The Unexpected Bride

The Unexpected Bride What s a man to do when his father orders him a bride Rebecca Sullivan has been Becky all her life a real hoyden Her childhood sweetheart taught her to ride bareback and shoot a rifle but then he ch

  • Title: The Unexpected Bride
  • Author: Lena Goldfinch
  • ISBN: 9780692264959
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • What s a man to do when his father orders him a bride Rebecca Sullivan has been Becky all her life, a real hoyden Her childhood sweetheart taught her to ride bareback and shoot a rifle, but then he chose a perfect lady for a wife a real Southern belle, who s now expecting a baby Heartbroken, Becky signs up to be a mail order bride to a Seattle man, sight unseen ShWhat s a man to do when his father orders him a bride Rebecca Sullivan has been Becky all her life, a real hoyden Her childhood sweetheart taught her to ride bareback and shoot a rifle, but then he chose a perfect lady for a wife a real Southern belle, who s now expecting a baby Heartbroken, Becky signs up to be a mail order bride to a Seattle man, sight unseen She resolves to squelch her hoydenish ways and become a perfect lady for her future husband.If logging operation owner Isaac Jessup had wanted a bride, he d have chosen a sturdy frontier woman, not some fragile lady from back East Ready to explain the mistake, honorable Isaac takes one look into Rebecca s vulnerable eyesd knows he ll marry her, even though this delicate waif is obviously unsuited for wild Seattle.Can an unexpected marriage ever be a match made in heaven Book One in The Brides SeriesSweet Historical Western Romance A Mail Order Bride Novel Excerpt The lean to was chilly and not for the first time, Isaac considered boarding it up proper and calling it a barn He sat on the stool and began milking the goat, all the while mentally preparing for the worship service they planned to go to later that morning The Scriptures he d read first thing that morning were fresh in his mind, and his prayers kept returning to the problem of Rebecca One inner voice urged him to send her back home, but another voice spoke of commitment He d said vows before God to love and keep her till death do them part Those weren t words he was willing to dismiss lightly What s her name His wife s voice was suddenly in his ear, quite close.Isaac jumped The goat bleated at him Sorry, girl He patted her side and resumed milking her with slow, careful hands He glanced over his shoulder toward the subject of his thoughts.Rebecca stood watching him, leaning over the rail and peering in at them with curious eyes He was surprised to see her out this early She usually left him to his morning chores, and most times he d get back inside the cabin and find her already up preparing breakfast What s her name she repeated Name The goat He looked at the goat dumbly It was a goat He d never gotten much further than that She gave them a daily supply of milk, but other than that she was generally a nuisance She liked to butt down the stall door And whenever she got loose, she d eat what few vegetables he was able to grow in the summer She also liked to nip at his shirts and underthings when he hung them out on the line if he was lucky Most times she d tug the whole line down and drag it through the mud Yes, the goat, Rebecca said, a pleasant sounding smile in her voice Don t tell me she hasn t got a name There was something nice about hearing a woman s voice in the morning It reminded him a little of when he was young, and his mother had chatted with him in soft tones while they ate breakfast As if speaking too loud would jar them too quickly out of whatever dreams they d had the night before.Rebecca s soft voice put him much in mind of those times All right I won t Isaac focused on his milking She doesn t have a name Rebecca pressed How can you have an animal that doesn t have a name Never gave it much thought She s good for milk, but other than that she s nothing but trouble, always munching on the laundry Well, then I think your choice is clear Either you call her Milky or you call her Trouble Her teasing tone brought a reluctant smile to his lips Well, then, if I have to choose, then I guess she s Trouble The real Trouble was standing behind him, her elbow propped against the top of the rail, her chin cupped in one dainty hand.

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    • Ðawn says:

      ++Spoilers++Meh. Squeaky clean Christian romance.I don't mind clean reads as long as the romance is sweet, but here is was just plain frustrating.Long story short:Girl pretends to be something shes not which causes problems until she realizes she just needs to be herself.The rest in between is a series of lack of communitcation and presumtations between the H & h that could have all been resolved if they just spoke to each other and told the truth.The ILY's don't come until about 85% of the [...]

    • Shantelle says:

      The Unexpected Bride turned out to be quite the sweet and heartfelt story. Book one in The Brides series by Lena Goldfinch, this old-fashion, mountain romance is an unexpected treat, :) Desperate to get out of the shadow of her father's disapproval, and the lingering reality that her beloved chose someone else over her, Rebecca Sullivan signs up to be a mail-ordered bride. She's also leaving behind her “Becky” side, and that young woman's hoyden ways. Reading a letter from a kind man named I [...]

