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Alternate Cover edition for B00IKYR5SI1887 Debutante Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a prominent 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 bigAlternate Cover edition for B00IKYR5SI1887 Debutante Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a prominent 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 South 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. Will fate and chance play a trick on Julia and Jake?...

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Train Station Bride Reviews

  • Jonetta
    2019-06-17 05:56

    Originally posted on The Book NymphoQuick summaryJulia Crawford, beaten down by her family's ridicule, decided to respond to an ad for a bride by a South Dakota man. She secretly takes the train to Cedar Ridge and meets Jake Shelling who shows up with the the preacher by his side and marries her right there at the depot. A bit of backgroundJulia comes from a wealthy, prestigious Boston family. Her mother is the ultimate Mommie Dearest only crueler. They won't actually miss her but don't want her to leave because it would be a society embarrassment. She has an older, beautiful sister who married the man Julia was in love with. Jake raised his two sisters following their parents' deaths and now that they're both married he's ready to find a wife to take care of him and provide him an heir. What I liked about the storyJulia is a wonderful character, despite her poor self image. She's resilient, caring and empathetic. Jake is honest to a fault and despite his rocky start with her, he comes to adore all that's right about her. Their romance was sweet and sensual, bolstered by the warmth and friendship of Jake's family. There are also several surprising twists, one coming at you in the very beginning. One I guessed in advance of the reveal, the other just catching me unaware. The bottom lineI really enjoyed Julia and Jake's romance and her journey to becoming a woman of her own mind and self love. I'm also a big fan of historicals set in America, especially in the Midwest. Its a wonderful change of pace, far from the ton in London.

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-06-10 11:02

    Buying a train ticket, 1887*.Photo Credit: sochicfrench.blogspot.com Box entitled “Paris, gare Saint Lazare in 1887.”★★★½☆ I really liked this one. Of course, I love mail-order brides, mix-up marriages, westerns, and fish-out-of-water stories. I debated giving it three stars, but kicked it up a half star because it held my attention and kept me reading when I should have gone to sleep. Yes, there were some plot points with which I had trouble (one of which was believing someone as well educated as Julia would end a sentence with a preposition! In addition, a minor spoiler: (view spoiler)[...and that Jake was going to, essentially, do what he scorned Julia doing, yet there was no contemplation on that point. (hide spoiler)]). However, I applauded the originality and some of the twists in the story. At the low price of $2.99, I'll definitely be checking the other book(s) by this author.Added bonus for anyone doing a 50 States Challenge: (view spoiler)[It is partially set in the hard to find state of Delaware. (hide spoiler)]By the way, this is “lendable,” but I’ve already promised it to someone.*Picture Note: This book does NOT take place in Paris. I had trouble finding just the right picture; however, the date is right, Julia has traveled to Europe, she is quite the fashion plate when she arrives in South Dakota, she speaks French...and, I absolutely loved it! ☺["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • sraxe
    2019-05-28 05:04

