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August 7, 2017


Wilderness Brides
Book Four
Lyn Cote

 Frontier Want Ad Bride (Wilderness Brides #4)

Bride by Mail

Mail-order bride Judith Jones has barely arrived in Pepin, Wisconsin, before she's whisked away to prepare for her wedding to Asa Brant. Though something about Asa seems so familiar, how do two strangers become husband and wife? Especially when Judith senses Asa's hidden sorrow. His kindness in helping two young orphans could win her heart…if only he'd open up to her.

Determined to start over after four years of brutal war, Asa moved away and sent for a mail-order bride. He had no idea the woman answering his ad would be the sister of his former soldier in arms. The less he reveals, the fewer painful memories there are to confront. But Judith's compassion—and two loving children—might just show them the path to true happiness…


Lyn CoteLyn grew up loving books. Her favorite night of the week was Friday night, when the Bookmobile came to her neighborhood in Illinois. She’d spend those two hours chatting with the driver of the Bookmobile and the librarian and making the big decision of the week — which books to check out! In those distant days, children were limited in how many books they could check out. Lyn could only take home six a week — and there were so many to choose from. Her favorites were Cotton in my Sack by Lois Lenski, The Little House series and the One of a Kind Family series. Later, she discovered Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances!
This love of books led to a desire to write. Lyn won prizes in high school and college for her poetry and, not surprisingly, Lyn became a history and English teacher. When she became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Then she wrote her second and third. Long years of rejection followed — as it does for most writers. Finally in 1997, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen to appear in the first year of the new Love Inspired line. Lyn has written many articles on writing and the emerging Christian Booksellers Assoc. (CBA) fiction market. In 2006, Lyn's book, Chloe, is a finalist for the RWA's RITA, the highest award in the romance genre in the inspirational category.
Now, Lyn spends her days writing books that show the power of divine as well as human love. Her nest is empty and she and her real life hero, her husband, have more and more time to spend together in their home on a lake in the lovely northwoods. And books are still dear to her heart.

Setting: Pepin, Wisconsin - This is book four of four in a series.   Each book can be read as stand alones or in series.  This is one of those books you keep reading until you're finished.  Asa is haunted by memories of war and he's tired of being alone.  So he sends for a mail order bride.  I wonder how two people who haven't seen each other, don't know each other can be married and hopefully find love through an ad - a mail order ad.  But when Judith answers the ad and meets Asa, they immediately marry and immediately trouble becomes their shadow. Judith also has a twin sister, Emma, who is also a mail order bride and both travel to Pipin together. Can Asa face the war memories that are haunting him?  He must come to terms with those memories if there is a chance for Asa and Judith to learn to love each other. I was amazed at the way Judith dealt with Asa, being so understanding and patient.  She was wanting that connection for love to take it's hold. I don't believe I would have that staying power or even the desire to be a mail order bride.  But that was what happened in that time.  Men and women answered those ads and wed. The book holds how the characters dealt with life as hard as it was.  It showed how they had real life struggles and learned to overcome them.  I admire the strength and perhaps, need the men and women had to go west and meet someone, a stranger, that was to be your partner for life.  It wasn't back then, like it is now.  Divorce just didn't happen.  You were in it for the long haul. This one pulled at your heart strings and you could almost feel the pain and heart ache that the characters were going through.  You may even need a tissue or two for that occasional tear you'll have running down your cheek.  The author wrote a a heart warming story of love and devotion.  The struggles of after war and what it did to the soldiers and those left behind made me take a second look at why the want ads were placed.  Asa was trying to face the after war and Judith, in her way, had her own war at hand.  A lovely historical romance.  I'm just sorry I haven't read (yet) the first three books.

I received a copy of this book from the author, Lyn Cote and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5  STARS. 


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