Train Station Bride [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Train Station Bride

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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 North 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?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620955277
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Publication date: 3/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 47,738
  • File size: 251 KB

Meet the Author

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800's. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer's group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    Let me begin this by saying this is the best historical romance

    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.

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

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    Holly Bush writes a simply wonderful mail order bride story. In

    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!

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    At twenty-seven Julia Crawford feels like it is long past time t

    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!

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

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    Holly Bush brings you back in time with believable characters, l

    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.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    Train Station Bride is a very well-written novel. The reader is

    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.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    A must read.

    This story is so enchanting. It is uplifting and delightful. You can't help yourself cheering on Julia.

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