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Twice Promised (The Blue Willow Brides #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  376 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she's come to know through his tender letters. But when she meets Cora Johnson, she discovers she's not the only bride waiting at the train station for Jess.

Already shocked to find they must compete for Jess's affection, the young women can hardly believe it when
Paperback, 327 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Revell (first published September 1st 2012)
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TWICE PROMISED was good, but the story lacked a little punch. You would think following two relationships you would get twice the romance, but instead I felt like I only got half.

Greta Olsen and Cora Johnson have both answered the ad for a mail-order bride. Not only is it for the same man, but the man himself didn’t even send for them. Zach Gifford is trying to play matchmaker for his older brother Jess. He figures if he gets Jess married off, he will be free to pursue his desires which do not
After reading the first in this series, Deeply Devoted, I was interested to see where the tale of the second sister, Greta, would go. I have to admit that it was pretty abrupt to find that Greta's beau from the first book was not going to be in the picture in this novel. But it did lend itself to a bit of a twist to this story.

The part of the plot that incorporated having two mail-order brides (Greta and Cora) for one guy (Jess) was cute. It was also charming when the other brother (Zach) became
Carrie Daws
Twice Promised is a unique twist on a historic romance, with two mail order brides showing up for one western fellow! Set in 1880s Colorado, a brother decides he knows what is best for his sibling, and the show begins.

What I Liked
The characters were delightful and Ms. Brendan did a wonderful job of incorporating humor into the story. I also liked characters revealing feelings for each other about halfway through. Although unusual in a romance, it was interesting change and allowed the author to
Rachel Brand

PROS: Intriguing concept of two mail-order brides being ordered by the groom’s brother; setting and secondary characters are interesting

CONS: Too many points of view mean that the reader never connects with any of the characters fully; dialogue and situations feel forced at times; conversations about God and the Bible sometimes seem unrealistic; characters fall in love too quickly and t
Maggie Brendan knows how to write a good romance. I enjoyed the first book in the series and I loved this one as well. I've always appreciated an interesting mail order bride story and this one is as good as I expected. Once the story began I wasn't sure how it was going to work out since there were two brides rather than the one typically arranged for, and the author kept me guessing. Then once it looked like a decent resolution was possible, a few more twists were thrown in. I don't normally l ...more
Sherry Beth Preston
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 fliberty
Alyianna Baggins
I was very excited to read this book after enjoying its prequel. The book starts out really well with a great prologue that draws the reader into the story. However, further into the book, I wasn't as impressed.

Greta and Cora, mail-order brides, get matched up with two brothers, Zach and Jess, respectively. The problem is, Greta loves Jess and Cora loves Zach (the feelings mutual). The girls do not get jealous of each other even with these strained relationships, and even become best friends. Ho
If a mail-order bride (MOB) story comes along chances are I'll read it, that doesn't mean I'm not picky about what I read because I am but MOB stories just so happen to be my very favorites! In just a few short years Maggie Brendan has made her way onto my must read romance author list and this series has cemented her position as one of my favorite Christian romance writers. Twice Promised continues the Blue Willow Brides series that started with Deeply Devoted and reintroduces us to Greta who w ...more
Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado as mail-order bride. When she steps off the train, she finds out that she's not the only bride for Jess Gifford, his brother, Zach, meets the train, and her prosepctive groom has no idea that he even ordered one bride, let alone two! Both Greta and the other bride, Cora, find themselves being courted by a different brother. Will the women fall for the brother that is courting them? Or will they fall for the one courting the other bride? Will both wo ...more
After the death of her fiance Bryan, Greta answered an ad for a mail-order bride in Central City, Colorado. As if she wasn't surprised enough to learn that co-passenger Cora Johnson is arriving in answer to the same ad, both young ladies are surprised to learn that the intended groom, Jess Gifford, knows nothing of the ad. Confusion, friendship, and even amusing misunderstandings develop as they try to sort out the future, but will love develop for any of the characters involved?

Any fan of pione
The promise of surprise lightens the heart.

Greta Olsen and Cora Johnson could not be more different. As mail order brides they are in await of their groom Jess, who knows not of their existence. When Greta and Cora are picked up by Jess' brother Zach they each find out about the other and the predicament they are both in.
Will they return home in haste or will they each surpass their unexpected hopes?

A delightful and heartwarming read that will have you sighing ahhh. Romance heads up this story w
Victor Gentile
Maggie Brendan in her new book “Twice Promised” Book Two in The Blue Willow Brides series published by Revell Books takes us into the life of Greta Olsen in 1888.

From the back cover: Two beautiful brides. One unsuspecting groom. Three weeks to figure it all out.

Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she’s come to know through his tender letters. But when she meets Cora Johnson, she discovers she’s not the only bride waiting
Author: Maggie Brendan
Publisher: Revell
October 2012
ISBN: 978-0800734633
Genre: Historical romance

Two beautiful brides. One unsuspecting groom. Three weeks to figure it out.

Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado as a mail order bride. She expects to marry Jess Gifford, the man she’s been exchanging letters with. But when she arrives at the train station, Cora Johnson is waiting at the train station for Jess as well.

Cora Johnson’s story is the same as Greta’s. She is a
Maureen Timerman
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
Sherri Johnson
Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan is the second book in her Blue Willow Brides series. This story is delightful! It’s a mail-order bride story. But don’t be fooled. It’s not your normal mail-order bride tale. In this book, there are two mail-order brides but only one groom who has no idea, thanks to his brother, that these ladies are coming to turn his world upside down. There’s a clever grandma who sees right through the actions of her two grandsons and right into their hearts. There’s a sprinkl ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
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 ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Twice Promised
The Blue Willow Brides 2
By Maggie Brendan

Two Mail-Order Brides are about to descend upon Central City, Colorado and their intended husband doesn't even know that they exist! When Greta Olsen and Cora Johnson arrive in Central City they both expect to be met be Jess Gifford, but instead they are met by his younger brother Zach.

