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Morning Comes Softly

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  4,196 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
A shy Louisiana librarian, Mary Warner fears she'll always be alone—so she answers a personals ad from a rancher in Montana. Never before has she done anything so reckless, casting the only life she knows aside to travel to a strange place and marry a man she's never met. But something about this man calls to her—and she knows this may be her very last chance at happiness. ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1993)
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Sep 04, 2009 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, loved it, loved it. It made me laugh at times and cry at others. Very good. This must be one of Debbie's earlier books first published in 1993. Doesn't have cell phones or computers or internet in the story at all.

What did I learn from this book? Here is a quote from the book that I thought was great: "Life's lessons didn't come cheap, and Travis wasn't there to issue any discount coupons."

I wish there was a sequel because I love these characters after just one book and would like to
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Enjoyable read but I did get frustrated at the heroines reference to "being not pretty"
Jan 06, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I got this book off of Swaptree because I liked the idea of the storyline. I received a note with it from the previous reader stating how much she enjoyed it, and still I put off reading it for awhile. I finally picked it up and started reading it and got sucked in. This is my first Debbie Macomber book and she truly knows how to write. Her use of words is different than I'm used to reading and made the book so much more enjoyable. I wasn't sure how the storyline was going to play out, but I enj ...more
Apr 18, 2015 Assenette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I really like it. An epilogue would have been nice.
After reading several historical mail-order bride stories this was a nice change as it was a contemporary book.
After the death of his brother and sister in-law rancher Travis takes their three children in and is trying to give them a good home so that they don't go into foster home. He doesn't do that well and after failing to find a housekeeper he places an add for a bride in newspaper. Mary, a librarian from Lousiana answers the add and as she fits Travis' and children's wishes they get marrie
Diah Didi
Baca ini karena Aline bilang bagus. Sederhana, tapi manis. Berhubung selera kami mirip, so I gave it a try setelah beberapa bulan.
And indeed! I loved it!
Nggak ada adegan gegap gempita menghebohkan. Semuanya terjadi dalam konteks sehari-hari. Pertengkaran mereka lebih karena mereka masih sama-sama asing bagi lainnya dan mereka sedang berusaha menjembatani itu. Ya nggak heran juga sih mengingat mereka cuma kenalan lewat surat. Apa jadinya ya kalo saya iseng menanggapi iklan2x jodoh di koran? :D

Feb 22, 2014 Lyuda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
The book was a modern twist of mail order bride story. It was too sugary for my taste with many things that stretched credibility, especially, in character development. Take for example our h. At the begging of the story she was characterized as a shy, quite Louisiana spinster of 32 years old who didn't have any dates and was still a virgin. I would think the male population of her town was either blind or stupid. The woman could cook sophisticated dishes, saw dresses for her friends, and sang b ...more
Dec 21, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A shy Louisiana librarian, Mary Warner fears she'll always be alone—so she answers a personals ad from a rancher in Montana. Never before has she done anything so reckless, casting the only life she knows aside to travel to a strange place and marry a man she's never met. But something about this man calls to her—and she knows this may be her very last chance at happiness.

Tragedy made Travis Thompson the guardian of three orphaned children—and determination leads him to do whatever it takes to k
This was a great book. I loved the mail order bride theme. Although, the hero, Travis put an add in the news paper for a bride.

Travis was a rough Montana rancher who needed help quick. His brother and sister-inlaw died in a car accident leaving Travis to raise 3 young children. Poor Travis had the social worker breathing down his neck to raise the children correctly.

Mary reads his add in Louisianna where she lives and works as a librarian. She has had quite a bit of loss in her life too. She de
Apr 05, 2011 Vi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The hero is rancher in montana who's taking care of his brother's kids after his brother and the brother's wife died in an accident. So the hero takes out an ad for a wife because he can't afford a housekeeper. And the heroine is a typical mousy librarian with no bf/marriage prospects. Sees the ad - thinks it's a perfect cos she gets a readymade family.

It was a decent read. The heroine is a stereotypical librarian because all librarians are frumpy and mousy of course. I felt that initially, the
Aug 20, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporany
It’s a very sweet story about a convenience marriage. I usually like this theme because you get to see how a relationship evolves based on other things but lust (which in this book is especially true because Travis is not very attracted to her), and how they live together (which is the real challenge). The characters are well drawn, believable and their flaws make them likeable.
Another favorite to me with this theme is Bound By Marriage by Nalini Singh.
Mar 16, 2010 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
So, I guess it was a heart-warming tale of a man and woman from two separate worlds who finds love and healing in an unusual way (she answers a personal ad that he places because he can't afford a maid to help with the 3 kids he's raising for his deceased brother).
BUT, pretty much they get there by fighting and making up. So, the whole book they are either yelling at each other or having smutty love scenes. And yes, they are married, and going to church and raising kids right, etc etc. But it's
Contemporary romance but with a historical feel-- cowboy Travis is responsible for three lively children when his brother and sister in law are killed, and advertises for a wife. He chooses an unlikely candidate: quiet Mary, a Louisiana librarian who can sing and cook--the children's main criteria. At first it is just a business arrangement because they are not attracted to one another, and apparently so different--but that all changes. Better than average romantic novel. Read on Kindle.
May 05, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary realized something was missing from quiet and orderly life. Travis just inherited three young children and decided to place a newspaper ad for a wife to help him. They join together in an attempt to properly raise the children. What follows is an enjoyable story that leaves you feeling happy. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to others who enjoy a nice easy going romance.
Janet Miller
This would be a great hallmark theater movie. A wonderful family story. I enjoyed the writing style.
Mar 08, 2014 Yona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was really really sweet and very enjoayble.
Sep 14, 2010 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A NICE book - held my interest; easy reading, relaxing. I don't ususally like this type of book - too predictable but it was well written & "pleasant".
Becky Hedge
Feb 18, 2013 Becky Hedge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coy Lee Stroud
Mar 17, 2017 Coy Lee Stroud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended reading