    I liked the premise of the story and felt it started off well enough, but I wasn't feeling it for most of the novel. I liked that the first couple of chapters concentrated on the main characters before they meet one another. I liked seeing glimpses of their lives before the inevitable marriage. I thought most of the book would go a lot slower because of how the first couple of chapters were paced. However, Jack and Julia go from strangers to married lovers in practically no time at all.Oh, and I wanted to slap Jake in the beginning when Julia fumbles over the Snelling/Shelling name and he's all:(view spoiler)[“Julia Crawford. Julia Snelling, I mean Julia Shelling,” she stumbled.Jake whoahed the horses and pulled the break. He faced his wife. “Let’s get one thing straight right now. You married me. Not Snelling and his mother. I can’t imagine why a woman like you would be batting your lashes for that skinny, mealy-mouthed pain in the ass, but the fact is you married me. Get him out of your head.” He took her chin in his hand. “What’s mine is mine, and I keep and care for what’s mine. Got it?” (hide spoiler)]Like...overreaction, much?There were other small parts of the story that bothered me. When Gloria has her kid, why was everyone making a big deal about Julia being smart about the delivery? Flossie wasn't as adept at it...and she's had two kids. It just felt really forced to me because the author was trying to push hints that (view spoiler)[Julia has had a child (hide spoiler)]. Once these hints started, they didn't stop. They kept being dropped over and over and over again, all the way until the eventual reveal. It was plenty obvious to the reader what was up, so it wasn't fun to have the author continue to drop hints. It was so saturated, too, which made it so annoying. Oh, and don't even get me on Jake monologuing over (view spoiler)[how great of a mother Julia would be (hide spoiler)]. I felt like shouting I get it, okay! It wasn't much of a reveal when it finally was laid out because it felt like an open secret by that point.One thing about Jake's words to Julia really bothered me when (view spoiler)[he berates her for leaving Jillian. (hide spoiler)] This doesn't just have to do with Jake's words -- it also has to do with the portrayal of (view spoiler)[mothers and children (hide spoiler)]. (view spoiler)[I hate that, as soon as a woman has a child, it's automatically on her shoulders as her burden to bear. Absentee fathers never face as much hatred or opposition as women when leaving a child. In this book, we have both Jake and Julia thinking how terrible Julia is for leaving her child because she wanted out of an abusive situation. It's never once brought up that Turner should've stood up and protected Jillian in Julia's stead. It's never brought up that he should and can protect Jillian from the rest of the venomous family. It's completely ridiculous and unfair that while Turner gets to live on in his perfect life, Julia suffers...even though they're both the parents to this child. (hide spoiler)] I would've been a lot happier if this had even been mentioned once. And I know that (view spoiler)[Turner didn't know Jillian was his, but Jake didn't know that, so he should've been the one to say it even if Julia didn't. I hate that this book the route of placing the blame solely at Julia's door for neglect and not even once at Turner's (hide spoiler)].Another thing with Jillian. (view spoiler)[If Julia was with seventeen, she possibly had Jillian when she was eighteen. So, since Julia is twenty-seven now, how is Jillian ten-years-old? I know it could just be argued that Julia had just turned seventeen or that Jillian just turned ten, but I feel this was an oversight on the author's part. (hide spoiler)]Now...the writing. The writing was one of the major things that kept me from really enjoying the story. I felt that the book, as a whole, lacked much emotion. The dialogue felt like recitation rather than conversation and I felt we rushed into important scenes with little to no build up and, therefore, with little to no feeling. A lot of the major milestones in their relationship just didn't have the punch I expected.The pacing falls under this writing issues, as does the chaptering. I feel the chapters were divided randomly because sometimes one chapter would end and another would begin...and we're still in the same scene. POV changes were another thing. We don't need asterisks to divide POVs. Find a more seamless way to do it because it's jarring to the flow of the scene to just have a bunch of *** when wanting to change POVs.Spelling and grammar was another aspect of the writing that annoyed me. There were so many spelling errors!• Beechley/Beechly (spelled both ways)• down stairs• your/you're• who's/whose• there/they're• She was aching for his touch the full length of her body.• I want you to be happy, but you must know that but this...There were plenty more. She even refers to Jake as Jake Crawford once.There were also some scenes that left me going uhh...okay? what the hell triggered that??(view spoiler)[“I hate you,” Jillian said. She ran past Julia and threw herself across the bed.Julia sat down on the bed beside Jillian. “I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. I may be disappointed in what you do or say, but I’ll never, ever hate you.”Jillian turned her head to see Julia’s face. “Ever?”Okay...I'm pretty sure Jillian just said she hated Julia...so why is Julia going into an explanation of how she, Julia, could never hate her, Jillian...? (hide spoiler)]This book needs a good and thorough scrub down with an editing brush. It felt less than polished with not just the spelling and grammar errors galore, but also with the haphazard chaptering and POV switches.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Maria
    2019-06-10 02:34

