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Twice Promised

(The Blue Willow Brides #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she's come to know through his tender letters. But when she meets Cora Johnson, she discovers she's not the only bride waiting at the train station for Jess.

Already shocked to find they must compete for Jess's affection, the young women can hardly believe it when
Paperback, 327 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Revell (first published September 1st 2012)
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Victoria Goodbrand
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely LOVED this story!!! Greta is SO sweet as well as Cora and this was such a great Mail Order Bride story!
4.5 stars.
Tamara Tilley
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
TWICE PROMISED was good, but the story lacked a little punch. You would think following two relationships you would get twice the romance, but instead I felt like I only got half.

Greta Olsen and Cora Johnson have both answered the ad for a mail-order bride. Not only is it for the same man, but the man himself didn’t even send for them. Zach Gifford is trying to play matchmaker for his older brother Jess. He figures if he gets Jess married off, he will be free to pursue his desires which do not
Rachel Brand
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was ok

PROS: Intriguing concept of two mail-order brides being ordered by the groom’s brother; setting and secondary characters are interesting

CONS: Too many points of view mean that the reader never connects with any of the characters fully; dialogue and situations feel forced at times; conversations about God and the Bible sometimes seem unrealistic; characters fall in love too quickly and t
Carrie Daws
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Twice Promised is a unique twist on a historic romance, with two mail order brides showing up for one western fellow! Set in 1880s Colorado, a brother decides he knows what is best for his sibling, and the show begins.

What I Liked
The characters were delightful and Ms. Brendan did a wonderful job of incorporating humor into the story. I also liked characters revealing feelings for each other about halfway through. Although unusual in a romance, it was interesting change and allowed the author to
Maggie Brendan knows how to write a good romance. I enjoyed the first book in the series and I loved this one as well. I've always appreciated an interesting mail order bride story and this one is as good as I expected. Once the story began I wasn't sure how it was going to work out since there were two brides rather than the one typically arranged for, and the author kept me guessing. Then once it looked like a decent resolution was possible, a few more twists were thrown in. I don't normally l ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
After reading the first in this series, Deeply Devoted, I was interested to see where the tale of the second sister, Greta, would go. I have to admit that it was pretty abrupt to find that Greta's beau from the first book was not going to be in the picture in this novel. But it did lend itself to a bit of a twist to this story.

The part of the plot that incorporated having two mail-order brides (Greta and Cora) for one guy (Jess) was cute. It was also charming when the other brother (Zach) becam
Sherry Beth Preston
Nov 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
The story was okay, I guess, but the anachronisms were quite distracting. I doubt anyone had a living room until TV was invented and a crate built for shipping merchandise would not have had a door you could use to shut a pet dog in. (and would they have had a pet dog in the house back then?) She also got the vegetation wrong for Colorado.

And to prove I am a sucker for punishment, in the first book she kept calling her sister a "free spirit" which I suspect came around in the 1960s. Now fliberty
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. I really liked the characters, and the way the 2 love stories played off each other. I also appreciated the humour; but, with 2 mail-order brides arriving on the same train for 1 groom who isn't even aware that his brother has 'recruited' them, how can it help but be humourous?!?
I'm definitely looking forward to reading Anna's story next!
Kathleen E.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Mail-Order Brides! Twice Promised!, October 17, 2012

This review is from: Twice Promised: A Novel (The Blue Willow Brides) (Paperback)
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan, ©2012 ~*~ The Blue Willow Brides series, Book 2 ~*~

~*~ The Blue Willow Brides series, Book 1 ~*~ We are introduced to Greta Olsen in Deeply Devoted. She arrives in Wyoming from Amsterdam, Holland, with her sisters as one becomes a mail-order bride.
~*~ The Blue Willow Brid
Valory Kennedy
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book!

I read this book right after her first one. This one didn’t catch me as quick as the first one, but maybe that is because I read them so close together. I enjoyed the story line and I could see each character as she developed them. I loved that it was Christian and I could read without worry of language or other inappropriate things. I enjoyed the story of faith and service!
M. Nicolas
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Although it was a nice idea and well written, the story fell short after the second half. The author tried to drag the story and damaged it. There was no need for the long misunderstanding of the brothers and the anger between them.

There is character growth so I appreciated that. But at times felt a little cheesy and that took away my interest. The last 80 pages were difficult to finish. The plot was interesting but the book needed to finish about 100 pages prior to it's end.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable conundrum with two mail order brides and one groom who knows nothing about the coming brides. This story is filled with life in uncertaint circumstances and misunderstanding. It is also filled with unknown joint mourning over a lost loved one. This is a story about strangers going for competitors to close friends to family. We have several stories of redemption and reconciliation woven throughout. Twice Promised is a delight to read.
Elizabeth Fiscus
Fresh mail order bride plot

What an interesting twist on the traditional mail order bride storyline! Not one, but two brides await for Jess Gifford...and he did not even write the advertisement for them in the first place!
I really enjoyed the way this story developed into two wonderful young women finding their soulmates.
Melanie Clemons
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good. I liked all the characters and the concept was good. I just felt it was more about the store than the story. It was good, but I wish there was more to it. It could have been beefed up a little.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a unique plot - TWO mail-order brides for ONE man! This was a delightful story. I'm now starting book 3 in the series.
Chere Weaver
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book #2 in the trilogy. While it can stand on its own, it mentions people from the previous book and I always enjoy that. A nice read.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
The writing was decent, but the story was a little slow for my tastes. Characters were good.
Lorraine Shaw
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book.
Lisa Johnson
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Title: Twice Promised
Author: Maggie Brendan
Pages: 332
Year: 2012
Publisher: Revell
Twice Promised is the second book in Maggie Brendan’s Blue Willow Bride Series. The setting is 1888 in Colorado. The Giffords own a store and are recovering from the recent death of their parents and younger brother. The brides are looking for a fresh start in their lives.
Greta Olsen travels from Wyoming to Colorado as a mail-order bride. She had been living with her sister and had been engaged to Bryan Gifford, b
Victor Gentile
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Brendan in her new book “Twice Promised” Book Two in The Blue Willow Brides series published by Revell Books takes us into the life of Greta Olsen in 1888.

