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Smoke River Bride (Smoke River #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  9 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 Chin
Paperback, Harlequin Historical #1147, 288 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mai Tong
Oct 08, 2014 Mai Tong rated it did not like it
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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
Bj Hoover
Jul 15, 2013 Bj Hoover rated it really liked it
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!
Sep 27, 2014 IamGamz rated it liked it
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
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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
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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Jun 29, 2015 Kesha rated it liked it
First historical book with an IR couple, half Chinese woman and white man. It was very good, I loved Teddy, he was adorable.
Aug 04, 2013 Regina rated it liked it
Loved the mail order bride theme but the story telling was a little flat. They're better ones out there. 3 stars.
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.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 15, 2015 08:11AM  
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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