    I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for my fair and honest review. You may read the entire post here: http://queenofallshereads.blogspot.co...Train Station Bride by Holly Bush is a heartwarming historical romance set at the end of the 19th century. With a likable characters, witty dialogue and a well paced plot, this book captured my attention from the first page. Taking place both in Boston and South Dakota, Ms. Bush did an excellent job with the historical portrayal of East versus West during this period in American history. With a sweet romance, just the right touch of emotional angst, two well developed villains and society's limitations on women, this book packs just the right emotional punch. Julia Crawford knows she's always been an embarrassment to her family; after all her mother tells her that as often as she can. Determined to make a life for herself, even though she's been told she's not as attractive as her sisters, needs to lose weight and is socially awkward, Julia secretly replies to a mail order bride advertisement in the Boston papers. Claiming to head off to visit her aunt in Delaware, Julia instead boards a train West and heads to South Dakota to marry a middle aged storekeeper. Only things don't quite go according to plan. Jake Shellings has decided it's time to do something for himself. A self made farmer from the age of 16, he'd raised. his two younger sisters when their parents died, found them husbands and bought out their share of the family farm. Realizing he's lonely and needs an heir, Jake decides to send off for a mail order bride. Determined to make a smart match, he sends off a request for a woman he thinks would make an excellent farmers wife. So what if the day he's supposed to pick up his bride is Founders Day? The activities in town shouldn't be a problem. He never expected to accidentally marry the wrong woman. Instead of marrying the perfect farmer's wife - he finds himself married to a fine bred society lady from Boston. The scenes between Julia and Jake are well written, full of witty dialogue and sly humor. The scene at the train station seriously made me laugh. Since the town preacher won't undo the "accidental" marriage he's performed, Julia and Jake will have to make the best of things. Regardless of how he feels about his mistake, Jake has one motto in life, what's mine is mine and he's determined to convince Julia to make their marriage real and forever. For her part, Julia is determined to start over and finds herself attracted to her new husband, even if she's afraid to tell him all of her secrets.The secondary characters, especially Flossie and Gloria, are all well developed and make good contributions to both the plot and the emotional conflicts in this story. The two villains, members of Julia's family, are also well developed and there were several times where I really wished they were real and standing in front of me so I could slap them silly. While I was a little disappointed Ms. Bush didn't have Julia smack them around some, what happens to them does make sense since their love of money and social standing was no doubt going to be severely affected.Will Julia and Jake make a complete success of their family? And will Julia ever really learn to cook and be a farmer's wife? You'll need to read Train Station Bride to find out. I enjoyed this book a lot and see myself re-reading this in the future. I can't wait to see what Ms. Bush pens for us next.

  • Deanna Sletten
    2019-06-15 10:01

    Holly Bush knows how to spin a story. In 1887, Julia Crawford has little prospects for marriage and lives in the shadow of her attractive sisters and domineering mother. Told for years that she is not as pretty or thin as her sisters and having had an indiscretion which the family hid well, she felt she had no choice but to run away and marry a man she had been corresponding with. By mishap, she ends up marrying the wrong man – who actually ends up being the perfect match for her. But Julia has left a secret behind her and soon decides she must right a wrong from years before and do the honorable thing. Train Station Bride is a beautiful tale of love, family and redemption. Ms. Bush does an excellent job of bringing the reader back to a time period now lost to us where decency, honor and truth prevail. Her characters are well-thought out and believable to the point that you feel like you know them personally. The settings are described with enough detail (but without boring, lengthy description) that you can easily picture the grand home in Boston or the charming farmhouse in South Dakota. I could smell the bread baking in the oven and hear the corn stalks rustling in the field. Train Station Bride is the perfect historical romance.

  • Suzan Tisdale
    2019-06-08 04:47

    I adored this book! It was so well written and I could not put it down! The characters are very well developed and a very nice hero who isn't dark, brooding or unlikeable--Jake was likable from the get go! And Julia? She found strength she didn't know she had. Just a beautiful story with nice plot twists! I do look forward to reading more from Holly! I've not got her on my top 6 most favorite authors list. She's up there with Carmen Caine, Laurin Wittig and Amanda Forester!

  • Keri
    2019-06-18 02:49

    This was a wonderful read and Holly Bush just gets better every time I read something by her. Now Julia's older sister is up next, Jolene and hummm...not sure how I am going to handle that. Everybody says she gets redeemed, but man...going to take a lot for me to believe that. But Julia's story was very well done. This would be a great recommend for someone that hasn't read HB's work before and looking for a well done romance without the hard core descriptive love scenes.

