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Mail-Order Christmas Brides: Her Christmas Family\Christmas Stars for Dry Creek (Dry Creek Historical)

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Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart
"Please be my ma for Christmas." Felicity Sawyer can't resist little Gertie's heartfelt letter. Tate Winters seeks a bride for Gertie's sake, not his own. But as his reserve thaws before Felicity's sunny optimism, this new family learns that togetherness is the best way to celebrate the season.
Christmas Stars for Dry Creek by Janet Tro
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Love Inspired Historicals (first published January 1st 2011)
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Loved Angel Falls and Dry Creek coming together! Both stories were ones of bring hope and family back together at Christmas. Despite the fact, that both women were initially there for the children, God blessed them with a surprise. Both women came from backgrounds were they lost family. In fact, both were judged when they first showed up in town. With Her Christmas Family, Tate judged Felicity just by her looks. He figured if she looked breakable and weak, then she wouldn't make it out here in A ...more
Mail-Order Christmas Brides – Jillian Hart & Janet Tronstad
Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart
Felicity Sawyer is on her way to be a Mail-Order bride. She is already in love with eight year old Gertie Winters and hopes to love Gertie's dad, Tate,as well and hopefully to be loved in return. After the death of her parents, Felicity and her two sisters were put into an orphanage, her sisters were adopted out but it seemed that she was always passed by, unwanted. Felicity stayed in the town as l
Amanda Stephan
If you're anything like me, you don't have a whole lot of time to read. These two stories fit the bill perfectly. Beside Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, this is the third Christmas-themed book I've read. I enjoyed my cozy time, the hot chocolate sat close by, and they were short so I didn't have to remember where I was at when interrupted. Like A Christmas Carol, I will be reading these again - for pure enjoyment.

Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart
What would you do if you had promised to mar
Thanks to Jillian for my copy of this book I won it from the Love Inspired Harvest Festival. This is a great read. I had read a couple of books that didn't grab me and I felt I was waiting for something to happen and the book felt slow but this book was not like that. Right from the first page I was hooked.

Her Christmas Family has Felicity coming on train to be Gertie's mother. Tate needs a mother for Gertie so is willing to marry Felicity but wonders why someone so pretty could want to be a ma
Janet Marie Dowell
I really enjoyed these books because they are set back in the 1800's! Both authors did their research thoroughly and portrayed the time period very well. In the first book,"Her Christmas Family," Tate Winter struggles with love and acceptance because of physical disability. He also struggled with trust issues because his first wife left him. His daughter, Gertie,posts a mail order bride advertisement and Felicity Sawyer answers. Felicity is fiesty and determined. She has an awesome faith that ne ...more
Anna Marie
Two authors, two stories, interwoven (but honestly? Not.) We're told two women going west to be mail order brides meet on a train, and are going to keep in contact. They talk about it, in the stories, but they don't, really. It's just a ploy for two authors to stick two short stories in one tiny, skinny book.

The first is the better of the two, but it's done poorly. Tate needs a mom for his daughter, but after being beaten, robbed, framed, imprisoned, abandoned by his wife... he doesn't want a ne
Nancy Hammons
I don't usually read Christmas stories, they are too sappy for me, but after I read the excerpt for "Her Christmas Family" I was excited about reading it. As a general rule my Kindle is for away from home reading, but when I downloaded "Mail-Order Chrismas Brides" I just sat here and read both stories.

The first story "Her Christmas Family" was a little sad at first, but both Tate and Felicity were bruised by life. Felicity was just what Gertie needed. I kind of cried a little at the end. That wa
Mail-Order Christmas Brides consists of 2 stories: Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart and Christmas Stars for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad. Both authors deliver wonderful stories filled with endearing characters, and I enjoyed sharing in their journeys to their happy ever afters. Full of heartwarming moments, and Christmas cheer, too, this book is a recommended read not only for the holiday season, but for anytime.
This book has two wonderful stories, one story by Jillian Hart and one story by Janet Tronstad.
Both stories are about women who answer ads for joining a family that include a little girl who needs a mother.

