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.
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.
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.
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.
Lara Asmundson gave the characters just the right amount of sweetness when needed and roughness where it was warranted. I enjoyed the listening.
I have listened and/or read more of Caroline Fyffe's books and enjoyed every one of them.
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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