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The Substitute Bride

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Jared Callahan's mysterious bride 

Rancher Jared Callahan eagerly awaited the arrival of his mail-order bride. But instead of the kindhearted woman who wrote about escaping her constrained city life, the beauty who arrived in his remote frontier town couldn't remember anything. Not him, not their long-distance courtship, not even her own name. What is he going t
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2013)
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A terrible train accident, a woman with amnesia, and the groom who was waiting for her arrival.
I was stoked. I didn't care if she was or wasn't Rebecca.
Jared and Rebecca were such wet blankets for most of the story. I really didn't feel the romance, let alone love. Instead of making the best of things and sharing or getting to know each other, they spent most of the story in their heads whining about the hand life had dealt them.
Then the author contrives to get Ja
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love mail order bride stories! I am certain many of them did not turn out well, it still is somewhat of a romantic concept. People actually fell in love through the mail as some do now through the internet. They sometimes actually fall in love with the person and not just the image. Some of the strongest marriages I know were first built on their friendship before they fell in love. Sometimes, as it is now, it was simply to get away from an unhappy home or situation. I am sure many of those w ...more
Linda Walters
Its a sweet story although somewhat predictable for the most part. Jared was easy to relate to, he had a hard time talking to women. He also desired his ranch to become a home and have a family. That made him a person that it was easy to be sympathetic to. He also needed help to run his growing ranch, he could no longer go it alone. At first I had a hard time liking Rebecca because of her often uppity attitude with Jared. But I also had to take into account her whole life had been flipped upside ...more
Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't understand the title of the book at first, but caught on later to it's meaning. It was a heartwarming story - she had to be SO frightened to not know who she was, where she came from, etc. and to be thrust into an unknown world, to be told she was to be married to a man she'd never met...did nothing to relieve her anxiety. He was such a kindhearted, godly, patient man - giving her time to get back her memories before they made it a marriage in more than name only, WHICH only gave them t ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jared goes to meet his mail-order-bride only to find that the train derailed and in the process she's lost her memory and wants nothing to do with him. Not knowing what to do or where to go, she finally agrees to marry him since her
only other option is to go work in the saloon. Giving each other time to figure out what they should do results in their becoming friends and taking care of each other in times of physical trial. Eventually the whole story is figured out and the ending is a nice
Rebekah Millet
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This historical suspense was truly hard to put down! The character's situations in life was such a draw on my heart. Add in the emotional struggles, and twists to the story, and this was a page-turner that kept me up the nights I read it.
Cherie Halstead
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I enjoyed the storyline and the setting where it took place. I liked the characters to. I would recommend this book.
Glenda Joy
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A well-written attention keeping story that teaches as well. Applicable to today's world of e-mail and on-line mingle groups as well as those who can and cannot be trusted.
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Substitute Bride was a really great rendition of the typical "mail order bride" story. The characters were well written and very believable. I enjoyed it.
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Linda, married with three grown children and three grandchildren, is a complete triple-A personality. How else would she find time to write as well as be an agent for Hartline Literary Agency? She loves any and every thing about the written word and loves when families pass stories along through the generations as her mother did with her. She was blessed to have served in the Air Force at a time w ...more