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Posted June 21, 2010
Lena Nelson Dooley has outdone herself with this book. I count this as my favorite Love Finds You book so far! I enjoyed Madeline's story as she followed God to Golden, New Mexico where He had a plan to save her, right? Philip is convinced that he is dying and supposed to help a woman in need by marrying her before he goes. His friend Jeremiah is very skeptical and determined to keep Philip from getting fleeced by some floozy. When Madeline shows up in response to Philip's newspaper ad for a mail order bride, Jeremiah is set in his opinion, especially after Madeline shows up with an infant and two elderly servants. Philip must be loony, not hearing from God. What exactly is Madeline fleeing from anyway?
I was sorry to see this book end and really enjoyed my trip to Golden, New Mexico!
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Posted March 22, 2014
Loving historical Christian romance and the ever-popular mail order bride scenario I decided to try Lena Nelson Dooley's 'Love Finds You' series and began with Golden, New Mexico. I found it delightful.
Dooley did an exceptional work in developing the scene in Boston as well as Golden. The reader could easily visualize both places as Dooley describes them.
Character development was exceptional. I found myself grieving with Madeline, seeking solutions with the Sneed's, cheering for Phillip and pulling for Jeremiah.
The role of the villain, Mr Johnston, whose role is to marry Madeline and steal her wealth, is a bit overdone. It simply did not flow as well as the other parts of the splendid story.
I appreciated the opportunity to contrast Boston's wealthy and their destitute. Madeline's response was commendable. Taking the role as mother to a newborn orphan while in the midst of her dire situation reflected Madeline's Christ-like heart.
The author was able to show a variety of Christians and the role faith played in each of their lives. I loved that she did not cookie cut the part faith played in their lives. Instead each character was able to stand on its own and show the Christian life lived out in different personalities and situations.
There were only two parts I found a bit hard to believe. One was when Johnstone showed up in Golden, New Mexico and was placed in jail only to be forgiven and sent on to run the business. The other was the timing of Pearl's grandparents coming to Golden. It seemed as if that was thrown in at the last minute and just didn't fit.
Other than that it was an excellent read!
Posted August 26, 2012
Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite Old miner, Phillip Smith, says
God wants him to put an ad in the Boston newspaper for a mail order
bride. His close friend Jeremiah doesn’t agree with him at all, but goes
along with helping Phillip anyway. Madeline Mercer comes from a very
wealthy family, but when her father dies, leaving her his business, she
finds out that he owes so much money to make her penniless. She is so
scared of her dad’s partner because he tries to force her into marriage
that she answers an ad for a mail order bride and takes off to Mexico
with her servants in answer to the ad. Lena Dooley adds another
wonderful book to the 'Love Finds You' series with her new novel “Love
Finds You in Golden New Mexico”. I love this sweet historical story with
a little different twist on a mail order bride. Though a lot of the
story is predictable, there is so much going on here to captures your
interest fully so that it keeps you reading until the very end. The
characters are wonderfully planned and developed. I really like Maddy
and the Sneeds, and Jeremiah is a fun and comical guy, undecided at what
he really wants. But Phillip is my favorite because he is such a sweet
old man, one that everyone needs to have in their life. And I really
appreciate the way the characters have God in their everyday lives, and
show how God can give peace in the middle of our difficult situations.
In general, this is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it for
anyone, especially if you enjoy historical fiction. You will not be
disappointed in this one at all!
Posted July 23, 2010
I signed up for a review copy of this book for two reasons, one, because I'd never read anything by Lena Nelson Dooley before and the second, I'd also never read a Love Finds You. book. I was quickly drawn into this sweet inspirational historical fiction story. I became fascinated by this time period in Boston and felt for Madeline, her fight and the mystery to be solved about her father's death. Maddy learns from her father's former business partner, Horace Johnstone that they are to wed within the week, just like her dad wanted. There was no way she was going to marry Horace, her father never mentioned those wishes to her. Horace was a mean spirited man she wanted no part of.
With her fathers business coming to a holt, Frank Sneed, one of only two servants she could afford to keep, discovers a hopeful possibility - a mail order bride ad in the Boston newspaper. The advertiser was a miner in Golden, New Mexico. Maddy feels lead to answer the ad.
Lena has likeable characters that drew me in and had me rooting for Maddy to escape the clutches of the evil Horace Johnstone. I liked Madeline; she's a strong woman on a mission. She could hold her ground and didn't need to marry a man to survive. She'd make her own way and do what God called her to do, but she knew she couldn't stay in Boston one more day.
Philip is a Christian man and the only reason she responded to the ad. He's requested a mail order bride to live with him in Golden, New Mexico. Philip is convinced that Madeline is the one God chose for him. Madeline isn't sure she is to be his bride, but options were limited, she was fearful for her life in Boston, things had to be better in New Mexico..
