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5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful New Eastern Oregon Romance/History
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2013
Terrific descriptions of the Eastern Oregon area around Pendleton. The author makes the land, weather, and seasons an essential part of this fascinating story! The characters, including Aundy, are people I genuinely came to care for and want to know more about! I even identified with many things about Aundy, I would know her in an instant if I encountered this amazing young woman on the street! Her independence, insecurities, courage, sense of humor and wonderful loving heart make her a delightful new heroine! The sense of community draws you in and is also an integral part of the story. This book also provides an accurate picture of many aspects of life in the West at the turn of the century! Several reviewers have summarized the story so I will not take up space doing that, what i will do is recommend this book highly! Can hardly wait for the next in the series, Catarina. I'm going to download the entire Grass Valley series now...
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2017
I have a reading addiction, I think, because I keep buying books even when I haven’t made a dent in the books I already bought since getting a kindle in 2010. Case in point: In 2013, I bought Aundy by Shanna Hatfield. A couple years before that, I bought Shanna’s Not His Type. A few years after that I bought The Christmas Bargain. Yesterday I finally looked through my list and decided to read the books I bought before I bought another (ha! that only lasted a day!!). I chose Aundy. This is a quote from the book that gives you insight into Shanna’s funny sense of humor: ‘Dent watched as the bird shook his head and staggered to his feet.’ You have to read the book to catch the understanding of this funny line. Anyway, about this book: I don’t want to put it down!!!! 😉🙂
Being a mail-order bride had to be very trying not knowing who or what you are getting yourself into. You hope for the best I do feel most of these women have nothing to lose and hope they have everything to again. I didn't care to much for her new husband even though I was torn when he died. It was so fast and so much pain, a very touching read. I thought he was a little on the cocky side, I felt Aundy's pain of the unknown where to go from here, I was so glad she got the farm.
I totally loved this story it touched me in so many ways and brought back wonderful memories. I could really relate to this story in so many ways, I myself was raised on a farm and had a pet lamb, she walked me to the bus and met me each evening. She was almost human, a darling little things. I found this story to be very believable, with wonderful strong characters and loving caring men who knew how to treat a lady even when she might be a little strong headed.
The author starts off with grabbing your attention and she keeps it through out the story with many twist and turns to keep the read interesting. The words flow easy as the narrator with his smooth touching voice bring them to life. You feel the farm come to life as you fall in love with each character along with a few you don't think to highly of. You can feel the pain as Don (the narrator) tells the tale the author gives us. You can almost see Garrett grit his teeth as Aundy and a few others that drive him crazy. So much stress and laughter which you can here in the narrators voice.
Aundy is a very strong women who will not let anything get in her way. She will take care of herself and those in her employment. She is such a caring loving women that all those around her fall for her. Even those who might not like how she does things usually come around to her way of thinking.
Garrett is strong and knows when to bend and give a little but also knows when to stand firm. I doubt there is a women alive that wouldn't fall for this cowboy. Once he gets use to his feelings and knows what he wants he goes after it. Aundy isn't going to know what is about to hit her when he puts his sights on her.
The supporting characters are outstanding, so much caring goes into them. Even those that aren't happy with how things are going give in and give things a try. There is no doubt each think very highly of Aundy.
This was a very touching and emotional read. So much happens at a very fast pace, there are many twists and painful turns. I really didn't want the story to end. The only thing I would have liked to have seen was Aundy's sister come to live with her. Maybe she will be in one of the other books in this series. There is no doubt this is one talented author that hooks you from the very first page and never lets you go as she gives us a compelling story of life long gone. You can feel each characters pain, happiness and sorrow. You really just want to take a few of them in your arms and say it is going to be okay. There are times you just want to close your eyes and share a few of their tears but there are wonderful times where you will find yourself laughing as the author takes you for a spin in the old west.
