The Advent Bride

The Advent Bride

by Mary Connealy

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New--The 12 Brides of Christmas! You're invited to a Christmas wedding...that is twelve of them!  Discover the joy of an old-fashioned Christmas romance with these twelve heart-warming stories. Brand-new stories from renowned inspirational fiction authors will take you into the heartland of historical America. Releasing each week starting October 6, you'll want to read all of them. 
#1: The Advent Bride
Melanie Douglas is alone on the Nebraska plains, teaching school to get by. She finds a unique box with hidden drawers to use over the advent season to engage a young boy in his schooling. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a positive change in his son, he has to see for himself what this new teacher is doing.

Don't be late!  Watch for all 12 stories:
Available Now - #1: The Advent Bride
Available Now - #2: The Nutcraker Bride
Available Now - #3: The Evergreen Bride
Available Now - #4: The Gift-Wrapped Bride
Available Now - #5: The Yuletide Bride
Available Now - #6: The Gingerbread Bride
Available Now - #7: The Nativity Bride
Available Now - #8: The Christmas Tree Bride
Available Now - #9: The Festive Bride
Available Now - #10: The Christmas Star Bride
Available Now - #11: The Snowbound Bride
Available Now - #12: The Fruitcake Bride

...have yourself a Cozy Little Christmas!


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630584740
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/06/2014
Series: 12 Brides of Christmas , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 98,419
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of the Wild at Heart series, which recently began with book 1, Tried & True. She is also the author of the Trouble in Texas series, Kincaid Bride series, Lassoed in Texas trilogy, Montana Marriages trilogy, Sophie’s Daughters trilogy, and many other books. Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and a little bevy of spectacular grandchildren. Find Mary online at

