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Mail Order Surprise (Harding Family Book 1) by [Thompson, Lucy]
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Colorado, 1881.

Lydia Walsh is on the run. The quiet rancher she marries and expected to find safety and protection with turns out to have three siblings, next to nothing to live on, and is a crack shot who may or may not be one of the states best cattle rustlers.
Beau Harding wants to keep his family together and do the right thing by them. His mail order bride comes with her own set of baggage: two more mouths to feed and empty hearts begging him to fill. The job he took for some quick money gets him thrown in jail for rustling, and then to clear his name he takes on another job--and learns that his wife may have been the one plotting his family’s downfall all along.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2586 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (19 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EKKI8PY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I do enjoy a good Christian Western—I suspect they are one of my favourite genres of historical because they are full of strong heroines and loveable heroes, and many of them also have a touch of humour (e.g. Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox). So I was thrilled when I heard Australian author Lucy Thompson had released her debut novel, and even more thrilled when she offered me a review copy.

And it’s excellent: totally on point, as my teenage daughter would say. We’ve got a heroine in a pickle, a hero with a problem (well, three problems in this case, in the form of three younger siblings). There is a raft of lovable minor characters as well, and while many of the elements of the novels are predictable (cowboys, ranches, steers, and a regrettable lack of indoor plumbing), there are also plenty of original touches to keep the reader interested and story moving forward.

There was one aspect to the plot which didn’t quite ring true for me, in that it didn’t seem consistent with what we had been told about the character. However, I was relieved to find that was addressed with a completely unexpected plot twist (and I don’t want to say anything else, as it might spoil the story).

Recommended for fans of mail order bride stories, and fun Western historical romances. I’ll be looking forward to the sequel (there has to be a sequel. There are three more siblings!).

Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review.
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Mail Order Surprise is a lovely romantic novel by Lucy Thompson. It is set in America's Wild West, Denver, Colorado in the spring of 1881 where life is harsh and made more difficult by cattle rustlers. In a way this made it difficult for me to relate as this is a context that I'm totally unfamiliar with and I don't know a lot about cattle or horses. Nevertheless I enjoyed this story of two people both with serious issues finding love through arbitrary means.

Beau Harding's issues are mainly practical ones. He is determine to keep the family together following the death of his mother and the desertion of his father. Whereas Lydia Walsh's issues are emotional. She was abused by her first husband and mother-in-law but managed to look after their children with great care. She is now a widow looking for a new start but her previous dramas often prevent her from fully appreciating this new opportunity.

Both Beau and Lydia have a personal faith which they seem to draw upon in times of crises. Yet this is not a big part of the story although each chapter starts with a Bible verse. I found the story to be engaging and the author was able to create much tension as the story reached its climax.

Overall an enjoyable read.

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Loved this book! Sometimes you read a book that is a perfect mix of all your favourite stories ... this was one of those. A lovely blend of originality, clever plotting, spiritual depth and lovable characters with a bit of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Calamity Jane as well. Can't wait to read more from this author!
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4.0 out of 5 stars this novel doesn't read like a typical debut novel 13 May 2016
By JANET KERR - Published on Amazon.com
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With the exception of a couple of minor issues, this novel doesn't read like a typical debut novel. Lucy Thompson introduces realistic characters who offer up some surprises along the way. The interchange between Beau and his siblings is worth the read. Humor is definitely Ms. Thompson's strength.

There is a good balance between the narrative and the dialogue—no tedious description to bog the story down.

The opening scene at the train station could have been streamlined. It is a bit confusing and a little too long, but the story takes off a few pages later. Don't let that stop you from reading the book.

There are some editing issues that need to be corrected as well, but other than that, Lucy Thompson is off to a fine start. I look forward to reading the sequels.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful First Novel! 27 April 2016
By Susan Snodgrass - Published on Amazon.com
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I 'met' Lucy Thompson in an author's group on Facebook. She just recently wrote this book and asked me to influence for her. I'd already purchased the book because I wanted to support her. I'm glad I did. Lucy has written a very good first novel. I think she has a nice career as an author. I like mail order bride stories, anyway, but she has created a wonderful family of folks and I sure hope that we will see more of their stories from Lucy.

With a little mayhem thrown in and other situations, along with a great inspirational theme, this one is a keeper. It reminded me a bit of the movie, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. I do recommend this novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 4 January 2017
By CDeesBooks - Published on Amazon.com
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This book grabbed me from the first pages and I finished it in one evening. It reminds me of a fresh twist on the classic movie musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" which I love. This inspirational romance is well-written and moves along at a pace that kept me turning pages even when I should have been turning off my light for the night. I like historical western romances and this book fits that bill nicely. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mail order bride with a twist! 17 May 2016
By Sharon Blackstock Dobbs - Published on Amazon.com
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"Appointments with destiny were rarely on time, and today proved to be no exception."
We share Lydia Walsh's fear and tension as she tries, with her two young children, to escape on the train. Will she have a better life as a mail-order bride? Follow her struggles as she tries to leave her past behind. Oh yes, there is a surprising twist. I really did enjoy this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mail order Bride story with a different twist 4 January 2017
By Sharon A Lavy - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great story! Just when I thought no one could come up with a new twist on the mail order bride theme, Lucy Thompson offers her book Mail Order Surprise. I really enjoyed reading this story and am eager to read more from this author. Bravo Ms. Thompson.