Alternate Cover edition for BIKYRSI Debutante Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a prominent 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 South 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


10 thoughts on “Train Station Bride

  1. Jonetta Jonetta says:

    Originally posted on The Book NymphoQuick summaryJulia Crawford, beaten down by her family s ridicule, decided to respond to an ad for a bride by a South Dakota man She secretly takes the train to Cedar Ridge and meets Jake Shelling who shows up with the the preacher by his side and marries her right there at the depot A bit of backgroundJulia comes from a wealthy, prestigious Boston family Her mother is the ultimate Mommie Dearest only crueler They won t actually miss her but don t want her Originally posted on The Book NymphoQuick summaryJulia Crawford, beaten down by her family s ridicule, decided to respond to an ad for a bride by a South Dakota man She secretly takes the train to Cedar Ridge and meets Jake Shelling who shows up with the the preacher by his side and marries her right there at the depot A bit of backgroundJulia comes from a wealthy, prestigious Boston family Her mother is the ultimate Mommie Dearest only crueler They won t actually miss her but don t want her to leave because it would be a society embarrassment She has an older, beautiful sister who married the man Julia was in love with Jake raised his two sisters following their parents deaths and now that they re both married he s ready to find a wife to take care of him and provide him an heir What I liked about the storyJulia is a wonderful character, despite her poor self image She s resilient, caring and empathetic Jake is honest to a fault and despite his rocky start with her, he comes to adore all that s right about her Their romance was sweet and sensual, bolstered by the warmth and friendship of Jake s family There are also several surprising twists, one coming at you in the very beginning One I guessed in advance of the reveal, the other just catching me unaware The bottom lineI really enjoyed Julia and Jake s romance and her journey to becoming a woman of her own mind and self love I m also a big fan of historicals set in America, especially in the Midwest Its a wonderful change of pace, far from the ton in London


  2. WhatIReallyRead WhatIReallyRead says:

    This was a pretty solid comfort read Great for a time when you need some sweetness in your life Some of the plot points reminded me of


  3. Lisa Kay Lisa Kay says:

    Buying a train ticket, 1887.Photo Credit sochicfrench.blogspot.com Box entitled Paris, gare Saint Lazare in 1887I really liked this one Of course, I love mail order brides, mix up marriages, westerns, and fish out of water stories I debated giving it three stars, but kicked it up a half star because it held my attention and kept me reading when I should have gone to sleep Yes, there were some plot points with which I had trouble one of which was believing someone as well educated Buying a train ticket, 1887.Photo Credit sochicfrench.blogspot.com Box entitled Paris, gare Saint Lazare in 1887I really liked this one Of course, I love mail order brides, mix up marriages, westerns, and fish out of water stories I debated giving it three stars, but kicked it up a half star because it held my attention and kept me reading when I should have gone to sleep Yes, there were some plot points with which I had trouble one of which was believing someone as well educated as Julia would end a sentence with a preposition In addition, a minor spoiler view spoiler and that Jake was going to, essentially, do what he scorned Julia doing, yet there was no contemplation on that point hide spoiler However, I applauded the originality and some of the twists in the story At the low price of 2.99, I ll definitely be checking the other book s by this author.Added bonus for anyone doing a 50 States Challenge view spoiler It is partially set in the hard to find state of Delaware hide spoiler By the way, this is lendable, but I ve already promised it to someone Picture Note This book does NOT take place in Paris I had trouble finding just the right picture however, the date is right, Julia has traveled to Europe, she is quite the fashion plate when she arrives in South Dakota, she speaks Frenchand, I absolutely loved it


  4. sraxe sraxe says:

