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Some people get a mail order bride She got a mail order manA well meaning friend places an ad to find a mail order husband for Sarah the proprietress of Larkspur’s stage and mail office Sarah who is generally uiet and reserved doesn't know about the ad and has no idea what to do with all the people that are showing up in her community Before long the town is overrun with men and mail alike Sarah is trying to avoid some men who have accosted her on the street when she stumbles into Samuel Through long days spent together at the stage office some very adventurous pots of coffee and a shared faith the two become friends Sarah knows that Samuel is hiding something from her something important but that doesn't stop her heart from leaping wildly into love Lacking the confidence to trust her heart Sarah wars with herself over the feelings she can no longer deny When some of the men who have come to town show their true intentions a shootout follows Sarah finally gets answers to many of the uestions circling through her mind One uestion remains though Where will her mail order man go when the dust settles?

10 thoughts on “Mail Order Man (Ladies of Larkspur, #1)

  1. says:

    Unfortunately I couldn't finish this book I really wanted to like this book I love the premise and the writing's not bad And it's clean Hurray for clean romance So why is it one star? I felt that there was a very strong uneual power dynamic between the men and women in this book And that uneual power dynamic was shown as being part of God's teachings the woman should submit and so onThe leading male character Samuel almost immediately decides he is interested in Sarah Sarah is very reserved but he is always pushing her for information about very personal and private feelings and things He justifies this with internal dialogue saying that if they are going to be together she needs to open up to him or else it's the end right now Um excuse me? He's only known her for less than a week when this startsThe scene where I stopped reading though was actually fairly early in VERY MINOR SPOILER AHEAD She's living with her friend's family whose dad she sees as a sort of father figure This father figure puts Samuel in charge of protecting them for the day During this day Samuel presses her for her private feelings on the sermon When she doesn't share and asks him why he wants to know he does not answer her and instead of respecting her privacy come on it's been 2 weeks now? he continues to pressure her Finally Sarah reasons Well women should submit to their parents and my friend's dad is sort of like my parent and he put Samuel in charge so I have to submit to him and answer his uestionsThis just seemed terribly tragic to me I am a devout Christian who is happily married I believe God considers men and women eual I believe healthy relationships should bloom naturally with people sharing when they are ready Not because they are pressured to do so The uneual power dynamic in this book really deeply bothered me on an emotional and spiritual level And that's why I gave this book one star To be fair; I did not finish this book So maybe it gets better later on

  2. says:

    I have always been drawn to mail order bride stories and this one certainly puts a different twist on that premise The story takes place in Larkspur Idaho Territory during April 1878 Sarah Jenkins is on her way to her job where she runs the stagecoach station when she notices an unusual amount of strange men on the streets of Larkspur and when she is accidentally knocked down one of those men Samuel Livingston comes to her aid and escorts her the rest of the way to the office While the strange men are a conundrum it's the bags and bags of mail that come to town on the stagecoach that causes a red flag to go up because most of the mail is addressed to Eligible Female Larkspur Idaho Territory Turns out that someone placed an ad in newspapers stating that they are looking for a husbandwith the instructions to send inuiries to Larkspur Who placed the ad and why Meanwhile as Sarah spends time with Samuel she finds herself drawn to him but will he stick around once all the hoopla dies downHistorical fiction is one of my favorite genre's to read and Mail Order Man was great I loved the premise of a Mail Order Man and the reason why the ad was placed in the first place I thought the character of Samuel was great instead of a rushed relationship it builds slowly allowing us to see what a wonderful character he really was Sarah was a strong female who had been on her own since the death of her father There were so many things that made this a stand out read for me such as the small town feel of Larkspur and how the residents worked together the inspirational feel of the story was very well done also Fans of historical fiction with christian themes woven in will enjoy this one I know I did

  3. says:

    What a fun story instead of a mail order bride we have a mail order man No Sarah Jenkins did not place the ad looking for a husband her best friend Minnie with good intentions placed an ad because she felt that Sarah could use a husband to help her out Sarah lost her mother when she was six years old and then right as Sarah became a young woman her father died suddenly Sarah continued on in his business running the stage coach office and handling the mail Well the town started having an influx of men some of which made Sarah feel uneasy and then the stage coach office was over flowing with letters addressed to Eligible Female Larkspur Idaho Territory Not just a few but bags full of letters so many that it reuired an extra stage to bring the mail in Sarah's friends Ida and John also had a relative come into town Ida's cousin Samuel LivingstonNow this story is not only a story of two people finding love but it is a gentle reminder of the love God has for His children We have mystery and suspense because part of Samuel's business is kept a secret We watch and see the relationship build between Samuel and Sarah We learn about their lives before they met and watch they fall in love This story is a clean story with a reminder that as God's children His will in our lives is for us to worship Him and to live our lives with Him as the head of it I do love HEA

