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Orphan Train Bride

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When Kelli heads west on the orphan train as a helper, she expects to return to the orphanage and live her life there as an old maid, but once she sees the town of Emporia, she desires to stay.
After overhearing a cowboy telling the general store owner that he is looking for a mail order bride, Kelli rushes forward to offer herself.

Will Carter accept her as his wife? Will h
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Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published November 11th 2013 by www.lovelyromancepress.com, Lovely Romance Press (first published April 4th 2013)
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Faith
Aug 09, 2013 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been the most unusual and exciting day of her life, and Kelli couldn't help feeling a warmth spread through her soul.
"Thank you, Lord," Kelli whispered toward Heaven, "For giving me a home! A home of my own."

What would it be like to be raised in a New York orphanage in the 1800's?
What if you were a girl who had worked hard for nineteen years caring for your orphanage family, forming sisterly ties to the babies and younger children you tended every day?
And then what if you and many other o
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Kathy Heare Watts
GOD REALLY DOES HAVE A SPECIAL PLAN FOR ALL OF US
I found this story to be heartbreaking for the life that Kelli and Charlie had lived and inspiring for their faith in God and His blessings. Arriving at the end of the line and overhearing that Carter was looking for a mail order bride, Kelli looking for a way not to return to the orphanage in New York, she approaches Carter with the offer to be his bride. He needs someone to be the mother to his daughter, so they agree to a marriage of convenienc
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Vicki Adderholdt
Kelli loved the little town they had stopped in but there wasn't anyone to adopt from the Orphan Train in this town. There had been a mix up and this town had not asked the train to stop. That was fine with her the only little boy left was Charlie and most did not want to adopt him because he was small and wore a brace on his leg. She had raised him since he was a baby. If she could find a job she would stay in this town and keep Charlie with her. No jobs. She heard the clerk in the store tease ...more
Amber
Aug 11, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Orphan Train Bride by Teresa Lilly is a sweet and enduring love story filled with growth, discovery, and freedom. My heart was caught up in the sweet and innocent circumstances that surrounded this beautifully enchanting story. While historical fiction is not one of the genres that I usual read, I was easily taken in by this lovely story of hope and faith. It deeply touched my heart, and I hated to see it end. I so wanted to know what happened next. Perhaps the author will continue this stunning ...more
Simone
Aug 19, 2013 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelli works in the orphanage that she was raised in, taking care of the children, especially her favorite one, Charlie. She'd been taking care oof him him since he was only a few weeks old. He has a bad leg, so he spends most of his time helping Kelli with the babies and in the kitchen. So when she was asked to assist with the children on the Orphan Train, she begs for Charlie to come with her. Not only because she'd miss him terribly but she also wants to give him a chance of a better life. She ...more
Englishrose
This was an interesting book, involving an unique plot and a part of history many aren't familiar with. There were few side characters, and the main characters were shallow with little justification to their actions. Though it had a great potential, the bland descriptions and almost textbook narrative took away from the story, pulling you out of it rather than into it. The Christian slant was very strong, overpowering the romance, or really any other aspect of the story. Which is all well and ...more
Linda Zaragoza-zrubek
I loved this delightful story. I felt drawn into this book from the first chapter. Loved how the main characters met, how they both needed each other...... It is well written and love how the author incorporated God into this story. It is an easy read and one you want to keep reading and sad when it is over with. I could feel the love blooming all around!!! I would recommend this book to anyone.
Heidi
Jan 23, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel. It is so unlike the other Orphan Train ones I have read and I really loved Charlie and Kelli. Such sweet and appreciative people! I loved how Carter's heart opened up again and found what he needed!

I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Reviewer
Oct 14, 2013 Romance Reviewer rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A Unique theme, an orphan girl... rides on an orphan train and fills the wishes for a mail order bride. Really fun to read.
Marla
Feb 13, 2015 Marla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters and the clean, light storyline. I was given a copy of the book to read and provide an honest review.
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Teresa Ives Lilly has authored a variety of Christian and Clean Novels and Novellas. She has written several chapter books and one picture book. She has also authored over two hundred unit studies for public and private schools.
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