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Book Review-Lantern In The Window: Western Prairie Brides-Bobby Hutchinson

Thursday, February 3, 2022

I somehow can't see myself as a mail order bride-but I can understand why many went with that option back when. Women essentially had no rights and they needed a male-especially if they were widowed and left with children. That wasn't the case this time--Annie and her little sister Betsy became orphans when their Mom died. They worked in a factory where the air was so bad that Betsy was really sick from it. Noah has lost his wife and his son to sickness and he had a farm to run-and a father who had had a stroke to take care of--he needed help desparately! Of course neither of them were honest in their letters to each other and when they finally met--Noah was angry and Annie was scared. They has been married by proxy before she left on the long train ride to a place she had never seen before.

It took a long while for them to even accept each other--but Betsy worked at it. Noah, upon learning that Betsy was deaf learned sign language. Life went on.

That they actually loved each other was apparent to all except Noah until the day he almost lost his life--that's all folks--you will have to read this to find out more and it is certainly worth the read!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Ever wondered what it might be like to be a mail order bride? Or the groom, already married to a woman he’s never laid eyes on? On the Canadian prairies in 1886, having a mail order romance wasn’t unusual. Noah Ferguson desperately needs help on his farm.

Annie Tompkins knows she can't go on working in Lazenby’s cotton mill. Her little sister Betsy will die if they stay there. So she’s been a little less than honest in her letters to Noah, is that really so terrible? It's unforgivable, Noah fumes. He wanted an older widow, and Annie is a young virgin. But even that isn't the full extent of her lies. Problem is, Noah hasn’t exactly been straight with Annie, either, and his secret has the power to break Annie’s heart.

Can time and even a special Christmas gift make their marriage work? This is a standalone story, a mail order brides western romance.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: What made you write this series, Bobby? My mother grew up on the Canadian prairie, and she was a storyteller. She told me tales of mail order brides, the heartbreak, and sometimes the success of such marriages. I was--and still am--fascinated by the brave people who took such chances. Who's your favorite character in Lantern In The Window? That would be Betsy. She has difficult problems to overcome. And she's the main character in the second of the series, SILENT LIGHT, SILENT LOVE.

I hope you enjoy reading Lantern as much as I loved writing it. The two others in the series are: SILENT LIGHT, SILENT LOVE-- MEDICINE WOMAN--

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Bobby Hutchinson lives for, breathes in, reads and writes books. She lives in a little coal mining town in the Canadian Rockies which she’s writing about in a new series of short reads called “Starwood Chronicles.” The first in the series is BIGGEST LITTLE TRUCKSTOP.

She's never run a restaurant. She isn’t a private investigator, she doesn’t do phone sex for money and she’s not running a dating service. But some of her wonderful, gregarious female friends have done all of the above, and she’s used their hands on research for her books.

She has directed traffic around construction sites, owned a boutique full of clothes she designed, and run several popular B&B’s. She writes of her madcap experience in HOW NOT TO RUN A B&B. She loves to cook, listen to guest’s life stories and also eavesdrop on private conversations at Starbucks.

She's currently working on three or four or eight more books. She has six enchanting grandchildren. She lives alone, apart from guests and two rabbits, meditates, bikes, walks, reads incessantly, and writes compulsively.

She likes a quote by Dolly Parton: “Decide who you are, and then do it on purpose.”

Hearing from readers is the high point in her life.

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