Mail-Order Brides of the West is a collaborative series by New York Times best-selling author Debra Holland and USA Today best-selling author Caroline Fyffe.
When Lina Napolitano's nanny position ends, she has no desire to return to the crowded family compound in St. Louis and endure the pressure from all her boisterous and overbearing Italian relatives to marry a local man. After eight years of living away from her family, she's accustomed to making her own decisions. Lina wishes to be a wife - just not of the local garbage man or fishmonger. Traveling as a mail-order bride to Sweetwater Springs, Montana seems like the perfect solution to escaping her smothering family and forging her own life.
After childbirth robs Jonah Barrett of his Indian wife, he is left to raise their toddler Adam alone. When Adam falls into the fireplace and burns his hand, Jonah becomes desperate to find the boy a mother - one who'll care for him and accept the child's half-breed heritage. And a woman who doesn't know Jonah's whole past.
Will outgoing, demonstrative Lina fit into his solitary world and want to stay? Or will this mail-order marriage be over before the relationship really begins?
Mail-Order Brides of the West: Lina takes place simultaneously with Mail-Order Brides of the West: Heather and is set seven years before Wild Montana Sky. See Caroline Fyffe's companion book, Mail-Order Brides of the West: Heather to find out what happens to Lina's friend and fellow mail-order bride when she travels to Y Knot, Montana to become the wife of lumber mill owner Hayden Klinkner.
©2014 Debra Holland (P)2014 Debra Holland
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"Beautiful cultures can cause love to abound!"
Italy, family and red sauce!
I would say that it is a perfect prolog to Starry Montana Sky. It brings in many of those characters before that story takes place and it shows why some of the emotion of Starry is so intense with some of the characters.
Imagine leaving your family, culture, and even your religion in order to help a grieving man raise his half-Indian son in a safe and loving home. Lina is such a woman. She leaves the comfort and family of the St. Louis and goes to the little town of Sweetwater Springs, Montana where most have not even heard of minestrone! Some in Sweetwater Springs do not approve of this new bride raising a "half-breed" and they let it be known, but then, this little town does not realize what it is taking on with this beautiful, spit-fire Italian. What's more is that her husband does not realize how her love for he and his son can start the healing of a grieving heart and help it turn into another chance at love.
Debra does it again for these two interwoven series! I love the way she brings Lina into Trudy's world (previous book) and how they help grow the tapestry of Sweetwater Springs as mail order brides! I look forward seeing how the other brides will weave their lives into this community!
"Love this series."
I love Lina' s story. I love how she and Adam bond so quickly. Trudy knew what she was doing having Lina marry Jonah. Each husband in the series has their own special quality that makes the reader fall in love with them too. Can't wait for the next adventure.
"Tugged at my Heartstrings"
Such a wonderful story! It was lovely to revisit old friends with Trudy and Seth and receive an introduction to Lina, Jonah, and his son Adam... It's true, family isn't just dna....
"Historical fiction & romance at it's finest!"
Lina, A Mail-order Brides of the West is another fantastic tale of the Mail-Order Brides series. First we met Trudy, then the next book,we met Evie. Now in this book, we get to meet Lina (short for Angelina), a mail-order bride with Italian blood in her. Trudy went to Sweetwater, Montana and Evie went to Y Knot, Montana. Now Lina goes to Sweetwater too.
Trudy had written to Lina, to tell her of a man (Jonah) whom desperately needed a woman in his life. Jonah was married to an Indian woman (Coco) and she died during childbirth if their 2nd child. Trudy mailed Lina to tell her of the perfect match for her as Lina has great experience with kids & loves them.
Lina reads this letter and agrees to move to Sweetwater, Montana and marry Jonah. We follow along as Jonah & Lina get to know each other and grow to love each other. Lina is a strong Italian woman and it shows in everything she does.
Many times during this book Lina mentions Heather, a friend of her who also went to Y Knot, Montana to marry too, but that didn't work out according to the many letters Lina read to us. I suspect in the next book, we will learn more about Heather and get to know her better!
This is a really great book! The author, Debra Holland captured my interest in the very first book of this series and hasn't lost me yet. These books are all so exciting! I just love hearing the tales of the old wild west! The narrator, Lara Asmundson once again does a fabulous job! I just love the voice she uses for Lina complete with the strong Italian accent! The narrator breathes so much life in these stories. All of the voices this narrator has used through out this entire series has been fantastic, exciting and adventurous! Just like they say in the west... Onward hooooo.
