Josie Bainbridge has watched all of her friends get married and despairs of ever finding a husband - especially because her home city of Pullman, Washington has too many women and not enough men. It becomes clear that if she's ever going to find a man of her own, she's going to have to look elsewhere. Josie begins scouring the personal advertisements, hoping to find the man of her dreams. When she comes across one written by a Montana sheriff, she thinks she just might have found him.
In 1890, Echo Canyon, Montana is on the verge of extinction. The gold rush has moved elsewhere along with many of its citizens, including most of the available women. Those who are left are diehards who refuse to leave their hometown. Faced with an uncertain future, a few loyal townspeople create an unusual plan to turn things around in Echo and keep it on the map.
It seems simple: if they can increase their population, it will keep their businesses alive and Echo will survive. They decide that mail-order brides are the best way to make their plan a success. But who will be the first gentleman to order a bride? After a shocking incident in Echo, Sheriff Evan Taft reluctantly decides to step up and give it a whirl. If he can secure a bride, maybe other men will follow him in finding their own wives.
Evan embarks on finding the perfect wife, but can it be done? Evan has been burned in the past and he doesn't want to repeat the experience. Even more than he wants to keep from losing Echo, he doesn't want to lose his heart only for it to be crushed again. Strife and evil forces accompany his search for true love. Will he succeed? The fate of Echo could very well depend on it.
©2015 Linda Bridey (P)2016 Beldene Publishing
It ranks near the top of the mail order bride books i have listened to.
One of the most memorable moments was when they were in the mine when the earthquake happened
My favorite scene was when it was dinner time and the Aunt's rules for the men... lol
I am not sure, but it would make for an interesting movie
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Yes, and I did it is great light reading.
When the sheriff is kidnapped.
The sheriff. I love how he does his voice.
Love in the West.
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This story was a delight from beginning to end with each character portraying very different personalities and traits which endeared me to them all except for the villains (the kind you just love to hate) whom I could happily have done away with myself. This seems to be a good starting point for a series.
We have Sheriff Evan Taft who is talked into advertising for a Mail Order Bride and Josie answers his advert. They meet and fall in love (of course) and the story tells of the ups and downs in this relationships.
There were two other characters that I would like to mention as they played a lively and very amusing part of this story. The first is Evan's elderly aunt who brought him up. She is something else and every time she appeared and opened her mouth I knew there was a good chuckle around the corner.
The other is Lucky, an Irishman who befriended Josie on her train trip out to meet Evan. He reminded me of a fully grown Leprechaun, full of mischief and strange and wonderful thoughts that he wasn't shy to share.
Altogether, this story was beautifully written and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
The narration by Eric Burr was on the whole good. I just wasn't 100% happy with his rendition of an Irish accent. I kept picking up Scottish, Italian and Jewish accents to name a few and the occasional tiny bit of Irish accent. Perhaps he could get some coaching in this before he attempts this accent again.
I would recommend this audiobook and story as a really good listen/read.
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This story is fine for people who want sweet, clean somewhat far fetched fairy tales. The emotional responses to some of the events in this story are just not quite believable (i.e. the train wreck scene) and every conflict or misunderstanding is easily and tidily cleaned up. Meh.
It could have been mildly entertaining if a different narrator had been chosen. Eric Burr read the thing like he was reading a children's bedtime story to a feeble-minded idiot. He provided no emoting, or what he did offer was simply wrong for the scene. He lacks any talent for pacing or timing. His characters sounded ludicrous, making the villains so weak that it was just idiotic to think that anyone would be intimidated by or afraid of them.
Overall, I'd say don't waste your money, credit or time with this one.
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