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Christmas Hearts by Jillian Hart
Thirteen-year-old Amelia longs for a new ma. Little George needs a father's guidance. For their children's sake, Cole Matheson and Mercy Jacobs agree on a businesslike marriage. But though Cole tries to keep his distance, Mercy offers the very thing he's stopped believing in—the chance to forge a real family.
Mistletoe Kiss in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
"Passable cook wanted as wife. Marriage in name only." Noah Miller doesn't expect any replies to his plainspoken ad, though it's the only kind of offer the guarded rancher's prepared to make. Until widowed Maeve Flanagan and her sweet daughter arrive, turning his home and his heart upside down….
My take on this book:
Christmas Hearts is the story of Mercy Jacobs and her seven year old son George. Since the death of her husband Mercy had done everything she could to take care of George, but the one thing he needed was a father, so when she answers an ad from Cole Matheson who happens to be looking for a mother for his 13 year old daughter Amelia she hopes Cole will be the father her son needs. Cole not only lost his heart when he buried his wife and son he also lost his faith as well. He only wants a mother for Amelia, but when he meets Mercy and George it seems his heart might have other ideas.
Mistletoe Kiss has Maeve Flanagan and her four year old daughter Violet headed to Dry Creek in the hopes of a new beginning. After the death of her husband Maeve couldn't find work in Boston and knew the only answer left was becoming a mail order bride. Noah Miller's ranch hands want a good cook and decide to send away for a mail order bride for their boss. Thing is Noah has had his heart broken once and plans on keeping his distance making it a marriage in name only. When he meets Maeve and Violet though his heart can't help but become involved, thing is Maeve has a secret that might cause Noah to change his mind!
One of my favorite types of historical read is mail-order brides. My curiosity is always piqued at what would make someone decide to marry someone that they intend to spend their life with sight unseen. With Mail Order Mistletoe Brides we get two such stories,two women with different backgrounds headed west to the Montana Territory at Christmastime in the hopes of a new beginning not only for themselves but for their children as well. I don't really remember reading very many mail-order bride tales where there were children involved, and with this one both mothers are willing to do whatever it takes for their children.The children add another layer to the story making the story more interesting. Young George was such a likeable child, and I couldn't help but think that Amelia would be a real handful in a few years.Violet was such a sweet child who had witnessed something horrible, and what the cowboys did in order to make her comfortable was so sweet. While each story is a short read the characters are well developed allowing the reader to understand who they are. Even though you really know what will ultimately happen in the end its the twists the stories take to get us to that ending that makes for such a sweet story. Anyone looking for a couple of mail order bride stories that are heart touching,and inspirational along with a historical western flavor will certainly enjoy Mail Order Mistletoe Brides. While these stories take place at Christmas I would easily recommend them any time of the year!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.