The Mail-Order Brides Collection: 9 Historical Stories of Marriage that Precedes Love by Kathleen Y'Barbo

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Escape into the history of the American West along with nine couples whose relationships begin with advertisements for mail-order brides. Placing their dreams for new beginnings in the hands of a stranger, will each bride be disappointed, or will some find true love?

Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing
1897, Indiana
Fresh from seminary, Amos Lowry believes marriage will prove to his skeptical congregation that he’s mature. If only his mail-order bride wasn’t an ex-saloon girl, or worse, pregnant.
The Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand
1881, Wyoming
After a gang of outlaws use a mail-order bride advertisement to trick an innocent woman into servitude, an undercover lawman must claim the bride—even if it puts his mission in jeopardy. 
Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna Schlachter
1895, Train to California
John Stewart needs a wife. Mary Johannson needs a home. On her way west, Mary falls in love with another. Now both must choose between commitment and true love.
Mail Order Mix-Up by Sherri Shackelford
1885, Montana
A mail-order marriage by proxy goes wrong when a clerical error leads to the proxies actually being married instead of the siblings they were standing in for. In their quest to correct the mistake, the two discover outlaws, adventure and even love.
To Heal Thy Heart by Michelle Shocklee
1866, New Mexico
When Phoebe Wagner answers a mail-order bride ad that states Confederate widows need not apply, she worries what Dr. Luke Preston will do when he learns her fiancé died wearing grey.
Miss-Delivered Mail by Ann Shorey
1884, Washington
Helena Erickson impulsively decides to take advantage of her brother’s deception and travels to Washington Territory in response to a proposal of marriage intended for someone else. How will Daniel McNabb respond when Helena is nothing like he expected?
A Fairy-Tale Bride by Liz Tolsma
1867, Texas
Nora Green doesn’t feel much like Cinderella when her mail-order groom stands her up. But could the mysterious jester from the town’s play be her Prince Charming?
The Brigand and the Bride by Jennifer Uhlarik
1876, Arizona 
Jolie Hilliard weds a stranger to flee her outlaw family but discovers her groom is an escaped prisoner. Will she ever find happiness on the right side of the law?
The Mail Order Mistake by Kathleen Y’Barbo
1855, Texas
Pinkerton agent Jeremiah Bingham is investigating a mail-order bride scam bankrupting potential grooms. When unsuspecting orphan May Conrad answers his false ad, she becomes the prime suspect in the case.

Title : The Mail-Order Brides Collection: 9 Historical Stories of Marriage that Precedes Love
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ISBN : 1683224442
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Yvette rated it ★★★★☆

January 25, 2018

I requested a NetGalley e-galley of this collection based on the title, having only previously read a few novellas by two of the nine authors, Kathleen Y'Barbo and Jennifer Uhlarik. That said, I particularly enjoy an unexpected element in my mail-order bride reads and these novellas did not disap...

Suzie rated it ★★★★☆

January 16, 2018

From business arrangements to mix-ups, secrets to damsels in distress, you are sure to find a favorite in Barbour’s newest novella collection. I’m not sure I can actually pick a favorite, but the bookends (first and last) of this one stood out to me for very different reasons. Megan Besing’s Perfec...

Crystal rated it ★★★★☆

December 06, 2017

About the Book: The Mail-Order Brides Collection features nine unique stories each from a different author sharing stories of unexpected, yet welcome, love often stemming from undue hardships in the characters’ lives. The collection captures the allure of the Old West complete with villains, outla...

Becky rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2018

One of the things I especially like about these collections of romance stories is that the reader can pick and choose which order to read the novellas. These were sweet narratives where women take a huge chance on a man she only knows by letters. Both the ladies and the gents have dire needs for...

Kim rated it ★★★☆☆

February 20, 2018

God is working his magic in the lives of 9 couples who are marrying for different reason like financial, needing a place to live, being helpful to a doctor & a preacher, to needing help with children, escaping from the law, trying to break a mail fraud ring, saving a innocent from outlaws, pr...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2017

I love these collections of novellas. They are perfect for busy days and holidays. Short enough to be interesting but not too long when you're busy. I especially enjoyed Kathleen Y'Barbo's contribution.

Anne rated it ★★★★★

February 01, 2018

As you can guess from the title, this is a medley of historical romances set around the nineteenth century version of internet dating. Women would answer ads placed by men, usually from a female-scarce section of the country. After the civil war, especially, husbands were a rare commodity, and la...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2017

The Mail-Order BrIdes Collection is a collection of 9 Historical Stories of Marriage that Precedes Love. These stories include: Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing The Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna Schlachter Mail-Order Proxy by Sherri Shackel...

Rebekah rated it ★★★★★

February 12, 2018

Another great collection by Barbour. Though you don't get to spend as much time with the characters as with novels, these novellas make up for it in variety. Even though each collection has a distinct common thread or theme, it amazes me how different the stories can be. My favorite thing about t...

Beth rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2018

Full review on Faithfully Bookish While I won’t take time to comment on each individual story (there are NINE of them after all and novellas are so easy to spoil), there are plenty of wild west adventures to go around! I was pleased to discover many of the stories have important lessons to impart...

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