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The Marriage Barter

(Orphan Train #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Mission: Children

Rounding up a gaggle of orphans isn't Wyatt Reed's specialty. Still, the bounty hunter is being paid handsomely to bring these children from Evans Grove to the next town. And then he sets eyes on one pigtailed, pint-sized complication, and the beautiful widow who needs his help.

Charlotte Miller's marriage lacked love, but at least it gave her
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Love Inspired
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Phylisha Stone
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
This was a good historical romance as well as a very well written look into somewhat dark part of American history. The story revolves around an orphan train. Homeless, abandoned, orphaned children from large eastern cities were put on trains and sent west to the to be "adopted". In some cases that happened. What also happened was that children were often put to work as nothing more than farm hands/indentured servants, some were taken and forced to more in mines. Others especially
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to nudge it up in the star count, however there was too much cliche in character progression and too much dialogue when you knew what the outcome would be. So it was okay.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The "Orphan Train" series has produced several really good stories with common threads linking each. The Marrage Barter is no exception. We first meet Sasha and her adoptive mother when several of the orphans are chosen by townspeople, Sasha among them. A hateful spinster bucks and brays at every juncture. The entire town finds her obnoxious, but she withstands them all, convinced she's protecting the town from the encroaching orphan rabble. Sasha's new mom, Charlotte, was married at the start o ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a sweet, gentle romance! This historical Christian romance takes place in 1875. An orphan train was robbed en route to its final destination of Greeneville. The orphans are taken in by the nearby town of Evans Grove. Many of the orphans have found loving families ready to adopt them but Wyatt Reed has been hired by an overly eager Greeneville to bring the orphans to their original destination. Charlotte Miller has taken in one of the orphans but is now widowed. As a single woman, she is no ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2013
I really wish that I could do half stars on the rating scale. I would have rated the book at 3.5 if I could have done so. At the beginning of the book, I had a difficult time connecting to the characters because I was a bit frustrated with their inability to communicate in any meaningful way. However, by the end of the book, I was very taken with the characters and their stories of faith and survival. In the end, I am glad that I read the book, but I do wish that it had drawn me in a bit quicker ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
A classic frontier story of; woman needs a husband and the nearest available guy will have to do…with a serious twist when the lives of a group of orphans are at stake. The story is built around the true history of the Orphan Train that ferried children from the cities back east to the frontier. Some of these children were adopted into loving families while others became little more than slaves.

In The Marriage Barter, Wyatt Reed and Charlotte Miller combine forces to ensure that Char
Western Historical clean romance with a damaged man for hire that has a good past that finds love with a sweet recently widowed lady that wants to adopt a little girl from the Orphan Train.
I recently listened to 'Stuff you missed in History class' podcast on the history of the Orphan Train which is a bittersweet story of good and bad choices forced on children in the 19th century America. Which I highly recommend to people that might want to know more.
So marriage of convenience plot
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, 2013
great heart-warming story. loved the relationship between wyatt/sasha and charlotte's determination to keep them both. additionally, the historical view of life as an orphan train rider was an interesting aspect. it showed the good and bad realities some children faced when they boarded the trains.
i hope in the next story the search for the other orphans will be included and who will mr brooks turn out to be? will wyatt be able to find jakob?

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Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This second book in the Orphan Train series is a good one. Intrigue and danger, romance, and sweet children all make it delightful. The characters of Sasha, Wyatt, and Charlotte are wonderful; each grabs your heart in a different way, and Charlotte and Wyatt change and grow so much during the course of events that transpire. The female antagonist from the first book is also in this one, but the mysterious "villian" in the story masterminding the evil was a little bit predictable. Orphan trains fascin ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The orphans have arrived and half of them have found new homes but nobody expected someone to question the legality of it all. Was the contract between the Orphan Society and Greencille broken? Wyatt has come to collect the children and a hefty fee that will let him move on with his miserable life. But Charlotte and the other towns people don't want to give up the children they have come to love. Rules, rules and more rules.
Janis Kay
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-fic
I think that of all 3 couples, Charlotte and Wyatt are my favorite. She's not afraid to voice her beliefs and he never has a dull moment because of that xD They are both very independent characters and this gives their bond the extra strength for when he took off to find the other orphans:) And Sasha is just the icing on the cake><
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Not having read the first book in the trilogy wasn't too much of a hinderance. All in all it's a touching story, but a bit predictable. Wyatt isn't the monster he makes himself out to be, and redeems himself.
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Miniseries: Orphan Train
Category: Inspirational Romance
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
wonderful story of once was. beautifully written. loved the play into relationships.
good read.
Harlequin Historical
Miniseries: Orphan Train
Category: Inspirational Romance
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
Fashioned after the orphan train idea. Loosely!!
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Christine Johnson grew up in small-town Michigan, where tales rise taller than old-growth forest. God blessed her with a love of story, which thus far has led to two RWA Golden Heart® award finals and publication with Love Inspired Historical and Revell. When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to quilt and explore God’s majestic creation.

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