Jeremiah, is Philips' closest friend, he couldn't see why a beautiful young lady would want to marry an old man like his friend. It had to be for his money, right? Philip trusted too much, he had to protect him from himself. Philip kept telling Jeremiah that the Lord would work it out. Madeline was the one for him. He would keep a close watch on this Madeline, which was easier said than done. Ever since Jeremiah met Maddy, it was hard to be around her. He got the weirdest, feelings in her presence. It about undid him and his conviction.
This definitely was a fun, enjoyable summer read.
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I tend to be a bit jaded when it comes to straight historical romance, with a bit of the attitude of surprise me if you can. I have a small list of authors that I read in this genre because I've learned they care about the history and writing a story that will capture me. This book has added Lena Nelson Dooley to that short list.
It's not the first time I've read a story where a young woman is orphaned and her father's former business partner is forcing her to marry him to get the business, but everything about the plot had a new take on the old story. Take a Boston heiress and transport her to the outskirts of desolate New Mexico. Add in an old beau and younger one. Mix in an orphaned baby, and you have a recipe for a story that will pull at your heartstrings. I truly enjoyed this romance.
Posted July 13, 2010
Lena Nelson Dooley's historical romance, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico is ALL about love. Anyone who has studied the five different types of love--attraction (epithumia), romance (eros), affection (storge), friendship (phile), and selfless giving (agape)--will recognize examples of every facet of love in the characters Dooley created for her story. Surrounded by a vivid setting in the 1890s mining town, Madeline Mercer and Jeremiah Dennison interact with kind, lovable God-fearing friends, as well as selfish, conniving criminals, before finding one another. You'll find yourself turning pages far more swiftly than you might expect while reading a book set in this time and place. If you enjoy inspirational, historical, romantic fiction, you'll want to pick this one up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2010
I found the book itself well-written, but the plot somewhat sagging and dragging. I also didn't like that the two main characters didn't even meet until AFTER page 100--almost to the halfway point in the story. Some of the plot was convoluted. You'd get the idea that a character was feeling a certain way, but the narrative, inner thoughts, and dialog didn't always match up. Overall, it was an okay read, but I guess it takes a lot to hold my interest. I love quality fiction, and this just didn't quite meet my expectations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2010
In 1890 Golden, New Mexico, elderly and ailing former miner Philip Smith explains to his best friend Jeremiah Dennison why he plans to place an ad in the Boston Globe for a mail-order bride. He has money without family and figures someone can nurse him until he dies or recovers while he would be helping a Lady in desperate straits to take such a position. Jerry tries to talk the man he considers his father out of doing this, but fails.
In Boston, Maddy Mercer grieves the death of her father when his former business partner Horace Johnstone informs her they will marry just like her dad wanted. With a responsibility for a newborn while also loathing the avaricious Horace and knowing she and her baby needed to escape a life of hell if married to him; kind hearted Maddy decides on the unknown. She responds to an ad for a mail-order bride placed in the Globe.
Unable to talk Philip out of doing the insanity, Jeremiah plans to persuade the bride to go home. Then he meets Maddy accompanied by baby Pearl and her devoted servants Frank and Sarah Sneed who nurture a dying Philip like he was their father; not understanding her Massachusetts secret toddles between them.
This is a pure golden historical romance starring a courageous caring woman, a wonderful old man, and the male hunk who loves both of them (and Pearl too). The strong lead cast and solid support characters bring alive the mining town in 1890, but it is the relationships that make for a strong Americana tale. Lena Nelson Dooley writes a warm wonderful winner.
Dooley has penned another historical romance as part of the Love Finds You collection. Each thread is expertly woven in the story. Madeline Mercer, daughter of a deceased rich businessman in the East, answers a mail order bride ad. She needs to escape a potentially dangerous situation with her father's business partner. Her contact person in Golden is old Philip Smith, who feels he is obeying the Lord's command. But Philip has invited Madeline for his friend Jeremiah.
Dooley skillfully weaves a well-researched tale, set in 1890, brimming with history and intrigue. Did Philip hear the Lord correctly? Is it possible to weave a viable romance between two opposite people? Will Madeline's secrets remain safely in the East, or will they follow her as she tries to escape the threats on her life?
You'll love this story, rich in detail, and the characters will live in your mind long after you've read the last page.
Review by Audrey Hebbert, author of Green Light Red Light.
Posted May 2, 2010
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I struck it rich with this historical romance. I'd not read any of Lena Nelson Dooley's books before, but because of her excellent reputation, I knew I'd be in for a treat, which I was. This story is well crafted from start to finish. The mining town of Golden, New Mexico is described so well, I felt I was there hearing the stamp machine, experiencing the heat of the sun-drenched summer days, and seeing the adobe homes echoing the soft colors of the desert landscape. What brings this story to life, though, are Dooley's vibrant characters, with whom I enjoyed spending time. Strong but suspicious Jeremiah, warm and caring Maddy, and a host of secondary characters, including bighearted Philip, are likeable people. They pulled me into the story and were my fictional friends throughout. I longed to see good things come out of Maddy and Jeremiah's struggles and found his faith journey to be a highlight. I highly recommend Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico and am grateful for my review copy. Lena Nelson Dooley is now on my favorite authors list.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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