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Mail-Order Brides of the West, Book 4: Lina

A Montana Sky Novel
Narrated by: Lara Asmundson
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Mail-Order Brides of the West is a collaborative series by New York Times best-selling author Debra Holland and USA Today best-selling author Caroline Fyffe.

When Lina Napolitano's nanny position ends, she has no desire to return to the crowded family compound in St. Louis and endure the pressure from all her boisterous and overbearing Italian relatives to marry a local man. After eight years of living away from her family, she's accustomed to making her own decisions. Lina wishes to be a wife - just not of the local garbage man or fishmonger. Traveling as a mail-order bride to Sweetwater Springs, Montana seems like the perfect solution to escaping her smothering family and forging her own life.

After childbirth robs Jonah Barrett of his Indian wife, he is left to raise their toddler Adam alone. When Adam falls into the fireplace and burns his hand, Jonah becomes desperate to find the boy a mother - one who'll care for him and accept the child's half-breed heritage. And a woman who doesn't know Jonah's whole past.

Will outgoing, demonstrative Lina fit into his solitary world and want to stay? Or will this mail-order marriage be over before the relationship really begins?

Mail-Order Brides of the West: Lina takes place simultaneously with Mail-Order Brides of the West: Heather and is set seven years before Wild Montana Sky. See Caroline Fyffe's companion book, Mail-Order Brides of the West: Heather to find out what happens to Lina's friend and fellow mail-order bride when she travels to Y Knot, Montana to become the wife of lumber mill owner Hayden Klinkner.

©2014 Debra Holland (P)2014 Debra Holland

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Beautiful cultures can cause love to abound!

If you could sum up Mail-Order Brides of the West, Book 4: Lina in three words, what would they be?

Italy, family and red sauce!

What other book might you compare Mail-Order Brides of the West, Book 4: Lina to and why?

I would say that it is a perfect prolog to Starry Montana Sky. It brings in many of those characters before that story takes place and it shows why some of the emotion of Starry is so intense with some of the characters.

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Imagine leaving your family, culture, and even your religion in order to help a grieving man raise his half-Indian son in a safe and loving home. Lina is such a woman. She leaves the comfort and family of the St. Louis and goes to the little town of Sweetwater Springs, Montana where most have not even heard of minestrone! Some in Sweetwater Springs do not approve of this new bride raising a "half-breed" and they let it be known, but then, this little town does not realize what it is taking on with this beautiful, spit-fire Italian. What's more is that her husband does not realize how her love for he and his son can start the healing of a grieving heart and help it turn into another chance at love.

Debra does it again for these two interwoven series! I love the way she brings Lina into Trudy's world (previous book) and how they help grow the tapestry of Sweetwater Springs as mail order brides! I look forward seeing how the other brides will weave their lives into this community!

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Love this series.

I love Lina' s story. I love how she and Adam bond so quickly. Trudy knew what she was doing having Lina marry Jonah. Each husband in the series has their own special quality that makes the reader fall in love with them too. Can't wait for the next adventure.

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Tugged at my Heartstrings

Such a wonderful story! It was lovely to revisit old friends with Trudy and Seth and receive an introduction to Lina, Jonah, and his son Adam... It's true, family isn't just dna....

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Historical fiction & romance at it's finest!

Lina, A Mail-order Brides of the West is another fantastic tale of the Mail-Order Brides series. First we met Trudy, then the next book,we met Evie. Now in this book, we get to meet Lina (short for Angelina), a mail-order bride with Italian blood in her. Trudy went to Sweetwater, Montana and Evie went to Y Knot, Montana. Now Lina goes to Sweetwater too.
Trudy had written to Lina, to tell her of a man (Jonah) whom desperately needed a woman in his life. Jonah was married to an Indian woman (Coco) and she died during childbirth if their 2nd child. Trudy mailed Lina to tell her of the perfect match for her as Lina has great experience with kids & loves them.
Lina reads this letter and agrees to move to Sweetwater, Montana and marry Jonah. We follow along as Jonah & Lina get to know each other and grow to love each other. Lina is a strong Italian woman and it shows in everything she does.
Many times during this book Lina mentions Heather, a friend of her who also went to Y Knot, Montana to marry too, but that didn't work out according to the many letters Lina read to us. I suspect in the next book, we will learn more about Heather and get to know her better!
This is a really great book! The author, Debra Holland captured my interest in the very first book of this series and hasn't lost me yet. These books are all so exciting! I just love hearing the tales of the old wild west! The narrator, Lara Asmundson once again does a fabulous job! I just love the voice she uses for Lina complete with the strong Italian accent! The narrator breathes so much life in these stories. All of the voices this narrator has used through out this entire series has been fantastic, exciting and adventurous! Just like they say in the west... Onward hooooo.

