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Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico (Love Finds You)

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A young woman hoping to escape a perilous situation back East arrives in the mining town of Golden, New Mexico, as a mail-order bride. Will the secrets Madeline left behind follow her to Golden and tarnish her character beyond redemption?
Unknown Binding, 353 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Summerside (first published 2010)
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Laura
Title: LOVE FINDS YOU IN GOLDEN, NEW MEXICO
Author: Lena Nelson Dooley
Publisher: Summerside Press
May 2010
ISBN: 978-0-935416-74-6
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Philip Smith is old and decrepit, needing help from his mining friend, Jeremiah, to take care of things. But Jeremiah is flabbergasted when Philip decided to write for a mail order bride. Jeremiah is determined to send the woman right back home on the train. What use does Philip have for a woman? She’d only be a gold digger, out for the wea
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Margaret
Jun 23, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romantics
Recommended to Margaret by: Lena Nelson Dooley
Once again, success in finding a dreamy romance from Summerside Press' Love Finds You series. LFY in Golden, New Mexico is my first novel from author Lena Nelson Dooley and excitedly not my last. The romance just melts off of the pages. Another prairie mail-order-bride story, but different from any other and worth every turn of the page. I was entertained and enlightened. It's a great story where the bad people are bad, but Christ shines through and just might win some in the end. Listening to t ...more
M.L. Tyndall
This is a beautiful love story set in the old west of New Mexico. Lena puts a twist on the old story of mail-order brides that kept me turning the pages. I cared immediately for all her characters and wanted things to work out for them so badly as the story progressed. Also, Lena did her homework. I really felt like I was there in New Mexico! I recommend this book if you love a good historical romance.
Nora St Laurent
I signed up for a review copy of this book for two reasons, one, because I’d never read anything by Lena Nelson Dooley before and the second, I’d also never read a Love Finds You… book. I was quickly drawn into this sweet inspirational historical fiction story. I became fascinated by this time period in Boston and felt for Madeline, her fight and the mystery to be solved about her father’s death. Maddy learns from her father’s former business partner, Horace Johnstone that they are to wed within ...more
Michelle
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel by Lena Nelson Dooley. It's now one of my favorite Love Finds You titles. The story structure reminded me of Tracie Peterson's style, but this author added her own personal touch to make it uniquely hers.

The writing style was smooth and intelligently put together. It was easy to read without feeling choppy. I got a bit misty-eyed a few times as well, which is not a frequent occurrence for me. That only happens when my heart is engaged, and in this case
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Catherine Richmond
Poor Madeline! Her father died. His business partner goes into Snidely Whiplash mode and demands he marry her. Her friend dies, leaving her baby for Madeline to raise. When the business partner threatens the baby, Madeline and the couple who staffed her house head for Golden, New Mexico to answer a hearts and hands ad. The man who placed the ad is old enough to be her grandfather. His friend Jeremiah is her age, but he's angry, suspicious of her intentions, and not a believer. Will Madeline figu ...more
Trinity Rose
I didn't have to write a review for this book, but wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading it.
Love Finds you in Golden, New Mexico is full of suspense, compassion and great love.
The characters are so vivid and full of life to me.
This is the first book I've read of Lena Nelson Dooley and hope to read many more.
It was so easy to fall in love with all of the characters in Love Finds you in Golden, New Mexico.
Lena is a wonderful, popular storyteller and can't believe this is the first book I've rea
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Tausha
2.5

This book started out pretty good but by half way through I found myself just skimming through part of it to try and help it move along. It was very clean and had a good message, but pretty preachy. Glad I finally made it through it but wouldn't read again. The happily ever-after end is always a good thing. ;)
Victoria
This book is about Madeline Mercer who grew up in a wealthy loving home. When her father dies, a man is trying to force her to marry him. She also has a friend who is not doing well and is pregnant.

