Mail-Order Christmas Brides: Her Christmas Family\Christmas Stars for Dry Creek
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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...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Love Inspired Historicals (first published January 1st 2011)
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Judy
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...more
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...more
Ausjenny
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...more
Paula
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.
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!
Babs
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
Jennifer
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
Barbara
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...more
Kate
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...more
Camille
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...more
Melanie
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 (...more
Brenda
"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...more
Paula-O
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
Wendy
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...more
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
Joy
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...more
Sue
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.
MaggieRR

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...more
Mary Mahaney
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...more
Shelley
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
Tifferz
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
Kerstin
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...more
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
Susan F
I got this in the mail today and that was it. I had to make myself put it down when I finished chapter 4 of Jillian Hart's "Her Christmas Family". I do have to do a few things to get ready for Thanksgiving. I love the characters that have been introduced so far. The second part of the book is Janet Tronstadt's "Christmas Stars for Dry Creek." I'm wondering which family she has delved into from her wonderful town full of characters. You've got to grab this book when you are out Christmas shopping...more
Janis Kay
3.5 Stars

Okay, so I read this long after I read the sequel Mail Order Holiday Brides. I decided I liked the 2nd one a little bit better than this one... no clue as to why, it just rubbed me that way lol. And since I was told that the 3rd book is coming out this Christmas, I just had to bring myself up to speed with Felicity and Eleanor's stories:)

Awaiting anxiously for the next 'victims' :P
April Suter
Two 1884 Christmas tales:
Her Christmas Family--Felicity answers an ad for a ma for Gertie. Tate can't believe Felicity will follow through the marriage because she is a beautiful blonde. Another Christmas miracle in the making.
Christmas Stars for Dry Creek--Eleanor answers an ad to be a wife to a retiring sargeant to little Hannah.

282 pages
Melissa
I really enjoy reading the works of both authors. These two stories capture the Christmas spirit, with warm characters and situations that remind of what the season is really about. I love how both authors added similarities in the stories to connect them. But each story has its own feel. I'm really glad I had the time to finish before Christmas Day.
Jennifer
Mail-Order Christmas Brides consists of two stories in one book. Both are very quick and easy reads, and the stories are really sweet. My only complaint would be that I think both stories could easily be extended into full novels that could stand alone. I would recommend this book!

I received the book for free though Goodreads First Reads.
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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...more
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