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Smoke River Bride

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  8 reviews

It's whispered in Smoke River that single father Thad MacAllister is a few quarters short of a dollar: his ambitious plans for his farm are downright crazy and his young son is heading off the rails. This family needs a woman's touch!

But the arrival of Leah Cameron, Thad's mail-order bride, causes a ripple of disapproval. Oregon is a far cry from China
Paperback, Harlequin Historical #1147, 288 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Harlequin
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Mai Tong
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I picked up this book at the clearance section and thought why not, it is only a dollar. The summary doesn't sound bad, it was a new refreshing idea. The main character (Leah) was a mail-order bride but she is Chinese, but have to be half scottish. OK, sure; why not? Moving along. The author build up so much tension between racism between the town and Leah and her uncle. Meanwhile Thad (the main guy) was going crazy from his wheat field (some symbolic something dealing with his c
Found this book in a stack that was left in my building's laundry room. I liked the cover and picked it up. Glad I did.

It's a historical story of a struggling rancher in Smoke River, Oregon who sends for a mail order bride a year after the tragic death of his wife left him with a young son to raise.

He expected a nice Scottish lass named Leah Cameron. Leah turns out to be half Scottish, half Chinese. She is sweet, smart, strong and beautiful. Unfortunately, the people of Smoke River cannot see
Bj Hoover
I really enjoyed this book. The main characters were likable and believable. It rang true until the very end--I found that the town people forgetting their prejudice and discrimination so suddenly was too good to be true! Would that small-minded people could change so quickly!
Very interesting. Heroine is a half-Chinese half-American child of a missionary to China, come back to America after her parents' deaths. Liked it a lot.
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"Banning pens another delightful, quick and heartwarming read, returning fans to Smoke River, where Leah must face extraordinary odds to survive prejudice and the effects of hatred before finding acceptance and love." RT Book Reviews
Davina Bell
I really like her work. Enjoyed it. Learned some things about the treatment of Chinese-Americans in the rural West. Beautiful love story.
Loved the mail order bride theme but the story telling was a little flat. They're better ones out there. 3 stars.
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I was born in Oregon and raised in northern California. While growing up I listened to my grandparents' and my mother's stories about life on the ranch they owned in Douglas County, some miles east of Roseburg.

Later (after I retired from work as a professional editor for an aerospace firm) I began writing fiction based on these stories... my first book was "Western Rose," which is based on the unu
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