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Morning Comes Softly

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,840 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
A shy Louisiana librarian, Mary Warner fears she'll always be alone—so she answers a personals ad from a rancher in Montana. Never before has she done anything so reckless, casting the only life she knows aside to travel to a strange place and marry a man she's never met. But something about this man calls to her—and she knows this may be her very last chance at happiness. ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Avon (first published 1993)
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Sep 04, 2009 Denise rated it it was amazing
Loved it, loved it, loved it. It made me laugh at times and cry at others. Very good. This must be one of Debbie's earlier books first published in 1993. Doesn't have cell phones or computers or internet in the story at all.

What did I learn from this book? Here is a quote from the book that I thought was great: "Life's lessons didn't come cheap, and Travis wasn't there to issue any discount coupons."

I wish there was a sequel because I love these characters after just one book and would like to
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Enjoyable read but I did get frustrated at the heroines reference to "being not pretty"
Aug 04, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I got this book off of Swaptree because I liked the idea of the storyline. I received a note with it from the previous reader stating how much she enjoyed it, and still I put off reading it for awhile. I finally picked it up and started reading it and got sucked in. This is my first Debbie Macomber book and she truly knows how to write. Her use of words is different than I'm used to reading and made the book so much more enjoyable. I wasn't sure how the storyline was going to play out, but I enj ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Assenette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
I really like it. An epilogue would have been nice.
After reading several historical mail-order bride stories this was a nice change as it was a contemporary book.
After the death of his brother and sister in-law rancher Travis takes their three children in and is trying to give them a good home so that they don't go into foster home. He doesn't do that well and after failing to find a housekeeper he places an add for a bride in newspaper. Mary, a librarian from Lousiana answers the add and as she fits Travis' and children's wishes they get marrie
Diah Didi
Baca ini karena Aline bilang bagus. Sederhana, tapi manis. Berhubung selera kami mirip, so I gave it a try setelah beberapa bulan.
And indeed! I loved it!
Nggak ada adegan gegap gempita menghebohkan. Semuanya terjadi dalam konteks sehari-hari. Pertengkaran mereka lebih karena mereka masih sama-sama asing bagi lainnya dan mereka sedang berusaha menjembatani itu. Ya nggak heran juga sih mengingat mereka cuma kenalan lewat surat. Apa jadinya ya kalo saya iseng menanggapi iklan2x jodoh di koran? :D

Oct 24, 2014 Carolynne rated it liked it
Contemporary romance but with a historical feel-- cowboy Travis is responsible for three lively children when his brother and sister in law are killed, and advertises for a wife. He chooses an unlikely candidate: quiet Mary, a Louisiana librarian who can sing and cook--the children's main criteria. At first it is just a business arrangement because they are not attracted to one another, and apparently so different--but that all changes. Better than average romantic novel. Read on Kindle.
Feb 22, 2014 Lyuda rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
The book was a modern twist of mail order bride story. It was too sugary for my taste with many things that stretched credibility, especially, in character development. Take for example our h. At the begging of the story she was characterized as a shy, quite Louisiana spinster of 32 years old who didn't have any dates and was still a virgin. I would think the male population of her town was either blind or stupid. The woman could cook sophisticated dishes, saw dresses for her friends, and sang b ...more
May 05, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
Mary realized something was missing from quiet and orderly life. Travis just inherited three young children and decided to place a newspaper ad for a wife to help him. They join together in an attempt to properly raise the children. What follows is an enjoyable story that leaves you feeling happy. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to others who enjoy a nice easy going romance.
This was a great book. I loved the mail order bride theme. Although, the hero, Travis put an add in the news paper for a bride.

Travis was a rough Montana rancher who needed help quick. His brother and sister-inlaw died in a car accident leaving Travis to raise 3 young children. Poor Travis had the social worker breathing down his neck to raise the children correctly.

Mary reads his add in Louisianna where she lives and works as a librarian. She has had quite a bit of loss in her life too. She de
Apr 05, 2011 Vi rated it it was ok
The hero is rancher in montana who's taking care of his brother's kids after his brother and the brother's wife died in an accident. So the hero takes out an ad for a wife because he can't afford a housekeeper. And the heroine is a typical mousy librarian with no bf/marriage prospects. Sees the ad - thinks it's a perfect cos she gets a readymade family.

It was a decent read. The heroine is a stereotypical librarian because all librarians are frumpy and mousy of course. I felt that initially, the
Aug 21, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporany
It’s a very sweet story about a convenience marriage. I usually like this theme because you get to see how a relationship evolves based on other things but lust (which in this book is especially true because Travis is not very attracted to her), and how they live together (which is the real challenge). The characters are well drawn, believable and their flaws make them likeable.
Another favorite to me with this theme is Bound By Marriage by Nalini Singh.
Mar 08, 2014 Yona rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This book was really really sweet and very enjoayble.
Mar 16, 2010 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
So, I guess it was a heart-warming tale of a man and woman from two separate worlds who finds love and healing in an unusual way (she answers a personal ad that he places because he can't afford a maid to help with the 3 kids he's raising for his deceased brother).
BUT, pretty much they get there by fighting and making up. So, the whole book they are either yelling at each other or having smutty love scenes. And yes, they are married, and going to church and raising kids right, etc etc. But it's
Ayu Wirdha
Mar 11, 2015 Ayu Wirdha rated it really liked it
Ini novel settingnya thn brp? Tdk dijelasin bgtu. Yg pasti sdh ada pesawat terbang utk transportasi, blm ada hp tp sdh ada tlp rumah, blm ada internet (krn masih surat2an lewat pos bukan email), atm ada, mungkin 80-90an kali yah.

