Sunday, August 26, 2012

ABG Reads Blog Tour: "Train Station Bride" by Holly Bush Book Review and Giveaway (Ends 9/8) WW

Title: Train Station Bride
Author: Holly Bush 
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Book Baby 
Number of Pages: E Book, aprx 216 

1887 Debutante, Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere 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 North 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?  

Remember the excerpt and guest post published on my blog?

It is time for the review at last!

Train Station BrideTrain Station Bride by Holly Bush
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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Author Bio:
I grew up in a home where I was surrounded by books. There was not a room that did not hold a bookcase, stack or shelves of books. My father didn't care what we read, although he did, as long as we read something, even a comic book. His stack of books beside his reading chair that sat next to a sunny window was a strange mix of westerns, political intrigue, current affairs, science fiction and the odd biography. Books made me curious, comforted me, excited me, scared me and gave me glimpses into lives and worlds beyond my reach. What a gift - the written word - what a gift!
Where to find Holly: Website | Blog Twitter  

To follow the entire tour, click here.

The really great news is that the author has agreed to give away one e-book copy of her book to one of my readers!  This giveaway is open worldwide, and all you need to do it enter the rafflecopter below by 9 P.M. Pacific time on September 8.

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  1. Love your review. It definitely caught my attention and I'll make sure to add this to my TBR list. It's been a while since I've read a good romance.

  2. Thanks so much for being apart of the tour!

  3. Adding this one to my to read list! Thanks for sharing!


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