Grace: Bride of Montana by NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Debra Holland is number 41 in the unprecedented 50-Book American Mail-Order Brides series.
Practical Grace Dickinson thought she had her life all planned, including picking out the perfect husband. But she couldn't have predicted the disaster that changed everything, leaving her no choice but to become a mail-order bride to a most imperfect man.
Grace: Bride of Montana is also part of Debra Holland's award-winning Montana Sky Series, which includes The Mail-Order Brides of the West.
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This is one of the top ten that I have listened to. The narrator was wonderful, the story mesmerizing.
I love that Grace and Frey's relationship was allowed to evolve. They became friends first.
I enjoyed the narration. She brought the characters to life.
What a great continuation of all the past characters that we have grown to love in Ms. Holland's books.
(I was given a copy of the audio-book by the author for a review.)
I loved the way the story compared the good man to the lying deceitful man and made Grace see the difference between the two and what really counts how a good one treats a women.I liked the way the narrator changed her voice to inform the reader which character in the story she was portraying.
Listening, rather than reading a story adds a new dimension to the experience.
I can tell you that I throughly enjoyed this book. The main characters; Grace, and Fritz are well thought out, and developed in a wonderful way. Their blossoming love for each other was truly inspiring. This novella has all the love, and romance you could want in a story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love of romance. The story is about the wonder, and excitement of a love that you find when just the right man comes along.
I just love the small, homey community of Sweetwater Springs where this story is set. It is always a joy to catch up with favorite characters who reside there from the former mail-order brides' books. It is a truly lovely clean western historical romance!
I would compare this audio to any and all of the author's other historical western romances. Debra Holland's books always bring joy to my heart and leave me with a feeling of warmth when all is said and done.
Before I even delved into this audio, I was captivated by the extra personal touches that were incorporated into this installment including that the author, herself, is featured on the cover AND that the dog in the story is patterned after the dog who owns the hunky male model featured on the cover with Debra.
Being an avowed dog-lover myself, a particular heart-stirring scene involved Frey's dog, Gertie. I just can't resist sharing it. Following please find a small snippet from that segment:
"If any can show just cause why this couple may not be lawfully joined in matrimony, speak now or --- "Reverend Norton halted, looking behind them with raised eyebrows.
Before Grace had time to wonder why the minister paused - if someone was, indeed, objecting to their union - the rapid click of toenails on the wooden floor made both of them look back over their shoulders.
Frey groaned and made a face. "Gertie!" He released Grace's hand.
A brown and black dog trotted up the aisle to them, tail held high. She had soft brown eyes and a thin, dark line down the middle of her forehead that gave her a worried look. She stopped in front of Frey and looked at him, her head cocked as if in expectation. The tips of her ears flopped forward.
Seth burst into laughter. "Do you think Gertie's objecting to your marriage?"
Obviously aghast at his breach of decorum, Trudy gave Seth an owlish glare.
Frey shrugged in apparent chagrin. "I'm sorry. I left her tied up on my porch."
She looked from the man to his dog...
The dog sniffed her fingers. Seeming to approve, she edged closer.
Grace rubbed Gertie's head. "If Reverend Norton doesn't mind," she said to the dog, "I'm fine with you remaining for the rest of the ceremony."
I just love that scene and re-reading it makes me smile every time. The book is chock-full of scenes that will evoke similar emotions making it a read to enjoy over and over.
I wanted to listen to it in one sitting! I found myself adding in extra workouts just so I didn't have to hit stop!
I can't imagine anyone other than Lara Asmundson voicing this series. She always delivers a polished, solid, totally awesome performance with her clear, pleasant voice that is wholly easy on the ear. She never fails to nail all aspects of the stories from seamlessly differentiating between the characters, to the pacing, to perfectly exuding the array of feelings displayed by the individuals in the story. I look forward to savoring many more of her renditions in the future.
This is another great book by Debra Holland. I have enjoyed all of her mail order bride books. This one allowed me to catch up with a previous bride and meet a new one.
I enjoy the audio version because I feel like I'm there. The narrator is fabulous.
Grace had a good job and was in love. Then everything fell apart. The factory where she worked burned down and she found out the man she was going to marry was already married. She decided that she needed to move away and answered an ad for a mail order bride. She doesn't think that she will be able to really love her new husband as she should, but she would try. Her new husband is so wonderful, she just might start believing in love again.
I've listened to several other audio books by Debra Holland and really like the flow and calmness of the stories. Not that there isn't a lot going on because there is. I feel immersed in the story.
My favorite scene is when Grace really sees Frey with his animated personality.
The story was wonderful. I really liked the afterward by the author that gives background on the cover, how it took place and detail on the model and her use of aspects of this life to mold the hero. It made me look closer at the cover, and listen to the book for a second time.
Grace by Debra Holland
A charming mail order bride novella. It has heart, rejection, and friendship as key elements. I appreciated how Grace, the heroine, sees Frey with an animated personality, gesturing with his whole body. His amenable lightness in personality becomes very apparent in his comment of how he did a "Spectacular job of choosing friends".
I really enjoyed reading the afterward by the author. She talks about how the cover and the model became part of the story. It makes you feel included in the process and to take another look at it.
I listened to the audible version and occasionally followed along with the ebook. The narrater is very pleasing to the ear.
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