Setelah kematian adik & iparnya dgn meninggalkan 3 anaknya, Travis kesulitan utk mengasuhnya. Demi hal ini, Travis mencari istri dgn menaruh iklan di koran (mungkin kyk dulu kontak jodoh di Kompas hihih - maklum blm ada fesbuk or online date). Mary, librarian, 32thn,
Samantha Ortega
Alors alors... alors une fois de plus, Lumen assure et nous livre là un roman de qualité. De toute façon, je dois avouer que je n'ai jamais été déçue par un livre de chez Lumen et que leur dystopie sont tout simplement top^^. Alors bon celui là, j'en ai entendu parler en long en large et en travers par Gwenlan qui elle, il me semble, à enchainé les deux tomes mais j'ai envie d'attendre un peu avant d'avoir le fin mot de cette histoire.

J'ai vraiment beaucoup apprécié ma lecture, l'univers dans le
Mar 31, 2014 Yer rated it it was amazing
Rate: 4.5

This was actually a quick read for me. I felt that the characters were realistic in the sense that it wasn't lovey dovey love at first sight. Both characters grew to love one another through time spent together and with the children.

Travis came across as a stubborn rancher who didn't have to worry much of his life until 3 kids were thrust upon him through a tragic accident that took both of the children's parents. He struggles trying to balance having kids, maintaining his ranch and ke
Tammy Downing
Nov 15, 2014 Tammy Downing rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful tale of a man and woman meeting and falling in the love. Travis, a Montana rancher, is custody of his two nephews and niece after their parents are killed in a suspicious car accident. After weeks of rotten reviews from social workers, he puts an ad in the paper searching for a wife. Mary, a librarian in Louisiana, reads his ad and responds. Several months later, she arrives in Montana and they get married. Mary soon finds taking care of the three children is what she has wante ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book. I've liked her other books I've read. I was surprised that Travis is such a chauvinistic pig and that Mary just takes it. Seriously, his character throws me off. He wants to do the right thing, but has no respect for Mary, even though he says he loves her. What he really loves is the sex (having it multiple times a night for days on end) doesn't go to complete smut level, but I was really shocked how far Macomber took it. It was not what I expected from her ...more
Sep 14, 2010 Lois rated it liked it
A NICE book - held my interest; easy reading, relaxing. I don't ususally like this type of book - too predictable but it was well written & "pleasant".
Apr 23, 2016 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Macomber is one of my favorite authors to refresh my reading pleasure after reading a book that was more work than pleasure. There hasn't been a Macomber book that hasn't delighted me. They are light and refreshing as was this romance between a rancher and a librarian. Mail order brides are typically thought of from a historical perspective but this ad for a wife was placed in the Billings, Montana newspaper and a "mousy old maid" librarian from small town Lousiana answers it. Travis needs a wif ...more
Janet Miller
Dec 25, 2012 Janet Miller rated it liked it
This would be a great hallmark theater movie. A wonderful family story. I enjoyed the writing style.
Maria Jessamir

I like the solemn tone of the book mixed with occasional humor of the characters. At first, I found it absurd how someone could answer an ad for marriage but I'm glad I picked this up. I liked the banters between the MCs and the children are adorable, well, scotty and beth ann, at least.

The plot is simple and despite the solemn tone of the book and the tragic loss of the children, I still find it a light read. I like the gradual development between the characters' relationship as they groped
TBR Challenge 2011 - I'm putting this book in the TBR Challenge list because I've been looking for the title for the past year! I read part of this book at the library one day while waiting for my children, but didn't remember the name, so I couldn't go back and finish it. At the time I remember thinking I wasn't that interested in the book, but for some reason the story stuck in my mind.

After finally reading a description of the book on an forum, I located the book and finished readi
Karen & Gerard
Sep 20, 2011 Karen & Gerard rated it it was amazing
A delightful and heartwarming read, Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber is my favorite novel of hers. It’s a romance about a Montana cowboy who puts an ad for a wife in a paper so that he can raise his brother’s three children who became orphans when their parents were killed in an auto accident. Who would answer such an ad? One lonely frumpy librarian from Louisiana named Mary is who. Travis thought she was like Minnie Mouse and was very disappointed when they first met; however, she manage ...more
"She was wearing a pale lavender dress, and the soft color enhanced her features, which were--he hated to say it--ordinary. She seemed a tad pale, until he realized she wasn't wearing makeup. Not even a little blush or lip gloss. Her glasses were the huge horn-rimmed variety that took up nearly all of her face. Her classic navy blue coat was unbuttoned, and she wore sensible black shoes."

Well, geez, could the woman be, oh, I don't know, a LIBRARIAN, perhaps? Why May, you know the stereotypical d
May 30, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
One of Debbie Macomber's earlier novels. Set in Montana, this romantic story is about a man, Travis, who becomes the guardian to three children when his brother and sister-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Travis doesn't know much about child rearing or about cooking or keeping house; he is, after all, a confirmed bachelor and a rancher. What he needs is a housekeeper, or better yet, a wife. Trouble is, in the small town that he lives in, everyone considers him a troublemaker and no w ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
I am giving this book 3 stars because I felt that this book was missing something. I enjoyed several parts of this story but I did not like how she kept using the same words to describe similar situations. The main reason why I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would was because on several occasion I felt that the author just copied certain sections, changed one or two words and then pasted it in another part of the book.

In addition, I felt like Tilly and Logan's story was a little
In this book you meet Travis Thompson, a hard working, hell-raising, set in his ways rancher, from Montana. He has just gained custody of his brother's children due to his brother, Lee and his wife, Janice, dying in a car crash. He is having a hard time adjusting to life with three children and decides that he needs help, as in a "wife". Someone that can cook and clean and take care of the children better than he can apparently since social services is breathing down his neck. He decides to put ...more
Becky Hedge
Feb 18, 2013 Becky Hedge rated it it was amazing
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 770 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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