A Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride Collection

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride Collection by Stacy Henrie, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Kristin Holt

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride Collection. Six historical romance novellas set in the Old West.

WRITTEN IN HER HEART, a charming novella by Stacy Henrie, Georgeanna is getting desperate. She can't fund her favorite orphanage unless she marries and secures the rest of her inheritance left by her father. But her father's financial planner, Clay, can't understand why she's not content with her current situation. Georgie determines to send out a notice as a mail order bride to attract suitors who won't know her financial situation. Little does she know, Clay takes up the pen and sends her letters of his own under an assumed name. After years of working for Georgie's father, Clay realizes he isn't ready to watch her marry another, not when his heart is already claimed by her.

In Kristin Holt's delightful novella WANTED: MIDWIFE BRIDE Dr. Naomi Thornton thinks she has it all: a beautiful house, a loving husband, and a fulfilling career. But when everything she holds dear is ripped away, Naomi has no choice but to start over. What will she find in the wild and untamed Wyoming Territory? Dr. Joe Chandler has waited years for a wife with the knowledge, skills, and tender heart he yearns for in a medical colleague and lifetime companion. When a midwife arrives with more expertise and secrets than he counted on, Joe quickly discovers there's more to love and marriage than a simple mail order contract.

In THE SOUND OF HOME, a captivating novella by Annette Lyon, Marilyn is given the choice of either marrying the despicable Victor or being charged with a murder she didn't commit. Refusing to believe that either is her fate, she finds a third option: she answers a mail order bride advertisement and boards a train to Wyoming to wed a man named Harry. Moments after her arrival, she learns that Harry isn't who he seemed to be, and the advertisement turns out to be a giant mistake. Harry's brother Thomas agrees to let her stay until she can figure out what to do next--after all, she simply cannot return to New York--but Marilyn quickly finds herself developing feelings for Thomas.

In Sarah M. Eden's endearing novella FOR BETTER OR WORSE Gerald Smith, on the advice of his well-meaning neighbors, has decided it's time to change his lonely existence. Mary Hill, on the advice of her empty pocketbook and non-existent roof over her head, has decided it's time to secure herself a future. A mail-order marriage, they both realize, is no guarantee of happiness, but it is a risk they are willing to take. However, coming face to face on the train platform, the hapless couple discovers an unexpected truth: marriage to a perfect stranger is sometimes far preferable to the prospect of a lifetime with someone you used to know.

Heather B. Moore's sweet novella AN INCONVENIENT BRIDE sees Carmela traveling from Boston to Colorado, eager to meet the man she's been corresponding with and will soon marry. Her brother's new marriage leaves little room for Carmela in her old life. Upon arrival in Leadville, she faces a rude awakening, and the only one who can understand her predicament is her fiance's brother, Samuel. But Samuel can't possibly help her out of an awkward situation, can he? It would be better for all if she returns immediately to Boston and pretends she never traveled to Colorado in the first place.

THE PRICE OF SILVER, an engaging novella by Siân Ann Bessey, Katie leaves New York for Idaho to marry Jake, a man she's written to a couple of times. But when she steps off the train, his brother Caleb is there to greet her. Jake has gone to take a mining job he couldn't pass up. Caleb takes Katie back to the family ranch to wait for Jake's return. The more Caleb gets to know Katie, the more he envies his brother, but he can't let his heart overrule his head unless Jake changes his mind about his intended bride.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157769635
Publisher: Mirror Press, LLC
Publication date: 02/08/2016
Series: A Timeless Romance Anthology , #16
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 133,547
File size: 1 MB

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Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride Collection. Six historical romance novellas set in the Old West.

