The Book Corner: Book Review of Abandoned Bride



Book Review of Abandoned Bride

From an award-winning author with more than one million books sold, a new series of four heartwarming historical romances about unexpected brides.


Elin Hanson has traveled across the ocean from Norway as a mail-order bride. But when she arrives in the Dakota Territory, she finds the man she has planned to marry has abandoned her--and left her to care for his young son. Another unwelcome surprise is her betrothed’s partner, who only wants her off the ranch. With nowhere else to go, Elin strikes a bargain: she’ll stay on as housekeeper until her missing groom arrives.

Sam Andrews has his hands full running his ranch and trying to track down the no-good thief rustling his cows. The last thing he needs is a woman and little boy getting in his way. As he gets to know the fiery Elin, a friendship begins to develop. A friendship that could easily turn into something more. But Sam’s past has taught him the dangers of opening his heart, and he hardens his against Elin. When Elin’s groom-to-be comes home, she must make the choice: settle for a loveless marriage? Or hold out for love?

Eve's Review of the Book

Abandoned Bride is Linda Ford’s second book in the Dakota Brides series. The series is about mail order brides leaving everything they know to come to the wilds of Dakota to be a bride.

I have to admire Elin. She left her homeland of Norway by ship and traveled halfway across the United States by train to marry a man she knew only through letters. Her exodus included her brother and a cousin. After leaving her family at their new homestead, she continued on for another day's journey by herself. At one of the stops along the way, she is given a shocking surprise. A three-year-old love child abandoned by her betrothed is given into her care by his dying grandmother to take to his father. It would seem that this is only the beginnings of her troubles with her betrothed.

I have read the first two books in this series and find that I like the storylines and the story-telling of Ms. Ford. It’s a clean read with sweet romance and the early history of the Dakotas is done very well.

I would recommend this book to teens and adults alike as there is some kissing and cuddling.

About the Author Linda Ford


Linda Ford grew up devouring books and making up stories in her head, often late at night when she couldn't sleep. But she hadn't planned to write. Instead, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, that dream came true.

She married, had 4 homemade children, adopted 10 and lived her dream. She lives on a small ranch in western Alberta, where she can see the mountains every day. She and her husband continue to enjoy their children and grandchildren. Linda still finds a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction in creating imaginary worlds only now she does it on paper or rather, at the computer.

About the Book Reviewer Eve Culley


Story-telling is as much a part of me as breathing is to my body. I have found that as I tell stories, putting them on paper, it makes room for the other stories that are building and will need to be told soon. I write for children because of their wonderful imaginations they are the very best at believing that the probable can become possible. Nothing is any better than when the reader climbs into the adventure and joins the journey with you.

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