From the back cover: Two beautiful brides. One unsuspecting groom. Three weeks to figure it all out.

Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she’s come to know through his tender letters. But when she meets Cora Johnson, she discovers she’s not the only bride waiting
Pat Dyer
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The second in Maggie Brendan’s The Blue Willow Brides series is a sweet romance story set in Central City, Colorado amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains in the late 1800s. It is fun, easy read with some interesting twists. I found myself giggling a bit toward the end.

Meet the characters:

Greta Olsen, a tall blonde with big blue eyes, came from Holland and lived with her brother and sister-in-law in Cheyenne, Wyoming before answering an ad for a mail-order bride. Upon arriving in Central City, Col
Vera Godley
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a first read for me of a book by Maggie Brendan; and I found that she writes a delightful story, although somewhat unbelievable at times, that is both sweet, humorous, insightful, and has a touch of history.

The mail order bride market flourished during the settlement of the west because men were the settlers, adventurers, and gold miners and they were lonely. There was also a plethora of women who had immigrated to the United States and had no where else to go. Many had no family. Some h
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
If a mail-order bride (MOB) story comes along chances are I'll read it, that doesn't mean I'm not picky about what I read because I am but MOB stories just so happen to be my very favorites! In just a few short years Maggie Brendan has made her way onto my must read romance author list and this series has cemented her position as one of my favorite Christian romance writers. Twice Promised continues the Blue Willow Brides series that started with Deeply Devoted and reintroduces us to Greta who w ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Twice Promised
The Blue Willow Brides 2
By Maggie Brendan

Two Mail-Order Brides are about to descend upon Central City, Colorado and their intended husband doesn't even know that they exist! When Greta Olsen and Cora Johnson arrive in Central City they both expect to be met be Jess Gifford, but instead they are met by his younger brother Zach.

Both ladies are shocked to learn that they were never corresponding with Jess and that Zach hatched this wild scheme to find his older brother a wife who coul
Melody Cox
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is set in Central City, Colorado, in 1888. It was obvious that the author did a lot of research and if you read the Author's Note at the end of the Kindle eBook, you will see how she tied many aspects of her own life into this book and that was quite interesting.

Cora and Greta were two mail order brides that happened to travel on the same train and disembark in the same city. Problem is, they are both meant for the same man, Jess.

Jess owns a mercantile and has trouble with organization
Sherri Johnson
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan is the second book in her Blue Willow Brides series. This story is delightful! It’s a mail-order bride story. But don’t be fooled. It’s not your normal mail-order bride tale. In this book, there are two mail-order brides but only one groom who has no idea, thanks to his brother, that these ladies are coming to turn his world upside down. There’s a clever grandma who sees right through the actions of her two grandsons and right into their hearts. There’s a sprinkl ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Twice Promised is the second book in "The Blue Willow Brides" series, and while I haven't read the first book, Deeply Devoted, yet, I was able to follow along fairly easy (although there were a few times I was wondering about Greta's sister's story).

I liked how the book started out with a prologue showing the last moments of Bryan's life - it really helped me
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado as mail-order bride. When she steps off the train, she finds out that she's not the only bride for Jess Gifford, his brother, Zach, meets the train, and her prosepctive groom has no idea that he even ordered one bride, let alone two! Both Greta and the other bride, Cora, find themselves being courted by a different brother. Will the women fall for the brother that is courting them? Or will they fall for the one courting the other bride? Will both wo ...more
Abbie Riddle
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Abbie by: Revell
Maggie Brendan never leaves a reader without a good story that is hard to put down. In this story of mail-order brides there is competition, disapointment and ultimate love.

Greta Olsen had long looked at the success of her sister's marriage after answering an ad for a mail-order bride. Longing to start a life of her own she too answers an add. After months of tender and sweet letters Greta boards a train and sets off to meet the kind man that she has been corresponding with all this time. Howev
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Jess Gifford got the shock of his life when two women shows up at his store to work, and both expecting to marry him, thanks to Jess’s brother Zach. Just imagine what Jess had to say to brother when he finds out that Zach actually wrote to not one, but two mail order bride ads, saying he was Jess, and inviting them there for marriage, to Jess. Things got very interesting at the mercantile, and especially when the ladies decided to rearrange the store around to suite them
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Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author, of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for Inspirational Fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. Her new series Virtues and Vices of the Old West began with ...more

Other books in the series

The Blue Willow Brides (3 books)
  • Deeply Devoted (The Blue Willow Brides, #1)
  • Perfectly Matched (The Blue Willow Brides, #3)
“But if I had to pick another person for her, I'd have to say you, Jess, since I hold you in such high regard. Yes, you would be a good match, but I am the lucky one this time! - Bryan Gifford” 1 likes
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