    I liked the premise of the story and felt it started off well enough, but I wasn t feeling it for most of the novel I liked that the first couple of chapters concentrated on the main characters before they meet one another I liked seeing glimpses of their lives before the inevitable marriage I thought most of the book would go a lot slower because of how the first couple of chapters were paced However, Jack and Julia go from strangers to married lovers in practically no time at all.Oh, and I I liked the premise of the story and felt it started off well enough, but I wasn t feeling it for most of the novel I liked that the first couple of chapters concentrated on the main characters before they meet one another I liked seeing glimpses of their lives before the inevitable marriage I thought most of the book would go a lot slower because of how the first couple of chapters were paced However, Jack and Julia go from strangers to married lovers in practically no time at all.Oh, and I wanted to slap Jake in the beginning when Julia fumbles over the Snelling Shelling name and he s all view spoiler Julia Crawford Julia Snelling, I mean Julia Shelling, she stumbled.Jake whoahed the horses and pulled the break He faced his wife Let s get one thing straight right now You married me Not Snelling and his mother I can t imagine why a woman like you would be batting your lashes for that skinny, mealy mouthed pain in the ass, but the fact is you married me Get him out of your head He took her chin in his hand What s mine is mine, and I keep and care for what s mine Got it hide spoiler Likeoverreaction, much There were other small parts of the story that bothered me When Gloria has her kid, why was everyone making a big deal about Julia being smart about the delivery Flossie wasn t as adept at itand she s had two kids It just felt really forced to me because the author was trying to push hints that view spoiler Julia has had a child hide spoiler Once these hints started, they didn t stop They kept being dropped over and over and over again, all the way until the eventual reveal It was plenty obvious to the reader what was up, so it wasn t fun to have the author continue to drop hints It was so saturated, too, which made it so annoying Oh, and don t even get me on Jake monologuing over view spoiler how great of a mother Julia would be hide spoiler I felt like shouting I get it, okayIt wasn t much of a reveal when it finally was laid out because it felt like an open secret by that point.One thing about Jake s words to Julia really bothered me when view spoiler he berates her for leaving Jillian hide spoiler This doesn t just have to do with Jake s words it also has to do with the portrayal of view spoiler mothers and children hide spoiler view spoiler I hate that, as soon as a woman has a child, it s automatically on her shoulders as her burden to bear Absentee fathers never face as much hatred or opposition as women when leaving a child In this book, we have both Jake and Julia thinking how terrible Julia is for leaving her child because she wanted out of an abusive situation It s never once brought up that Turner should ve stood up and protected Jillian in Julia s stead It s never brought up that he should and can protect Jillian from the rest of the venomous family It s completely ridiculous and unfair that while Turner gets to live on in his perfect life, Julia sufferseven though they re both the parents to this child hide spoiler I would ve been a lot happier if this had even been mentioned once And I know that view spoiler Turner didn t know Jillian was his, but Jake didn t know that, so he should ve been the one to say it even if Julia didn t I hate that this book the route of placing the blame solely at Julia s door for neglect and not even once at Turner s hide spoiler.Another thing with Jillian view spoiler If Julia was with seventeen, she possibly had Jillian when she was eighteen So, since Julia is twenty seven now, how is Jillian ten years old I know it could just be argued that Julia had just turned seventeen or that Jillian just turned ten, but I feel this was an oversight on the author s part hide spoiler Nowthe writing The writing was one of the major things that kept me from really enjoying the story I felt that the book, as a whole, lacked much emotion The dialogue felt like recitation rather than conversation and I felt we rushed into important scenes with little to no build up and, therefore, with little to no feeling A lot of the major milestones in their relationship just didn t have the punch I expected.The pacing falls under this writing issues, as does the chaptering I feel the chapters were divided randomly because sometimes one chapter would end and another would beginand we re still in the same scene POV changes were another thing We don t need asterisks to divide POVs Find aseamless way to do it because it s jarring to the flow of the scene to just have a bunch of when wanting to change POVs.Spelling and grammar was another aspect of the writing that annoyed me There were so many spelling errors Beechley Beechly spelled both ways down stairs your you re who s whose there they re She was aching for his touch the full length of her body. I want you to be happy, but you must know that but this There were plentyShe even refers to Jake as Jake Crawford once.There were also some scenes that left me going uhhokay what the hell triggered thatview spoiler I hate you, Jillian said She ran past Julia and threw herself across the bed.Julia sat down on the bed beside Jillian I don t hate you I could never hate you I may be disappointed in what you do or say, but I ll never, ever hate you Jillian turned her head to see Julia s face Ever OkayI m pretty sure Jillian just said she hated Juliaso why is Julia going into an explanation of how she, Julia, could never hate her, Jillian hide spoiler This book needs a good and thorough scrub down with an editing brush It felt less than polished with not just the spelling and grammar errors galore, but also with the haphazard chaptering and POV switches


  5. Maria Maria says:

    I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for my fair and honest review You may read the entire post here Station Bride by Holly Bush is a heartwarming historical romance set at the end of the 19th century With a likable characters, witty dialogue and a well paced plot, this book captured my attention from the first page Taking place both in Boston and South Dakota, Ms Bush did an excellent job with the hi I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for my fair and honest review You may read the entire post here Station Bride by Holly Bush is a heartwarming historical romance set at the end of the 19th century With a likable characters, witty dialogue and a well paced plot, this book captured my attention from the first page Taking place both in Boston and South Dakota, Ms Bush did an excellent job with the historical portrayal of East versus West during this period in American history With a sweet romance, just the right touch of emotional angst, two well developed villains and society s limitations on women, this book packs just the right emotional punch Julia Crawford knows she s always been an embarrassment to her family after all her mother tells her that as often as she can Determined to make a life for herself, even though she s been told she s not as attractive as her sisters, needs to lose weight and is socially awkward, Julia secretly replies to a mail order bride advertisement in the Boston papers Claiming to head off to visit her aunt in Delaware, Julia instead boards a train West and heads to South Dakota to marry a middle aged storekeeper Only things don t quite go according to plan Jake Shellings has decided it s time to do something for himself A self made farmer from the age of 16, he d raised his two younger sisters when their parents died, found them husbands and bought out their share of the family farm Realizing he s lonely and needs an heir, Jake decides to send off for a mail order bride Determined to make a smart match, he sends off a request for a woman he thinks would make an excellent farmers wife So what if the day he s supposed to pick up his bride is Founders Day The activities in town shouldn t be a problem He never expected to accidentally marry the wrong woman Instead of marrying the perfect farmer s wife he finds himself married to a fine bred society lady from Boston The scenes between Julia and Jake are well written, full of witty dialogue and sly humor The scene at the train station seriously made me laugh Since the town preacher won t undo the accidental marriage he s performed, Julia and Jake will have to make the best of things Regardless of how he feels about his mistake, Jake has one motto in life, what s mine is mine and he s determined to convince Julia to make their marriage real and forever For her part, Julia is determined to start over and finds herself attracted to her new husband, even if she s afraid to tell him all of her secrets.The secondary characters, especially Flossie and Gloria, are all well developed and make good contributions to both the plot and the emotional conflicts in this story The two villains, members of Julia s family, are also well developed and there were several times where I really wished they were real and standing in front of me so I could slap them silly While I was a little disappointed Ms Bush didn t have Julia smack them around some, what happens to them does make sense since their love of money and social standing was no doubt going to be severely affected.Will Julia and Jake make a complete success of their family And will Julia ever really learn to cook and be a farmer s wife You ll need to read Train Station Bride to find out I enjoyed this book a lot and see myself re reading this in the future I can t wait to see what Ms Bush pens for us next


