexpected love blossoms right where God planted her Tender, real and touching, this story kicks off the four part novella collection with a gentle hero that stole my heart.Next, Vickie McDonough brings an action packed tale of a young emancipated orphan escaping the odious clutches of her new employer Jolie Addams is bound for Nevada to set up house with a shop owner, but when a gunman holds up the stage on which she rides and shoots her traveling companion, her plans take a detour Can she find love in a hostile land where her very reputation is on the line The chemistry between the hero and heroine in this novella had me up past midnight to find a great happily ever after.Therese Stenzel writes a story of suspense and secrets between a woman scorned by her former fiance and a widower seeking a new start for himself and his daughters Elisabeth Lariby is thrust into a contract of marriage with Zane Michaels, a gentle, philanthropic soul who longs to win her reticent heart Their unsettled past seeks to drive a wedge between them, and they each must lay it to rest before accepting God s future for them Finally, I had the pleasure of reading my first Susan Page Davis story, and from the first lines, Mrs Amelia Mayberry won me over It takes a writer of refinement and grace to depict a character with those attributes, and Amelia was all of that and full of warm genuineness, too Facing retirement from her matchmaking business, Amelia has one last loose string to tie her late husband s best friend Lennox Bailey She had failed in her prior attempt to find Lennox a suitable wife, but with God s help, she is determined to succeed this time Will the matchmaker find the love she has sown out to so many other happy couples These engaging stories are sure to brighten many Christmas seasons with hope, love and a happily ever after


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    I read this novella in paperback version as part of the four novellas in one collection in Christmas Mail Order Brides This was 90 pages and I read it in one night, actually got up from bed to finish the end Carrie Turansky received the American Christian Fiction Writer s Carol award for this novella Authors I felt this was a great example of the use of Swaine s methods from The Selling Author which is a book I recently rediscovered after reading it thirty years ago Because it is a novel I read this novella in paperback version as part of the four novellas in one collection in Christmas Mail Order Brides This was 90 pages and I read it in one night, actually got up from bed to finish the end Carrie Turansky received the American Christian Fiction Writer s Carol award for this novella Authors I felt this was a great example of the use of Swaine s methods from The Selling Author which is a book I recently rediscovered after reading it thirty years ago Because it is a novella the writing had to be tight She effectively uses all of his techniques with great results I am going to be honest, as a writer I was a tad distracted by catching the various ways Carrie Turansky made use of these methods.Readers Annika is a Swedish immigrant who was orphaned and worked in Chicago until she agreed to marry the young man who she thought she was corresponding with a widower with a young child When she arrives in Wyoming she instead meets his younger brother, Daniel Her betrothed doesn t even come to meet her That is because he has no intention of marrying her but was threatened by his Pa, who wrote the lovely letters that made Annika want to accept the proposal Little Mariah and Annika form a bond as Daniel falls for his brother s fianc Great holiday read I highly recommend it even if you only read the first novella by Carrie, like I ve had to do Three other lovely authors also contributed their novellas Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, and Therese Stenzel Savor them on another wintry evening, too Lovely voice, tight writing, nice story line, and loveable characters I will be readingof Carrie Turansky s novels I was privileged to share a table with her at the ACFW conference and hope she gets a very special man s story written I won t spill the beans but I love this particular American hero Bibliotherapy elements Grieving, abandonment, and life transitions


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    The stories were cute They provided light and non serious entertainment for a couple of afternoons Unfortunately, their plots were predictable at least on a couple of them , but I realize there was limited space in a collection to fully develop characters and plot All in all, a fun collection of reads.