An old man named Philip wants to get married, so he writes an ad in the paper in hopes of finding the right woman. He truly believes God will help him choose. His friend, a rancher named Jeremiah helps him write the ad. Jeremiah doesn't know what God has to do with anything. He thinks the whole thing
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Keli Gwyn
I struck it rich with this historical romance. I’d not read any of Lena Nelson Dooley’s books before, but because of her excellent reputation, I knew I’d be in for a treat, which I was. This story is well crafted from start to finish. The mining town of Golden, New Mexico is described so well, I felt I was there hearing the stamp machine, experiencing the heat of the sun-drenched summer days, and seeing the adobe homes echoing the soft colors of the desert landscape. What brings this story to li ...more
Kathleen L. Maher

I've really enjoyed every Summerside romance I've read so far, and this one is no exception. The "Love Finds You in. . ." series has given me a glimpse of places to which I may never travel, with lovely descriptions of the land and architecture and history of the towns featured.

Golden, New Mexico is a desert mining town, set in 1890 after the initial gold rush. Jeremiah Dennison is a former mine owner turned rancher who looks after an elderly friend and mentor, Philip Smith. Philip's health is f
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Clockstein Lockstein
Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico by Lena Nelson Dooley is a sweet entry in the ongoing series. Wealthy, but elderly miner Philip Smith has had a message from God: he is to send for a mail order bride to join him in his home in Golden, a mining town obsessed with gold. He puts an ad in the Boston Globe, despite his friend, Jeremiah's concerns. Madeline Mercer has been struggling to make ends meet since the death of her father. With the help of her family servants, she's been caring for Lorain ...more
Jane
Romance, Inspiration, God's plans working out and adventure all in one book. Forgiveness in so many aspects of life also. This is a book you won't be able to lay down.
One can see God working all throughout the pages. He brings Maddy Mercer and Jeremiah together in a way that only he can. How God talks to Phillip and uses him as part of his plan in unique.
As a person who God brough my husband from Kansas to Illinois for me, and we've been married 30 plus years now, I loved this a lot.
I know first
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Julia Reffner
As a confirmed armchair traveler, I love visiting new places via the page. I was excited about the “Love Finds You” premise of romantic adventures in unique historical settings (some of which are no longer in existence). I have read several nonfiction books about the plight of mail-order brides in the nineteenth century, so was anxious to read Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico by Lena Nelson Dooley.

Dooley excels in making the setting come alive. As I read Love Finds You in Golden I was immedi
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Casey
I had been eagerly waiting for this book and was not disappointed.

The characters in this book were very well crafted. Each one was a welcome escape into the world of Golden, New Mexico. The setting played a fine role and I liked how it was incorporated into the novel.

The story moved at a good clip and I was never bored with the story. It did take a while for the hero and heroine to meet, not until after page 100, but the story up to that point was still good.

My favorite part of the book was th
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Anita Mae
An expert historical author, Lena has woven a beautiful story of redemption into the fabric of life in 1890 New Mexico. It’s a tale of love and forgiveness without making you feel like you’ve been on an extreme emotional roller coaster.

It starts when an old miner sends away for a young mail-order bride much to the consternation of Jeremiah, the young friend who looks after him. Jeremiah doesn’t understand old Philip’s faith in God or that the right woman will appear. And when a woman steps off
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Kathy
While this one started out good, it soon went downhill, at least for me. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would enjoy this story. I could probably go on and on about things that just rubbed me the wrong way, but I wont. Below are just a few things that I had to get out. Again, some would probably enjoy the story, it had a good premise, the execution just wasn’t for me.

• It was just way too preachy for me. It overpowered the story and really caused it to drag. I ended up skipping pages and
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Carol
This is the first of the Love Finds You series that I have read as well as the first of Lena Nelson Dooley's books. I love reading historical novels, especially those set in places that I have never been to. It opens up the world a little more for me, and when the author bases the story on true historical facts, it's even better.

