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The Doctor's Mail-Order Bride

Coal Valley Brides, Book 3
Narrated by: Barbara Goldie
Series: Coal Valley Brides, Book 3
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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Summary

Colorado, summer of 1880. Aurora McMullen, an orphan, has been left without family by her rich aunt's death. When the government seizes the small fortune given to her in the will, she takes a chance on her future and responds to a mail-order bride ad. Accustomed to a comfortable life in the city, she sets out to marry a man who defies her expectations and shows her the greatest riches come from the heart.

Elbridge Claywood, the doctor of Coal Valley, has been wanting to find a proper wife to share his home. A letter from his friend in Nashville helps him choose a volunteer nurse desperate to leave a bad situation. Always a gentleman, he marries this beautiful woman who brings warmth and hope into his lonely existence.

Together, they will discover they are destined for one another despite a good dose of homesickness and the rugged conditions of life in the west.

©2017 Rose Andrews (P)2018 Rose Andrews

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The Doctor’s Mail-Order Bride

Such a sweet and loving book. If you’re looking for a clean romance then look no further as this one would be perfect for you!

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  • Reggie
  • California, MD, United States
  • 14-07-19

The small town doc gets a bride

Aurora grew up with her aunt, who wasn’t a loving soul but who did provide her with many creature comforts. Aurora faithfully nursed her aunt until her death from cancer and was expecting an inheritance. Imagine her surprise when she learns that she did inherit half of her aunt’s estate but due to taxes owed, everything was confiscated by the government. Now Aurora is penniless and without options. When her best friend suggests that she answer the request for a doctor’s mail-order bride, Aurora hesitatingly agrees. But Coal Valley is a far cry from Nashville and what she’s been accustomed to...will Aurora give the small town, and its doctor, a chance?
Doctor Eldridge Claywood needed a wife so when his childhood friend in Nashville, referred him to Aurora, he is happy to offer her marriage. Can the good doc overcome Aurora’s insecurities and homesickness and prove that she’s capable of being loved? Sweet novella with a cute ending.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • RC18
  • Lake Mary, FL
  • 04-07-19

Wholesome historical romance

Rose Andrews’ The Doctor’s Mail-Order Bride was a pleasant novella. The characters were true to the time with Aurora and Elbridge’s relationship an honest depiction of the trials the real mail order brides and their husbands may have faced. I thought Barbara Goldie’s narration brought the characters to life and made the story very believable.
I was fortunate to receive this audiobook.

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Sweet and Quick

My first Rose Andrews book, and it is quick and sweet! I love novellas, and this mail order bride is a little different than most. I loved that it is not a cookie cutter story! Aurora comes to marry Elbridge after her aunt dies. She is a city girl, and comes to live with this doctor who not only is not the same class she was, but is the local doctor. With long hours, he is not home as much as she would like and the lifestyle is what she is used to. Will these two be able to find their happily ever after? Aurora proves to be an interesting character.While normally we find the bride falling in love with her new husband, this one gives us a look at what would happen if circumstances were not ideal. It's a fresh new take, I really enjoyed it.

Barbara Goldie gives a wonderful performance, as she brings this historical romance to life. It is my first narration by her and I enjoyed her pace and voices. I will be looking for more by her.

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  • Jen K
  • 21-11-19

Too short

I picked this book knowing it was a novella. However, it was just too short. I felt that there just needed to be a bit more to round out the story and to develop the characters and their romance. Just when it was getting interesting, it was over. There are some good bones here with an interesting premise and promising characters... it just felt unfinished.

Nothing really stood out with Barbara Goldie's narration. She had fine pacing and some emotion. I'd be interested to hear her with a longer story with more meat to it.

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  • Janalyn
  • 12-10-19

I love a happy ending!

I love all kind of genres fiction time travel sci-fi, but there is something that these historical fiction romance books give me I can’t get anywhere else and that is a happy ending that swells my heart. Although I know these are made of characters in most of the books I love at the end when I’m like oh that was so good in this book was no exception. It totally delivered, would be exception of a few things in the book that made me go really… For the most part it really delivered and I liked it. I totally recommend it to anyone who likes romance books for the happy endings in the ending that wasn’t so predictable. I thought it was great and the narrator did wonderful.

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  • Mary Grace Shelton
  • 31-07-19

Not my usual

I have a hard time with books set in the past. But this one was good, just took a bit to get into. I head background noise and the narration was a bit static at times, but she does do a good job.

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  • Tamica Gates
  • 19-07-19

Beautiful

Beautiful story about a young woman taking a chance because of circumstances beyond her control and finding a lasting love with a doctor in the ole west.

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  • Layla
  • 09-07-19

Sweet romance

This is a quick listen and not taxing on the brain. If you like sweet mail order brides then this is for you.

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  • Betababe
  • 07-07-19

Coping with Womanhood

A lot of the Mail Order Bride books point out the legal helplessness of women. Unable, in most jurisdictions, to own land on their own, considered chattel of first father then husband, looked down on if trying to work in men's jobs (which was most of them!), their expected position in life was to be a wife and mother. Lacking a legal male protector, a woman became even more vulnerable. Our heroine is one such, gently reared but, with the loss of her aunt, on her own. Fortunately her friend's husband has a classmate in search of a wife. Barbara Goldie's narration leaves you in no doubt of Aurora's fears and trepidation as she learns to trust not just herself but her new husband.

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  • Paula M. Williams
  • 01-07-19

Enjoyable and fabulous narration!

I loved this story set in the past of Eldridge and Aurora. I especially loved the narration. It was some of the best I’ve heard!!

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  • Sandra Sewell White
  • 22-06-19

A beautiful story

This performance was a wonderful experience. The narration was well done. The story was well written. I cannot wait for the next in this series.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 20-06-19

Sweet and Cute

This was my first Rose Andrews's book. This novella is sweet and cute. Barbara Goldie did a good job with the narration. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook — at my request — and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Natalya
  • 11-06-19

Sweet read

Cute mail-order bride story. Easy to read. I’d like for the story to be more emotional...but the narrator did a great job! Enjoyed it!

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