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Publisher's Summary

Brant Samson has fallen on hard times with the death of his beloved wife a year earlier from lung fever. Left with three children, he's desperate to find a mother for them. Ten year old Jenny does her best to care for two year old Ty, and fourteen year old Luke works the ranch with his father, losing himself in dime novels to ease the pain of his mother's death. Brant's options are limited since eligible women seldom pass through Two Rivers, much less settle in the small Texas town. In desperation, he places a classified advertisement for a mail order bride. Marrying a woman he'll come to know through a newspaper ad scares the bejesus out of him, but at this point, he's out of options.

Abigail Mary Vaughn always dreamed of having her own family, but caring for her elderly parents, as well as working as a teacher to help with finances, ended that dream. Her parents are now dead and she's faced with the reality of her dismal existence. After reading Mr. Samson's advertisement in the Philadelphia Inquirer, she garners enough courage to respond. Since she is considered an old maid at the age of thirty-eight, she'll more than likely spend the rest of her life in gut-wrenching loneliness unless she does something unconventional.

This is the first book in the Unconventional Series.

Order of books:Abby: Mail Order Bride, Broken Angel, Ryder's Salvation

Minimal language. Sensual love scenes.

©2012 Verna Clay (P)2013 Verna Clay

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Sweet -- Touching!


At first I wondered if a book less than 4 hours long would be worth a credit, but I was unfamiliar with the author and wanted to judge for myself....and I can tell you, with a resounding YES, it was well worth the credit.

Be sure to have a box of tissue handy when listening to Abby: Mail Order Bride, you'll need it.

Verna Clay is a very talented author, and I hope Audible will be adding her next book in this series, as well as other books by Ms. Clay.

Although Amy Gramour's voice is rather monotone, it is pleasant and did not distract from this touching, true to life story about a Mail Order Bride from the East traveling to Texas to care for a family of four who had lost their wife and mother the year before.

I recommend it all soft-hearted romantics.

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  • Linda
  • FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States
  • 11-01-15

Love is eternal!

What a cute sweet historical novel. Mail order brides is the old E-Harmony. Lol Life was so hard back in the day but the simple joy in life is love.

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Monotone narrator

What did you like best about Abby: Mail Order Bride? What did you like least?

The story was great but I never got used to the narrator. I won't finish the series even though I really liked the story.
The narrator over enunciated each word and had little inflection in her voice.
Maybe a reader; not a listener.

What other book might you compare Abby: Mail Order Bride to and why?

none

What would have made this romance irresistible?

A great narrator

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  • J-9
  • Cary, NC, United States
  • 08-14-13

Monotone Narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. I might recommend the book but probably not the audiobook. The narrator read in a monotone without much emotion.

I liked the story up until the part where Abby left the family. I know she was devastated but I found it to be a very selfish act when there were two children who had already experienced quite a bit of during their lives.

Would you be willing to try another book from Verna Clay? Why or why not?

Providing a different narrator was used, I probably would.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is definitely not the worst I've ever listened to. She is just boring.