  • Jess the Romanceaholic
    2019-06-02 03:45

    A lovely mail-order-bride story, with surprising depth and twists. 4/5 Stars, with the full review to follow shortly.

  • KyBunnies
    2019-06-15 10:01

    This is the second book I have read by this great new author. I am wondering when she is going to have another book out. This author has a great talent for creating works that will take readers back in time. The first book I read by this author took me to the mid 1800’s in Ohio. After reading this book the author has taken me back to the mid 1800’s in North Dakota. The plot and characters in this book were well written and developed. I enjoyed the story line and the challenges that the lead female Julia faced. I do wish the book was a little longer. However that does not take away from the story. Julia wants a home of her own and a family to care for. She writes to a male in North Dakota and they decide to get married. She leaves her family in Boston with them believing she is going to visit an elderly aunt. Growing up Julia’s family is emotionally abusive to her, especially her mother. Julia is told over and over that she is not good enough, not pretty enough, she is too fat. The list is never ending. After a while of hearing this Julia starts to believe it herself. I can understand where Julia is coming from. I have gone through the same situation in my life.Reading this book helped to remind me that people only have the power to hurt you if you give them that power. The more you do not care about what others say the less power they hold over you. Moving to North Dakota was the best possible solution to help her overcome the problems from her family. Sometimes the best answer is to leave. It may be the hardest thing to do but it removes so much stress from a person’s life.I enjoyed reading this book and allowing it to remind me never give someone else the power to hurt me emotionally.Thanks for another great read Holly.The bunnies and I give this book 4 carrots.

  • Ruth Hill
    2019-05-28 10:47

    Let me begin this by saying this is the best historical romance I have read in ages! This is the second book I have read by Holly Bush, and she has not disappointed me. She writes in a readable style with well-developed characters, and a great sense of humor!This delightful story is full of strong characters and a few twists and turns. I love the fact that morality is stressed (even though it is not always practiced). I had been warned about the bedroom scenes, but they were absolutely exquisite. I say that for two reasons. One, the couple were married before they ever jumped into bed together. And two, the scenes were detailed without being crude. They were sweet, romantic, and passionate. The thought I had was that if I ever were to get married again, I would love to do it the way Julia did as long as it meant I would get a man like Jake!Let me say that I appreciate the fact that the heroine was not a super skinny "minnie" without a thought in her head. Julie was so strong, and everyone saw it but her. Everyone also saw her as attractive (except for herself). And the story demonstrated that words and actions are much more important than keeping up appearances.The only negative I can say about this book is that there is some mild profanity. I honestly have no other criticisms for the book, and the language, for me, was not even a real issue. I can whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone who loves a good, old-fashioned romance! Set aside every other book you are currently reading, and read this book!I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

  • Vikki Vaught
    2019-06-07 08:46

    This was such an enjoyable read. Julia was a refreshing heroine, not the typical barbie doll woman. Jake was the kindest and most tender-hearted hero, who has a fierce love for all his family. Jake's two sisters were also a nice addition to this book. Ms. Bush weaves a spell-binding tale with sweet love scenes and truly remarkable characters. I rarely give 5 stars, but this book deserved it! I truly enjoyed this story and plan to read other stories by this talented author.

  • Susan
    2019-06-10 05:36

    Holly Bush brings you back in time with believable characters, love and romance within an interesting and well developed novel. Holly pens the settings in her novel that so real that you actually feel you have been transported back. Train Station Bride is a beautifully written historical romance. I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Holly Bush.

  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    2019-06-06 08:45

    3.5/5; 4 stars; B+This was a nice old fashioned romance, set in the late 1800s. I like this author's style and her characters.

  • Nishtha
    2019-06-15 02:46

    A beautiful book. I wasn't expecting less from the author.

  • SheLove2Read
    2019-06-12 03:46

    I liked Jake's sisters better than I did Jake or Julia. 3 stars

  • Brenda
    2019-06-20 06:49

    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!

  • Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
    2019-05-31 10:59

    Julia Crawford is a constant source of embarrassment for her wealthy East Coast family. The plump, twenty something has decided to do everyone a favor, especially herself. After corresponding with a middle-aged man looking for a wife to take care of him and his aging mother in North Dakota, Julia packs her bags and secrets herself away to become the man's wife. Jake Shelling has sacrificed much of his early life to care for his sisters once their parents die of influenza. At sixteen he stepped up and became parent, provider as well as brother to his siblings. Now in his early thirties, he realizes it's time to lay down his own roots, marry and have some children. Jake isn't even thinking of love, he's not even sure he knows what that is.A twist of fate has Julia and Jake together with an I do and a fainting spell. Once reality hit the couple, they decide to make the best of things until Julia's family get involved. Julia has a secret she has been hiding for ten years and once this secret is out it could ruin her relationship with Jake as well as her family in Boston. What an awesome story with characters I cared so much for. Julia, a product of her family's upbringing comes into her own once she is away from the very people who are supposed to have cared foe her unconditionally. Instead they berate her and make her feel unattractive and useless. Once married to Jake, she has a tough time believing the kind things he and his family say to her. When Julia finally comes into her own, I wanted to do a happy dance. I also wanted to take some of her snooty family members and beat the living daylights out of them. At first, Jake seems to be uncaring and aloof, but quickly turns into the hero of the day with his honesty the way he treats those he cares for. When a story gives me that much to work with, it's a great read and I love to share my feelings about it.Train Station Bride is a fabulous read by Holly Bush and I hope you all give it a go and enjoy it as much as I did. ~KIMBERLY~

  • Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
    2019-06-14 07:47

    Julia Crawford is a constant source of embarrassment for her wealthy East Coast family. The plump, twenty something has decided to do everyone a favor, especially herself. After corresponding with a middle-aged man looking for a wife to take care of him and his aging mother in North Dakota, Julia packs her bags and secrets herself away to become the man's wife. Jake Shelling has sacrificed much of his early life to care for his sisters once their parents die of influenza. At sixteen he stepped up and became parent, provider as well as brother to his siblings. Now in his early thirties, he realizes it's time to lay down his own roots, marry and have some children. Jake isn't even thinking of love, he's not even sure he knows what that is.A twist of fate has Julia and Jake together with an I do and a fainting spell. Once reality hit the couple, they decide to make the best of things until Julia's family get involved. Julia has a secret she has been hiding for ten years and once this secret is out it could ruin her relationship with Jake as well as her family in Boston. What an awesome story with characters I cared so much for. Julia, a product of her family's upbringing comes into her own once she is away from the very people who are supposed to have cared foe her unconditionally. Instead they berate her and make her feel unattractive and useless. Once married to Jake, she has a tough time believing the kind things he and his family say to her. When Julia finally comes into her own, I wanted to do a happy dance. I also wanted to take some of her snooty family members and beat the living daylights out of them. At first, Jake seems to be uncaring and aloof, but quickly turns into the hero of the day with his honesty the way he treats those he cares for. When a story gives me that much to work with, it's a great read and I love to share my feelings about it.Train Station Bride is a fabulous read by Holly Bush and I hope you all give it a go and enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
    2019-06-10 02:57

    Tired of living in a family where she is looked upon as an embarrassment and unworthy, Julia Crawford corresponds with a man in South Dakota and agrees to be his wife. Jake Shelling has spent much of his life caring for his younger sisters and the family farm after the deaths of his parents. Now that his sisters are grown and married, Jake is ready to build his own family.In an amusing series of events involving not one, but two cases of mistaken identity, Jake and Julia are married. Though the start to the marriage wasn't exactly as planned, both are determined to make a go of it. It doesn't hurt that they're both physically drawn to each other. The relationship grows and blossoms, as does Julia's confidence in herself. But then Julia's family shows up, bringing with them a long buried secret from Julia's past. Is Jake and Julia's newfound love strong enough to survive? I love stories with strong heroines and Julia was definitely that, adapting to a whole new way of life and a whole new family. Holly Bush does an excellent job of depicting the circumstances that drove Julia to the point where she would marry a perfect stranger. Jake was a hard working, family oriented man as well and I loved watching these deserving characters find their happily ever after. I thoroughly enjoyed going on this journey with Jake and Julia, watching their relationship grow, and holding my breath as they faced so many obstacles along the way. What a great story of family and love.

