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The Widower's Wife

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  609 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Trying to escape the crippling heartbreak of her fiance's betrayal, Jillian Grey answers a newspaper advertisement requesting a mail-order bride to care for the newly widowed Dalton McCullough's three young children. Jillian and Dalton agree that theirs is a marriage of convenience-and nothing more. But when they realize their growing attraction for each other, they must d ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Bonneville
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I am just an average woman who doesn’t normally read romance/love stories. I heard about this book and thought “what could I lose by reading it.” I read this book in two days because I just couldn’t put it down. I would have had it read in one day but I am a Mom and I had to care for my children. Ha ha.
You should not condemn a book because you do not like the author or you are jealous of the author.
I found myself unable to put this book down. It pulls you into the story and truly opens your min
I really wanted to like this. I got about 30 pages in and had to give up. It would switch POV multiple times during the chapters, with added flashbacks and other very minor character POV thrown in as well. There wasn't enough conversation and too much inner dialogue. Some things seemed a little repeditive, something would happen from Jillian's POV and then immediately after we would experience it again through Dalton's POV. It just seemed like there was too much going on, while at the same time ...more
This was a good, sweet love story that kept my interest through the entire novel. I love historical romance and I especially liked the characters in this book. I laughed, I cried, I even felt like ringing Nathan's(the ex-fiance's)neck a time or two. I have noticed in reading other reviews that a few people have compared it to the movie Sarah Plain and Tall. If they mean because she hails from the east cost and marries a widower, that's true. However, most of the women did come from the east and ...more
Oh how I love a mail order bride story! This was a sweet little historical/romance that kept me entertained throughout. I think there must be a special place in heaven for second wives. The difficulties in loving someone who is still in love with someone else must be extraordinarily difficult. My least favorite parts of the book were the flashbacks to the previous wife- they made me uncomfortable with Dalton starting to love someone else. (as Dalton also felt uncomfortable- I guess that is great ...more
Annika Paxman
I enjoy romance, and this was a quick and easy read. I love the mail order bride story and the little bit of mystery added to it in the form of Jillian's mysterious heartbreak. I found it fairly well written and was drawn into the story at the beginning. My only complaint, however, was the way the flashbacks were done. I felt when switching view points, Bice gave to much repetative detail. It felt redundant and was a bit distracting to the flow of the story. I would still recommend reading it th ...more
Jessica Jenson
Here's the thing: I read this book many moons ago, and, in my inexperienced and somewhat literately naive mind, I thought it was probably the most breathtaking book I had ever read.

Enter Pride and Prejudice, Edenbrooke, and every romantic movie ever.

Though my expectations were now higher, The Widower's Wife still held a special place in my heart, and I decided I wanted to read it again.

Big mistake.

First of all, re-reading a book is never the same as the first time through. It really isn't; becau
Cassandra Bowers
I really wanted to love this book. I really enjoyed the set up to this story, but I had a really hard time with how much this book jumped around between characters and between past and present day. I felt like I was reading a rough draft of what couldeventually be a really good book. I also felt like the book needed more details. The characters seemed to fall in love way to easily, and if the book had given more details/time for them to fall in love, it would have been a much better read.
Jenni C
The beginning of this novel grabbed my attention because the story was being told from the perspective of each character (besides the children). I was impressed with the dialog tact from the perspectives, but my admiration soon fizzled after the first twenty pages...

The plot started to drag on... then pick up interest with some (some) romance... then be concerned about other things... The plot then took twists (I felt) to keep the story going by the addition of more characters and problems.

This book reminds me a little of Sarah, Plain and Tall. The Widower's Wife is pure saccharine and very predictable...what can I say? I guess I was just in the mood for a sweet love story. I did not particularly enjoy how the multiple viewpoints were handled. It seemed a bit odd to tell Jillian's side of the story, IMMEDIATELY followed by Dalton's viewpoint of the same event. Example: She first sees him on page 7 and they don't officially meet until page 30. That would be fine....except they are ...more
Shelli Norman
This book was a quick, easy read. I enjoyed the story line a lot and loved the ending of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance novels.
What a soppy soapy book. Definitely light light reading. Not much story and was predictable to the end, but it was a feel good story for the mood I was in.
The Sweet Bookshelf
I read another book by this author the other day, The Kissing Tree, and loved it so much I sought out if she had written anything else. The Widower's Wife is what I found. I was just as good, if not better! This time period has always fascinated me. The Wild West. What must it have been like for women in those days? The hardships they had to bare and what was life like?

I was immediately drawn to Jillian and I fell head over heels for Dalton during his first scene. All that was within the mere b
Yea for this new author trying to write! I really liked the story idea, even if it did remind me a lot of Sarah, Plain and Tall. The arranged marriage is such a fascinating thing to me. I love seeing how strong one can be.
The weaknesses in the book I felt were repetitive information and lack of specifics. I felt like I learned everything twice. It annoyed me at first, but as I got further into the book, I got used to it. About the lack of detail...Upon purchasing the book, I was able to meet an
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I have never read a romance novel, but I assume, after reading this book, that they contain lots of internal emotion and very little communication? If my assumption is correct, then this book is clean romance novel meets "Sarah, Plain and Tall" Dalton, a farmer in Wisconsin, loses his wife in childbirth. So, he orders a new one. Jillian, a young girl with a broken heart responds, hops on a train, and the fun begins. It really is similar in plot to "Sarah, Plain and Tall"(right down to the fire i ...more
I read this book in between reading Gone Girl, because I had to wash the unpleasant feeling I got from reading the Gone Girl. And it was okay. I like the story line, however, they almost didn't communicate to each other. Which uh, there is a lot of assumption fortunately push by the other people.

