Jamie Collins doesn't have much to live for in Walhalla, North Dakota. Her husband passed away two years ago and she has been working as a housekeeper on a ranch. Jamie's employers are difficult people to work for and she dreams of getting away from them. She has a history with men and is ostracized by many of the townspeople. Jamie wants a better life but has no way to make that happen.
Jamie comes across an ad in The Walhalla Press for mail-order-brides. She jumps at the chance to find a good man and secure a happy future. Ever the realist, she knows that the chances of making a love-match are slim, but she'll settle for a good man who is a good provider. She finds an advertisement from a younger Montana ranch hand that catches her eye and she sets her sights on him. It should be easy to wrap him around her little finger.
Luke Samuels has had a rough couple of years. He's been jilted by the girl of his dreams and laid off from his employment with a local Dawson County, Montana ranch. His cousin Dean Samuels hires Luke on as a ranch hand. Luke sees how happy Dean and Tessa are together and wants that kind of happiness for himself. Even though he's painfully gun shy about the opposite sex, he's willing to take a chance to find a bride who's a sure thing. Leaving nothing to chance, he enlists the help of his cousin Marcus Samuels to help him write the perfect ad that will entice a willing female to come to Montana.
When they meet, Luke is bowled over by the beauty with the emerald green eyes and auburn hair, but is instantly tongue-tied. Jamie is not sure how they're going to develop a relationship when he can barely talk to her, but she sets out to seduce the handsome man with the soulful brown eyes and sweet smile. A game of cat and mouse ensues and Jamie finds out that marrying Luke is easy, but capturing his heart is going to be harder than she anticipates.
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I really enjoy listening to this series. I love how each story is stand alone but together they form the wonderful tapestry of a growing, developing community. The characters are, for the most part, strong yet flawed and, as such very interesting. Despite the stories being rather similar, as they are all historical western mail order brides, the details vary tremendously. The people are different in personailities and personal histories and their strengths and vulnerabilities are unique. It is hard not to become a little emotionally invested. I want to read or listen to the next book because I want this community to persevere and thrive.
If the Samuels (the first three books) are the backbone of these stories, these three books are about the corner blocks of a community, namely the mayor and the sheriff. These three books focus on three women who were the best of friends before they come to Dawson. The challenges of their youth solidify their friendship and make them uniquely appropriate to meet the ups and downs of Dawson with their prospective grooms.
As usual J. Scott Bennett has given a well matched performance.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
"Box set 4-6"
I love how each one brings out different characters and difficulties to be overcome. They flow quickly and smoothly. All the characters are so real, interesting & fun. I enjoy listening every minute.
"4 1/2 Stars Cute Romance Boxset!"
This is a cute western romance boxset. All the couples in each story are great together. It was great to see characters from the previous books.
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"Strong Handsome Cowboys Find Love in the West"
I've listened to the first box set of 3 in this series and other Mail Order Bride books.
This particular set of 6 is by far the best of all.
Since there are actually 3 stories in this box set I won't pick out one in particular but as a rule I really like how all of the characters are so real and honest. The author has a way of endearing the listener with each character's unique personality. The listener becomes on of the family and becomes totally involved in their lives. I sure do wish there were more books in this series because I love this family !!
Scott uses the same voice for each book so in general I will say that the voice he uses for the lead female character is my favorite. The listener is treated to a happy and upbeat woman's voice that is also sultry and exciting.
I wouldn't say my reaction was "extreme" but I will say that there were definitely a few twists and turns that caught me by surprise and made my heart smile in a giant way !
I was give these books by Scott Bennett in exchange for an honest review. I am so thankful for having this opportunity. Scott is my favorite male voice artist! He portrays each character with joy and integrity. Thanks again Scott !!
These are good books and I enjoyed listening to this author and narrator
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"I love This Box Set!"
I love this box set to have books 4-6 all in one was really great! As always Linda Bridey did an awesome job & J. Scott Bennett really brought the books to life! great job!! I can't wait to read/listen to more by these two!!
"Love love love"
I absolutely love the Samuels family. Even 6 books in and I can't wait for the next story from Dawson. The narrator sucks you into the story to the point you can almost feel a part of the story.
"cute romance. "
sweet and enjoyable romance
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"Great Continuing Stories"
I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobook boom. This set is the stories of three friends from Valhalla, North Dakota who find love in the town with Dean, Seth, and Silver Fox(Marcus). Marcus is recruited by cousin Luke to find him a bride. She is very different from the other brides and they don't seem to match but in the end, they find that their difference is what makes them a perfect pair. Marcus is recruited by Joe after Luke's wedding to write for him a bride. He wants to get out from under his mean spiteful father's thumb. He is paired with Lacey who has been abused by her father since she was 13. They have a rocky road to love but it does come. Finally, we have the Sheriff who sends for the last friend and they are perfect for each other. She wears pants and can out shoot, out fight, and throw a knife like an expert and becomes a bouncer. They have their difference but they too find true happiness. These stories are worth listening to.
"Top Class Stories"
Book 4: This is a extremely interesting story about Jamie and Luke and tells tells of the bias leveled toward Jamie who is a widow and who is also a loving, carefree young lady who just likes to enjoy life and have fun.
She answers Luke's Mail Order Bride advert and they begin corresponding and agree to meet.
She is accepted by all except Luke's mother who really goes out of her way to spread gossip about her and give her a hard time in her attempt to break up the blossoming relationship.
The story tells of their emotions and how they sort out their lives in such a beautiful way that at times I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, feel angry or sad or just plain be happy for them.
I love the way Linda Bridey is able to evoke all these different feelings/emotions using only words.
Book 5: Here we have a story about a womanizing rancher who fell in love with an abused woman and she with him. It tells of all the ups and downs in their relationship and how they eventually realize that they care deeply for each other.
He originally wants a wife so that he can inherit a fortune but he soon becomes very caring towards his new wife even though he slips up now and then in his judgement of various situations.
She just wants to escape from an abusive father but finds more good in her relationship with her new husband and in her new life than she could ever dream of.
Book 6: I just love this series of Mail Order Brides. Each person in this series has a relationship either as family or as a friend to start with.
In this particular book we have the Mitch, the Deputy Sheriff who soon becomes the Sheriff falling in love with Sammi, a gun slinging and knife throwing young lady.
She is cute, she is sexy and she knows how to defend herself. He is a hunk, loving but a no nonsense type and they are both crazy for each other.
This story tells us about the ups and downs in their relationship that nearly tears them apart but you really need to read the book for yourself, or listen to it to find out exactly what goes on in their lives.
The narrations by J. Scott Bennett of these beautifully written books by Linda Bridey is as usual top class.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy of the audiobook set by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Good fun and history be damned!"
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I previously listened to books 1-3 in this series, and most of the characters carry over. So the author's fans get the pleasure of seeing what happens next in their lives and how they interact with the newcomers. The prospective husbands include one of the ranch hands (and a cousin of the ranch owner), the best friend of the ranch owner, and the local deputy sheriff. Their respective brides are all friends from a small town in the Dakotas. Their tales are pretty typical for the genre and pleasant to listen to.
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend these books to anyone who demands historical accuracy. (SPOILER AHEAD) I assume the stories take place in the late 19th century -- probably around 1873, which is when one bride would have been able to buy those new-fangled denim jeans. However, our groom could not have unzipped his wife's zipper until at least the 1920s. In the political arena, I can't believe the local Indians would have had the right to vote in this era. These are the two examples that struck me as the most jarring. So listen to these stories for the romance, and ignore the historical errata.
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