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride Collection 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this anthology to read Kristin Holt's Wanted Midwife, as I'd just read the sequel, and surprisingly, that was probably my least favorite story in the collection. Overall, a good, chaste, non-religious collection. It was nice to experience the variety of Western American settings too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, sweet stories
Anonymous 28 days ago
I rarely enjoy short stories but these are truly a joy.
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joyfull88 More than 1 year ago
Good stories a couple were predictable and made me pause before continuing to read but all were well worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved all these novellas! This was definitely one of my favorite anthologies that these authors have put out.
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This book is a delightful, easy, sweet series of short stories to read on a rainy day or to wind down at the end of a long day. Written in Her Heart Georgeanna Fitzgerald places an ad for a husband in order to inherit her father's fortune so she can build a new orphanage. She employs her secretary's help, but unknown to her, he answers the advertisement hoping to win her favor. This story was very sweet and had a very fun plot, though slightly predictable and contrived. I enjoyed the fact that it was not the stereotypical mail order bride story, with the woman placing the advertisement and it not being set in the West. WANTED: Midwife Bride Fleeing from a disastrous marriage, Dr. Naomi Thornton answers a mail order bride advertisement that asks for a midwife. She quickly comes to love the man behind the advertisement, but is unsure whether their marriage will function as she hides secrets from her past. This story was probably my favorite, with deep themes and a beautiful romance. The main character, Naomi was by no means the typical flat character of a romance short-story but had character and struggles. The Sound of Home Thomas's mentally handicapped younger brother places an advertisement for a mail order bride. Unknown to Thomas, a young lady answers it. Thomas has full intentions to send her back or help her find work at another place, but he might just change his mind once he gets to know her. I didn’t much care for the plot of this story, but Harry, the mentally handicapped brother added a valuable and deeper dimension to the story. For Better or Worse Gerald Smith places an advertisement for a bride, but even though he had apprehensions, he never suspected the lady who answered would be a childhood friend he'd always hated. I did really enjoy the plot of this book. Gerald thinks he hates Mary, ( the woman who answers his advertisement) but doesn’t know the reasons she bothered him when he was younger, and soon grows to appreciate all her attributes he overlooked simply because he thought she was a pest. An Inconvenient Bride After Samuel’s good-for-nothing brother dies, he discoveries his brother, Gideon placed an order for a bride after meeting the bride in person. Not knowing Gideon’s true reputation, the young lady must go back to her former life-but Samuel has something to say about that. I did not like the characters in this story. Carmela was supposed to be an outspoken bold woman, but I see no evidence of that in this story, especially since one of the main scenes in the story revolves around her terror of storms. I think she was poorly portrayed. I didn’t enjoy this story so much, especially with the hints at other people’s wantonness. The Price of Silver Adventurous Jacob Walker places an advertisement for a bride but immediately jumps at the word of a silver strike and leaves his ranch before his bride arrives. Jacob’s brother Caleb is tasked with taking care of the girl until a solution can be figured out-a task which will grow into a blessing. This was one of the the only stories, along with An Inconvenient Bride, I actually disliked. The plot is nearly identical to that of The Sound of Home and An Inconvenient Bride. The romance between the two main characters is both predictable and artificial.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars MAIL ORDER BRIDE was another enjoyably sweet, heartfelt, and quick read. With six novellas that were easily read over a day or two, great characters, swoon-worthy moments, emotional and romantic tension, and happily-ever-after endings, this was another fabulous addition to this line of books! Definitely recommend for those who have enjoyed the other titles in this series or read sweet historical romance. WRITTEN IN HER HEART by Stacy Henrie: This was a fun story! I liked both characters and how the plot was a little like a historical remake of the 1998 movie, You've Got Mail. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about Clay deceiving Georgie and both of their internal dialogues could have been shortened, but otherwise an endearing story. WANTED: MIDWIFE BRIDE by Kristin Holt. The beginning of this story had me riled right up. Thank goodness things worked themselves out! I loved the first time Doc Joe meets his mail-order bride and the way that so much emotion was conveyed over a few pages. Some of the endearments and inner thoughts were a little long, but still a very sweet and lovely story. THE SOUND OF HOME by Annette Lyon: This was such a heartwarming story! I loved how Harry plays his role in both getting Marilyn there and in keeping her there. Their interactions were sweet. Add to that a man who falls in love not because of Marilyn's looks, but because he feels a little bit responsible and then loves who she shows herself to be, and you have one very sweet story. Enjoyable from beginning to end. FOR BETTER OR WORSE by Sarah M. Eden: This story was so fun! I loved the dialogue, the nice twist that really livened things up, the characters, and the heartfelt story that practically had me in tears at the end. Sarah is a master at pulling emotions from a reader. A favorite from this set. THE INCONVENIENT BRIDE by Heather