- Authors: Stacy Henrie, Kristin Holt, Annette Lyon, Sarah M. Eden, Heather B. Moore, & Sian Ann Bessey.
- File Size: 3404 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mirror Press (February 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017WXGGI2
- FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review
In THE SOUND OF HOME, a captivating novella by Annette Lyon, Marilyn is given the choice of either marrying the despicable Victor or being charged with a murder she didn’t commit. Refusing to believe that either is her fate, she finds a third option: she answers a mail order bride advertisement and boards a train to Wyoming to wed a man named Harry. Moments after her arrival, she learns that Harry isn’t who he seemed to be, and the advertisement turns out to be a giant mistake. Harry’s brother Thomas agrees to let her stay until she can figure out what to do next—after all, she simply cannot return to New York—but Marilyn quickly finds herself developing feelings for Thomas.
In Sarah M. Eden’s endearing novella FOR BETTER OR WORSE Gerald Smith, on the advice of his well-meaning neighbors, has decided it’s time to change his lonely existence. Mary Hill, on the advice of her empty pocketbook and non-existent roof over her head, has decided it’s time to secure herself a future. A mail-order marriage, they both realize, is no guarantee of happiness, but it is a risk they are willing to take. However, coming face to face on the train platform, the hapless couple discovers an unexpected truth: marriage to a perfect stranger is sometimes far preferable to the prospect of a lifetime with someone you used to know.
THE PRICE OF SILVER, an engaging novella by Siân Ann Bessey, Katie leaves New York for Idaho to marry Jake, a man she’s written to a couple of times. But when she steps off the train, his brother Caleb is there to greet her. Jake has gone to take a mining job he couldn’t pass up. Caleb takes Katie back to the family ranch to wait for Jake’s return. The more Caleb gets to know Katie, the more he envies his brother, but he can’t let his heart overrule his head unless Jake changes his mind about his intended bride.
The stories I enjoyed the most were Wanted Midwife Bride, The Sound of Home and The Inconvenient Bride. I felt like these stories had the characters I ended up caring the most about and the stories that drew me in from the start. I did truly love how all of the "brides" in the stories were strong, smart and brave. I liked how they took chances and were willing to make sacrifices for others and ended up being happy. As always, several of these stories could have been a full blown novel that I would have thoroughly enjoyed reading.
As I've said before about these anthologies, they are perfect to have when you only have short spans in your day to read. You can pick it up, read one and feel fully satisfied. If you like a Wild West setting with some rough, but tender men, and women that don't faint or simper, then you will love reading the Mail Order Bride Collection.
Timeless Romance Anthology Amazon Link