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Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 3 | [Caroline Fyffe]

Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 3

The well-educated daughter of a lawyer, Trudy Bauer, arrives at the St. Louis based Mail-Order Brides of the West agency full of excitement for an adventure of a lifetime. She befriends the agency's maid, Evie Davenport, and the two form a strong and lasting friendship. They vow to stay in contact through letters when Evie takes hold of her destiny and arranges a marriage on the sly. Each brave young woman is ready to face whatever an unknown groom and life in Montana can throw her way.
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The well-educated daughter of a lawyer, Trudy Bauer, arrives at the St. Louis based Mail-Order Brides of the West agency full of excitement for an adventure of a lifetime. She befriends the agency's maid, Evie Davenport, and the two form a strong and lasting friendship. They vow to stay in contact through letters when Evie takes hold of her destiny and arranges a marriage on the sly. Each brave young woman is ready to face whatever an unknown groom and life in Montana can throw her way.

In Fyffe's Novel, house servant Evie Davenport travels by stagecoach to Y Knot, Montana in a McCutcheon Family Novel. In Holland's book, bride-to-be Trudy Bauer rides the train to Sweetwater Springs, in a Montana Sky Novel. Through their correspondence, the friends keep each other abreast of their hardships, trials and tribulations - some of heartbreak, some of love.

©2013 Caroline Fyffe (P)2014 Caroline Fyffe

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    S. Kimbrough Pamplin, VA 09-03-14
    S. Kimbrough Pamplin, VA 09-03-14
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    "The right letter."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 3 to be better than the print version?

    I don't think that it was better than the print version, but listening to the book made me "see" things in a different way than reading it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 3?

    When Evie decided to make a new life for herself and become a Mail-Order Bride, instead of being the maid.


    Which character – as performed by Lara Asmundson – was your favorite?

    I believe that Evie was my favorite.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 3 and why?

    Mrs. Seymour, she cared for Evie's mother and continued to care for Evie after her mother died. Although Evie was afraid to tell Mrs. Seymour about the letters and her plans to travel west as a Mail-Order Bride, Mrs. Seymour still cared enough about Evie to travel to Montana to be sure that she was safe and happy.


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    DW Gable 08-07-14
    DW Gable 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Mail Order Brides Gets Luck in Love!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie (McCutcheon Family Series - Book 3) to be better than the print version?

    I haven't seen any other version but I don't feel I missed anything. Listening is nice and Lara Asmundson makes it nice to hear the story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie (McCutcheon Family Series - Book 3)?

    When he came racing after Evie on his horse when she was just going to the mailbox.


    What about Lara Asmundson’s performance did you like?

    I like Lara's narration because she actually makes it sould like Evie is reading me her story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Since I listened to 'Trudy' first I was fascinated that both authors seem to find it important for the med to build their wives a chicken coop. Of course in this case, he just doesn't want to eat anymore potatoes. Lol


    Any additional comments?

    I would reacommend this series to anyone fascinated with the idea of women with no apparent prospects in their own towns, setting themselves up to marry a stranger in the 'wild' west. It has endless possibilities and these authors have captured the heart of the idea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ro 08-03-14
    Ro 08-03-14
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    "Sweet story that sweeps the reader off her feet!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Definately a wonderful story that uplifts and entertains.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie (McCutcheon Family Series - Book 3)?

    Suspense over the romance coming together after misunderstanding. I could not stop listening to the story!


    Which character – as performed by Lara Asmundson – was your favorite?

    Loved Evie. I felt that Ms. Asmundson did an excellent job making all the characters come to life. Her interpretation of the characters was similiar to my own as I had already read the book myself.


    If you could rename Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie (McCutcheon Family Series - Book 3), what would you call it?

    Chance of a Lifetime.


    Any additional comments?

    Fyffe's books are uplifting and fun. They are just what I am looking for in a book. Her stories bring out the underlying goodness in people and inspire a person to be kinder to others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Millner PASADENA, CA USA 07-29-14
    Edward Millner PASADENA, CA USA 07-29-14
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    "Butterflies are Meant to Fly"

    What if you've always lived in the same city, the same house, and your future looked like more of the same? That's the plight of our heroine, Evie. It's actually not a bad life in St. Louis, but Evie wants more than to remain a maid for the rest of her life. But how does she leave the woman who's kept her sheltered, fed and protected in this mansion of a cocoon. Author Caroline Fyffe weaves a wonderful story of the search for a new life in a new place. Out West. Where farmers and ranchers lead full lives except for one big thing…. love. Way more men than women. To help even out those odds is the Mail-Order Brides of the West Agency. But Evie isn't on the list. Well, not officially anyway.

    Follow Evie as she executes her plan for a new life. When you're through, there's more stories of the Y Knot, Montana characters in Caroline Fyffe's McCutcheon Family Series. If you become curious about Evie's best friend, Trudy, her story is in the first of the Mail-Order Brides series, written by Debra Holland. And if you begin to feel at home in Sweetwater Springs, there's the Montana Sky series, where women make their way out West not because they're looking for love, though its hard to escape what the heart really wants, especially when it comes unexpectedly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April A. Renn Henderson, NC 06-12-14
    April A. Renn Henderson, NC 06-12-14

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    "A DELIGHTFUL TALE OF LOVE AND LIFE!"
    If you could sum up Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie (McCutcheon Family Series - Book 3) in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful, heartwarming and intriguing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, I don't know, I loved Evie's innocence, her determination for a better life and her willingness to leave the past in the past. But then, Chance,is a strong hero, who wants to have a life of his own without using his family's name and power.