"Love story from the frontier"
Lina has a personality you fall in love with her she is charming a bit stubborn little sassy and she will make you want to hunt down a recipe for minestrone and fresh bread you may even want to start making butter this is a wonderful love story and tugs at your heart strings
there are so many I love how she can make people at ease and feel comfortable around her but I love most how Jonah agreed to her wishes not wanting to give away any spoilers you will need to read for yourself
I loved her vocals of Lina she is very good I can always tell which character is speaking without her saying
I laughed often but also cried when women who so often then lost their lives during childbirth
written very well I felt like I was right there in Montana territory with them very descriptive
"Excellent Story with Endearing Characters!"
I would definitely recommend this audiobook. The story of Lina and Jonah and baby Adam, is really about forming a family after particularly difficult situations. Lina leaving her family and culture after the end of her employment and Jonah grieving his first wife. This book also puts an emphasis on sacrifice and compromise as part of relationships and family and these values that really ring true at the time as well they do today.
The realness and emotional depth of the characters is the driving force in this story and is a universal theme going beyond the historical romance genre.
The most memorable part of the book is when Lina accepts the furniture made for Jonah's deceased wife with native symbols on them. It really demonstrates in one moment the compassion and goodness of Lina that we experience throughout the book.
I preferred Lara's performance in Mail Order Brides of the West: Trudy. I found that her narration sometimes lacked fluidity. I really enjoyed the voices she gave Lina and Jonah. I kinda felt bad for Lara having to speak Italian in the book. However, I really enjoyed her voice and binge listened this story twice.
There was quite a bit of comedy in this book as well as great one-liners that made me laugh at loud. "Jerky what is this jerky"
I found that the death of Alisha really sad and it touched me deeply.
This story made me want to research about the period as well as early Italian immigration to the United States. I found Lina such a rich character very much rooted in her faith and culture. I must say that there were a couple religious inaccuracies but they were quite minimal.
"A great story"
Yes I would, Lina is a wonderful story. I read the book and the audible version was just great, it was like a new book all over again. Lara Asmundson is very good as a narrator, I enjoy listening to her smooth clear voice.
I liked the whole book
When little Adam called Lina Mama
Yes, When Alisha passed away, so sad
Debra, this was a wonderful book. I love the audible version. The story and characters were great. I have listened to most all of the Brides of The West and I loved them all. You are a fantastic Author! I highly recommend this and all your books.
"An Enjoyable story"
Lina's story kept me hooked till the end. Lina is a loving gal that anyone would love to have as a friend. There is more sorrow in this book than the other books of this series. It is still a sweet book, with a happy ending.
I loved the narrator of this book. I don't usually listen to audio books, preferring to read, I finished this book in a day. It certainly made the house work more enjoyable.
"A New Life"
Lina Napolitano worked as a nanny, but now her charges are being sent to boarding school and she's out of a job. She doesn't want to go home. She'd be overwhelmed by her family. She finds the answer in a newspaper ad looking for mail order brides. Dare she risk it? I enjoyed this romantic, inspirational story. Lina is loving, brave and willing to take a chance. She agrees to marry widower Jonah Barrett who is raising his little boy alone. Will this marriage work? Montana is so different from the bustling city of St. Louis. I wondered if Lina could adjust. It was pulled into this story. Lina's connection with little Adam brought tears. It was touching. Jonah is another matter. He has difficulty understanding his new wife and interacting with the people of Sweetwater Springs. I couldn't stop listening until I knew what would happen. The narration by Lara Asmundson was perfect. She made the characters come to life. This is an amazing story. Debra Holland wrote a book that showcased past history in a thoughtful light.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
"Another great story"
Another great story about the Sweetwater Springs brides. This is the story of Lina. She is from a large Italian family. She married a man who rarely goes into town and basically has one friend. It's fun to read how Lina gets her husband out of his shell and become a part of the community.
As I read I could picture Lina's big family and all of the Sweetwater Springs gatherings. One of my favorite parts is when Jonah goes into town to check his mail. When he mentions that his mail order bride will be arriving soon, the station master tells him that he's going to need his own mailbox like the Flanigans. He figured that Lina would be writing as many letters as Trudy.
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