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Mail-Order Brides of the West: Bertha, a Montana Sky Series novella by NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Debra Holland

Bertha Bucholtz returns to her St. Louis home after an unsuccessful stay at the mail-order bridal agency. Her family house is overflowing with her thin, beautiful sisters and their many suitors, and shy, overweight Bertha is lost among the chaos. Even her baking skills - so praised at the agency - aren't special, for her six sisters and her mother are also excellent cooks. Desperate to be living on her own, Bertha searches for a job as a cook but with little success.

Then a letter arrives from her nemesis at the bridal agency. Shrewish Prudence Crawford, now Mrs. Michael Morgan, invites Bertha to move to Morgan's Crossing, Montana Territory and work as a cook and housekeeper at the boarding house for her husband's miners.

Upon her arrival in Morgan's Crossing, Bertha has to contend with Prudence, who seems to have mellowed - or has she? The boarding house is dirty, run-down, and full of uncouth miners. As the only single woman for miles around and a lauded cook, Bertha quickly becomes the siren of the tiny town as well as nearby Sweetwater Springs, as miners and cowboys flock to court her. Now the shy woman who had no choice of suitors has an abundance of them to pick from. She never would have dreamt having too many swains was a bigger problem than having none at all.

©2014 Debra Holland (P)2015 Debra Holland

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Mail Order Bride: Bertha

Would you listen to Mail-Order Brides of the West: Bertha again? Why?

I would listen multiple times to Bertha's story because the couple is sweet and both shy, yet overcome that shyness to make life better for others.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bertha is sweet, shy and uncertain when the book starts, but by the end, much more self confident. A budding flower to full bloom.

Have you listened to any of Lara Asmundson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I like Lara Asmundson's performances. They are both soothing and compelling enough to keep your interest.

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Mail Order Brides of the West: Bertha by Debra Holland

A beautiful and sweet conclusion to the Mail Order Brides series by Holland. It's the story of a shy and overweight girl blossoming with a job and independence. She falls into the arms of a shy and quiet man who soon wants to kiss her toes rather than just rub her sore feet in the shadows.
Definitely an "awwww" romance.
Novella length and can stand alone.

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Mail order brides of the West

Not long enough . Needs to be a novel like the rest of Debra Holland's and Caroline offers bookks

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Mail order bride

A historical romance of a mail order bride who didn’t find a match at the agency, traveled west to run a boarding house, in Morgans crossing where prudence found her match and is now the lady of the town. Bertha is much surprised at how the men want to court her in this mining town but she has her heart set on one. I love reading how this shy woman blossoms into her own, a clean love story in Montana territory

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Very Entertaining!

I enjoyed this book very much. I hope reading/listening to it will give my fellow peaches much deserved confidence. I have found a few extra pounds bothers me far more than anyone else and unkind remarks tell far more about the speakers than the recipient. Unkind words can do much damage so please think before speaking.

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Bertha is always quiet and shy.

I have loved this whole series of mail order brides. Bertha didn't get to be a mail order bride and she felt so out of place even at home. She is a quiet person and is a little plump, so she thinks that men aren't interested in her like they are her sisters. So, when an employment opportunity comes up, she decides to take it. Even if her employer will be Prudence, she will be able to be near some of her friends from the agency. It seems Prudence has changed and Bertha is willing to take the chance that the change is permanent. When arrives, there is a man who is a lot like Bertha, he is quiet and reserved. Will they be able to make a go of it?

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Full Size Love

I believe that Bertha is my favorite of the eight mail order brides. The story tells the true way I felt growing up oversized with a slender sister. All my life I had been teased and made to feel inferior to my sister and friends, and I wondered if I would ever meet someone who saw the real me. Thankfully I did, just before my 21st birthday. He was a wonderful, gentle man. We never had great riches, but he worked hard and didn't drink or gamble, and provided for his family. I lost him after 50 years of marriage and I miss him every day. I believe that is the way Bertha's marriage will work out and I look forward to hearing about her and Howie in future stories.

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Fantastic!

Bertha wanted to be a mail order bride. She didn’t make a match, so she took a job at Morgan’s Crossing managing a boarding house and doing the cooking. She met Howie who was a handyman for Mr. Morgan. He had been raised in an orphanage and was always in the shadows. Debra never disappoints in her very heartfelt stories. The narrator did a splendid job bringing the tale to life.

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loved this sweet story

I loved this sweet story as Bertha finds her voice and her true love. A very nice book that kept me listening and smiling! Ms Deborah is a gifted writer that will keep you smiling and sighing with her delightful stories!

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The last mail order bride.

Bertha was the last mail order bride. She didn’t find a match so she accepts a job running a boarding house in Morgan’s Crossing. Bertha is not thin so she knows she will never find a husband so when she becomes the center of attention she feels over whelmed by all the male attention. The narrator does a wonderful job with Berthas story. Even her voice resembles berthas quiet ways.

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A beautiful and sweet conclusion to the Mail Order Brides series by Holland. It's the story of a shy and overweight girl blossoming with a job and independence. She meets Howie--both are super shy. They fall in love and that's that. Simple romance book. Chick book. Why did I finish it?