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Samuel Morrison, a farmer from Iowa, is in need of a wife and a mother for Lizzie, his three-year old daughter. He reads an article from Massachusetts advertising mail order brides. He writes to the agency stating he's looking for a partner who will work by his side and, hopefully, come to care for him and be a loving mother to Lizzie.

Hannah Brown responds to his letter. Though she doesn't say too much about herself, Samuel decides to take a chance and asks her to come to Iowa.

This woman is everything he wants in a wife and more - or so he thinks. Hannah has a secret that, if revealed, could devastate their future.

If Hannah tells Samuel, will he send her away? She could lose all she's come to cherish. Is Hannah willing to take that chance?

©2015 Penny Estelle (P)2016 Penny Estelle

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 07-07-2016

Mail Order Bride....with a Twist.

This is a sweet and enjoyable Mail Order Bride Story. Samuel is a lonely widower who is in need of a wife to help care for his little daughter. He answers an advertisement for a Mail Order Bride and Hannah responds to his letter. This sweet clean story has some twists and kept my interest throughout. I recommend this book to all who enjoy a good heartfelt story with good narration.

I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom.

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  • Lady M
  • 25-09-2016

Good Story, But...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. Although it had a good storyline I was disappointed. I think with another narrator and less detail shown to the mundane I would have enjoyed it. It had unnecessary detail on what they had to eat and what they were wearing for such a short story (3 1/2 hours), in my opinion. Although the narrator was an articulate speaker, she lacked something. I felt her reading was unemotional and I did not feel connected to the characters.

What other book might you compare Hannah: Bride of Iowa to and why?

To other "Mail Order Bride" books. The subject matter is mail order brides, just different circumstances leading to becoming a mail order bride, different characters and storylines. I usually like "Mail Order Bride" books.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Emma Lysy?

I don't think so.

Was Hannah: Bride of Iowa worth the listening time?

I hate to say it, but it was not to me.

Any additional comments?

I believe it would have been an enjoyable story with a more passionate narrator. Some narrators have the ability to draw me into the story and make me feel a personal connection to the characters, this one did not. I was happy when it ended.

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  • Believer50
  • 03-07-2016

Great story

Loved this take on the mail order brides. I liked how it worked out for everyone. It was a good story and told in such terms that you knew what was happening without it being shoved down your throat.One lady changes identity with another. they both choose different paths and face adversity. Yet in the end they both find love. This is a good feel good story that will keep you listening until the end. Well worth the credit and the narrator did justice to all of the characters.

I recieved this for an honest review via audiobook boom.

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  • Redrabbitt
  • 31-03-2019

LIFE IS NOT ABOUT RULES BUT RELATIONSHIPS

I enjoyed this addition to the American Mail-Order Brides series, and each book will read well as a stand-alone. I loved all the mystery and secrets, and yet secrets have a way of causing issues. One man, Samuel Morrison, seeking a wife and mother for his little girl will finally take the plunge and send for a mail-order bride to come to Iowa. Two women, meeting by chance, each with a different want or need will play a role in this tale.

Maddie Peters had a good lift until her father took ill and she and her mother had to take on more responsibilities around their small farm. Eventually, he was able to work again, but he worked for others, and then his death will shatter mother and daughter. But when her mother decides to marry another, they go from existing to fear, and their situation is dire. With her mother dying, her stepfather a drunk—an attempted rape—and his death will have Maddie fleeing. Meeting Hannah Brown at the railway station will bring about a change and future.

The story is full of secrets that haunt Maddie as she pretends to be Samuel’s mail-order bride, Hannah. Falling in love with his daughter, and she is very attracted to Samuel and developing feelings for him. His family thinks the world of her, but her lie is hanging over her head. What will happen when Samuel learns she has deceived him?

The story will have several intense moments of life and death, that keep the pages turning as it unfolds. What will Maddie and Samuel do when the past comes knocking on their door? The story is a sweet clean romance with plenty of mystery, suspense, angst, and offers forgiveness and new beginnings.

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  • Kerry's Corner
  • 29-01-2018

Cute story

The story is very cute. It has more than a few surprises and suspenseful moments so I couldn't put it down. The characters are wonderful. I have only two small complaints. There is too much modern language that slips through although most of the book is written in the vernacular of the period. And descriptions sound like a checklist and are often contradictory. Still, the story is well worth reading.
The narrator is wonderful. she does a beautiful job with subtle intonation to capture the different attitudes of various characterz.

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  • Laura
  • 21-08-2016

great book

i enjoyed this book very much. i want to read more in this series.

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  • Ginny LaMere
  • 11-07-2016

Wonderful I loved it

What made the experience of listening to Hannah: Bride of Iowa the most enjoyable?

That the narrator made the characters come to life

What did you like best about this story?

That even through everything there was a happily ever after

Which character – as performed by Emma Lysy – was your favorite?

Maddie was my favorite Emma Lysy really made her come to life

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Wonderful adventure with secrets and passion

Any additional comments?

I loved this story it really came to life and I enjoyed listening to it

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  • Cindy Nipper
  • 06-07-2016

Triumph over devastation!

Wonderful story Penny! Thank you for sharing with me!
Terrible things just continue to happen to Mattie and her family! Finally she's completely alone. She meets Hannah and they end up trading places and she becomes a mail order bride! Is the a future filled with hope or more desperation? Find out is the exciting audiobook!!

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  • Samantha McCoury
  • 03-07-2016

Good story

I enjoyed this story. It's a fresh look at love. Would read again.
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  • Les Raymond
  • 25-06-2016

Clean language, clean story, kept my interest

Not all of the authors in the mail order brides series will give you clean language, but this one does, refreshingly so. Also not all of the narrator's are all the professional quality that this one is. Also, refreshingly so.

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