Friday, July 26, 2013

Orphan Train Bride

Teresa Lilly
Historical Romance
Christian Romance

"Now that was a true cowboy, she thought.  Just like the ones I’ve read about in my penny novels."

As a grown orphan herself, Kelli now works for the very home she grew up in.  Taking the young children on the Orphan Train in hopes of getting them adopted is a duty she both enjoys and endures.  Until they get to their last stop, with only one child left.  Charlie is unlikely to be adopted, with his physical disabilities, but Kelli was so hopeful.  She'd hate to take him back to New York, and to tell the truth, she'd hate to go back herself.  Looking for a job to support them both, she stumbles upon Carter who is in need of a wife to mother his young daughter.  Can they make a marriage of mutual benefit work?  It seems reasonable enough of a situation.  Neither one of them wanted love, or do they?

My Opinion: This was an interesting book, involving an unique plot and a part of history many aren't familiar with.  There were few side characters, and the main characters were shallow with little justification to their actions.  Though it had a great potential, the bland descriptions and almost textbook narrative took away from the story, pulling you out of it rather than into it.  The Christian slant was very strong, overpowering the romance, or really any other aspect of the story.  Which is all well and good, but not what I expect from a romance.  I was frustrated with the characters lackluster interactions as well as the roughness of the text.  I would have liked to have read a more polished version, as it was an interesting idea behind the story.

I received a free copy of this book.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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