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The Advent Bride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can’t go wrong with a Mary Connealy story! She once again weaves a beautiful romance dotted with humor and heart touching moments. The author makes you feel for the school marm Melanie who has to deal with a too-smart student Simon.  It doesn’t help that his dad is the new town sheriff and doesn’t have extra time to spend with him.  Add in the nasty old crone who owns the house Melanie is forced to stay in and you have a very engaging story! I loved how all the characters had to overcome their own struggles and issues before accepting the love that was right in front of them. The story is definitely a page-turner and worth the time to sink into a comfy chair and immerse yourself into it! Received the book for an honest review.  
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a great way to start a book.  This novella was  a great Christmas story.  It had the sad little boy, the widowed father, and the school teacher.  The teacher does well by finding an item to keep the young boy occupied so he causes less problems.. I loved the story and hope the rest of the novellas are as good.  I received this ebook from Barbour publishing for a fair and honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good and touching story I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick novella for enjoyable reading...grear author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't be beat. She is a fantastic story teller. Extremely short.
Melissa0003 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful Christmas novella. This is the first book in a twelve book series; it does stand alone as a separate story. This is my favorite so far of the three I’ve read. This book was humorous, sad and sweet all at the same time. This is a heartwarming story about three people that are dealing with hurt in their lives. Henry, works so much to avoid dealing with the death of his wife, he leaves his son Simon alone. Simon misses his Mom and continually acts up during class time. Melanie is tasked with finding some way to reach him. She finds a way through an Advent box.  The story of Melanie, Simon, and Henry goes to show you that love can be found whether you are looking for it or not. Nicely done Ms. Connealy.  I will definitely be picking another book by this author.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
What a sweet story! Melanie certainly has a difficult life (with a dreadful landlord!), but I enjoyed seeing how she worked to help one challenging student live up to his potential. The idea of using the box was brilliant, and I enjoyed how she incorporated advent into their time together. It kind of made me want a box like the one she found in the attic! I've read one or two other books by Mary Connealy and have always enjoyed them. The Advent Bride has sold me on her, so I'll be searching out some of her back list in the future. [4 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Imagine teaching in 1875 in a one-room school house in Nebraska in the miserably cold winter and having one very unruly student who attempts to keep everyone in the school from learning.   Teaching is hard enough under the best of circumstances.  I speak from experience, having taught for fourteen years in public school.   Melanie Douglas has a tough living situation in the home of a cranky, rude elderly wealthy lady and then comes to the school to deal with a student who is more than cranky.  Add to that a father who leaves him at the school late in the afternoons and Melanie has a real dilemma.   She finds a box with secrets of its own and it may just be the key to solving both problem of father and son.   Will Melanie and Simon's father work together to correct Simon's behavior?   Will both father and son learn new life lessons from the new school teacher?    I know that as a modern-day teacher, I did not have to arrive early to heat up the school.  I did not have to rely on a cranky woman to allow me to take small bits of food for my lunch.   I did not have an unpleasant living situation to go home to each night after a day of struggling to manage a serious behavior problem in the classroom.   I felt that Melanie handled the situation admirably.  I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.    I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book!
GHott More than 1 year ago
Most people don’t have real homes in this small Nebraska town where Melanie Douglas is teaching. Yet, Melanie is thankful that one of the few homes there are has offered her a room – even if it’s freezing, in the attic, and comes with a less than gracious homeowner. When Melanie uncovers a small box with hidden drawers if appears the answer to her prayer to keep a young mischievous student occupied while his father works long hours is answered. But will this be the change everyone needs this Christmas? Hott Review: What I liked: The Advent Bride was really sweet. It’s a really cute book that is so peaceful and loving that you wish you were there. I’m definitely glad I purchased this & will read it again in the future. What I didn’t like: Parts of the story reminded me of another I’d read but overall The Advent Bride was new and different. At times I felt like this novella wasn’t short at all, but at others I felt like it was underdeveloped. The time I felt this the most was when Henry explained the story of Jesus to his son. I longed to hear that, as well. More… Author: Mary Connealy Source: Purchased from Amazon on 10/7/2014. Grade: A Ages: 15+ Steam: Nada Setting: Nebraska Series: 12 Brides of Christmas #1
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Advent Bride is a quick special little Christmas story by Mary Connealy. I really liked it and look forward to the other stories from the other authors of The Christmas Brides series. Five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this book but took a chance on it anyway. To my amazement I enjoyes it. So much so that I am now going to read The Nutcracker Bride. Which is the 2nd book in the series "12 Brides of Christmas."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come on 56 pages!
Joyous-Reader More than 1 year ago
I think this book is geared to readers who find joy in knowing that Christ's salvation is for them. It was quite clever how the excitement behind finding the hidden treasures parallels the excitement in waiting for the coming Messiah. I would read other books by this author and I would recommend this book and the other books from this series for book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
The Advent Bride is part 1 of a 12 part series of 12 Brides of Christmas. Here is a little about the series itself: Christmas is the time for love. Each week leading up to Christmas, readers will be introduced to a new bride who is on her way to the altar, whether she knows it or not. Across the heartland of America, readers will experience old-fashioned Christmas traditions, sweet romance, and inspiring faith from 12 acclaimed Christian authors, including Mary Connealy, Margaret Brownley, Pam Hillman, Maureen Lang, Michele Ule, Amy Lillard, Miralee Ferrell, Susan Page Davis, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Davalynn Spencer, and Vickie McDonough. My review: I received this sweet novella and enjoyed the simplicity and happy feelings that it brought to me. This book takes us back in time to November of 1875. Melanie is a school “marm” in Nebraska and finds her little cantankerous student huddled outside against the cold. This student has been a hard one for Melanie but still seeing him outside in the cold waiting for his father who hadn’t come, made her feel concern despite the fact that this was definitely not her favorite student. Simon, whose father was a widower, was a real challenge in her life, almost as much as Mrs. Rathbone, in whose home she was staying. Her room was an unheated attic and Mrs. Rathbone expected her on time for dinner and gave her absolute grief if all her rules were not abided by exactly as she wanted. She finds out that Simon’s father has a new job as the sheriff and without a wife has no one to care for him after school. As much as she dreads the thought, she stays with Simon daily until his father arrives to take him home. And to make matters worse, Simon’s father seems to blame Melanie for his son’s behavior in class. In her attic room, Melanie discovers a box. This small box gives Melanie ideas for a plan and she asks Mrs. Rathbone if she might have the box. This is a sweet book with a very happy Christmas Advent tradition wrapped into Melanie’s plan. I enjoyed how the box helped to develop the Christmas theme and how it helped to bring about answers to Melanie’s prayers. I think it will brighten anyone’s holiday season with its peacefulness and simplicity. I received this ebook from the publisher for my honest review which I have given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first sample of Mary Connealy. I enjoyed her writing style so much that I will quite likely read more of her books in the future. I have a weakness for Christmas stories and always love this time of year. It is shirt, but I recommend it anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. Two adults and one child hurting, but through searching a puzzle box, hurts are healed, a relationship between father and son in mended, and true love is discovered-- Not to mention the true reason for Christmas is proudly proclaimed. Great little story!