This is a collection of stories about mail order brides by four different authors. I have never read a book quite like this before so it was pretty interesting!
Here is an overview of all four stories:
It All Started with an Ad in a Mail Order Bride Catalogue…
Melvin Hitchcock of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalog isn’t dishonest—not exactly. If he tweaks his clients’ applications a bit, it’s because he’s looking out for their best interests.
This charming bouquet of novellas introduces four Hitching Post prospects in the year 1870, each one eager for second chances . . . and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they’ll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.If you are a hopeless romantic and love romance stories, then this book has a collection of four different stories told by four different women and how they became Mail Order Brides. It's also a story about four different men and what they expected out of this arrangement.
And Then Came Spring by Margaret Brownley
Mary-Jo has been unlucky all her life. But who would guess she’d travel halfway across the country to meet her match . . . only to find him dead!
An Ever-After Summer by Debra Clopton
Ellie had no idea she’s not what Matthew ordered. And what’s wrong with being a “Bible thumper” anyway? She’s determined to show him she’s tougher than she looks—and just the girl he needs.
Autumn’s Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher
Luvena would be perfect for Clay if she didn’t come with kids. But kids are a deal breaker, especially in a rough-and-trouble mining town. The trouble is, there’s no money to send them back. . .
Winter Wedding Bells by Mary Connealy
David’s convinced he’s not long for the world. He needs someone to mother his boys when he’s gone—nothing more. Can plucky Irish Megan convince him to work at living instead of dying?
For instance, David in Winter Wedding Bells, wants to make sure someone is looking out for his sons when he is gone. I don't think this was an all bad situation for everyone, they all needed or wanted something in return, which is a good thing, I guess if you have no other options left. I understand from history that this was a hard time for families who lived out west.
Women were of short supply or they died in childbirth or before from illness. That left a lot of lonely men, widowed men with children or sometimes even young men who were just plain out scared and lonely. I guess in that situation, it isn't too far fetched to order a bride.
All four stories will delight you, break your heart and give you hope for love!
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