Nellie : The Brides of San Francisco

  • by Cynthia Woolf
  • Narrated by Lia Frederick
  • Series: The Brides of San Francisco
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nellie Wallace is a young widow with two children. In post-Civil War New York, the men are scarce and none want the burden of a wife with children. Her dead husband's family is wealthy, and cruel. Desperate to escape their influence, and eager for a home, a husband, and a stable life for her children, Nellie decides to make a new life in San Francisco as a mail-order bride.
Saloon owner Blake Malone is a bachelor and likes it that way. He worked hard for everything he has, but the San Francisco City Council won't approve his plans to build a family emporium unless he is a family man himself. The solution? A mail-order bride from New York who will bring him a ready-made family, stability, and the council's approval.
Blake expects his future wife to care for his home and, other than helping him impress the city council, to stay out of his business. He expects life as usual. What he gets is an unexpected desire to win Nellie's heart, a dangerous threat to his new bride, and a rich benefactor determined to steal his new family out from under him. Blake believed his battle for success a hard one. But he will discover that the battle to win Nellie's heart and keep his family safe is going to take everything he's got.


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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book needs a lot of improvement. It was just plain silly at points and I would have said a primary reader except for the sexual parts. I did a bunch of eye rolling and give me a break throughout the book. It the story was followed without all the silly he loves me or maybe he doesn't then maybe something could have come out of the story. I keep wondering where the other two women that Nellie made the mail order bride trip with and had such a good relationship were never mentioned again after the first chapters.

Has Nellie turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have the other books in this series in my read list and I did not even have a single thought of starting one of those. The book has not turned me off from this genre only this author.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration did not help this book. The voice was stilted and robotic. Not much animation from this narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did finish the book as it did have a murder plot which I wanted to find out how it turned out. I could have missed the whole thing as it also turned out as the rest of the book silly.

Any additional comments?

Skip it.

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- Meeka

STOP!!!!! Save your brain cells.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I just cannot imagine anything short of a rewrite.

What was most disappointing about Cynthia Woolf’s story?

It was contradictory and unimaginative.
Towards the end Nellie agonizes over telling her husband she loves him, fearing to let him know how deeply she feels for him. Ummm several chapters before she said I love you and he responded with I know. He also agonizes about loving her, his reason being his step mother took advantage of his father's love leaving him broke and broken. A few chapters later he says its because he need her to be strong. Sigh...

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lia Frederick?

Anyone. Lia is apparently from the south. Her accent is evident. Why she was chosen to be the voice of a New Yorker is beyond me. Her voices for the two year old girl and the ten year old boy were indistinguishable. Her inflections missed the mark. Just a bad choice for this project all around.

What character would you cut from Nellie?

NELLIE! This character was thin and useless, but all of sudden got a backbone from no where. Sexually abused by her husband, mistreated by her in laws, she submits willingly. A woman holds a gun on her and all of a sudden she's a bad arse?

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- I Hate Everything ;0)

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2015
  • Publisher: Firehouse Publishing