Series: Mail-Order Brides of the West, Lina (Book 4)
Author: Debra Holland
Narrator: Lara Asmundson
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes - Release date: Oct. 16, 2014
Publisher: Debra Holland⎮2014
Genre: Romance; Historical Fiction
Mail-Order Brides of the West is a collaborative series by New York Times best-selling author Debra Holland and USA Today best-selling author Caroline Fyffe.
When Lina Napolitano's nanny position ends, she has no desire to return to the crowded family compound in St. Louis and endure the pressure from all her boisterous and overbearing Italian relatives to marry a local man. After eight years of living away from her family, she's accustomed to making her own decisions. Lina wishes to be a wife - just not of the local garbage man or fishmonger. Traveling as a mail-order bride to Sweetwater Springs, Montana seems like the perfect solution to escaping her smothering family and forging her own life.
After childbirth robs Jonah Barrett of his Indian wife, he is left to raise their toddler Adam alone. When Adam falls into the fireplace and burns his hand, Jonah becomes desperate to find the boy a mother - one who'll care for him and accept the child's half-breed heritage. And a woman who doesn't know Jonah's whole past.
Will outgoing, demonstrative Lina fit into his solitary world and want to stay? Or will this mail-order marriage be over before the relationship really begins?
Mail-Order Brides of the West: Lina takes place simultaneously with Mail-Order Brides of the West: Heather and is set seven years before Wild Montana Sky. See Caroline Fyffe's companion book, Mail-Order Brides of the West: Heather to find out what happens to Lina's friend and fellow mail-order bride when she travels to Y Knot, Montana to become the wife of lumber mill owner Hayden Klinkner.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
Lina’s employment as a governess was coming to an end. Not wanting to return home to live with her beloved, yet too large, family, she discovered an ad for mail order brides. Could she actually do this? After weighing the pros against the cons, she decided she could do this daring thing. Born of an Italian family, it would be hard to leave the closeness they shared to go so far away. Still, it seemed to be the best choice for Lina.
Once she arrived at her destination, she strongly questioned her decision.
This is another story about the challenges that mail order brides faced by coming out West to an unknown frontier. It is also a tale about what families experienced in setting towns in the wilderness. Lina’s husband had lived with the disgrace of an alcoholic father and with the prejudice against an Indian wife. He would not let that prejudice hurt his young son.
The characters are all very personable and well developed. The scenes are clearly described and easily “experienced”. The Title and Cover image are chosen well. The Narrator, Lara Asmundson, does a very good job in narration. The “voices “ were not as consistent as in other stout, yet were very effective.
I offer a Four Stars rating for performance and for story content. *This book was gifted me with no pressure to give a positive review. This is my honest review
About the Author: Debra Holland:
Debra Holland wears many “hats.” She’s a psychotherapist and corporate crisis/grief counselor, as well as a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Montana Sky Series, sweet, historical Western romance.
She’s a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and one-time winner. In 2013, Amazon selected Starry Montana Sky as a top 50 greatest love stories pick. She is also the author of The Gods’ Dream Trilogy (fantasy romance).
Dr. Debra received a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California (USC).
She has written the nonfiction books, The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving and Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude: a Ten-Minute eBook. She’s a contributing author to The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing.
About the Narrator: Lara Asmundson
Lara Asmundson is a voice actor based in the SF Bay area with many VO credits including radio and TV commercials, industrial narration, video game characters and of course audiobook narration. She has even given voice to an animated toy cat!
Her journey to voice acting was a bit unusual having started her career life as a biomedical clinical researcher. The voice acting journey began as an exploration in creativity but quickly developed into a passion and finally a new career. She has been a working voice actor for 10 years. With over 40 audiobook titles to her credit she has given life to countless characters from young immigrant women seeking new lives and love in the 1890’s Western US to modern day romantic heroines. Her warm voice and conversational style draws the listener in and holds them through the ups and downs of the stories she tells.
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