If you’re a fan of “mail order bride” stories, 2010 is a banner year. Recently I’ve read a trio of historical romances using the “mail order bride” gambit and I heartily recommend all three of them.
In The Substitute Bride (Janet Dean, Love Inspired Historical), Elizabeth Manning takes the place of a mail order bride who has changed her mind. She offers herself as a substitute to widowed rancher Ted Logan—a marriage of convenience that suits both of them. Only Elizabeth falls in love with Ted before she learns a secret past that holds the very thing she left home to escape.
The Anonymous Bride (Vickie McDonough, Barbour) features not one, but three, mail order brides—none of the requested by the man they are promised to marry. Luke Davis’s cousins thought he needed help in choosing a bride. The three enter a series of contests to win the heart of the marshal—and discover there is a fourth, anonymous, contender for his heart. The first book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series introduces us to an engaging group of characters who will soon fill the town of Lookout, Texas, with newly married couples.
Orphaned Madeleine Mercer finds herself being ramrodded into marriage with her father’s shady business partner. She heads from Boston to Golden, New Mexico, to answer Philip Smith’s ad for a mail order bride. Honor, integrity, forgiveness, faith—issues of many kinds stand between Madeline and the man God has for her in Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico (Lena Nelson Dooley, Summerside)
In addition to the three books I’ve mentioned above, two of my favorite authors, Susan Page Davis and Vickie McDonough (author of The Anonymous Bride), have teamed up with Carrie Turansky and Therese Stenzel for Christmas Mail-Order Brides, due out from Barbour in September.