Train Station Bride by Holly Bush
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book to review by the author last April. Sorry it took so long for me to read it, but I did enjoy it. This is the story of a young woman who was raised by a rich, restrictive family in the East who answers an ad for a mail-order bride and steals away to South Dakota by train. When she arrives in South Dakota, she is mistaken another mail-order bride and ends up marrying the wrong man. That "wrong man" turned out to be the "right man," of course. Jake, the man in question, is an honest, hard-working farmer who has raised his two sisters since their parents died. He sent for a mail-order bride as a helpmate and to give him a son as an heir. In one respect, it is a typical romance novel, but on the other hand, there are interesting aspects of the story. Julia has been made to think she is fat and undesirable, but of course Jake doesn't think so. She isn't exactly made for farm work, but she makes a valiant effort to adapt. I loved these characters. I loved Julia's efforts to make herself into a good farm wife for Jake. I loved Jake's honorable actions. He vowed to protect Julia when she became his wife and he never stopped doing that even when things got questionable. He was a real hero - one any woman would want. A side note that made a difference to me - there was sex involved. I got worried a bit when I realized how quickly it came in to the story, but it was handled very well. It wasn't explicit at all and I can handle that. If you love a good romantic story, this is the book for you.
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