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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In this book by Caroline Fyffe, we get to know Evie Davenport. Evie has worked as a maid for the Mail Order Brides ever since her mother died. One day Evie steals a letter and answers it as a prospective bride. Evie sets up a contract with Chance Holcumb in Why Not, Montana and sets out to become his bride.
I smiled through out this most of this book. It was hilarious when Evie freaked over a Spider. I laugh because I always scream too! This book was so good, I started it this afternoon and listened to the entire book! In this book we learn such things as making a Chocolate Mashed Potato Cake. That was a new one for me. Evie can clean a house like no one else, but she can't cook. I just loved to see the relationship between Evie & Chance blossom. At one point, I even wanted to kick Chance & tell him to straighten up or else! I found this story to be a witty, charming, sweet ,western romance! To sum it up, this book is FUN! Even the Epilogues in these books are fun!
I loved the multiple voices i n this story. The voices of Chance & Evie were especially spot on. They sounded very authentic to me. The narrator, Lara Asmundson did a great job reading this book once again! The story itself was quite captivating. Caroline Fyffe had me sitting at my desk the whole night. Silly as it is, I couldn't turn it off as I was afraid I would miss something! Thank you ladies!
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.
When Evie decided to make a new life for herself and become a Mail-Order Bride, instead of being the maid.
I believe that Evie was my favorite.
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.
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
When he came racing after Evie on his horse when she was just going to the mailbox.
I like Lara's narration because she actually makes it sould like Evie is reading me her story.
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
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.
Absolutely! Definately a wonderful story that uplifts and entertains.
Suspense over the romance coming together after misunderstanding. I could not stop listening to the story!
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.
Chance of a Lifetime.
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.
Delightful, heartwarming and intriguing!
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.
Her voice is smooth, relaxing and powerful, which in turn makes the story interesting and magical.
I laughed and cried. There was a wide variety of emotions throughout this story.
I would highly recommend this story for anyone who enjoys Western Historical Romance, Montana history,finding HEA and a great story.
Mother of 3 boys and grandmother of six. Love to read but never have time. so I listen so I can do four things at once ;o)
What can I say about Evie.... the story is loving..and believable.... the narrator is just perfect. couldn't be more wonderful. am buying the next book in the series.... can't wait to get started listening... Smiles all the way..
Wonderful, touching outstanding read.
The cat and mouse dance of reading each other wrong. The touching love between two people who grew to love each other. The touching love Evie had for Chance's half breed son was just so touching. Who wouldn't fall in love with a women like this who could love a child that most women would turn their back on.
This is a hard question to answer since I have listen to a few audios by Lara. Her many different voices bring so much to her story telling that is so touching. In this one I would have to say Evie. She was a touching character who just wanted a family and went for what she wanted not knowing if things would work out.
Chance with his love and worried whether some other man had Evie's love and he was losing her before he even really had her.
Like all the Mail-order brides in this series this was a very touching story of two people wanting so much and not sure if they made the right choices. Finding love only to not know if the other felt the same. So many secretes hidden only to wonder if the other wanted out.
Chance knowing his son needed a mother but afraid no women would take on his half breed son. He didn't ask for anything, didn't feel he had the right to. All he wanted was someone to love his son, he didn't care if she was pretty, or interested in sexual things just wanted someone who would take and love his son as he did.
Evie being from a lower class of life never thought she would have a family. When she took the letter that was meant for another she knew this was the family she wanted as her own. She hid a lot from the start and had a lot she needed to learn but was willing to do so if it meant she could have a family. She took to Chances son from the start as he did to her. She stole Chances heart when he saw her holding his son and loving him as he was her own.
This was a very touching story with so many emotions that you wanted to just cry as misunderstanding kept them apart. It tore your heart and you just wanted to hit their heads together to make them see how wrong they were.
It is always a pleasure listening to Lara Asmundson she bring so much to the story. I could listen to her all day. She puts just the right about of emotion in to her voice. She is one of the few narrators that doesn't sound robotic when she reads in her own voice. When you see her name on an audio you know it is going to be an outstanding listen. I would listen to any story she narrated, I know she has an outstanding pleasures for me to listen to. I can't wait for her to take me on the journey of the rest of the Mail Order Brides.
The ladies that bring you the mail order brides series is a series you do not want to miss. They bring the west right to your door with compelling stories of women who are afraid but excited to start a new life in a new town with people they have never met. You feel each of their emotions and you feel all their pain along with their happiness.
Caroline Fyffe bring a lot to this series as she spins you a tale that will keep you wanting more. Her writing is easy to follow with her easy flow of words. She brings so much passion to this nice clean read of days gone by that you wish you were back in that time living the life and seeing the wonderful beautiful country she paints for you. She has an art of story telling that leaves you smiling and will break your heart. Her humor is outstanding and she sorrow makes you want to cry. Lara bring the voice to the many different characters that keeps you coming back for more. You don't want to miss any of these outstanding reads.
i love that two people of difference walks of life and the challenges to overcome and just knowing communicating can go a long ways
I loved that Chance named one of his bull calves Holcolm Thunder it's a great read and not giving any spoiler will let you read why he chose that name
Her voice is soothing and changes as characters speak relaxing to listen to her
Evie was sweet and I loved her but Chance was my favorite I loved his sense of humor his willingness to try and be understanding and his love for a girl her just met
great read and love this series
Yes I would
She has such a smooth clear voice
Loved the story of Evie and Chance and love the town of Y Not. Looking forward to more books in this series. I recommend all of Carolines books you'll never be disappointed
I loved this story. I was introduced to Evie and Chance in Mail Order Brides of the West Trudy and Lina (that's what happens when you read books out of order) and I was so excited to read her story! This book did not disappoint. It was just so smooth and the story progressed so naturally! It blended so well with the other story lines as well as gave Evie and Chance a clear voice and romance of their own. Evie is a wonderful character that is truly endearing and strong and I really enjoyed how complex and well-rounded Chance is. I would definitely rate this at the top end of my listened books.
Spoilers! The most memorable moment for me in the book is when Evie stops the wedding ceremony and Chance's reaction to it and his followup questions. You really see his humour and his kind heart.
I found her voices of Evie and Chance spot on! She makes the story become real and helped me feel the characters emotions. In addition, I just love the little exchange between Evie and Chance at the end of the book. Her narration was smooth as silk.
I have to say I had more than one "O no you didn't" moments in my head! I found the story funny, with very poignant moments.
I very much like how we learn about all the different mail order brides at the agency. I do hope Bertha's story will be shared. I also think Prudence would be a great book, I would love to see who can warm her bitter heart!
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