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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Beautiful cultures can cause love to abound!
Italy, family and red sauce!
I would say that it is a perfect prolog to Starry Montana Sky. It brings in many of those characters before that story takes place and it shows why some of the emotion of Starry is so intense with some of the characters.
Imagine leaving your family, culture, and even your religion in order to help a grieving man raise his half-Indian son in a safe and loving home. Lina is such a woman. She leaves the comfort and family of the St. Louis and goes to the little town of Sweetwater Springs, Montana where most have not even heard of minestrone! Some in Sweetwater Springs do not approve of this new bride raising a "half-breed" and they let it be known, but then, this little town does not realize what it is taking on with this beautiful, spit-fire Italian. What's more is that her husband does not realize how her love for he and his son can start the healing of a grieving heart and help it turn into another chance at love.
Debra does it again for these two interwoven series! I love the way she brings Lina into Trudy's world (previous book) and how they help grow the tapestry of Sweetwater Springs as mail order brides! I look forward seeing how the other brides will weave their lives into this community!
Love this series.