Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional Series #1)

Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional Series #1)

by Verna Clay

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BN ID: 2940045549073
Publisher: Verna Clay
Publication date: 12/28/2013
Series: Unconventional , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 5,058
File size: 245 KB

About the Author

My perfect day: laptop; WiFi availability; java mocha; characters demanding their stories be told; a plot that comes together; and hours to live in an alternate reality. Seriously, I have always loved reading, and now I love writing. As a preteen, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries. When I reached my teen years, the romance genre became my favorite and that has never changed. After years of procrastinating, I tried my hand at writing and I've been doing so with a passion ever since. I have written over thirty romance novels and novellas in the genres of contemporary, contemporary western, historical western, fantasy, and paranormal. Because I hate saying goodbye to characters who have lived with me for months, I usually create a series so they can be revisited from book to book. I have also written a Young Adult novella titled "Fragile Hearts" using the pen name of Colleen Clay.

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Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, Emotional, Powerful, Simply Beautiful WOW. This is the first book I've ready by Verna Clay...and I enjoyed it. It's a bit of an emotional roller coaster from tears to compassion to hope, though (IMHO) not every gloriously happy. The ending does leave us with a sense of completion, hope for a brighter future, a happiness during a time where life was so fragile and times were much simpler. ABBY: A MAIL ORDER BRIDE runs about 100 pages (minus front- and end-matter). It's set in the latter half of the 1880s (my FAVE time period), a fun contrast of City Girl and Country Boy. The story is rich in themes of loss and new love, family and hope, grieving and compassion. I enjoyed the true-to-life characterizations of a woman who simply needed to be truly part of a family, and a man whose family needs her care. The children's personalities were particularly spot-on. Our hero, Brant Samson is a man I could fall in love with-- gentle, kind, firm (with his naughty son), never hesitated to tell his children he loved them, determined to support his family. He loved his first wife so deeply, I just *knew* he'd come to love his mail order bride Abby just as much and as her own, unique person. He did not disappoint. While not error-free, the editing is crisp and mostly free of misspellings. Sensuality level: moderately spicy Language: PG Recommended to fans of more serious-minded historical romances, particularly those in the mail order bride category. ~Kristin
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERT--SPOILER ALERT...................................................... I love mail order bride stories. Sometime even the badly written ones.  Guilty pleasure. But I would have skipped this one if I had known that a young child dies in the book.  It is a short story only about 100 pages  Abby's grief take s up about 1/3 of the book .  Downer for me.  Not that the last part of the book didn't fall apart anyway.  When strangers you meet while traveling say --stop and see me sometime- they  don't mean come stay with me for weeks on end and bring your problems with you.  Also the  turn around feelings of the older son didn't make sense.  Or the fact that the children didn't feel deserted because Abby needed time away to deal with her grief.  They had  grief also and now they had to take on her responsibilities. Plus the party when she comes back to town.  Oh please.   But in all honesty. I may be picking it apart more then usual because of the dead child thing.  For obvious reasons it is not a subject I would ever want to read about if forewarned. .  
SLD53 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't go to sleep last night until I finished this book. Abby was someone that surprised easy the story grew. She was strong, loving, and had a good senseof humor. Brant and his kids, especially Luke, we're still struggling to overcome the tragedy of losing a good wife and mother. The story deals well with all the feelings and struggles of all the family including Abby. I laughed and I wept. Just ordered the other two books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a story about hope, grief, and finding love again. It is written well and is part of a series. 114 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really loved this story. Very sweet and very sad. Too bad they did not look to God for help in trying times. Absolutely loved all the characters and a very enjoyable story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read so many mail order bride stories and this one tops the list! I hated to see yhe story end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
114 pages. Good read.easy to follow. Good characters and story line. Everything about it was great. Looking forward to more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was new to this author. I absolutely loved it!! Great book. I had not read the reviews as this was a free book. I thought it would be a short ok read. It was not. I was terrific. Can't say enough.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Brant Samson lost his wife and needed a mom for his three children, and there certainly wasn’t anyone in the small town of Two Rivers, Texas, that he was willing to marry, much less take care of his children, so he desperately decides to place an ad for a mail order bride. Abigail Vaughn is alone now since her parents both passed away, having only the students she teaches. But being no longer tied to Philadelphia, she decides to answer an add in the paper for a mail order bride. She makes sure she is straightforward though, not wanting any secrets about what and why she is coming. And to make sure she knows what she is getting into, Brant is straightforward himself, and I love it where he tells her why the marriage and just what to expect. Which woman would come to him after what he said? I guess Abigail didn't mind. Author Verna Clay has written an interesting and intriguing story about Brant and Abby. With unique, believable characters who develop so well, I couldn’t put this book down until the last word. I loved everything about them including the meeting of Brant and Abby, the family and Abby getting to know each other, and both the happy and difficult times. If you enjoy a good historical romance, this story of true unconditional love is the one for you. With the twists and turns in the story to keep your interest, you will not be disappointed. Just have a tissue ready because you will definitely need it as you go forward!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story. It was sad, funny, and full of love. Please read and enjoy. Kathy Weekly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just loved it
Bigedsgirl1 More than 1 year ago
Captures your emotions from beginning to end! I'm an avid reader of historical western romance novels, and I have become a huge fan of those about mail order brides. I must say that this is one of the most well written and emotion packed novels of that type I have had the good fortune to read. I had not read anything by Ms. Clay before, so I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of her characters, and the richness of her storytelling. Abby and Brant, along with the children Luke, Jenny, and Ty, all strive to overcome obstacles of past losses to have a happier future together as a family. You will root for them and you will literally cry for them, so keep the kleenex handy!
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Loved the story, hated crying
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet story on all levels. I enjoyed the characters, but I would have liked more depth though. The story was nice but glanced over in a few areas. Overall, a worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If a book makes me laugh and cry, I am pleased. When a book keeps me awake because I have come to love the characters and must know what happens to my new "friends", I am overjoyed. I wish to thank the author for this book. The characters are so well-developed that I could easily picture their appearances and mannerisms in my mind. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends.
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was a good book to read. thank you
cheryllee More than 1 year ago
This book was ok, I ordered it as my first Nook book, just to see if I would like using a Nook. Love using the Nook by the way. Anyway, the writing was sub-par and the story trite.
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Tended to drag a little bit but glad i read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story