  • Tori
    2019-06-04 02:53

    I really liked this book. I love Mail Order Bride stories and this one had a twist. Julia's family made me want to throat punch some people. I found myself thinking "Bless her heart" a lot. And I really, really liked her character. Jake was such a good guy, although really stubborn.The conflict in the story was sad and kept me guessing throughout the book. *This book has some cussing- nothing major. & several "marriage bed" scenes, but nothing graphic.

  • Mydearloverboy
    2019-06-18 03:49

    started off pretty slow and predictable...and then, it just got better and better! great book;)...no stupid misunderstandings, but I did feel like it moved a bit fast...If you love mail order brides and plain jane stories, this is it!5 stars;)

  • Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
    2019-06-01 02:36

    Wow, amazing story. I finished it in one seating because I just couldn't put it down.I'm so looking forward to the next one.

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  • Mary
    2019-05-26 10:03

    I loved this book. Simple, easy read. I recommended it for my mom.

  • Peggy Clayton
    2019-05-23 10:39

    This was book 1 in the Prairie Romance and it was a wonderful read. Julia and Jake start out in a surprising way and then from there they have many bumps in the road. This story has many surprises and I really loved reading about them! This was a grand slam for Holly Bush!

  • Amie's Book Reviews
    2019-06-17 07:55

    TRAIN STATION BRIDE - Prarie Romance - The Crawford Family - Book OneAuthor: Holly BushType of Book - Unabridged AudiobookNarrator: Meghan Kelly Length: 5 hours, 45 minutesGenre: Historical RomanceProduction Date: March 10, 2015Produced By: Holly Bush Books Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.*The year is 1887. Julia Crawford is the second of four daughters of a prominent Boston banker. Julia is blonde and plump but not unattractive. However she has always been in the shadow of sisters. She has dreamt of starting her life far away from her family and their obsession with money and status and the fact that they treat her as if she is an embarrassment to the Crawford family name. Jacob Snelling is a middle age shopkeeper a thousand miles from Boston in a small town in South Dakota. Loneliness and the desire for a companion for his aging mother prompted him to place an ad for a wife in the Boston newspaper. Julia answered the ad and after corresponding back and forth by letters has agreed to travel to South Dakota and to marry him. She does not expect to love him or for him to love her. She accepts this and so it is that Julia sets off by train to meet her future husband. Jake Shelling is 33. Both his parents died when he was only sixteen and he was left alone to run the family farm and to raise his two younger sisters. He was able to achieve both goals successfully. Now that his sisters are grown up and are married with families and farms of their own, Jake decides to order a bride from Sweden. He does not expect love, he is just looking for companionship and he greatly desires a son to pass the farm to when he dies. His prospective wife Inga Cropper is due to arrive by train. Both Julia and Inga are traveling to South Dakota on the same train. Both women are meeting their future husbands at the train station. Neither woman has ever seen her prospective husband before. Both women have similar last names - Crawford and Cropper. Both women are blonde.Jake and Jacob share a first name and their last names are nearly identical. They are both waiting for their brides to arrive on the same train and in the same small South Dakota town. What could possibly go wrong? This story has a unique romance plot which is refreshing and will keep the listener's interest throughout the entire five hours and forty-five minutes. Narrator Meghan Kelly does a superb job with this audiobook. Despite the challenge of voicing multiple female characters and a few male characters, she has made the voice of each one of them different and distinct. She is able to portray not only the upper class society women with ease, but also the crotchety elderly woman as well as the down to earth sisters of Jake Shelling. Her portrayal of Julia's father's voice sounds exactly like what I would expect a Boston banker from the late 1880s to sound like. The voice she uses for Julia is perfection. Julia comes across as upper class, but still down to earth which is just right for her character. I also feel compelled to comment on how well she uses subtlety of tone and inflection to portray emotion. Meghan Kelly does a superb job narrating "Train Station Bride" and I am 100% sure that her narration added value to this audiobook and helped me make my decision to give it a five out of five star rating. I really like the cover of this audiobook. The colors are perfect for a story set in the prairies and the woman in the old fashioned wedding dress, standing with her back to the listener while a train departs in the distance is exactly what I pictured Julia to look like. I highly recommend this audiobook to all lovers of historical fiction, historical romance and regular romance novels. I was highly entertained by this feel good tale of finding true love in unexpected places. I rate TRAIN STATION BRIDE as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐FAVORITE QUOTE: "This woman has as many layers as an onion and if he weren't careful he'd end up with tears in his eyes."ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Holly Bush grew up in a house filled with books so it was probably inevitable that she became an author. To learn more about her and to find out what other books she has written, visit her website at www.hollybushbooks.comABOUT THE NARRATOR: Meghan Kelly was once a talent agent and has been a full-time voice actress and musician for the past six years. For more information about Meghan visit http://www.soundsofmeghankelly.com To read more of reviews, visit http://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.comFollow me on Twittter at www.twitter.com/amieroger

