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Memphis Rose Griffin loves teaching at Counting Stars Children's Home. The girls and staff are like family and working here ties her to her mother, whose last wish was for Memphis to take her place as teacher. But something's missing. Now at the age of 28, her teenage dream of having her own family has all but faded.

Her pastor and the orphanage founder presents her with a proposal that will change her life forever. Should she become their first candidate for their new matchmaking venture? Though grim, at least her life at the orphanage is familiar and certain. Can she risk an unknown future with a man she's never met?

The last thing 33-year-old Mike Montgomery wants is to marry again, especially to someone he's never met. His family has other plans for him and completes the application without his permission - even changing some of his preferences to make him seem more intriguing. Can two star-crossed candidates dare to dream again?

©2019 Kimberly Grist (P)2020 Kimberly Grist

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Character development was great!

I listened to this one on audio. I really like this narrator. I have listened to him before reading other stories and he is great. He brings subtle nuances to his voice and brings the characters and story to life. I don't think you can go wrong with J. Scott Bennett.

The story is great. I love the idea of this story. I know you hear of orphans in stories, but she wasn't really, but she was. I loved the characters in this book. The names are fantastic I must admit. Like this family, I do something every year for Christmas as well. They gave me a few ideas that I will implement. I do look forward to the rest in the series.

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A Fresh Start for Christmas

The book was interesting. I have not heard of pastors getting together to find spouses for their congregation. Good clean romance. I really enjoyed it and the narration wS great.

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taking a chance

I admired Memphis 's willingness to venture into the unknown for a match. I appreciated Mike's family's interferences on his behalf. I enjoyed both characters and the storyline. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing it to life.

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Dreams can come true if you believe

I enjoyed listening to this story. The narrator was wonderful. Memphis has been a teacher at the orphanage since her mother's passing. Her Mom used to teach there and she feels closer to her there. One day the pastor wants to meet with her about a new project they are starting to help the female residents. It's a matchmaking service and they want Memphis to be their first candidate. She is given a list of men who have applied and been recommended to them. One of these men is Mike Montgomery, whose family has submitted his application without his permission. Memphis chooses Mike from all the them and they start to correspond. After some time, she decides to accept him. She travels to meet him and even though there is an attraction, it is going to take some time. Can they get pass their issues to find true love, come along on their journey and dream with them.

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A wonderful mail order bride story!

When Memphis is invited to be a mail order bride for the HIMM, Which stands for heavenly inspired matrimonial matches. She decides on a man named Mike the only thing is Mike doesn’t even though he’s applied. He started the application but didn’t finish it but someone in his family did. And he is very angry about it but it doesn’t take much more than her first letter to change his mind. This book is so much more than the summary I have written it is always so hard to give a good description especially of a book I have so much going for her like this one does. It is not your average mail order bride story but still have all the greatness a mail order bride book requires. I loved it I thought Miss grist had a wonderful not rust approach to The genre, which can’t be said for all MOB author. As always J Scott Bennett did a wonderful job narrating. If you love mail order bride books or historical romances in general you’ll like this book I highly highly recommend it.

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Loved This!!

First of all can we just applaud the Pride and Prejudice excerpts!? I'm a huge Austen fan.This was a thrilling inclusion and kept me smiling!

Secondly, this was such a sweet and heartwarming story with likable characters and a perfect plot. This narrator is one of my faves because I can always tell whom is speaking. That's so important to me in a well done audiobook. I loved this and saved it for the time of the year that suited it.

I love this family! They are each so warm while having mischievous play as well. They stand for each other and they make you feel all warm and cozy. I can't wait to see how the other brothers are matched as I'm so ready to go back and spend some more time with them.

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Christmas in July!

Kimberly Grist has written a heart warming story featuring Memphis and Mike. Memphis is an teacher, who grew up in the orphanage she is teaching in. At her age now, the minister and his wife think it's time to find her a husband. What better way than then match.com of the old west? Mike is a widower and not looking to ever marry again. With his interfering family, he sends out the questionnaire and Memphis is his match. But will she be really? Can a survey be that correct? It's fun and exciting as we get to go on the letter writing journey of these two, and find their happily ever after.

J Scott Bennett narrates this gem with the voices I have come to love. He finds the personality of each character and matches the perfect voice to it, bringing the story to life. I enjoyed this Christmas story!

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Sweet Historical Romance

I read Daisy’s story, “A Bride for David (The Proxy Brides Book 37)”, first, so i was confused on why Daisy doesn’t appear after Memphis meets her groom. But otherwise I loved the story tremendously! I giggled several times from the antics of the couple and their “niece”!

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A Family for Christmas

Excellent story of new love and devotion, Memphis is an orphan teaching other orphans in the home she was raised in. Now at the age to marry, her minister and wife start a search for the perfect husband with her consent of course.
The narration was perfect, Scott Bennett has a voice I could listen to for hours and still crave more.
I am really enjoying these mail order bride stories; the bit of history you gleam from each story adds to the depth of the story and the circumstances the characters are living in.

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Good, sweet story

This is a new author for me but I have really been enjoying her stories so far. Once again I was not disappointed. This story was sweet and clean. The narrator did a good job also. I am becoming hooked on this little Texas town and already have several other books in my wish list!

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  • 06-05-20

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A fun clean romance. It has humor that I found myself giggling and enjoying. The narrator J. Scott Bennett is perfect. He has a smooth voice that compliments this story.

A sweet and warming book.

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  • Marg
  • 05-21-20

A delightful tale

Set in a bygone era and busy running a home for orphans; Memphis isn’t expecting romance to be a part of her life. However God has other plans that gradually become clear after a meeting called by her pastor. When she hears from her intended there are a few things that don’t quite add up. Just how will this work out for them? You’ll love this delightful Christmas tale beautifully crafted by Kimberly Grist.