I this will appeal to every reader who likes romance but also those who like mysteries too. I only give 5 stars to books I am going read again. This one is definitely worth reading once. Granny Coy
Clemence D
Avis en demie teinte pour ce livre. Je vais commencer par le point positif.
J'ai bien aimé que pour une fois dans ce genre de lecture (romance type "harlequin") on est le point de vue du personnage masculin presque plus présent que celui du personnage féminin. Et ce que j'ai apprécié dans ce livre s'arrête là !
Le personnage de Travis qui m'a parut un peu déboussolé et grognon a finit par m’énerver avec son obsession pour je cite : "De très longues jambes, c'était tout ce qu'il demandait. Et avec
Jun 12, 2013 JiEun rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were parts of this book that I liked and parts that I didn't. The basic premise has probably been summarized by others, but in case it hasn't...

Tyler is a 36-year-old rancher who takes in his brother's three children (two boys and one daughter, ranging from 12 to 5) after his brother's and sister-in-law's death. The parents were driving home when they were driven off the road by a suspected drunk hit-and-run driver. In view of the fact that they live in such a small town (in terms of popul
Nancy J
Mar 31, 2011 Nancy J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more from this book because I really love this author's Cedar Cove series and her Blossom Street series. I almost quit reading it, but I wanted to give it a chance because I do love Debbie Macomber's other books.

The one thing that bothered me from the beginning was the blatant stereotyping of the two main characters. The Montana cattle rancher who took on his brother and sister-in-law's three children after the parents were killed in a tragic car accident, was a rough and rather
"She was wearing a pale lavender dress, and the soft color enhanced her features, which were--he hated to say it--ordinary. She seemed a tad pale, until he realized she wasn't wearing makeup. Not even a little blush or lip gloss. Her glasses were the huge horn-rimmed variety that took up nearly all of her face. Her classic navy blue coat was unbuttoned, and she wore sensible black shoes."

Well, geez, could the woman be, oh, I don't know, a LIBRARIAN, perhaps? Why May, you know the stereotypical d
In this book you meet Travis Thompson, a hard working, hell-raising, set in his ways rancher, from Montana. He has just gained custody of his brother's children due to his brother, Lee and his wife, Janice, dying in a car crash. He is having a hard time adjusting to life with three children and decides that he needs help, as in a "wife". Someone that can cook and clean and take care of the children better than he can apparently since social services is breathing down his neck. He decides to put ...more
Samantha Ortega
Alors alors... alors une fois de plus, Lumen assure et nous livre là un roman de qualité. De toute façon, je dois avouer que je n'ai jamais été déçue par un livre de chez Lumen et que leur dystopie sont tout simplement top^^. Alors bon celui là, j'en ai entendu parler en long en large et en travers par Gwenlan qui elle, il me semble, à enchainé les deux tomes mais j'ai envie d'attendre un peu avant d'avoir le fin mot de cette histoire.

J'ai vraiment beaucoup apprécié ma lecture, l'univers dans le
Ayu Wirdha
Mar 11, 2015 Ayu Wirdha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ini novel settingnya thn brp? Tdk dijelasin bgtu. Yg pasti sdh ada pesawat terbang utk transportasi, blm ada hp tp sdh ada tlp rumah, blm ada internet (krn masih surat2an lewat pos bukan email), atm ada, mungkin 80-90an kali yah.

Setelah kematian adik & iparnya dgn meninggalkan 3 anaknya, Travis kesulitan utk mengasuhnya. Demi hal ini, Travis mencari istri dgn menaruh iklan di koran (mungkin kyk dulu kontak jodoh di Kompas hihih - maklum blm ada fesbuk or online date). Mary, librarian, 32thn,
TBR Challenge 2011 - I'm putting this book in the TBR Challenge list because I've been looking for the title for the past year! I read part of this book at the library one day while waiting for my children, but didn't remember the name, so I couldn't go back and finish it. At the time I remember thinking I wasn't that interested in the book, but for some reason the story stuck in my mind.

After finally reading a description of the book on an forum, I located the book and finished readi
This is a well-written book that feels historical but is contemporary (early 1990s). It has just enough modernity to be familiar but is just old enough to be lacking in technology and personal ads are still replied to via snail mail. I mentioned this book when my book club was discussing the prevalence of "mail order brides" when we talked about A Reliable Wife because they had a hard time grasping the whole concept and that it continues today in the guise of e-harmony,, etc.

The botto
Karen & Gerard
A delightful and heartwarming read, Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber is my favorite novel of hers. It’s a romance about a Montana cowboy who puts an ad for a wife in a paper so that he can raise his brother’s three children who became orphans when their parents were killed in an auto accident. Who would answer such an ad? One lonely frumpy librarian from Louisiana named Mary is who. Travis thought she was like Minnie Mouse and was very disappointed when they first met; however, she manage ...more
May 30, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Debbie Macomber's earlier novels. Set in Montana, this romantic story is about a man, Travis, who becomes the guardian to three children when his brother and sister-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Travis doesn't know much about child rearing or about cooking or keeping house; he is, after all, a confirmed bachelor and a rancher. What he needs is a housekeeper, or better yet, a wife. Trouble is, in the small town that he lives in, everyone considers him a troublemaker and no w ...more
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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