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 Holland's book, bride-to-be Trudy Bauer rides the train to Sweetwater Springs, in a Montana Sky Novel. In Fyffe's novel, house servant Evie Davenport travels by stagecoach to Y Knot, Montana in a McCutcheon Family Novel. Through their correspondence, the friends keep each other abreast of their hardships, trials, and tribulations - some of heartbreak, some of love.
©2013 Debra Holland (P)2014 Debra Holland
It is at the top of my list of audiobooks. I loved everything about this story and how it was narrated. Being able to listen to the story I felt like I was right there in Montana with the characters in this story.
Seth. He was such a guy. As women we think we have the market on doubts in relationships. Seth was funny with all his insecurities but he really meant to be a good husband, provider and protector for Trudy.
Trudy. Her voice seemed just right for this character's personality.
This was my first book by Debra Holland and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will read others by her. The story held my interest straight through to the end. The thing I really liked was when the H&H decided they loved each other the story didn't drag on and on with that. It happened and went on from there.
It's one of the best squeaky-clean western romances ranking up there with other tales from both Debra Holland and Caroline Phyffe!
Trudy was my favorite character. She was very mature and responsible having taken care of her sisters after her mother passed. She craved adventure and, in 1886 when this story is set, securing a husband in the wild west was her answer for attaining her dream for adventure!
Lara Asmundson is the talented narrator for this book and she does an excellent job at bring the characters to life. She inserts pauses and emotion at the appropriate times. Her voice is very clear and well-paced to the tale. She has also been the narrator for two other Mail-Order Brides of the West books: Evie's and Heather's.
The author's descriptions place the reader in the story's setting, smelling the clean, crisp air and feasting upon the clear, starry Montana sky. The ending gave me the warm fuzzies and, thinking about it, still brings a smile to my face.
My full review including my favorite quotes from the tale has been posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club.
Debra's writing, as always, is first rate. The story is well-paced. The characters are well-drawn. The romance is engaging and squeaky clean. I highly recommend MAIL-ORDER BRIDES OF THE WEST: TRUDY to anyone who enjoys charming, poignant western romances.
4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
Awesome. Compelling. Enjoyable
When Seth caught the train.
The waterfall scene. I could picture it.
Yes. I laughed aloud at Trudys antics, and cried when McCurdy lied.
Wonderful book. I highly recommend it.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to everyone!
Trudy of course
I love Lara Asmundsons voice, smooth, soft and very good. I can get all my work done and listen to the book at the same time. I love it! I could listen to Lara read all day.
Thanks Debra for this audio book. Love Love Love the Brides of the West! I hope to listen to them all in audio version.
Romantic, interesting and exciting (at times).
I enjoyed how the girls became such close friends, even though they came from different stations in life.
I always enjoy the main character of the book. In this case Trudy.
Yes; once started I wanted to listen to it all without interruptions.
I have enjoyed all the Mail-Order Brides of the West books and look forward to finding how how Bertha and Prudence make out.
Historical. Addicting. Sweet.
I loved the interchange between Mrs. Seymour and Trudy. I loved the way the author put such realism into her story. I understand now what young women faced back then and what their concerns were.
Her voice is lilting, light. Perfect reader for this genre.
You'll want more of these characters!
Can't wait to find out more about the other characters. Also, I appreciate an adventurous romance that is clean.
Who hasn't thought of starting a new life somewhere else? Who would you find there? Can lasting love really grow quickly between two strangers? How would they meet? Author Debra Holland explores this and more in the Mail-Order Brides series. The main character Trudy takes us through the mail order bride process in detail. The excitement and trepidation, the how's and the why's, its all here. And the action doesn't disappoint, and with it the romantic adventure.
As with many first books in a series, the story here is just beginning. But not to worry, Miss Holland and her companion books author, Caroline Fyffe, keeps the Mail-Order Brides series going with more excitement, fun and adventure. And as if that isn't enough, and believe me, it won't be once you're immersed in the characters of Sweetwater Springs, there's more of them all in the Montana Sky series. So get away from the daily grind and go west to the land of big and open skies.
Yes, when I finish the rest of the series, I may listen again and offer them to friends.
It was a nice story to listen to while doing other things.
I liked Trudy. She had spirit of adventure while maintaining her principles. She was able to keep an open mind about others which made her someone you wish you could get to know and have tea with.