  6. Deanna Lynn Sletten Deanna Lynn Sletten says:

    Holly Bush knows how to spin a story In 1887, Julia Crawford has little prospects for marriage and lives in the shadow of her attractive sisters and domineering mother Told for years that she is not as pretty or thin as her sisters and having had an indiscretion which the family hid well, she felt she had no choice but to run away and marry a man she had been corresponding with By mishap, she ends up marrying the wrong man who actually ends up being the perfect match for her But Julia has Holly Bush knows how to spin a story In 1887, Julia Crawford has little prospects for marriage and lives in the shadow of her attractive sisters and domineering mother Told for years that she is not as pretty or thin as her sisters and having had an indiscretion which the family hid well, she felt she had no choice but to run away and marry a man she had been corresponding with By mishap, she ends up marrying the wrong man who actually ends up being the perfect match for her But Julia has left a secret behind her and soon decides she must right a wrong from years before and do the honorable thing Train Station Bride is a beautiful tale of love, family and redemption Ms Bush does an excellent job of bringing the reader back to a time period now lost to us where decency, honor and truth prevail Her characters are well thought out and believable to the point that you feel like you know them personally The settings are described with enough detail but without boring, lengthy description that you can easily picture the grand home in Boston or the charming farmhouse in South Dakota I could smell the bread baking in the oven and hear the corn stalks rustling in the field Train Station Bride is the perfect historical romance


  7. Lisa Montgomery Lisa Montgomery says:

    I enjoyed this book In fact, I stayed up until 2 A.M to finish it in one sitting I would rank it a 4.5, rather than a plain 4, but not a 5 I loved the characters of Jake and Julia They both had their baggage, but they eventually prove themselves There were several tear worthy moments, as well as a bit on humor I would have suggested that the author not use so many names starting with J I am a fast reader, and I was constantly having to look back at Jacob Snelling and Jake Shelling, as I enjoyed this book In fact, I stayed up until 2 A.M to finish it in one sitting I would rank it a 4.5, rather than a plain 4, but not a 5 I loved the characters of Jake and Julia They both had their baggage, but they eventually prove themselves There were several tear worthy moments, as well as a bit on humor I would have suggested that the author not use so many names starting with J I am a fast reader, and I was constantly having to look back at Jacob Snelling and Jake Shelling, as well as at Jane, Julia, Jennifer, Jillian, and Jolene Moreover, there was William Crawford, William Crenshaw, and Will Gloria s husband


  8. Suzan Tisdale Suzan Tisdale says:

    I adored this book It was so well written and I could not put it down The characters are very well developed and a very nice hero who isn t dark, brooding or unlikeable Jake was likable from the get go And Julia She found strength she didn t know she had Just a beautiful story with nice plot twists I do look forward to readingfrom Holly I ve not got her on my top 6 most favorite authors list She s up there with Carmen Caine, Laurin Wittig and Amanda Forester


  9. Vikki Vaught Vikki Vaught says:

    This was such an enjoyable read Julia was a refreshing heroine, not the typical barbie doll woman Jake was the kindest and most tender hearted hero, who has a fierce love for all his family Jake s two sisters were also a nice addition to this book Ms Bush weaves a spell binding tale with sweet love scenes and truly remarkable characters I rarely give 5 stars, but this book deserved it I truly enjoyed this story and plan to read other stories by this talented author.


  10. Keri Keri says:

    This was a wonderful read and Holly Bush just gets better every time I read something by her Now Julia s older sister is up next, Jolene and hummmnot sure how I am going to handle that Everybody says she gets redeemed, but mangoing to take a lot for me to believe that But Julia s story was very well done This would be a great recommend for someone that hasn t read HB s work before and looking for a well done romance without the hard core descriptive love scenes.