Jilted and humiliated by the man she had expected to marry, Emma Hartwood now feels that she is a burden at home. In desperation, she starts corresponding with a gold prospector out West named Harry and decides to become a mail order bride.
On the train, she makes friends with another woman who is also a mail order bride, she has a new baby and is hopeful of a new life. However, her husband to be knows nothing of this baby and she believes it will destroy the marriage before it even begins. Suddenly Emma's new friend disappears, leaving Emma with the child.
Emma is forced to have to convince Harry that the baby isn't hers and find the baby's real mother before her life gets way too complicated.
©2016 Emma Ashwood (P)2016 Burton Crown
Audio books are growing. I have listened to books for months now, But I prefer my books in paperback/hardback format.
I like listening to mail order brides books. I've read a lot of books about mail-order brides book. Always catch my attention when I listen to these books about two random people marrying each other. I never knew it was such a thing.
I am a working woman in a man's world but it's ok because I really love being around men !! I've been happily married for 48 years!
Heartwarming, Short and Sweet
I read another book that was about a mail order bride and I always enjoy these types of stories that tell about life in the old days.
Meghan has such an amazing repertoire of voices !! She always is full of surprises with her performance. I love listening to her !
This book is not the type to have an extreme reaction in my opinion. It's a easy short listen and is compelling in many ways though. I really relate to the main character who comes across as a real person that has ups and downs in her life.
I received this audio book in exchange for a review. I have listened to several of Meghan's books and I have a few more in my library. I will be asking for more of her work !
I love to listen to these short stories when I know I only have a little while to listen. I enjoy listening to mail order bride stories, and I especially liked this one because it had a baby involved in it. Emma Ashwood's stories are Christian stories, but they aren't preachy, which I like. As usual, Meghan Kelly does an amazing job giving voice to the characters.
I was given a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I often forget to mention that I get all my audio books on here at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review--and editing isn't possible.
When I was a teenager, I devoured the Gwen Bristow novels (people my age will remember her, I'm sure). Then I hadn't read any novels in that vein for decades, and when I found out about the Mail Order Bride series, I was thrilled. I got a copy of this audio book for an honest review, and I certainly didn't regret it. The narrator did an excellent job; I felt the emotions, and it was easy to recognize the different characters. I very much liked the voice, too, which for me is a 'must' in order to listen to any audio book.
The story itself was lovely, too, and exactly what I had come to expect when I read the synopsis.
I had only been very dimly aware of mail order brides of 18th century North America before I listened to this book--another reason why my curiosity was piqued.
Despite its relative shortness, the novel takes some unexpected twists and turns, which, in combination with the way it is narrated, made listening to it a pleasing experience.
I am an avid reader and blogger at Books and Tequila book blog. Because of having 8 children audiobooks became a must.
This story was very cute and sweet. Yes it was very short however it covered every aspect of the story. I would have liked a little more character detail and personality. But I really enjoyed.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
THE WESTERN TRAIN BABY was a great Mail Order Bride story. It was sweet. On the train heading west, Emma meets another woman headed west also, but she had a baby. Worried that she wouldn't be accepted, she excuses herself and leaves the baby with Emma and never returns. At first this starts a bit of a quibble but her awaiting hubby Harry is willing to accept the baby. Through their trials and tribulations, they strike it rich but have to make a life-changing decision.
EMMA ASHWOOD is a new Mail Order Bride author for me and I love her writing. These stories are so relaxing and good.
MEGHAN KELLY did a sensational job narrating this book. I've listened to her before and she's a wonderful voice actor. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her read this story. I hope to hear her do more of these westerns.
I requested and was gifted this audiobook for an honest review.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
After being jilted at the altar, Emma (lots of Emma's these days) begins a year-long correspondence with Harry. She laid out all the details including the defamation of her character and he was able to accept and talk to her about everything.
He reported that he was in California, one of the last in the dying breed of gold mine seekers. He told her that he had a mine and sent her money enough to leave the town in which everyone thought she was disgraceful and a tramp. Joining Harry and his kindness.
Something extraordinary happens on her the train journey out west… I must leave it at that or I will most certainly spoil this short book for you.
This is a wonderful little story, just the right length to listen if you have an hour, here or there.
Meghan Kelly does a wonderful narration. Female characters sound like females and male characters sound like men (as far as a narrator can go.) Meghan has another 'Mail Order Bride,' book and I cannot wait to listen to it!
Notes: This is where I usually warn people about different subject matter which may be offensive to some. There is no need for any of that in this book. It is a lovely story.
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