B. Moore: This was another enjoyable story with a little passion and a few swoon-worthy moments. I really liked both of the main characters and how they were both strong and different, but fit together so well. There was some nice tension and it was an overall sweet story. THE PRICE OF SILVER by Siân Ann Bessey: Loved, loved, loved this story! Definitely my favorite of the set. It was full of a hard-working, caring, and charming cowboy, his dear and kind mother, and a sweet and endearing lady. Katie came with nothing in answer to a mail-order bride advertisement and finds that the brother who sent for her isn't the one she ends up caring about. I loved the dialogue, the plot, and the romance. So much told in so few pages and it was perfect! It left me with a content sigh and smile on my lips. I enjoyed all the stories from this collection, although it was worth reading for The Price of Silver and For Better or Worse alone. Those stories made this series for me. I'm looking forward to the next collection and more sweet stories. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host for the purposes of the book's tour, which did not affect my review in any way.
momisreading More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Timeless Romance Anthology Collections! Each contains six novellas, each by a different author. I love finding new authors this way. In this collection, all three guest authors were new to me. And I really liked each of their novellas! I would love to read more by each of them. Time to add more books to my to-read list! This collection is made up of novellas about mail order brides. They were all excellent! Yes, all six! Usually in a novella collection there’s at least one story that doesn’t quite measure up to the others. That wasn’t true in this case. I loved them all! Even with the common theme, each story was unique and different. The collection was filled with great characters. I loved reading their journeys to love and the twists and turns along the way. This is one of my favorite collections in this series! I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
mara1108 More than 1 year ago
I love these collections because they're quick stories (about 7 chapters or so each) and you get to read from 6 different authors. I received this as an Advanced Reader copy for an honest review, but it was on my wish list before I received it. The stories are sweet and you can read each one in less than a couple of hours. The descriptions of the places make it easy to imagine and I get sucked into the stories of each of the women. They're clean romances so no sex or language issues, which makes them good for teens also. I have books by 3 of the authors already and enjoyed the writing of the other authors, which were new to me. I always look forward to the next collection.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
A delightful collection of six historical Mail Order Bride novellas’, they are quick reads and each can be read in a single sitting. All of the brides have fallen on unfortunate circumstances, and for some they have been accused of terrible crimes, and others arrive to find things are not what they expected to find. I can’t imagine traveling a long way from where I live to a very unknown place, knowing no one, and end up marrying someone I have never met. Although, at least one of the stories end up with people who have met before, and another that yes they have met, but don’t see what is right under the noses. In other stories when the bride arrives, the groom is nowhere to be seen, will they wait for him to return? These are quick and interesting stories that will keep you page turning, and moving right on to the next. Enjoy! I received this book through I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and was not required to give a positive review.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I always love these anthologies because I get a similar theme with a taste of six different authors, which makes for a lot of enjoyable reading sessions. Each story can be read in a sitting, allowing for a snippet here and there, or all together. Sometimes when I read similar types of stories, I get tired of them, but these are just the right length and the right amount of stories in each collection. There is NO way I would ever be a mail order bride. Okay, so I'd have to be very desperate to do it. There are too many risks involved, as some of these women found themselves sent for by men who weren't competent, left town before she arrives, died, or other various things. These men left to pick up the pieces are all great men and true gentlemen, if a little rough around the edges, but there are men out there, as seen in some of the stories, who are downright scary! That said, I do love the idea of being "forced" into a relationship and finding the adding bonus of falling in love, which makes me think of the quote, "Choose your love; love your choice." It's so hard to choose a favorite story! I love how each story plays out, leaving me to swoon at the romance, cheer for the couples, and enjoy the descriptive settings, as they all take place in the wild west. This collection is on my favorites list! Content: some have a few non-graphic moments of peril and/or violence; mild romance (kissing). Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
L_Lindsey More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all six novella’s in The Mail Order Bride Collection, but most particularly the reasons concocted to drive these six women to such desperate measures of being a mail order bride. My favorite creation was the first of the six, who used the concept to shake the man she loves into action. From avoiding abuse or simply wanting a better life, all six women were delightfully charming and they easily won me over. Their husbands’s to be, whether intentionally or out of the result of well-meaning brothers, were equally charming. Each novella was sweet and short, but it was Sian’s novel that beat out the rest. Its development of their budding relationship was perfect—realist and at a proper pace. Overall, another great hit for these ladies.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
