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Train Station Bride
     

Train Station Bride

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by Holly Bush
 
1887 Debutante, Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets

Overview

1887 Debutante, Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia's one chance at love.

Jake Shelling was sixteen and grew up quick when his parents died from influenza on the South Dakota prairie. Left with a half-cleared farm and two young sisters, he spent little time on his own needs . .till now. At thirty-five, he figured it was high time to have some sons and a mail order bride would suit him just fine. No expectations of love, just a helpmate from sturdy stock, ready for farm life.

Will fate and chance play a trick on Julia and Jake?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940149660131
Publisher:
Holly Bush
Publication date:
03/14/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
42,848
File size:
164 KB

Meet the Author

Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England and recently released her first Contemporary Romance. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.

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Train Station Bride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Charming ............................................................... This is the second Holly Bush story I've read this week and I've liked them both.  The other was Romancing Olive.  I liked this a smidge better.  The only fault was they needed an epilogue.    The story was only 154 pages so an extra chapter would have answered a lot of questions.  Still a nice easy read.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Let me begin this by saying this is the best historical romance I have read in ages! This is the second book I have read by Holly Bush, and she has not disappointed me. She writes in a readable style with well-developed characters, and a great sense of humor! This delightful story is full of strong characters and a few twists and turns. I love the fact that morality is stressed (even though it is not always practiced). I had been warned about the bedroom scenes, but they were absolutely exquisite. I say that for two reasons. One, the couple were married before they ever jumped into bed together. And two, the scenes were detailed without being crude. They were sweet, romantic, and passionate. The thought I had was that if I ever were to get married again, I would love to do it the way Julia did as long as it meant I would get a man like Jake! Let me say that I appreciate the fact that the heroine was not a super skinny "minnie" without a thought in her head. Julie was so strong, and everyone saw it but her. Everyone also saw her as attractive (except for herself). And the story demonstrated that words and actions are much more important than keeping up appearances. The only negative I can say about this book is that there is some mild profanity. I honestly have no other criticisms for the book, and the language, for me, was not even a real issue. I can whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone who loves a good, old-fashioned romance! Set aside every other book you are currently reading, and read this book! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Holly Bush writes a simply wonderful mail order bride story. In this romance, we have all the fun of a mail order bride plot--two people  getting to know each other-- with the complexity added of the bride who needs to learn to value herself.  Very real and human characters make a great love story. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read with a wonderful story line. There is humor, pain, suffering and a great ending! I recommend Some strong language
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would be suitable for a more mature reader. Not for teen readers. Such a good story. I did not want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, easy, fun light read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really the characters are great loved the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down recomnend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story of love
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kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
At twenty-seven Julia Crawford feels like it is long past time to make a life for herself. As the second born child in a wealthy Boston family, she often feels like her mother thinks of her as a failure, and often reminds Julia that she is nothing like her sisters, who are tall and thin whereas Julia is short and plump. Her family takes great stock in marrying someone within their station and have been trying to match Julia with an undesirable man. Unbeknownst to them though Julia has been corresponding with a man in Cedar Ridge, South Dakota, and has come up with a ruse so that she can travel there to marry him and take care of his elderly mother. Jake Shelling feels like its time to be married. His parents died when he was sixteen so he put his time and efforts into raising his sisters and making their farm profitable. Now though at the age of 35 he wants a wife, and not just any wife, he wants a strong capable woman, who can give him a son,and be a help. His solution is a mail order bride from Sweden, and he is expecting her on the next train. When a mix up at the train station has him marrying Julia instead of his mail order bride what will they do. "Train Station Bride" was a book I just couldn't put down. I actually read it in a few hours because I became smitten with the characters and had to know how things would play out. I really could understand why Julia wanted to break away from her family, her older sister and mother were awful. Their constant ridicule had given Julia such a distorted self image of herself. It was so nice to see her blossom and become the woman she was meant to be. The secret that she was carrying was an unexpected twist that I didn't see coming, and I felt like it added another layer to an already great plot. Jake was an honorable character, and he really got much more than he bargained for. The author did an excellent job of providing plenty of detail without bogging down the story. I really enjoyed reading this story, and while Ms. Bush provides a satisfying ending I hope that perhaps she may give us another story with the character of Jillian. Overall a fantastic historical romance, with wonderfully developed characters and a story that I hated to see end. Ms. Bush has certainly gained a new fan here! Highly recommended!
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Holly Bush brings you back in time with believable characters, love and romance within an interesting and well developed novel. Holly pens the settings in her novel that so real that you actually feel you have been transported back. Train Station Bride is a beautifully written historical romance. I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Holly Bush.
KJR1 More than 1 year ago
Train Station Bride is a very well-written novel. The reader is easily transported into the late nineteenth century with all it's relevant sights and sounds. The novel's main character, Julia is likable and vulnerable, just as a woman in her situation would be. Romance lovers will not be disappointed with this purchase.
loudilascio More than 1 year ago
This story is so enchanting. It is uplifting and delightful. You can't help yourself cheering on Julia.
ethel96 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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