I settle with, small gesture talk louder than word. But hey, I like this book. =)
His wife died shortly after the birth of their 3rd child. He sends for a mail order bride after some correspondence through letters with her. She is fleeing after a disastrous betrothal, and wants nothing to do with loving another man. She simply wants to be safe, secure, and care for his children. They agree that it will be platonic. His eldest daughter hates her at first, but is won over along with the other children and his first wife's aunt and uncle (ned, and betty).

Her ex-fiance goes craz
WELL DONE!!! With the exception of some editing errors, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I was completely drawn into the story and felt well rewarded for my time spent reading it. It was refreshingly wholesome and was captivating from beginning to end. I have several friends that bought it on my recommendation and read it in one sitting. They ALL loved it! One friend said she wished she could mail-order a man just like Dalton! I felt that all of the characters were well thought out and ...more
I won this book from Goodreads. The minute I looked through the book, I knew I would really like it, and I was right.
Jillian Grey is a mail-order bride from Boston who travels to Wisconsin to marry a widow with three children. She is leaving to marry a man she has never met, and also leaving another man she has known all her life.
While the premise is simple, the characters are not. I really enjoyed each and every character in this book. They have depth and real life feelings. The book skips from
I discovered Prudence from Marcia Lynn McClure's facebook page. I just happen to stumble upon a post she made about her book. I am so glad I did! First I have to say I love this cover!! I wanted to buy the book right away just cause of the cover. I did buy it after I read the summary. This is such a sweet story and I am a sucker for a sweet romance. I was drawn into story and developed a connection with Jillian, Dalton and his three kids! I think the role the kids play in this book is really imp ...more
This was a really sweet (and clean, quite refreshingly!) romance written by a local Utah gal--I actually got a signed copy from her last time I was at Costco and she seemed really nice.

I liked the sweet love story about a mail-order bride who comes to help heal a family who has lost their wife & mother--and how she and her new husband fall in love. A quick read, although it almost lost me in the first couple of chapters because there were back-stories all over the place. Plus the little bit
I always enjoy a good period piece and this is a nice western. The flashbacks were a little strange to me but overall it was an enjoyable read.

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When Jillian Grey answers Dalton McCullough s newspaper advertisement requesting a mail-order bride to take care of his three young children, they both agree that their marriage is one of convenience and nothing more. But when they realize their growing attraction for each other, they must decide if giving in to their feelings i
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I really liked the story of this book. I found myself getting lost in the world that was presented. Though I must say, it did lack in detail. and maybe a little more period information would have been nice. The thing that bothered me most about this novel was the use of flashbacks. For me the idea of flashbacks made the flow of the story a bit disruptive. I didn't think that the story really required that many flashbacks. It almost seemed that the author couldn't find any other way to tell her s ...more
Aug 18, 2010 Amber rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in tasteful historical romance.
As soon as I saw this book online, I knew I had to read it. The first book I read on the subject of a mail-order bride was A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick and it was such an intriguing and suspenseful story as well, of course, as an interesting one that I knew I would read on the topic again. Although both novels follow the stories of mail-order brides who arrive to their new lives on steam engines, are set in Wisconsin, and have similar messages (goodness, resilience, redemption), that is wh ...more
Cute, fun, CLEAN romance. I enjoyed this book, and look forward to more from this author. I would love my teen daugther to read this book. From the book; Trying to escape the crippling heartbreak of her fiance's betrayal, Jillian Grey answers a newspaper advertisement requesting a mail-order bride to care for the newly widowed Dalton McCullough's three young children. Jillian and Dalton agree that theirs is a marriage of convenience-and nothing more. But when they realize their growing attractio ...more
Laura Hall
I enjoyed this little romance. It was a nice easy read to finish out my spring break vacation.
A "chick-flick" in print, is a good description of this book. And who doesn't love a good chick-flick? While the story reminded me of other stories I have read, The Widower's Wife pulled me in where the others didn't. I started reading it in the bathtub one morning and before I realized it, I was halfway through the book and my water was cold. I have not been pulled that deeply into a book in a long time. I even stayed up late to finish it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone lookin ...more
This is a cute tale and for a Christian book, very non-preachy which I really liked. I liked the characters and it was a quick fun read. Her writing reminds me of Marcia McClure if you have ever read any of her books. The one thing I really didn't like is that much of the story is told through a series of flashbacks. This way of storytelling really bugs me. He or she sees a situation and then it reminds them about a previous experience and then it goes into that memory so you understand more of ...more
I keep reading these books that are good just not great. This was a cute book but one of my biggest complaints amoung LDS romance books has to do with character developement (there is none!).
Somehow people just magically fall deeply in love and want to be together forever but we never read about how the relationships develop and what emotions are involved (which is the connecting fator for so many readers). Every emotion that is touched upon is so simple and surface. Maybe I just like to feel li
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