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Twice Promised: A Novel (The Blue Willow…

Twice Promised: A Novel (The Blue Willow Brides)

by Maggie Brendan

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The story was okay, I guess, but the anachronisms were quite distracting. I doubt anyone had a living room until TV was invented and a crate built for shipping merchandise would not have had a door you could use to shut a pet dog in. (and would they have had a pet dog in the house back then?) She also got the vegetation wrong for Colorado.

And to prove I am a sucker for punishment, in the first book she kept calling her sister a "free spirit" which I suspect came around in the 1960s. Now flibertygibbit I could have accepted...

These books were a gift from someone who heard me say that I had nothing fluffy to read in the house...and he fixed that for me!
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  barefootcowgirl | Jul 28, 2016 |
Only very slightly better than the first book. It's exactly the same in terms of everyone behaving unnaturally, in an attempt to keep the book going. Ugh.

But the period discrepancies were SO MUCH WORSE, particularly with money. The language was all wrong. Caleb. Don't even get me started on Caleb.

The concept (brother writes and sends for two mail order brides for his lonely older brother) could have been an interesting, new twist. But this was just as empty and insipid as those before it.

Did anyone else find the way they just swapped partners disturbing? It's like, well I let my passions dissolve my integrity, honor and virtue. repeatedly. But it's okay, because my fiance and I were in lust not love. Um, CONTROL YOURSELVES PEOPLE. Have the decency to not CHEAT and dismiss it. You end things BEFORE you start things with someone new! So disappointing that the "I got what I wanted, so it's all good" attitude is so frequently portrayed in Christian themed novels. Yuck. ( )
  lyssa73 | Aug 2, 2014 |
This is a sweet and delightful read! Can you imagine getting up enough nerve to be a Mail-order Bride, and then finding out that the intended is not who you thought? Also you are not alone...the letter writer, Zach, has invited two wives! You would feel like turning around and going back the way you came.
Zach wants a wife for his brother Jess Gifford, the reason? So he can be free of working in their families Mercantile!
When Greta Olsen arrives to find Cora Johnson their also, it is remarkable how they become best friends...of course they are both put in a precarious position. In the end neither wants to hurt her best friend. We go along meeting the boy's Grannie...loved her, she says it like it is.
Will these woman follow their hearts, or marry Jess so that no one will feel hurt? With this story being set in the late 1880's, we discover quite a bit how life was back in Colorado.
There are funny and scary incidents...a bear at the outhouse? Oh dear! Also so many touching moments happen. Be sure to curl up with this wonderful book...you won't be able to put it down!

I received this book through Revell's Reviewers Program, and was not required to give a positive review. ( )
  alekee | Nov 2, 2012 |
TWICE PROMISED by Maggie Brendan is a wonderful inspirational historical romance set in 1888 Colorado. It is book #2 in “The Blue Willow Brides” series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,”Deeply Devoted”. I enjoy this author’s stories with her engaging characters and her vivid descriptions of the Colorado country and the people who reside there. “Twice Promised” is the story of two mail order brides,Greta Olsen,and Cora Johnson, vying for the same man’s affection,Jess Gifford. While Greta has lost her beloved fiancee to war she knows she must move forward. This is a wonderful tender love story full of surprises, misunderstandings,faith,love,romance,and blessings. A not to miss for anyone who enjoys tender romances,second chances,and a few twists and turns. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author’s website,Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.

“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews ( )
  MyBookAddiction | Oct 14, 2012 |
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Seeing how successful her older sister's "mail order marriage" has been and longing to strike out on her own, Greta Olsen answers an ad for a mail order bride in Central City, Colorado. But when she meets Jess Gifford, owner of a thriving mercantile, she begins to harbor doubts. He didn't place the ad to begin with and his business in a busy mining town leaves him little time or energy for love. To compound her troubles, she was not the only bride to answer the ad! Will either bride strike the match she hopes for?

Filled with amusing and awkward situations that will keep the reader interested and guessing, Twice Promised is another sweet romance from Maggie Brendan.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:07 -0400)

Set in 1880s Colorado, a mail order bride is full of doubts when another mail order bride arrives to marry the same man.

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