    • Cheesecake says:

      Becky the liar and Isaac the long suffering. At about half way i just started skimming like mad til 80% and I was just plain 'mad' at the book. DNF!Waaay too many misunderstandings for Waaaay toooooo long. At first I could understand Becky wanting to keep her true character a secret. I mean, all her life her so called father and mother have treated her like poop, and she is believed it was because she was a tomboy. That would be fine if she lived out west, but she lives on the East coast. Even t [...]

    • Amber says:

      A simply ravishing and utterly enthralling tale of always being true to yourself no matter what! This story will echo inside your soul long after it has ended. Its message will firmly grip your heart and promise to take you on an unforgettable ride! You are a beautiful treasure that God created to bring a very special message to this hurting world that only you can deliver. This is something that we all have to learn for ourselves, but once we learn it, the most important thing we can do is to t [...]

    • namericanwordcat says:

      It should be no secret by now that I love Mail Order Bride romances. I adore strangers who need a partner getting to know each other and falling in love. This is a lovely example of the sub genre. The setting in a logging operation is interesting as are the reasons behind our heroines decision to become a Mail Order Bride. Our hero is both tough and tender. The spiritual elements of the book are well done and more reflective than pedantic which I like. I think the basic conflicts ring true but a [...]

    • Penny Watson says:

      4.5 stars, rounded upSweet inspirational romance.

    • Miranda A. Uyeh says:

      This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Once again, Lena Goldfinch didn’t disappoint with this piece. It’s amazing how her author voice remained strong and true to the plot elements and settings despite the change in genre (she’s published YA/Romance before now). Her attention to detail—even the language attitude of the historical setting—was delightfully brilliant. There’s a right mix of emotions, humor, and every other flavor needed to make a story just right and enjoy [...]

    • Joann Maggio says:

      The Unexpected Bride written by Lena Goldfinch ****Another endearing western romance from Ms Goldfinch. 1866 Rebecca (Becky) Sullivan is broken hearted that her childhood sweetheart married a sweet lady like girl from the South. Becky has been repeatedly reprimanded by her father for her hoyden ways and is coming to realize perhaps he was correct.She is very unhappy at home and signs up to be a mail order bride and travels to Seattle to meet her future husband. The whole concept of these Mail or [...]

    • Roxanne says:

      Love this book! Thanks to the author for providing me an advance ebook to read and review. Set in the year 1866 in "wild Seattle"' this delightful inspirational read revolves around the arranged marriage of Rebecca "Becky" and Isaac. A marriage arranged by his pop. Complete strangers Isaac and Becky must decide whether this marriage is to endure or not; whether they can open their hearts to each other and love or not; whether they can trust God or not; whether they can be real and transparent wi [...]

    • Stephanie says:

      Such a great tale of a new couple finding the rhythm that fits them just right.Becky is a hoyden which I have inferred she was a hellion growing up and a little bit of a tom boy. I absolutely loved Becky and I am pretty sure everyone else will also.She has a strong personality but tries to transform herself into what "society" deems to be the best outlook of a woman. For anyone who has ever felt that they had to be someone they are not inorder to be accepted then you will fall in love with Becky [...]

    • Julie Graves says:

      I really enjoyed this sweet romance! Rebecca is quite the character. I love that she was so determined to make her unconventional marriage work. She did frustrate me for a while with trying to be someone she wasn’t, but it was understandable considering her background. I really liked Isaac as well. He was an honorable and handsome character. I loved his desire to provide for and protect Rebecca. I think that a good story causes the reader to feel like the characters are real, and that is the w [...]

    • Christine Woinich says:

      I fell in love with Rebecca and Isaac right away. Their struggles to get to know each other without being completely honest with each other pulled on my heart. There were moments I had tears in my eyes and moments when I wanted to yell "open your eyes". This was a hard-won HEA, and I am glad that I made the journey with them. I look forward to the next book.I had the opportunity to read this story for an honest review.

    • Britney says:

      The Unexpected Bride is a wonderful, historical romance! Lena Goldfinch’s talents abound and I was so excited to read this sweet story. Engaging, humorous, and romantic, The Unexpected Bride is pure delight! I enjoyed the vivid imagery and attention to historical details, as well as the endearing characters and enchanting storyline. I loved this tender tale and can’t wait to continue the series!

    • Karen says:

      I found the groom mostly judgemental & not accepting. Wife feeling she has to hide true nature.