  • Kim
    2019-06-12 10:04

    One of my favorite books of 2011 was A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (review here). It was the first book that I've ever read that dealt with marriage as a transaction, specifically mail order brides. So, when I first heard about Train Station Bride, I was intrigued to see how Holly Bush would build a story around this concept. Obviously, it's not something that one encounters often, so I was already expecting to really enjoy the story based on how much I liked Mr. Goolrick's work.Train Station Bride tells the tale of two individuals from very different backgrounds in 1887. One, a Julia Crawford hailing from a wealthy family in Boston, is the subject of ridicule and bemusement at her family's expense due to her eccentric ways and weight. Determined to break away from this stigma and get a fresh start, Julia decides to leave her family and travel to the developing western US. On the other hand, we meet Jake Shelling, a strong country man who grew up on the plains of South Dakota and raised his family single-handedly after his parents' death from influenza when he was just 16 years old. Now in his early thirties, Jake decides that he would like a companion in life, more to help him start a new family rather than finding a soulmate. In fact, he's decided to order a mail order bride. What will happen when Julia and Jake's path's come together? Will their polar opposite backgrounds cause them to repel each other, or will there be some truth to the phrase "opposites attract?"I really enjoyed the humor that Bush instituted throughout the work, it allowed you to see a lighthearted side of Julia and Jake that made them more relatable and comfortable as characters. I was wondering how Bush would make a marriage between a Boston socialite and a farmer from South Dakota work. I really liked how she took their best qualities and used those qualities as the tool to change the lives of each other. For example, Julia is raised in a life of wealth and manners, and Bush uses Julia's pedigree as a way to bring light and happiness back in to Jake's life. She can't cook, as a farmer's wife is expected to do, but she does know how to decorate and sew as she was a socialite. With these skills, she's able to turn Jake's bare farmhouse into a home, and begins to transform his life for the better. All in all, although there were some grammatical and verbiage errors, I still found joy in reading this heartwarming and endearing love story. It's a great addition to your to read pile.Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)Originally Posted: http://wp.me/p18lIL-19k

  • Joyce Menyasz
    2019-06-21 04:48

    "What's a Ridiculed Debutante to do in 1887?."OverallPerformanceStoryThe Train Station Bride by Holly Bush is what I consider an escape-read, or what others term a beach-read. It's a fast-paced story that makes it hard to stop listening. As such, the 5+ hours go by rather quick. Whether or not the audio edition compares to the print edition is subjective to whatever voices you hear in your head when you read this charming story. I have not read the print edition, so my honest review is based on my enjoyment of the audio version as read by the talented Meghan Kelly.Mild Spoiler Alerts below:Here's a question: If you knew you marrying someone at a train station, someone you'd only know through written correspondence, would you completely trust that the giant man before you is your intended, just because he had a preacher with him? I mean, what are chances there are TWO train station brides, and that you have just been married to the wrong rancher? What could be worse than that? Knowing that you are debutante who has never been good enough for anyone in her life, ever. She's unattractive and fat, dumb and useless. At least that's what she's heard all her life. It's also the reason she took the deal to move to the mid-west, She had to get away from her horrible Boston family.Julia and Jake's love story takes off at lightning speed. Jake thinks Julia is the living end, she thinks he is a tall hunk of happily ever after. In like - a chapter. That moves a little too quickly for me to believe that it will have endurance, but it does.Darker secrets come, truths and lies and revealed, but most of all, Julia realizes that she is nothing like her unbearable family and has the heart of a wonderful mother and pioneer woman.The story is formulaic but enjoyable. All this is what I got from the author's words.Meghan Kelly's narrative was superb. Sometimes, You can read a book and think 'meh'. You might even toss it aside as it doesn't keep your interest for very long. Meghan Kelly's performance is what made this story for me.To be able to keep all the characters unique enough is a talent all on its own -but the nuance to which she gave voice to Julia Crawford was the best part. Julia starts out as mousy and almost mono-syllabic or robotic - awkward and clumsy in her speech. As Julia grows stronger in who she is and what she wants, her voice is stronger, until she becomes, in voice, the heroine of her own story.I will be watching for more Meghan Kelly narrations in the future. It may be why I decide to use a credit on a book.

