Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Order of books in the Unconventional Series: Abby: Mail Order Bride; Broken Angel; Ryder's Salvation; Joy's Return (coming September 2014)

Brant Samson has fallen on hard times with the death of his beloved wife a year earlier from lung fever. Left with three children, he's desperate to find a mother for them. Ten year old Jenny does her best to care for two year old Ty, and fourteen year old Luke works the ranch with his father, losing himself in dime novels to ease the pain of...

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Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional Series #1)

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Overview

Order of books in the Unconventional Series: Abby: Mail Order Bride; Broken Angel; Ryder's Salvation; Joy's Return (coming September 2014)

Brant Samson has fallen on hard times with the death of his beloved wife a year earlier from lung fever. Left with three children, he's desperate to find a mother for them. Ten year old Jenny does her best to care for two year old Ty, and fourteen year old Luke works the ranch with his father, losing himself in dime novels to ease the pain of his mother's passing. Brant's options are limited since eligible women seldom pass through Two Rivers, much less settle in the small Texas town. In desperation, he places a classified advertisement for a mail order bride. Marrying a woman he'll come to know through a newspaper advertisement scares the bejesus out of him, but at this point, he's out of options.

Abigail Mary Vaughn always dreamed of having her own family, but caring for her elderly parents, as well as working as a teacher to help with finances, ended that dream. Her parents are now dead and she's faced with the reality of her lonely existence. After reading Mr. Samson's advertisement in the Philadelphia Inquirer, she garners enough courage to respond. Since she is considered an old maid at the age of thirty-eight, she'll more than likely spend the rest of her life wondering "what if" unless she does something unconventional.

Sensual love scenes.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045549073
  • Publisher: Verna Clay
  • Publication date: 12/28/2013
  • Series: Unconventional , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 20,398
  • File size: 240 KB

Meet the Author

My perfect day: Laptop; WiFi availability; Java Mocha; characters demanding their stories be told; a plot that comes together; and hours to live in an alternate reality. Afterward, I return home to wash dishes and vacuum.

Seriously, I have always loved reading, and now I love writing. As a preteen, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries. When I reached my teen years, the romance genre became my favorite and that has never changed. A few years ago, I decided to try my hand at writing and I've been doing so with a passion ever since. After writing a fantasy series, my current focus is western romance, both contemporary and historical. Because I hate saying goodbye to characters who have lived with me for months, I usually create a series so they can be revisited from book to book.

I also write under the pen name of Colleen Clay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Enjoyable, Emotional, Powerful, Simply Beautiful WOW. This is

    Enjoyable, Emotional, Powerful, Simply Beautiful

    WOW. This is the first book I've ready by Verna Clay...and I enjoyed it. It's a bit of an emotional roller coaster from tears to compassion to hope, though (IMHO) not every gloriously happy. The ending does leave us with a sense of completion, hope for a brighter future, a happiness during a time where life was so fragile and times were much simpler.

    ABBY: A MAIL ORDER BRIDE runs about 100 pages (minus front- and end-matter). It's set in the latter half of the 1880s (my FAVE time period), a fun contrast of City Girl and Country Boy. The story is rich in themes of loss and new love, family and hope, grieving and compassion. I enjoyed the true-to-life characterizations of a woman who simply needed to be truly part of a family, and a man whose family needs her care. The children's personalities were particularly spot-on. Our hero, Brant Samson is a man I could fall in love with-- gentle, kind, firm (with his naughty son), never hesitated to tell his children he loved them, determined to support his family. He loved his first wife so deeply, I just *knew* he'd come to love his mail order bride Abby just as much and as her own, unique person. He did not disappoint.

    While not error-free, the editing is crisp and mostly free of misspellings.

    Sensuality level: moderately spicy
    Language: PG

    Recommended to fans of more serious-minded historical romances, particularly those in the mail order bride category. ~Kristin

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Loved it

    Really loved this story. Very sweet and very sad. Too bad they did not look to God for help in trying times. Absolutely loved all the characters and a very enjoyable story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    I loved Abby!

    I read so many mail order bride stories and this one tops the list! I hated to see yhe story end

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    I couldn't go to sleep last night until I finished this book. Ab

    I couldn't go to sleep last night until I finished this book. Abby was someone that surprised easy the story grew. She was strong, loving, and had a good senseof humor. Brant and his kids, especially Luke, we're still struggling to overcome the tragedy of losing a good wife and mother. The story deals well with all the feelings and struggles of all the family including Abby. I laughed and I wept. Just ordered the other two books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

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    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Brant Samson lo

    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

    Brant Samson lost his wife and needed a mom for his three children, and there certainly wasn’t anyone in the small town of Two Rivers, Texas, that he was willing to marry, much less take care of his children, so he desperately decides to place an ad for a mail order bride. Abigail Vaughn is alone now since her parents both passed away, having only the students she teaches. But being no longer tied to Philadelphia, she decides to answer an add in the paper for a mail order bride. She makes sure she is straightforward though, not wanting any secrets about what and why she is coming. And to make sure she knows what she is getting into, Brant is straightforward himself, and I love it where he tells her why the marriage and just what to expect. Which woman would come to him after what he said? I guess Abigail didn't mind.

    Author Verna Clay has written an interesting and intriguing story about Brant and Abby. With unique, believable characters who develop so well, I couldn’t put this book down until the last word. I loved everything about them including the meeting of Brant and Abby, the family and Abby getting to know each other, and both the happy and difficult times. If you enjoy a good historical romance, this story of true unconditional love is the one for you. With the twists and turns in the story to keep your interest, you will not be disappointed. Just have a tissue ready because you will definitely need it as you go forward!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Too much trauma

    Pretty well written story but too much anguish for 100 pages. See review spoiler alert wrote I agree loss of baby was way too much.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

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    SPOILER ALERT--SPOILER ALERT....................................

    SPOILER ALERT--SPOILER ALERT......................................................
    I love mail order bride stories. Sometime even the badly written ones.  Guilty pleasure. But I would have skipped this one if I had known that a young child dies in the book.  It is a short story only about 100 pages  Abby's grief take s up about 1/3 of the book .  Downer for me.  Not that the last part of the book didn't fall apart anyway.  When strangers you meet while traveling say --stop and see me sometime- they  don't mean come stay with me for weeks on end and bring your problems with you.  Also the  turn around feelings of the older son didn't make sense.  Or the fact that the children didn't feel deserted because Abby needed time away to deal with her grief.  They had  grief also and now they had to take on her responsibilities. Plus the party when she comes back to town.  Oh please.   But in all honesty. I may be picking it apart more then usual because of the dead child thing.  For obvious reasons it is not a subject I would ever want to read about if forewarned. .  

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 17, 2014

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