(The Annville Mail Order Brides Book 1)
STORY-LINE THE DOWAGER’S MAIL ORDER HUSBAND BY HELEN CHRISTIAN:
The Dowager’s Mail Order Husband is a heart-wrenching emotional story. Mary Hedgepeth’s life has been abuse, drudgery, pain, and want. After the death of her abusive husband, Mary’s thrown out of the big house into a cabin. She is now a widower and a dowager. Here Mary tries to forge a life for herself. She has no idea how to farm or grow her food. She is barely hanging on.
When her husband’s brother, Richard, comes home, she’s frightened but also attracted to this handsome, kind man. Richard is the opposite of his contemptuous brother. Richard is a kind godly man who finds in Mary everything he has ever wanted.
Will Richard and Mary be able to overcome the abuse she has suffered? Can happy ever after exist for Mary? What does God have in store for Mary and Richard? Grab a comfortable seat, my Christian historical romance book reviews of The Dowager’s Mail Order Husband follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Although a short novella, I found this book satisfying. Novellas are different from their parent the novel, as they can not explore the depth of emotion and story-line of the more extended novel. However, Christian filled this book with feeling from the first pages. I could feel Mary’s desperation and fear as she faced a long winter and then Richard, an unknown element added to her life. I could feel her want as she came to know the goodness of Richard.