I liked how strong the women were, especially in the cold winters and how they had to overcome obstacles and tough times. I recommend this book for anyone who likes Historical romances!
Ariel Wisdom
Feb 01, 2013 Ariel Wisdom rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book is a great book for anyone who wants to learn about the 1800's style of marriage or for just reading about romance in general. I love how this book had two different stories in it but they related to each other. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a christian-based romance book and to learn something historical too!
This is a little 2 in one book. First story "Her Christmas Family" by Jullian Hart, finds Felicity Sawyer on the train platform waiting for her new to be husband to take her back to his home to be a mother to his daughter Gertie. Felicity's sunny disposition finally melts Tate Winters cold heart to make them a real family. Second story "Christmas Stars for Dry Creek" by Janet Tronstad, has Eleanor McBride waiting for Adam Martin and his daughter Hannah to come to the house and meet her. He final ...more
Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart

"Please be my ma for Christmas." Felicity Sawyer can't resist little Gertie's heartfelt letter. Tate Winters seeks a bride for Gertie's sake, not his own. But as his reserve thaws before Felicity's sunny optimism, this new family learns that togetherness is the best way to celebrate the season.

Christmas Stars for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

Eleanor McBride's outgrown her dreams of romance—but not her wishes for motherhood. Wedding Sergeant Adam Martin
Lisa Kay
Lovely stories; just what I was in the mood for. I really didn't care it is no where near Christmas time. ...more
I loved the two different stories as they did intertwine a bit. In the first story, Her Christmas Family we have Felicity Sawyer who had answered Tate's ad about a mail order bride. Felicity immediately feel in love with his daughter Gertie through their letters. Once she steps off the train it took a few minutes but they found each other. Tate thinks he made a mistake and tries to send Felicity back on the first day. He thinks he won't measure up. Gertie and Felicity take up with each other fro ...more
These two Christmas novellas are connected, and also demonstrate that both authors have wonderful, but different, writing styles.

Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart shows the internal conflicts and insecurities that the characters go through, both as they first meet and as they get to know each other well. The character development is excellent, and the story is delightful. Felicity is such a giving, caring person. The hardships she's gone through enable her to help others. Gertie, the little g
This was a really sweet collection of 2 novellas: one from one of my favourite Love Inspired authors (Jillian Hart), and the other from an author I'd not yet read.
The first story was about Felicity. She was orphaned at a young age, and has been virtually alone in life since she was 11. Wanting a family of her own, especially a child, she answers Tate Winters' ad for a mail-order bride. Tate wants a mother for his daughter, but is convinced that the hurt and betrayal he faced at the hands of his
Mail-Order Christmas Brides by Jillian Hart & Janet Tronstad

I received a free copy of this book from one of the authors, but I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

Mail-Order Christmas Brides is a historical fiction book which has two novellas: Her Family Christmas by Jillian Hart, and Christmas Stars for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad.

In Her Family Christmas we meet Felicity Sawyer who is headed to become the mother of young Gertie Winters. Gertie's father, Tat
Oh, I loved this book so much! From the opening scene of Her Christmas Story, I was drawn into the story! Gertie and her father, Tate, were waiting at the train station for Felicity, the mail-order bride. Tate couldn't believe that Felicity was the beautiful blond woman - he was expecting someone more homely. He automatically concludes that she will leave him when she finds out about him and his past, but so much happens and there are some surprising twists.

After I finished Her Christmas Story (
"Mail Order Christmas Brides" contains to short novellas that take place during Dec. 1884 in Montana Territory. While the stories are written by two different authors, Jillian Hart and Janet Tronstad the two stories do connect, because the mail order brides ride the train to Montana Territory together.
"Her Christmas Family" by Jillian Hart is the story of one little girls hope for a new mother for Christmas. Tate Winters life was in a shambles, but he couldn't say no to his eight year old daught
I just love both of these authors in this book Mail Order Christmas Brides, Jillian Hart with "Her Christmas Family" is wonderful story of Felicity Sawyer going to be a bride of man she does not know, he has a little girl and she wants to be a mama. Tate is a rough man more to hide his true feelings then anything and it takes awhile for Felicity to understand this type of man. Jillian is good at showing us how both man and woman feel about their lives and what happens when they meet and must lea ...more
Her Christmas Family
by Jillian Hart

Gertie Winters wanted a ma for Christmas and Tate,her father, will do anything to please her since her mother died while he was in prison and she was sent to an orphanage until her aunt Ing went and found her. Felicity Sawyer was raised in an orphanage and has spent her life looking for her sisters. Gertie wrote to Felicity begging her to be her ma, Felicity gladly agrees and takes the train to meet them. When the train arrives that is supposed to bring Felicit
2 sweet Christmas mail-order bride stories. :)

Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart
I love Jillian's stories, and this one does not disappoint. Felicity Sawyer has agreed to marry Tate Winters so his adorable daughter Gertie would have a mother. Felicity immediately fell in love with Gertie from the letters they exchanged, but Tate has a painful past and he doesn't know if he has any love left to give. He just tugged at my heartstrings.