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Lina

Lina is my favorite mail order bride. Her warm and loving heart and of course her minestrone soup makes my mouth water every time she mentions it. Moving west and marrying a man of another religion, cares for his son like her own. You will fall in love with the characters and the bond of having females friends who share their same experiences of marrying a man from the west and moving to Montana territory. A simple time with many hardships, a historical romance that will captivate your mind and heart.

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Excellent Story with Endearing Characters!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook. The story of Lina and Jonah and baby Adam, is really about forming a family after particularly difficult situations. Lina leaving her family and culture after the end of her employment and Jonah grieving his first wife. This book also puts an emphasis on sacrifice and compromise as part of relationships and family and these values that really ring true at the time as well they do today.
The realness and emotional depth of the characters is the driving force in this story and is a universal theme going beyond the historical romance genre.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mail-Order Brides of the West, Book 4: Lina?

The most memorable part of the book is when Lina accepts the furniture made for Jonah's deceased wife with native symbols on them. It really demonstrates in one moment the compassion and goodness of Lina that we experience throughout the book.

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

I preferred Lara's performance in Mail Order Brides of the West: Trudy. I found that her narration sometimes lacked fluidity. I really enjoyed the voices she gave Lina and Jonah. I kinda felt bad for Lara having to speak Italian in the book. However, I really enjoyed her voice and binge listened this story twice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was quite a bit of comedy in this book as well as great one-liners that made me laugh at loud. "Jerky what is this jerky"

I found that the death of Alisha really sad and it touched me deeply.

Any additional comments?

This story made me want to research about the period as well as early Italian immigration to the United States. I found Lina such a rich character very much rooted in her faith and culture. I must say that there were a couple religious inaccuracies but they were quite minimal.

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A great story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would, Lina is a wonderful story. I read the book and the audible version was just great, it was like a new book all over again. Lara Asmundson is very good as a narrator, I enjoy listening to her smooth clear voice.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the whole book

Which scene was your favorite?

When little Adam called Lina Mama

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, When Alisha passed away, so sad

Any additional comments?

Debra, this was a wonderful book. I love the audible version. The story and characters were great. I have listened to most all of the Brides of The West and I loved them all. You are a fantastic Author! I highly recommend this and all your books.

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An Enjoyable story

If you could sum up Mail-Order Brides of the West, Book 4: Lina in three words, what would they be?

Lina's story kept me hooked till the end. Lina is a loving gal that anyone would love to have as a friend. There is more sorrow in this book than the other books of this series. It is still a sweet book, with a happy ending.

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I loved the narrator of this book. I don't usually listen to audio books, preferring to read, I finished this book in a day. It certainly made the house work more enjoyable.

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Love the book, really like the audio book

I love this story and have read it quite a few times. It is a sweet, clean read that actually goes by fairly quickly.

I will say that reading the book is better than listening to the audio book. I didn't become involved in the story as well with the audio book as with the written book.

I will love it and will definitely read it again.

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STAYING STRONG

The story of Lina will read well as a stand-alone and even better if you have also read some of the other stories about the other mail-order brides from the same Matrimonial agency, with brides by the names of Evie, Kathryn, and Heather, and Trudy. Several of the other mail-order brides may be mentioned in the story, but not reading about them prior will not hinder the understanding of the friendships developed. There are several more stories in this series by Debra Holland, including Darcy, Prudence, and Bertha. Mrs. Seymour seems to have a special talent for matching the right bride to the gentleman seeking a bride.

Lina Napolitano will be a requested bride with the match made by former mail-order bride, Trudy, married to Seth Flanagan. When Trudy meets Seth’s childhood friend, Jonah Barrett, and his toddler son, Adam, learning his plight as a widower, she knows the perfect bride, Lina, an Italian who has the love and compassion that not only Jonah needs, but his son, Adam.

The story is a beautiful tale of undying love, compassion, and one woman who is non-judgmental of people. Lina is kind, caring, and has so much love to give, along with patience and understanding. Jonah is a broken man with a son who needs a mother and yet; he feels he is caught between a rock and a hard place. Losing the woman he loved during childbirth along with their daughter leaves him with guilt. Knowing that her being an Indian, their children are considered half-breeds, has he doomed his son?

The story is a clean, sweet, historical based mail order bride story with Christian elements but not preachy. It has the good, the bad, and the trouble-makers that are ugly. It is an emotional story that includes loss, acceptance of death, and moving forward and making the best out of whatever situation you find yourself. It is also fun seeing Trudy and Lina together again, and the correspondence between Lina and her friend, Heather (Caroline Fyffe’s story) who moves to Y Knot, Montana Territory.