For a collection of stories with such a specific theme, I was amazed by how individual and unique each plot is! What they had in common is well-developed characters, a vibrant setting, an unexpected twist on the theme, sweet romance, and a satisfying conclusion. In a novella collection usually just two or three stories stand out as my favorites, but I can honestly say that I absolutely enjoyed each of these stories equally. I loved reading about the uncertainty and anxiety of each situation that leads at least one member of the couple to take desperate measures to hopefully improve their circumstances. The blind faith it would take to be willing to make a life with someone you barely know astounds me, but loneliness, the desire for love, protection or just companionship compels the characters to move forward and trust that there is the potential for a better life waiting as long as they can work for it. The romantic moments were built up to which made me want to savor them. This is one of my favorite Timeless Romance collections and I highly recommend it! (Thank you to Heather B. Moore for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mail Order Bride is the newest release in A Timeless Romance Anthology. Authors Stacy Henrie, Kristin Holt, Annette Lyon, Sarah M. Eden, Heather B. Moore, and Sian Ann Bessey have created a captivating and eclectic collection of six historical romance novellas to entertain us. Focusing on the plight and often flight of mail order brides, these award-winning authors have written stories that both delight and bring to life a historical period where love sometimes comes second to finding a wife. Using creative plots and strong, authentic characters the authors show us a variety of compelling motives behind placing an advertisement for a mail order bride for the men, and for answering a mail order bride advertisement for the women. While reading these genuine stories, I enjoyed learning about the mail order bride period in US history, and how people found happiness amid unknown outcomes and less than ideal circumstances. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Mail Order Bride for my candid review.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
All 6 novellas are well-written and lots of fun. I highly recommend this book for those who like historical romances. Written in Her Heart--Stacy Henrie Georgeanna has loved Clay for years. However, he never returned her interest, so Georgie decides to place an ad for a husband. Clay agrees to read the responses and choose the most suitable men. However, Clay realizes he has feelings for Georgie and writes to her using a false name, hoping to show her his heart. This was such a fun twist on the mail-order-bride theme ,since technically, it's a mail order husband. I also liked how it brought two friends together. Wanted: Midwife Bride--Kristin Holt Dr. Naomi Thornton is falsely accused by husband, a fellow doctor, and his associates of murdering a patient due to her incompetence. Knowing her word won't hold up against a bunch of men, newly divorced Naomi responds to a mail order bride request for a midwife bride. In Dr. Joe Chandler, she finds someone who delights in her medical skill and her femininity. I loved how realistically Naomi's struggle to succeed in a "male" profession was portrayed, and Joe was a great contrast to Naomi's slimy ex-husband. The Sound of Home--Annette Lyon Victor Hallows wants to marry Marilyn--or at least bed her--and he'll frame her for murder if she doesn't agree. Marilyn knows it's risky to become a mail order bride, but she decides it unlikely that her new husband will be worse than Victor, and heads off to Wyoming to marry Harry Yardley. When she arrives, Harry's brother Thomas explains that Harry can't take a bride; a head injury has left him the mental equivalent of a child. Unwilling to return to New York, Marilyn stays with the brothers, taking care of Harry and working alongside Thomas--and capturing his heart. Again, I liked having a little twist, with Marilyn not marrying the man whose mail order bride she thought she was going to be. For Better or Worse--Sarah Eden Gerald Smith sends for a mail order bride--but when he sees that his new bride is Mary Hill, who used to follow him around and irritate him when they were neighbors in Ohio, he tries to figure out how to get out of marrying her. Gerald and Mary do wed--and Gerald comes to find that being married to her is much better than anticipated. Sarah Eden is one of my favorite authors, but I liked this one least. I wasn't sold on Gerald as a romantic hero; in the past, he called Mary a pest, the plague, etc. and yet she says he wasn't really cruel to her. He wasn't physically abuse, but I don't agree that he wasn't cruel. I did like the ending, and there was funny dialogue and good descriptions. An Inconvenient Bride--Heather B. Moore Carmela arrives in Colorado to marry Gideon, only to find that Gideon has died. Carmela plans to Colorado, but as she gets to know Samuel, Gideon's brother, and their budding attraction might change her mind. Outspoken Italian Carmela and slightly grumpy Samuel were a really fun couple, and I liked seeing Samuel try to figure out how to convince her to stay. The Price of Silver--Sian Ann Bessey When Katie arrives in Idaho to marry Jake, he's 100s of miles away. His brother Caleb welcomes Katie to Idaho. At first Caleb is annoyed with Jake, but as they wait for word from Jake on what to do, Caleb finds he's falling for his brother's future wife. This one was just delightful. Caleb and Katie were so cute. I liked the different characters and the different twists in each story. Really fun collection.
CamiChecketts More than 1 year ago
I really liked this collection. My favorite story was The Inconvenient Bride by Heather Moore. Samuel was a solid but swoon-worthy hero and Carmela was someone I could relate too. All the novellas were interesting and well-written. Fun collection and another great addition to the Timeless Romance Anthologies.