    • Sally L. Moran says:

      The Unexpected BrideVery good and interested story. The characters were very down to earth and made you feel like part of the story. Thanks for a good read.

    • Emily says:

      The Unexpected Bride was a sweet historical romance by Lena Goldfinch. Brokenhearted with nowhere else to go, Becky signs up to become the mail order bride of Isaac, hoping against hope that her new romance will be as successful as the Biblical Isaac and Rebecca’s. But, in order to be the perfect bride, Becky has chosen to hide her true self. Will she ever gain the courage to show her husband her “hoydenish” true self?I am having a very hard time writing this review. I always have trouble [...]

    • M.A. Nichols says:

      This was a sweet romance. I don't know that everyone would enjoy it as much as I did, but if you're a sucker for a story about a girl jilted in love who finally finds happiness, then this is a book for you. I definitely sympathized with the heroine and felt for her as she struggled to find her way in the world.That being said, it's certainly not a perfect story. There's a subplot that felt a little tacked on--like it's there just in order to introduce a character who can have a later spin-off bo [...]

    • Barb Klein says:

      Rebecca Sullivan’s father thought she was a hoyden and was forever chastising her to be “a proper lady”. Becky liked to ride bareback; she was a crack shot and did things no respectful lady would do. When her love Jack returned from the war, married to a proper southern lady, Becky decided that she would be more attractive to men if she were a proper lady. She also decided that she could not stay in the same town with Jack and his new wife especially since she was expecting. When she found [...]

    • Diane Newman says:

      Good story. Id read more by this authorThis book was set in Washington state which in itself is slightly unusual. Usually these pioneer romances are in Montana or Colorado etc. My one negative is only because I live just north of Seattle. The Olympic mountains do not surround Seattle. They are across the Sound on the peninsula. The Cascades are closer but still miles from Seattle.

    • Victoria Leo says:

      If you have a soft spot for capable no nonsense womenI'm competent and make no apology for it. Ladylike ladies bore me. So this story of a duck in the wrong pond really appealed. Good plotting, nice characters, lyrical descriptions of early Seattle. Doesn't rain as much as the reality, but makes the plotting easier if you can keep your powder dry. Highly recommended. Fun commentary about biblical Rebecca being a mail order bride.

    • Miriam Rivera says:

      Wonderful book!I just discovered this author and I'm going to look for more of her books. I just loved the story, characters everything was great. The way Rebecca grew as a person and understood her love for Jack was nothing more than a childhood crush. Even issacs reluctance to get close to her was well written and made us understand why he couldn't let go of his insecurities towards their marriage.

    • Patricia says:

      This was a sweet, clean and simple love story about a mail order bride (a mail order request from her future father-in-law posing as her intended). She came all the way from the east to Seattle area to a logging camp. Good cast of characters and a nice story. I look forward to reading more by this author. I loved the artwork on the cover. Such a fresh, original look on this book compared to all the covers of the books I have been reading lately.

    • Laura Stevens says:

      i had fun reading this book. Becky was a real but misguided bride, married to the "strong, silent type". they didn't know how to communicate and all sorts of misunderstandings popped up. how they resolved the conflicts make up the basis of the book. two other characters bring extra dimension to the story.

    • Leeanna Campbell says:

      Nice storyIt was a good story. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, it is heavily laced with religious references. I found myself sometimes quite irritated with the heroine. She spent most of the book being in love with another man, which I was not a big fan of. She also constantly lied to the hero of the story, and didn't come out with the truth until about 85%.

    • Rita C says:

      I liked the characters and it ended well. I understood why the heroine acted the way she did. The plot and her character definition laid it out fairly clearly. However it was frustrating to see her do so, knowing it was so needlessly causing her problems.

    • Nicole says:

      This book is cute. Story is similar to other Seattle mail-order bride stories I've read. Definitely recommend if you need a quick, simple, sweet story to read. I appreciate the cleanness of the love story, and the faith of the main characters.

    • Sharon Rudolph says:

      Great bookWhat a wonderful book!! The characters and the storyline were wonderful. I couldn't put the book down, I had to finish it!! I loved the characters and am excited to read the rest of the series!

    • Pat says:

      Definitely enjoyable. A little bit of a slow start for me but ultimately a very enjoyable early American romance. Clean but romantic.

    • Mema says:

      Socrediblyring. DNF at 25%

    • Lucinda says:

      Cute story and characters. Clean and romantic. Those who like mail-order bride stories will like this one.

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