Friday, August 17, 2012

Train Station Bride by Holly Bush

  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (March 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

 March 14, 2012
1887 Debutante, Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia’s one chance at love.

Jake Shelling was sixteen and grew up quick when his parents died from influenza on the North Dakota prairie. Left with a half-cleared farm and two young sisters, he spent little time on his own needs . . till now. At thirty-five, he figured it was high time to have some sons and a mail order bride would suit him just fine. No expectations of love, just a helpmate from sturdy stock, ready for farm life.

My take on this book:
At twenty-seven Julia Crawford feels like it is long past time to make a life for herself. As the second born child in a wealthy Boston family, she often feels like her mother thinks of her as a failure, and often reminds Julia that she is nothing like her sisters, who are tall and thin whereas Julia is short and plump. Her family takes great stock in marrying someone within their station and have been trying to match Julia with an undesirable man. Unbeknownst to them though Julia has been corresponding with a man in Cedar Ridge, South Dakota, and has come up with a ruse so that she can travel there to marry him and take care of his elderly mother. 

Jake Shelling feels like its time to be married. His parents died when he was sixteen so he put his time and efforts into raising his sisters and making their farm profitable. Now though at the age of 35 he wants a wife, and not just any wife, he wants a strong capable woman, who can give him a son,and be a help. His solution is a mail order bride from Sweden, and he is expecting her on the next train. When a mix up at the train station has him marrying Julia instead of his mail order bride what will they do. 

"Train Station Bride" was a book I just couldn't put down. I actually read it in a few hours  because I became smitten with the characters and had to know how things would play out. I really could understand why Julia wanted to break away from her family, her older sister and mother were awful. Their constant ridicule had given Julia such a distorted self image of herself. It was so nice to see her blossom and become the woman she was meant to be. The secret that she was carrying was an unexpected twist that I didn't see coming, and I felt like it added another layer to an already great plot. Jake was an honorable character, and he really got much more than he bargained for. The author did an excellent job of providing plenty of detail without bogging down the story. I really enjoyed reading this story, and while Ms. Bush provides a satisfying ending I hope that perhaps she may give us another story with the character of Jillian. Overall a fantastic historical romance, with wonderfully developed characters and a story that I hated to see end. Ms. Bush has certainly gained a new fan here! Highly recommended!

About the author

I grew up in a home where I was surrounded by books. There was not a room that did not hold a bookcase, stack or shelves of books. My father didn't care what we read, although he did, as long as we read something, even a comic book. His stack of books beside his reading chair that sat next to a sunny window was a strange mix of westerns, political intrigue, current affairs, science fiction and the odd biography. Books made me curious, comforted me, excited me, scared me and gave me glimpses into lives and worlds beyond my reach. What a gift - the written word - what a gift! To learn more about Ms. Bush visit her webpage here:
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