Christmas Stars for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
I am ashamed
Cute reads, but I've read better in thie genre not quite a hallmark moment, which I think is the point of this type of book.

But, with that said I did enjoy it very low maintenace read, easy to put aside and easy to pick right back up. For a vacation read this type is perfect.
Mary Ann
Whether you've been judged insufficient or consider yourself insufficient there are lessons for each of us to learn in life and it is great when you can learn from others' mistakes. At least it hopefully means our own mistakes might not be as painful.

Heat Waves in the East generally have me reading Christmas books in an effort to keep cool (it doesn’t always work, but the books are an enjoyable read).

Although common in the 1800’s, my 2012 mentality finds it difficult to understand women traveling half-way across the country to marry men they’d never met. Mail Order Christmas Brides contains two novellas, “Her Christmas Family,” by Jillian Hart and “Christmas Stars” by Janet Tronstad. Both books have adorable, sweet little girls who are actua
Felicity Sawyer, orphaned as a child, answers an ad to marry a pioneer man. She yearns to help his little daughter, Gertie, who lost her own mother and needs a woman's love in her life.
Eleanor McBride was raised as a shepherd's daughter back East. When a new owner takes over the estate where she works, she finds herself edged out of a job. She agrees to marry Sergeant Adam Martin, and heads west on a train bound for Dry Creek.

To find out more about these fascinating, strong women, read my f
Same plot (unwed woman on her own takes the train to find her mail order husband who only wants her to mother his daughter), two different stories. While Jillian Hart's was mostly conflict free again, I liked seeing how the characters overcame their inner conflicts. It worked. Janet Tronstad's had more conflict, that was resolved a little too quickly/neatly, but I may have squealed aloud when I realized that Jake was from last year's novel and I loved seeing him and Elizabeth again. <3 It was ...more
Christmas Stars for Dry Creek- Janet does it again!!! Another great historical romance. It is clean and such a sweet story. I really liked how Elanor was forgiving and understanding of her soon to be mother in law.She also made things work with what she had. I enjoyed her positive attitude. Adam grew on me. He is a little rough but he has some issues to deal with and in time warms up nicely. A excellent Christmas read that made me want to be a better person. This story is clean no sex or swearin ...more
Jillian Hart's story was sweet and wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Janet Tronstad's story has engaging characters and plot, but she used one of my least favorite plot strategies, when one of the protagonists gets manipulated into believing "it is best for all if he/she sacrifices the match." As a rule this turn of events results in the protagonist disengaging his/her brain for a while and the plot deteriorates. To Janet Tronstad's credit she didn't let it go that far, and the protagonists rec
Michele Minor
This two novella collection is about two women who go out west in order to become mail order brides. Both women are marrying men who have been married before and have children from a previous marriage. There are some sweet moments in the book when you see the women interact with the children who are to become their stepdaughters. The romance in the book is sweet and innocent. This is a good book to read at Christmastime or when you are in a Christmas mood that has romance in it without any of th ...more
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Christmas Reads 3 8 Jan 19, 2012 10:29AM  
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  • Heartland Wedding (After the Storm: The Founding Years, #2)
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  • The Unlikely Wife (Bowen, #2)
  • Wyoming Lawman (The Women of Swan's Nest, #2)
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  • The Substitute Bride
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  • Engaging the Earl
Jillian Hart grew up on her family's homestead in Washington state, where she raised cattle, rode horses and scribbled stories in her spare time.
After earning her English degree from Whitman College, she worked in travel and advertising before selling her first novel.
When Jillian isn't working on her next story, she can be found puttering around her rose garden, curled up with a good book and sp
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