This is the first book I have read or listen to by this author and it will not be the last. I highly recommend her to anyone who loves to read about the days gone by. She gives you a wonderful read that you don't want to end with wonderful characters you do not want to let go. The audio on this book is outstanding....
With every book I read by the Wonderful talented author Shanna Hatfield, I think ooooohhh this is my favorite. So after reading Aundy, I can say this one has catapulted to the top. Shanna Hatfield is one of those authors that every book will be a favorite and I’ll will be actually unable to state which book I love best. Aundy will play upon every emotion a human has. I love her true grit to survive no matter what comes upon her and I especially love how she does not depend upon a man but the love of a good man completes her. Garrett is the perfect idea of a man. Garrett realizes as much as he loves and would love to change Aundy into a submissive woman that he must love Aundy as she is and accept her as she is and not try and change her. This book is not to be missed by the Wonderful Talented Shanna Hatfield.
We're introduced to a young lady who chose to be a mail order bride because she was tired of the big city and working in a factory. She chooses a young man from Pendleton, Oregon. They wed and sadly there's an accident and Aundy was now a widower. This young lady is so strong and goes through so much for just arriving in Pendleton. I was so in shock and mesmerized by the events that happened in the last few chapters that I was glued to the book. I love this author and have loved every book of hers I've read.
Pendleton, Oregon 1899, cowboys, ranchers, Pendleton’s Underground, Chinese labourers, American Indians and a mail order bride not necessarily in that order (apart from the date.)
The book is exciting from the beginning with Aundy’s decision to take a chance and change her life, hopefully for the better, by answering an advert for a mail order bride. An accident kills her husband on their way home after their marriage and she decides she will learn how to manage the ranch he has left to her in his will.
Aundy is a strong woman, determined to honour her dead husband’s memory, although she had only known him a few hours, by taking over the running of the ranch. With the help of the loyal hands and wonderful neighbours this city girl becomes well liked on the ranch. She invests a lot of time and effort in learning the ways of the country and farming. Apart from her lack of knowledge she is also a woman in a man’s world and fights prejudice for herself and racial ignorance on behalf of others. Her independence and making her own decisions leads to some rather interesting escapades.
A very good book, would expect no less from this author, a thoroughly enjoyable read with only minor typos on the Kindle.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2015
This novel was quite a surprise for me, to have such a strong female character which I always enjoy with a plot line that kept me guessing, this was a pleasure to read. Aundy is quite fearless and charges on when an idea comes to her, after loosing her parents and her beau she embarks on being a mail order bride. This does not work out well either, the lovely landscape of Pendleton and her new home cannot heal a deep seated concern that she hurts the ones she loves.
Aundy is determined to make her new life work and sets about learning all she can to do so. Thwarted one too many times, she does not back down, in the process she finds herself a cook. There are many smiles to be had and tissue moments so keep a box handy.
There is adventure, suspense, in this beautiful romance that makes a Sunday afternoon one to flow on by. The author treats the reader to her recipes a nice little gift......enjoy.
3.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful mail order bride romance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 15, 2013
Life in Chicago is not great for Aundy, she seems older than her twenty one years, her father died along with her fiancé in a terrible accident her mother followed shortly after leaving Aundy the eldest of three children her brother Lars and sister Ilsa. Although well educated she takes a job as a seamstress in a factory during the day then helped cook and clean in a boardinghouse for her room and board, her brother ran away and her sister went to live and work with their Aunt Louisa leaving Aundy with a life full of work, work, work and little else. Feeling particularly down one day she spots an advert for a mail order bride and after corresponding with Erik Erikson she sets off to marry him. Luckily Erik seems a kind man who although nearly twice her age wants to make the marriage work and be a good husband, unfortunately just after getting married and while they're on their way home tragedy strikes and Aundy finds herself a widow before she's really a wife. Aundy has more backbone and grit than most women but will she be able to make ago of it or will she return to Chicago and will she ever find the love that she deserves.
This was a beautiful book with some great characters, it contains no swearing or sex and it's a lovely historical romance.