by Cynthia Woolf

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Amelia James grew up performing on the stage. Her stunning voice made her the darling of New York's theater district since she was fifteen. She's never been more than an asset to her mother, never been just a woman to the young up-and-coming men who want to use her to advance their own careers. Amelia loves to sing, but is willing to give up fame, fortune and her future on the stage for just one Convinced she'll never find what she needs in New York, she makes the daring decision to leave her life behind and travel to the other side of the country as a mail order bride in San Francisco where she won't be anything more than a wife, where her future husband will look into her eyes and see her heart.

Wealthy prospector Phillip Dumont learned how to take care of himself from a very young age. With his father's death, his mother decided to follow her dream and she abandoned her family when he was eighteen years old. Phillip raised a house full of younger siblings on his own. Now, his youngest sibling, his sister, is in need of a woman's touch. Phillip knows he'll never trust a woman enough to give her his heart, and decides a mail order bride will provide a soft touch for his sister and keep the gold-digging women at bay.

But Phillip is in for a shock. He is instantly attracted to his new wife and tempted to trust her with more than his name. No matter how vehemently Phillip demands obedience from his wife, his sister and his heart, not one will listen. When an old partner seeking revenge comes for his bride, will Phillip be able to see beyond the secrets of her past to save his family?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156863204
Publisher: Firehouse Publishing
Publication date: 08/19/2016
Series: Brides of San Francisco Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 11,491
File size: 707 KB

About the Author

Cynthia Woolf is the award winning and best-selling author of twenty-two historical western romance books and two short stories with more books on the way.

Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner. The ranch they met on is still there as part of the open space in Mineral County in southwestern Colorado.

Writing as CA Woolf she has six scifi, space opera romance titles. She calls them westerns in space.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her great critique partners for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.



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Amelia 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved following all the brides.
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Bigedsgirl1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I'm a fan of Ms. Woolf's historical western romances, especially The Brides of San Francisco series. This was the 5th and latest addition to that series, and the heroine Amelia was leaving a rewarding career as a famous singer and leaving New York city to travel to San Francisco as a mail order bride to a rich miner, Phillip Dumont. Too many men in New York wanted to marry her for her fortune, or make her their mistress due to her career on stage. I found this storyline intriguing and refreshing, but I did not feel as emotionally invested in Amelia's and Phillip's romance as I have with the main characters in the previous books of this series. Also I was disappointed in the lack of development of the secondary character James Deaver, the love interest of Phillip's younger and only sister Toni. I did not find the story hard to finish and it was well worth the read, but when compared with the rest of the series, it falls a little short.
Dawncatlady More than 1 year ago
Amelia is ready to start life anew and becomes a mail order bride with secrets for her new husband. Love blossoms but the secrets and past come out. Enjoyed this next offering of the mail order bride series with the interaction of family and journey to love. Received authors copy
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
There is nothing worse than wanting something so bad that you have to lie or tell half truths to get it. Amelia wants a family someone to love and take care of. She is willing to do just about anything to have it. Ms. Woolf brings you a wonderful plot of an entertainer who is willing to give it all up just to have her one dream come true. This has a wonderful plot with great characters you get lost in. There are a few twists and turns that keep you guessing as well as holding your breath for the outcome. Amelia decides there is no one in NY she wants to marry, there is nothing worse than marrying another entertainer and have you both fight over the shinning lights. She has money of her own and wants a man who doesn’t need her money but wants her for herself. She decides to start over giving her mother the space she needs to grow and start another new marriage of her own. She has been a wonderful child taking care of her mother but now it is her time. Off she goes to a little town where a friend of her went as a mail order bride to meet the man she has agreed to marry. Things start off wonderful until she finds out about his mother. Knowing she cannot tell him she keeps her past a secrete knowing it will not go over well when and if he finds out. Phillip has had a very hard life when his mother left them leaving him to raise all his brothers and sisters. Once the farm wasn’t doing so well they decided to move out west to try a new life. Buying part of a mine was his last chance to have the money he needed to give his family what they needed. With his sister needing a female to teach her all the things he cannot he decides a mail order bride is best for him. No heart strings, have a wife, his own children and someone to help his sister life is good until her past come out and he can’t forgive the one thing she held back. As is the norm things do not go as planned right from the start there are misunderstandings they are easy to overcome. The attraction is very strong they get married almost right away when she finds out what his mother did she knows if she wants a happy marriage she cannot tell him about her singing or there will be no marriage. As you know things have a way of coming out at the worse times whic causes a big up roar between the two. Amelia has fallen in love with her husband but he hasn’t with her. She feels lost, alone and about to hit rock bottom. His old partner isn’t helping things with his demands and his plans. Will these two work out their differences or will the old partner break them up. It could be a fight to the death leaving one or both of them lost and alone. This was really a heartbreaking story with Amelia wanting to be loved, wanting to be believed. What she gets is one demanding husband who is very angry that she has not only made a fool of him but lied to him. She said she didn’t lie and she isn’t going to say I am sorry. WOW these two are very bullheaded and neither will giving an inch. Heads butt over and over again leaving behind some very hurt feelings and so much loneliness. I really enjoyed the plot it hooks you from the start and you get caught up in the twists and turns. There are a few times you hold your breath, along with a few times you want to tell Amelia to get over it but at the same time I have to admit I most likely would have been like she was. It has a wonderful ending and some truly outstanding scenes. There is a little humor, as well as a growing love with Amelia and her
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Amelia sings like an angel and has been singing since she was 15. Now it is time to give up performing so she can be a wife and mother. She can't find someone in New York to marry, so she decides to be a mail order bride and go to San Francisco. There, hopefully, no one will know her and she can live a peaceful life. Phillip raised his brothers and sister. He wants to marry and have children but can't find someone that isn't after his money. When Amelia agrees to marry him, he makes it clear that he will never love her. He doesn't believe he can love anyone. Amelia feels the same. But, will they both change their minds when they get to know each other?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story...4 stars even tho i think that hero of story seems so formal with heroine outside the bedroom; so stuffy.