  • Sarah1983
    2019-05-31 04:46

    I was gifted this in audio book form in return for a review. Narrated by Meghan Kelly.I wasn't actually expecting much from this book, it sounded like your typical, fluffy, historical romance. And to be honest, it was exactly that in most respects. But it had a bit more depth to it than a lot of the others I've read in the genre. Julias secret wasn't really a secret to me, I'd guessed long before it was revealed and had also guessed how Jake would react to it. But I thought it was nicely handled and it worked well for the story. The reactions were in character and believable. I liked both Julia and Jake as characters. Julia is made out to be the fat, silly, ugly woman in a family of great beauties although in reality it seems she's actually beautiful herself, just not quite so thin and beautiful as her mother would like and her sisters are. But as a result she's lacking in confidence and downtrodden. Jake is one of those oh so honourable men that seem to grace all these types of book. I thought the two of them worked well together although I have to admit, Julias actions after they first got married had me rolling my eyes. Poor Jake coming in from a full days work on the farm having to eat cold soup. But then Julia was never meant to be his bride in the first place. That mix up had me laughing, I could see how it happened, especially as I was listening to the book rather than reading it.Can't comment at all about spelling and grammar since this was an audio book. I wasn't sure about the narrator at first, I'm not sure why, but she grew on me. With the exception of Jillians voice anyway. My god, could she have made her sound any more like a whiny brat if she'd tried? I'm not sure whether that was the intention or just how it came across. She is a bit of a whiny brat so it fit but it grated really badly. Other than that I thought the book well read and would listen to more by the same narrator. I find the narrator can often make or break an audio book. For me at least.Overall I really enjoyed this book. More than I was expecting to if I'm honest. I was in the mood for a nice, fluffy read where I wasn't having to think about complicated plot twists and this fit the bill without falling into the mindless fluff category. Will definitely be looking at reading more books by the same author. For those it matters to, sex is implied but there are no graphic sex scenes at all.

  • Judi Easley
    2019-05-21 08:58

    I really liked the characters in this book. Julia was what she was supposed to be. She was the brow beaten, plump daughter in a family of beautiful people; and she'd grown up being told exactly what her place in life and the family was. And she believed it, because she'd been told it so many times. The whole family believed it because they'd heard it so many times. When you've heard something often enough from someone you trust, you tend to take it at face value. You accept it as truth. But it wasn't the truth; and it took a lot of courage for Julia to reveal the secret that exposed all the horror and evil behind the beautiful mask her family presented.Jake didn't know what to make of Julia. She wasn't what he expected. She wasn't who he expected. But it was too late to fix things. And maybe things weren't as bad as he thought they were. Julia tried her hardest and spread her sunshine and seemed to work her way into the hearts of everyone in his family. Maybe even his? So, even if he didn't know if it was right or wrong, she was his and he had to take one more train ride. What will he find at the end of the line?This book jerked my feelings all over the place. I laughed a lot while I was reading it. I yelled at a lot of the characters for things they did. I was disgusted with them a lot of the time, too. I wanted to knock some sense into them more than once. And there was one character I really wanted to get right up in her face! So, while I gave this a 4 star rating, I'm really tending towards 4.5, maybe 4.75? Give it a read and see what you think.I purchased this book on BookBub (Amazon) for nothing. The opinions in this review are fully my own.