    What about Lara Asmundson’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is smooth, relaxing and powerful, which in turn makes the story interesting and magical.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. There was a wide variety of emotions throughout this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this story for anyone who enjoys Western Historical Romance, Montana history,finding HEA and a great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bernie 06-08-14
    Bernie 06-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Sweet Western Romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book would appeal to many of my friends that enjoy a sweet innocent romance. "Evie" allows you to enjoy the romance without the overindulgence of sexual situations. The fact that it is a series always stands out in my listening choices. I love series! And western romances are of some of my favorites.


    What does Lara Asmundson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lara Asmundson gave the characters just the right amount of sweetness when needed and roughness where it was warranted. I enjoyed the listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened and/or read more of Caroline Fyffe's books and enjoyed every one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Henderson 10-02-14
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    "Mail Order Brides of the West: Evie"
    What made the experience of listening to Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    The performance was really good. She distinguished between characters very well. She had a pleasant voice as well. I read so fast and sometimes have to re read paragraphs so having it read to me makes it more "alive" and I don't miss anything.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chance, Evie's husband. He was such a man with lots of humor and much patience for his new wife. He was a strong character with a good heart and was ready at anytime to protect his love.


    Have you listened to any of Lara Asmundson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. This is the second one by her I've listened to and I think she did a very good job on this one as well as the first one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ???


    Any additional comments?

    I've just discovered the Mail Order Brides of the West and can't wait to "read" the others in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan United States 09-02-14
    Susan United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very nice narration and enjoyable story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 3 to be better than the print version?

    This was a nice story with the writer and reader making it a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon experience. If you want a lot of complex characters, this isn't a book for you. However, if you just want a nice book about nice people in a beautiful area of the country, you can't do much better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's a little predictable, but that's OK if you just want a pleasant read without a lot of complexity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the stage coach ride! I would have never survived a ride in one.


    Any additional comments?

    My great-grandmother was a mail order bride, and I have often wondered how she ever left her home and family to marry a man she didn't know. This book gave a good perspective on how these young women coped with the changes in their lives.

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    Christina R. USA 05-29-14
    Christina R. USA 05-29-14
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    "Sweet Western Romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the story of Evie, an illegitimate young woman who thinks her only opportunity for marriage is by being a mail order bride. So she pursues this avenue and heads West. Caroline Fyffe writes clean, sweet Western romances and this one is no exception. At times I found Evie to be extremely naive and annoying. Bur perhaps young women of this time period were like this. The narrator's voice was pleasant, but some of her accents needed work. Overall I enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys sweet, Western romances. If you are looking for a lot of sex or violence this is not for you.


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    L. Townsend Florida, USA 05-29-14
    L. Townsend Florida, USA 05-29-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A Pure & Sweet Western Romance!"
    Where does Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie (McCutcheon Family Series - Book 3) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the sweetest romance I've listened to so far and the 1st book I've ever read that featured mail order brides. The setting of the book in Y Knot, Montana was epic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a pleasure to witness the couple overcoming their insecurities, exposing their secrets and maturing into two young adults in a real, loving and trusting relationship.

    One of my favorite scenes occurs during a cooking lesson that one of the town's residents gives to Evie. Their discussion had me laughing out loud. I picked up an astute cooking tip too: “Cooking isn't hard. It just takes a little bit of imagination and determination.”

    Y Knot, Montana is the perfect backdrop and secondary characters such as the other brides, the new saloon girl, and other unique town residents, the couple's dog, horses and cattle really made the story special. I grew attached to all the characters and hope we get to read their stories too.


    Which character – as performed by Lara Asmundson – was your favorite?

    That's a tough question! It's like asking someone which is their favorite child! I loved all the characters from Will, the young cowboy seeking a bride to share his life, to Evie,to the secondary characters and the animals too!

    I had a soft spot for the character who gave Evie her cooking lessons. One of my favorite scenes occurs during one of their cooking sessions. Their discussion had me laughing out loud. I picked up an astute cooking tip too: “Cooking isn't hard. It just takes a little bit of imagination and determination.”

    Lara Asmundson, the narrator, was excellent with the proper pauses and inflection. Her voice changed for each character making it easy to follow who was speaking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In my prior answer, I mentioned a particular cooking lesson that had me laughing. I laughed quite a bit while listening.

    I also swooned and sighed too many times to count. This is the story of two young people with secrets but also with high aspirations of fostering a loving relationship. They really do care for each other. A few of my favorite quotes that gave me the warm fuzzies are following:
    “Evie," he whispered next to her ear, "I want to make love to you, hold you in my arms, until the moon crosses the sky and the morning comes.”

    “She'd known from the moment she said "I do" that she really truly did.”

    It was a pleasure to witness the couple overcoming their insecurities, exposing their secrets and maturing into two young adults in a real, loving and trusting relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    With genuine characters, a well-defined plot and crisp storytelling, I found this to be a very enjoyable read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys classical historical romances.

    My full review has been posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club.



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