I like the narration of the entire book. It perfectly matched the spirit of the book and the feel of the characters.
I tried to listen in one sitting, but it's a little bit longer than to allow such. I would enjoy listening to it on a trip across state. It would keep you from speeding because you want to finish before you reach your destination.
Highly recommend this book as a western romance and an overall sweet love story. Didn't miss the naughty parts at all.
When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love receiving codes and in return I post reviews. Wife, and mom of two,
MAIL ORDER BRIDES OF THE WEST AGENCY
Seek Bachelors with good reputation for quality brides that can cook, keep up a home with cleaning and such.
Must own a home and be able to provide for a wife.
References are required, preferably from your minister or a reputable person.
You must state details about your appearance, location, level of education, what you do for work, and what you require in a wife.
The Agency requires $50 dollars which pays for the agencies fees and train ticket.
Debra Holland has written another wonderful story! The story is set in 1886 and its western with clean romance and no cliffhangers. Debra's story had me hooked from the beginning to the very end. This isn't my normal genre but once I listened to the first story of the Montana Sky series written by Debra, I love them. I find her stories come to life and everything going on in my brain stops. I feel at peace as I listen to her stories. It's astonishing that an author's story can bring a person so much peace and wash away all the stress that someone has, atleast that's what her stories do to me. To me, it's as if everything going on in my life gets washed away for hours while I listen.
Debra is such a talented author and is shows in all her stories. She keeps you immersed and it's almost impossible to stop listening to her stories once you start. I normally don't stop listening until the story ends. I feel as if she writes with her heart and I believe she does because I feel everything, the romance, tears, and so much happiness. I normally would give more detail about the story but I don't want to give anything away. I don't want to give too much away about Trudy and Seth. This is a story you'll want to listen to yourself and it can be read as a standalone, without those horrific cliffhangers that I really dislike. I found myself laughing out loud at times, smiling, and even tears pouring down my face at times. I find it to be a story that I will remember forever and re-listen to it over again, many times. If you've listened or read Debra's Montana Sky stories then you'll love this one. It gives you an earlier look of Montana. The story truly is captivating, its a sweet and such a beautiful story,
Narrator Lara Asmudson does a superb job with her performance of this story. Everything was clear, all the characters were recognizable by the distinguishing accents Lara gave them all. She brought the story to life and I felt at peace as I listened to her tell this beautiful story that Debra Holland created. I look forward to listening to more stories in the Montana Sky series. I highly recommend this story to everyone, even if it's not your favorite genre because I know you'll love it. Debra's stories will change your mind about historical romance even if it's not your favorite genre, she did change my mind after all. I really would love to see Debra write something in the YA genre or paranormal genre, even if it's a YA. I know anything she writes would be perfect, she's a brilliant writer. I'm so surprised that she hasn't been grabbed up by a publisher. I wonder this a lot about other authors as well. I guess, maybe Debra like others like being self published and don't have to worry about a publisher bothering them. I really, really must say this is a wonderful story and take that chance and purchase it because you really have nothing to lose, nothing at all. Audible has a great return policy but I guarantee you will want to keep this story and others written by Debra Holland. Go check out her Montana Sky series and her Gods' Dream Trilogy.
An exciting listen that made you feel you were right there experiencing the ups and downs of as the narrator brought the story to life.
The emotion she brought to the story was so emotional, the changes in the voice so you know different characters where speaking. Lara make you feel the pain, love, unhappy etc that the characters were experiencing.
How the men of the west found wife's and the trials they went through to keep them.
What a lovely clean read about a women and a man who wanted more out of life and what they were willing do to get it. A story of love, passion and trails of bring a women out west to marry who is a total stranger. You feel like you are part of them, as the narrator brings the story to life as you listen to their amazing story. A wonderful put together sweet romance the author put a lot of time into to make it a wonderful enjoy read. The narrator breathes life into the book that makes you want to listen over and over again with her sweet innocent tones that gives the book a life of its own.
This is a wonderful romantic adventure that will make you smile, and bring tears to your eyes. Two people must find themselves and what they want that are total strangers. You experience the needs, wants and desires. I loved how the book ended with Trudy and Seth saying goodbye to us the readers and giving highlights to what is to come in the series. It made me want to go pick up the next book in the series to see how they and their friend grow as they go through the changes in their life’s. It is definitely a story I want to listen to again.
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