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Posted June 3, 2014
What a fun story, instead of a mail order bride, we have a mail order man! No, Sarah Jenkins did not place the ad looking for a husband, her best friend Minnie, with good intentions, placed an ad because she felt that Sarah could use a husband to help her out. Sarah lost her mother when she was six years old and then right as Sarah became a young woman, her father died suddenly. Sarah continued on in his business running the stage coach office and handling the mail. Well, the town started having an influx of men, some of which made Sarah feel uneasy, and then the stage coach office was over flowing with letters addressed to "Eligible Female, Larkspur, Idaho Territory." Not just a few but bags full of letters, so many that it required an extra stage to bring the mail in. Sarah's friends, Ida and John also had a relative come into town, Ida's cousin, Samuel Livingston.
Now this story is not only a story of two people finding love, but it is a gentle reminder of the love God has for His children. We have mystery and suspense, because part of Samuel's business is kept a secret. We watch and see the relationship build between Samuel and Sarah. We learn about their lives before they met and watch they fall in love. This story is a clean story with a reminder that as God's children, His will in our lives is for us to worship Him and to live our lives with Him as the head of it. I do love HEA.
Posted February 11, 2014
Posted January 26, 2014
I just finished Mail Order Man by Heather Gray. This book was extremely good. I had previously read Just Dessert and while yes this book and Just Dessert can be read as separate I kind of wish I has read this one first. Anyway on to the story.
Sarah was raised by her father, who mother passed away when she was young and her father passed away around the time she was considering college. Sarah took over the stage office and suddenly gets more mail in one day than they normally get in months. Someone had placed an add searching for a husband. Now men were not only writing to Larkspur but they were showing up searching for a bride.
Samuel came to town a little earlier than he had planned to visit with his cousin. He has secrets that he has to keep from Sarah even though he wants to tell her. He promised the Mayor that he would not tell her until things in town settled down. Samuel begins to fall for Sarah as she starts to let herself open up.
The characters in this book are amazing. I love how Sarah learns to develop a closer relationship with God. How she re-evaluates how her relationship with God is. She learns that you do not always have to be serious to love God.
Sarah and Samuel both are wonderful characters. I hope to hear more about some of the other people I have met in this book and Just Dessert.
Posted July 18, 2013
Mail Order Man by Heather Gray pleasantly surprised me. Sometimes I'm quite hesitant when I pick up a book by an unknown author, at least unknown to me. This novel exceeded my expectations and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Gray's work.
Mail Order Man made me laugh, cry, and laugh again. So many misunderstandings, so many men, and then comes trouble. Sarah doesn't know what to make of it, or of the man who saves her from being accosted by several other men new in town. I could relate to Sarah's hesitancy to trust any of the new men in town, including Samuel, whom she knows is not telling her everything.
***I received this book free from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Posted June 10, 2013
A twist on a mail-order bride...only this time thousands of letters and men show up in Larkspur. Can you imagine a run on a town, that does not have a lot of eligible woman available.
There is one man who has just show up, Samuel, who's cousin lives here. He comes to town with some secret business issues. Sarah runs the local Stage and Mail Office, her Dad has passed away and left the business to her. She starts receiving bags and bags of letters. She is also in line to meet Samuel!
We find that some unusual couples due pop up, and as they say "Love Is Blind." There is also something sinister happening in town, and there are a few secrets being kept.
Your in for a real treat of life in a Historical Western Stage Town. There are more sparks that just from romance. Will the town find out who posted the ad asking for suitors? What will happen to this person if they found out? Some are ready for jail time.
For me there were a few unanswered questions when the book ended, but as this is book #1, maybe they will be answered in the next one.
I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted April 12, 2013
A wonderful read, enchanting “sweet romance” and endearing characters. I read it in two days I enjoyed it so much. I normally wouldn’t buy a romance novel but this one was recommended, and I’m glad I did as it wasn’t at all like a typical romance novel. Romance is definitely in the air, but there are no sex scenes dragging down the narrative. I find it hard to believe that this is a first book from this author. Her website lists two more books coming out at the end of this year – I’ll be buying! Many times I’ve gotten books from “first time authors” and found them to be such a tough read: many typos, no voice, undeveloped characters, etc. That wasn’t the case here. I also read Ms Gray’s blog (on her website) and learned more about what has brought her to this place, it was a tear jerker.
I admire her for creating charming and realistic characters that I want to keep in my life, and I hope she can learn to write faster!