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    I thought the novellas were sweet and heartfelt None of them were especially touching, though they were enjoyable reads.One thing that I thought was kind of weird about them is they were, I believe, all orphans I thought that was a little unusual It wasn t supposed to be Orphaned Mail Order Brides Collection, was it Oh, and they didn t really seem very Christmas y either.A Trusting Heart Carrie Turansky3 stars.This is the first I ve read by this author It was pretty good The plot was cute I thought the novellas were sweet and heartfelt None of them were especially touching, though they were enjoyable reads.One thing that I thought was kind of weird about them is they were, I believe, all orphans I thought that was a little unusual It wasn t supposed to be Orphaned Mail Order Brides Collection, was it Oh, and they didn t really seem very Christmas y either.A Trusting Heart Carrie Turansky3 stars.This is the first I ve read by this author It was pretty good The plot was cute, though a bit cliqued The characters were realistic enough The romance was sweet, though minimal The action was deftly written And the faith was distant, as I d expected.I didn t laugh or cry.The writing was pretty engaging I believe it wouldn t have been difficult to put down, but it was so short I didn t really get the chance.For being only 90 pages, I think the author did a decent job in keeping the story flowing at a realistic pace SPOILER ALERT Daniel was sweet and gentle Very responsible and kind Not exactly the kind of guy that d make me swoon he d have to beromantic for that , but he was nice.Annika She was sweet She seemed a little strange emotionally Like she d cry about something that wasn t of much importance and then at the parts where I would expect her to cry, she doesn t Hmm.Chase seemed like an idiot at first It would ve been so much easier if he d just told his father that he was already courting someone else, instead of letting them see him as a irresponsible lout I still don t get why he was drinking though Because he was frustrated with courting one person and promised to another I wish it d explained.Mariah was a sweetheart, spoiled though she was She desperately needed a mother and father.I m not quite sure how I see Mr Simms He seemed brash and insensitive, yet he also just wanted his son to get a life I don t know.Moving on to the next novellaThe Prodigal Groom Vickie McDonough4.5 stars.So I ll be readingof Vickie McDonough s books Before, I had seen her books and even owned a few of them but had never read them Then I stumbled across this book.Well, actually I didn t stumble across it My mom had purchased two Romancing America collections from a library sale and I immediately turned to this one because it held the promise of the Wild West which I totally love So I read the descriptions and this one story really stood out to me A mail order bride who s intended refuses to marry her because of unforeseen events, forcing her to marry another man That intrigued me So I started skimming through the novella, not reading it, just looking for the romantic parts I know, I m terrible Anyway, my gaze was caught by an action scene and then I half read, half skipped through the rest of the book And I loved what I d read So I decided to read the actual novella And I did.It was great The characters were well portrayed, the romance was sweet, the action was exciting, and the faith was, well, the same as usual.It didn t make me laugh or cry, though I did smile and shiver.The time flow wasn t the greatest, but wasn t that bad either.If you enjoy western romance, you will enjoy this novella SPOILER ALERT Jolie was cute and kind I m glad she helped heal the rift between Clay and his father Her innocence was fresh and sweet I m glad she and Clay ended up together Hiram sounded like an idiot.Clay was romantic, and strong, and handsome, and sweet His wife lessons were so stinkin cute and romantic Do men like him exist in real life Will was a nice old codger I thought he was sweet I m glad he and Clay were able to renew their relationship and trust one another again.One part that I thought wasn t handle correctly was the part when Drake tried to ruff up Jolie It was breath catching and gave you the sense of danger, but I think it could have beenthreatening I wish the author would have dressed up the scene a bit .All in all, great book.Hidden Hearts Therese Stenzel3 stars.At first, I didn t really care for this novella Elisabeth was constantly mourning her old life and her inadequacies and it was really starting to annoy me I was waiting for her to get on with her life And the secrets between the two seemed a bit petty I wished they d just started out fresh and truthful.The characters were pretty good, the romance was all right, the action was well written, and the faith was traditionally vague.It didn t make me laugh or cry.I may or may not readfrom this author SPOILER ALERT Elisabeth was a pretty good character, other than her longing for her old life I usually wouldn t mind that I mean, who doesn t get homesick now and then But it seemed to really drag it out She was constantly distant, and wishing she was a better person, and pulling away from Zane It was a bit irritating.Zane, or Michael I like that name better seemed like a sweetheart I say seemed because I kind of felt that he didn t really have much of a chance to prove that he was one Well, he did show that he was sweet be being so kind, and gracious, and considerate He seemed romantic too He was constantly kissing her and stuff, but she was distant and unresponsive, leaving me without a single memory of a breathless kiss They re no good if they re only one sided His constant Good Good line was annoying me though.Hamilton was a bit of a jerk He was too fickle If he really loved Elisabeth then why did he ever reject her in the first place And then he simply wouldn t listen to her when she said she belonged to someone else I guess he just isn t used to not getting his way.Mrs MacIntyre was really great She was sweet, kind and a big help.The girls, Olivia and Sophia, seemed like sweethearts I know they ll help Elisabeth feel welcome.Onenovella left.Mrs Mayberry Meets Her Match Susan Page Davis2.5 stars.I don t know about you, but for some reason romantic parts just don t seem very charming to me when the people are older I look forward to reading about the romance of a young couple in their early twenties, not a not exactly young couple in their fifties no offense.Another thing I didn t care for in this novella was it seemed to play out like a soap opera Like they were actors simply reciting their memorized lines And then Mr Bailey said this I cannot tell you how vexed I am to hear about your house If there is anything I can do at all, please don t hesitate to ask Doesn t that sound straight from a play The characters were all right The romance was, well, like I said The action, what was there, was handled deftly The faith was a mimic of the others.I didn t laugh or cry.This is the second I ve read by Susan Page Davis I enjoyed the other Love Finds You In Prince Edward Island, Canada a dealthan this one I don t think this story was written with enough care and it was incredibly predictable But then again, isn t it that way with every romance novel SPOILER ALERT Lennox First of all, I absolutely despise that name It s so unattractive and boring He was a nice enough character, a sweetheart and a gentleman He and Amelia get along wonderfully.Amelia She was sweet, though I do believe it was her pride that prompted her to seek out Mr Bailey She and him get along so well, I wondered why they hadn t thought of marriage sooner.Helen was sweet I thought it was sad that she d carried scars because of her parent s interracial marriage I m glad she was able to heal Daniel seemed wise and just right for Helen And their baby was impeccably cute