  4. says:

    Well I liked the premise of a mail order groom which the H really wasn't The whole mail order thing didn't ever really come in to playThis book was really really preachy I'm not a huge fan of christian fictionromance in the first place and I didn't realize from the description that this is what this book is Gray seemed to make a lesson out of every darn scene in the book Ugh The further along I got in the book the preachier it got

  5. says:

    What an interesting twist of the typical Mail Order Bride I loved loved loved this story One of the things I loved was the spiritual thread I did not want the story to end Getting ready now to read the second book in the series

  6. says:

    Someone wishing to help Sarah find love posted ads in several newspapers reuesting good Christian men to write eligible female in Larkspur Idaho Sarah who managed the stage office was swamped with mail plus single men of all sorts were showing up in town It was dangerous for single women there so all were invited to guest at homes for protection Samuel was coming to Larkspur to visit his cousin and planned to open a business there Sarah caught his attention and soon his protection Sarah was uiet and reserved while Samuel was outgoing with a sense of humor As they discussed God's lessons and how each processed information they became closer Samuel has kept his past career and history from Sarah but he has told the Mayor everything so she is willing to be patient till the town calms down and he can share his past with her Samuel and the deputies stop a bank robbery and most of the extra men leave town Samuel is shot but survives unders Sarah's care A nice romance I would have enjoyed a few stories about the other women finding love The start of the novel dragged but it is worth the journey

  7. says:

    History Humor How much better can it get I loved the colorful characters in this book such as the “flashy dresser” Samuel Livingston and Sarah Jenkins who made BAD coffee and who had trouble with the mail and males This book has fun descriptive lines like “Her heart no longer fluttered like a bumblebee It thumped like a herd of wild mustangs” Then there are the thought provoking lines like “whatever the problem is it’s there because God allowed it and you will see it as simply another way to glorify Him another opportunity to praise Him” And “much of her obedience had been from fear rather than lovewas it fear that had shaped her?” A fun easy and humorous read yet it is filled with great probing uestions and thoughts

  8. says:

    Charm and depth Good story telling with characters you want to meet The story was a bit whimsical and yet had depth Bad coffee newspaper adds and humor capture the story and interesting characters your heart Heather is uickly becoming one of my must read authors Through in a tad of suspense and yes u are in for a treat

  9. says:

    I am not a romance reader but this book captured my interest I learned a lot about myself through the main character Sarah Relationships past heartaches and mystery fill this story Great read

  10. says:

    Reviewed by JoAnneBook provided by the publisher for reviewReview originally posted at Romancing the BookThis was an enjoyable western romance but totally unexpected in its premise since I did not expect an inspirational book with lots of prayers to God to guide their actions thinking and future The conversations were often stilted and interspersed were a lot of prayers and talk of trusting God’s path for the charactersI like books set in the late 1800’s and this book is set in Idaho for a real western flair Sarah was easy to like in her simple and religious ways but very forward for a woman since she ran the stage office which her father had run before he died She also couldn’t cook or make coffee but no one seemed to mind Samuel always had a smile on his face and in his eyes along with laughter but was also religious and took it very seriously He also had secrets that couldn’t be revealed due to his promise to the mayor The mayor’s family was delightful and like Sarah’s second family since her parents were deceased The Martinez family was hardworking and were woven throughout as well as Samuel’s cousin Ida and her husband JohnI enjoyed the twist on the mail order bride theme that most of us have heard of since there were hordes of men who came to Larkspur looking for a bride not all who were savory There were family friends romance love laughter some tears heartache and a happily ever after The epilogue was a nice touch since not only were loose ends tied up but we got a glance at Sarah and Samuel’s life togetherI don’t believe I’ve read books before by this author but I look forward to reading Just Dessert book two in the series along with any future ones I will also add her other books to my ever growing TBR pileFavorite uote When he kissed her for the first time he planned on it being the kind of kiss that staked his claim for all time He didn’t feel he could do that though until she knew everything there was to know about him Then if she was still interested in spending time with him or being courted by him he would kiss her for all he was worth And if it ended up that he couldn’t persuade her with words then a couple of honest well placed kisses would have to do the job for him