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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: #122,986 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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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lydia's Love 10 June 2016
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book kept me turning pages. It has intrigue, romance, and comedy all in one book. I loved the ending very much.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has promise 4 July 2016
By Merry Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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Mail Order Surprise was not a disappointment in the sense that it was pretty much what I expected of a 'Mail Order Bride' type story - mail order bride, handsome cowboy husband, general awkwardness as they learn to live together, heroic exploits by said husband. It provided the general sweet romance expected, though lacking a bit of charge in the romantic tension. The plot was a bit convoluted. It had promise, but didn't have that edge of thrill and high stakes tension that keeps a reader on the edge of their seat. Some of the plot resolution was lacking in credibility. The ideas were there, but didn't quite come of in the writing. If you're looking for easy read, Christian Romance, and not expecting to much by way of character and plot development, it will suit you just fine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Twist on a Typical Plot 7 June 2016
By Crystal Caudill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Mail order bride stories have seemed to become a trend in recent Christian Fiction stories. Each has their own special twist, and Mail Order Surprise follows that trend.

Neither character has a flawless past nor are they prepared for the trouble that seems to follow the duo wherever they go. Barriers create a love that is slow growing and hesitant, especially on Lydia’s part.

Lucy does an excellent job of showing the emotional reactions of an abused woman entering into a new marriage to escape her past and protect her children. Her hesitancy toward love is understandable and realistic.

Beau is a gentleman trying to do his best with what he has been given. He doesn’t always make the right choices, but he is a good and admirable man.

Both Lydia and Beau start off their marriage withholding important information from each other – she has two children and he has a household full of relatives living with him. The intermingling of the two families is entertaining.

The plot moved along nicely and had a few surprises and unexpected twists. While there were some weaknesses to the story, they were easily moved past and the story remained enjoyable.

I would not call it the best story I have ever read, but I certainly enjoyed Lucy’s own take on mail order brides. If you are looking for a twist on the traditional story line, this needs to be put on your TBR pile. (To Be Read, if you didn’t know.)

*I received a free e-copy in exchange for my honest opinion, which you have read above.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Debut Marriage of Convenience Story 18 June 2016
By Iola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 15 May 2016
By Autism Mom - Published on Amazon.com
This was a great story that reeled me in right from the start. I stayed up late reading it as I simply couldn't put it down. Very well-written. I enjoyed the gentle Christian messages throughout. The characters were engaging and fun, especially Danny.
This is the tale of a woman who runs away from an abusive situation to become a mail order bride. However, both her and her new husband are surprised to find that they aren't alone. They must learn to live together, as a family, and trust each other.
As other reviewers have said, there are a few surprises along the way for the reader and for the couple as well!
I highly recommend this book and I hope to read more from this talented author.

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