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    Four authors, four stories, one theme a mail order bride sent by Mrs Mayberry s Matrimonial Society for Christians of Moral Character In Carrie Turansky s A Trusting Heart, Annika Bergstrom moves to Wyoming to marry Chase Simms, a widower of three years When she arrives, she is met instead by Chase s brother, Daniel, who tells her Chase is away for a few days As the days go by with no sign of Chase and Annika and Daniel spend time with each other, feelings start to develop between the two Four authors, four stories, one theme a mail order bride sent by Mrs Mayberry s Matrimonial Society for Christians of Moral Character In Carrie Turansky s A Trusting Heart, Annika Bergstrom moves to Wyoming to marry Chase Simms, a widower of three years When she arrives, she is met instead by Chase s brother, Daniel, who tells her Chase is away for a few days As the days go by with no sign of Chase and Annika and Daniel spend time with each other, feelings start to develop between the two Chase finally returns with news that decides all their futures.I liked this story Daniel s tenderness toward Annika was touching during an awkward situation I would have preferred that Carrie found a different way for Chase to deal with his grief, however In Vickie McDonough s The Prodigal Groom, Jolie Addams travels to Nevada to marry a store owner Clay Jackson is returning home after three years of dealing with his brother s death On the way, the stagecoach is robbed and Jolie must spend the night alone with Clay, who has been shot, while the driver goes for help When they arrive in town the next day, the store owner refuses to marry Jolie and Clay is forced to wed her.I really liked this story Clay s protectiveness of Jolie was heartwarming I appreciated that Vickie simply stated how Clay dealt with his grief in one sentence rather than going into further detail and focused on the present story instead In Therese Stenzel s Hidden Hearts, Elisabeth Lariby arrives in Nebraska to marry Zane Michaels Zane grew up poor, having to beg for food as a child After gold is found on his land, Zane changes his name and moves to town, keeping his past and his wealth a secret Already feeling inadequate since she knows no housekeeping skills, Elisabeth only feelsunsuitable after finding out Zane s secret I did not find this story as enjoyable Zane was loving towards Elisabeth, but having him not understand how to manage money and hiding his past from her made him seem an inferior character In Susan Page Davis s Mrs Mayberry Meets Her Match, Amelia Mayberry feels she must go to California to try and convince Lennox Bailey to give her another chance to find him a wife before she retires Her first attempt was her only failure in her matchmaking business and she knows she will only find peace for both of them if she can succeed.I did not enjoy this story While Lennox obviously cared for Amelia, their romance was too stilted and formal


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    The first two stories were charming A trusting heart and a prodigal groom However it was the third story that nearly made me put the book down I didn t expect it to be earth shatteringly awesome, but it left me withquestions than answers Anyhow, When I got to Hidden Hearts, I didn t like the characters much, I thought the story didn t resolve very nicely, and I lost complete respect for any character that needed to ask god s intersession to make a cup of coffee I still had a lot of The first two stories were charming A trusting heart and a prodigal groom However it was the third story that nearly made me put the book down I didn t expect it to be earth shatteringly awesome, but it left me withquestions than answers Anyhow, When I got to Hidden Hearts, I didn t like the characters much, I thought the story didn t resolve very nicely, and I lost complete respect for any character that needed to ask god s intersession to make a cup of coffee I still had a lot of questions at the end How does changing your name keep your neighbors from knowing you are the son of the town drunk His wife has a head for figures but after telling her he won t have her involved in his business the subject just seems to get dropped The last story wrapped up the book nicely but I didn t even realize the characters liked each other in a romantic way until the last few pages Let me take an aside here and say that I didn t realize it was a christian romance I prefer a bit less praying in my books An 18th century setting already gave the book a lot of leeway for expressing christianity and chastity and modesty By insisting on additional entreaties to god the authors went overboard and lost authenticity in their subject I just can t get over the coffee If you were going to ask for a miracle, it s a waste to ask for a cup of coffee in my opinion


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    A Trusting Heart by Carrie TuranskyI love this exceptionally good mail order bride story Annika is a precious and godly young woman who is blessed immeasurably by her trust in God.The Prodigal Groom by Vickie McDonoughWhat a wonderful and inspirational story Both the hero and the heroine are 5 star characters.Hidden Hearts by Therese StenzelThis is a good story about learning to trust God and listen to His voice It s also a sweet love story.Mrs Mayberry Meets her Match by Susan Page DavisThi A Trusting Heart by Carrie TuranskyI love this exceptionally good mail order bride story Annika is a precious and godly young woman who is blessed immeasurably by her trust in God.The Prodigal Groom by Vickie McDonoughWhat a wonderful and inspirational story Both the hero and the heroine are 5 star characters.Hidden Hearts by Therese StenzelThis is a good story about learning to trust God and listen to His voice It s also a sweet love story.Mrs Mayberry Meets her Match by Susan Page DavisThis is a lovely story a bit different than the usual mail order bride story, however, I did enjoy it


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    Sweet romancesThere are four different romances, each super sweet The first one seemed considerably longer than the others, but each was a clean mail order bride story The second story had some steamy inferences, but was okay I absolutely loved the last story