Both ladies are shocked to learn that they were never corresponding with Jess and that Zach hatched this wild scheme to find his older brother a wife who coul
Melody Cox
This book is set in Central City, Colorado, in 1888. It was obvious that the author did a lot of research and if you read the Author's Note at the end of the Kindle eBook, you will see how she tied many aspects of her own life into this book and that was quite interesting.

Cora and Greta were two mail order brides that happened to travel on the same train and disembark in the same city. Problem is, they are both meant for the same man, Jess.

Jess owns a mercantile and has trouble with organization
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Twice Promised is the second book in "The Blue Willow Brides" series, and while I haven't read the first book, Deeply Devoted, yet, I was able to follow along fairly easy (although there were a few times I was wondering about Greta's sister's story).

I liked how the book started out with a prologue showing the last moments of Bryan's life - it really helped me
Pat Dyer
The second in Maggie Brendan’s The Blue Willow Brides series is a sweet romance story set in Central City, Colorado amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains in the late 1800s. It is fun, easy read with some interesting twists. I found myself giggling a bit toward the end.

Meet the characters:

Greta Olsen, a tall blonde with big blue eyes, came from Holland and lived with her brother and sister-in-law in Cheyenne, Wyoming before answering an ad for a mail-order bride. Upon arriving in Central City, Col
The writing on this book was all right, not great or good just all right, but the reason I'm giving it such a low rating is the characters were just horrible! For a book sold in the Christian fiction genre the way the characters behaved was so opposite of that and there were no repercussions for it. What happened may have been meant to be amusing, but I just found it sickening and very unbelievable. Any shred of respect I had for the characters in the beginning was gone and I just couldn't wait ...more
Vera Godley
This is a first read for me of a book by Maggie Brendan; and I found that she writes a delightful story, although somewhat unbelievable at times, that is both sweet, humorous, insightful, and has a touch of history.

The mail order bride market flourished during the settlement of the west because men were the settlers, adventurers, and gold miners and they were lonely. There was also a plethora of women who had immigrated to the United States and had no where else to go. Many had no family. Some h
Abbie Riddle
Oct 17, 2012 Abbie Riddle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Abbie by: Revell
Maggie Brendan never leaves a reader without a good story that is hard to put down. In this story of mail-order brides there is competition, disapointment and ultimate love.

Greta Olsen had long looked at the success of her sister's marriage after answering an ad for a mail-order bride. Longing to start a life of her own she too answers an add. After months of tender and sweet letters Greta boards a train and sets off to meet the kind man that she has been corresponding with all this time. Howev
It isn't very easy to twist my heart into knots like Maggie Brendan did in Twice Promised.

This is my first read from Miss Brendan. It's a sweet mail-order bride romance tale set in the mid-west in 1888. But there's a problem. Another woman has answered the ad too. And the bridegroom didn't even know they were coming!

This is the first book I've read that I couldn't for certain figure out which woman would end up with which man. I knew the two whom I wanted to get married. But as the story went o
Kathleen E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Mail-Order Brides! Twice Promised!, October 17, 2012

This review is from: Twice Promised: A Novel (The Blue Willow Brides) (Paperback)
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan, 2012 ~*~ The Blue Willow Brides series, Book 2 ~*~

~*~ The Blue Willow Brides series, Book 1 ~*~ We are introduced to Greta Olsen in Deeply Devoted. She arrives in Wyoming from Amsterdam, Holland, with her sisters as one becomes a mail-order bride.
~*~ The Blue Willow Brides

Jess Gifford got the shock of his life when two women shows up at his store to work, and both expecting to marry him, thanks to Jess’s brother Zach. Just imagine what Jess had to say to brother when he finds out that Zach actually wrote to not one, but two mail order bride ads, saying he was Jess, and inviting them there for marriage, to Jess. Things got very interesting at the mercantile, and especially when the ladies decided to rearrange the store around to suite them.
Lisa Johnson
Title: Twice Promised
Author: Maggie Brendan
Pages: 332
Year: 2012
Publisher: Revell
Twice Promised is the second book in Maggie Brendan’s Blue Willow Bride Series. The setting is 1888 in Colorado. The Giffords own a store and are recovering from the recent death of their parents and younger brother. The brides are looking for a fresh start in their lives.
Greta Olsen travels from Wyoming to Colorado as a mail-order bride. She had been living with her sister and had been engaged to Bryan Gifford, b
Miss Pippi the Librarian
The Olsen sisters traveled to America to begin a new life. The eldest, Catharine, married Peter in Wyoming. The middle sister, Greta, fell in love with a soldier named Bryan. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. Greta answered an ad for a mail-order bride and traveled to Central City, Colorado to find a new life for herself. What a surprise to find another mail-order bride and an unsuspecting groom. Oh, how mischievous siblings can be!

Brendan picks up where her first Blue Willows Brides book, Deeply
I loved it!!! I couldn't put this book down and even snuck and read it at work..LOL. Oh man, Greta Olsen and Cora Johnson both are mail order brides but are shocked to find out they are vying for the same man. Little did they know that Zach didn't tell his brother about either of them but instead pretend to be his brother. So they were surprised when he told them what he had done as well as upset about. But neither of them had anywhere to go so they stuck it out and God intervened. LOVED IT!!!
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 any
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“But if I had to pick another person for her, I'd have to say you, Jess, since I hold you in such high regard. Yes, you would be a good match, but I am the lucky one this time! - Bryan Gifford” 0 likes
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