I'm always a sucker for the boy/girl chemistry that is found between Jeb and Maddy, but I love how Lena brought them together through their own spiritual battles. Having
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Zette
Whenever I want to relax with a light, easy and romantic read, I look to the Love Finds You In...series. LFYI Golden New Mexico is a mail-order bride story with a twist. Philip Smith, an older man who feels he will not live much longer, sends for a new bride to gift her with someone to care for her and a chance at a new beginning. His close friend, Jeremiah, is resistant to the idea but decides he has no choice but to help his old friend. Madeline Mercer decides to answer the ad to get away from ...more
Carman
Madeline is facing a lot of changes in her life: the recent death of her father, the death of a poor friend which leaves a newborn baby in Maddy’s care, and her father’s supposed business partner, Horace, and his claims to marriage with Madeline. Not to mention the rumors surrounding her father’s death. In an attempt to escape marriage with Horace, Maddy flees to New Mexico in answer to a “bride wanted” ad in the newspaper. Imagine her surprise when she arrives to learn that the man who places t ...more
Marji Laine
This was a sweet story. it drew me in from the beginning.

I dealt with a little heartbreak during the story right alongside Madeline Mercer, the main character. When her world flipped over, my angst, fueled from righteous indignation, ignited. As even more misunderstandings led to prejudicial judgments, fires of frustration grew. If not for the calming presence of the old miner, the emotion of the story might well have spiraled out of control. His wit and wisdom calmed me down, too!

While I liked
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Vickie McDonough
Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, is the emotional tale of a kind-hearted woman on the run from a cruel man determined to marry her. Maddy is a great heroine—gentle, generous, and godly. Jeremiah is staunchly protective, determined, and certain that Maddy is an opportunist, out to marry his good friend so she can gain access to his wealth.

I enjoyed this interesting story, especially the second half when the hero and heroine are together more. There’s fabulous chemistry between Maddy and Jer
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Janna
Lena Nelson Dooley has outdone herself with this book. I count this as my favorite Love Finds You book so far! I enjoyed Madeline's story as she followed God to Golden, New Mexico where He had a plan to save her, right? Philip is convinced that he is dying and supposed to help a woman in need by marrying her before he goes. His friend Jeremiah is very skeptical and determined to keep Philip from getting fleeced by some floozy. When Madeline shows up in response to Philip's newspaper ad for a mai ...more
Terri Harr
Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico is a wonderful book that takes place in 1890. Madeleine Mercer answers an ad for a mail order bride when her father dies suddenly and his business partner threatens he is going to marry her whether she wants to or not. Phillip Smith placed the ad for a mail order bride presumably to have someone to take care of him in his old age and illness. When Madeleine arrives there are many questions about her past. But she wins over Phillip instantly and gradually wins ...more
Glenda
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C.
Great suspense, plus a sweet romance
Love Finds You In Golden,New Mexico is another 5-star read for me from the very impressive Love Finds You series.

This author is great at developing characters you love and villains you hate! I read all but the last 15 or so pages in one sitting,because I did not want to put it down. I hope to see more books by this author. This book will hold your interest,and you will care about the characters.

Plus I really appreciate 'non-preachy' clean reads! Authors please
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Patti
I won this book on GoodReads and I really did enjoy reading it. The story kept moving nicely. While it ultimately was a love story, it wasn't overtly romantic or focused entirely on that one theme. There were other story lines that went through the book that really complimented the overall story nicely. There were a few little surprises here and there, but mostly expected outcomes.
Melissa
I absolutely loved this story. It was funny and touching, and it was fun to learn about Golden, New Mexico.

The characters were well developed, but at times, I felt that things wrapped up a little too nicely. And the ending seemed to be wrapped up quickly. However, the story was a good read.
Leah Flint
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. it was more religious than I typically like to read but not over done. The story keeps you interested and I found myself staying up until 3am to finish reading. it is not a steamy romance novel but a wonderful read!
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