Friday, February 19, 2010

Mail-order brides



Hi all. Janet Dean here, talking about my February release, The Substitute Bride, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, a fun story to write—with a mail-order bride, disgruntled groom and a small town filled with quirky characters. Here’s a peek:
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They Struck a Bargain for Marriage
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Fleeing an arranged marriage, debutante Elizabeth Manning exchanges places with a mail-order bride bound for New Harmony, Iowa. Life on the frontier can’t be worse than forced wedlock to pay her father’s gambling debts. But Ted Logan’s rustic lifestyle and rambunctious children prove to be more of a challenge than Elizabeth expects. She doesn’t know how to be a mother or a wife. She doesn’t even know how to tell Ted the truth about her past—especially as her feelings for him grow. Little does she know, Ted’s hiding secrets of his own. When their pasts collide, there’s more than one heart at stake.
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Why was Ted disgruntled?
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When he and Elizabeth are about to speak their vows, the bride suggests one teeny change—the name on the marriage license. A clear sign trouble lies ahead for this couple.
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As a homemaker and mother, Elizabeth Manning is definitely a "fish out of water." Poor Ted. Yet no matter how inept she is, Elizabeth perseveres. She manages to find unique ways to handle the children and her new and very challenging life on the farm.
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Ted is a dreamboat with a Call of his own. And a past he fears will raise its ugly head. Elizabeth is carrying a secret too. Despite the town’s name, life is never dull in New Harmony, Iowa.
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Can you imagine the surprises in store for couples who may have exchanged a few letters or a picture and often didn’t meet until the wedding day? My husband and I dated for 2½ years. After we married, it didn’t take long to discover we still had things to learn about one another. All good of course. LOL Arranged marriages may sound odd to us, but a high percentage of marriages are still arranged today, a norm for many cultures.
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If your ancestors married for convenience, please share their stories. Or perhaps you have a funny wedding incident you could relate. Hopefully not as shocking as a name change for the bride. Thanks for stopping in. And a huge thanks for your interest in Love Inspired books!
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9 comments:

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Can you really imagine marrying via mail-order bride. Wow, quite a concept.

And yet, it makes sense.

My grandparents came over to this country from Italy through Ellis Island but they were married before they arrived.

Your book sounds very intriguing, Janet

Deb said...

Your book sounds good, Janet.

My paternal grandparents did not have a marriage of convenience. But, their meeting is interesting. My grandfather was an immigrant from Denmark and my grandmother was a country school teacher. They met at a box social to raise money for the school and Grandpa bid on Grandma's supper box. At first, she was appalled because he had a "funny" accent, but, then, as they say, the rest is history.

misskallie2000 said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. I love romance but not when it is full of sex acts. I am not a prude I just like clean books. It is hard to find them now adays..Maybe it is because I am 67 and single that I am not that interested but I think more of the way I was raised is responsible. Back in the good old days open sex was not allowed on tv, movies, or books (except smutt?). Boy how times have changed. Pls continue to write the nice clean romance..

Stephanie Gamm said...

This sounds like a really interesting book! I couldn't imagine doing something like that...so intriguing! The excerpt was really good too; I'm gunna have to pick it up sometime! (:

Janet Dean said...

Hi Tina! You're grandparents came to America through Ellis Island. So cool! I want to know where from Italy.

Janet

Janet Dean said...

Thanks, Deb. What a sweet story. I need to put a box lunch social in a book! I'm guessing your grandmother had to quit teaching when she married.

Janet Dean said...

Hi misskallie, you're Internet savvy, a modern woman. It's never old fashioned to long for clean romance. The love inspired books won't let you down. Thanks for your interest!

Janet Dean said...

I'm delighted you enjoyed the excerpt, Stephanie! The Substitute Bride was a fun book to write! Thanks for your interest.

Deb said...

Hi, again, Janet. Yes, my grandmother quit when they married in 1923.
My mother and her cousin went to New York several years ago and found my grandpa's name on the wall at Ellis Island. Talk about cool!
I have also visited Denmark and was able to visit the farm where my grandfather grew up as well as visiting the church he attended (which was built in the 1100s!).