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Hand Me Down Bride

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  8 reviews
To help her impoverished family, Sophie agrees to marry a wealthy older in far off America. Less than twenty-four hours after she arrives in German’s Mill, Pennsylvania, events have taken a far stranger turn than anything she could have imagined.

Set in Post-Civil-War Pennsylvania, this tale of an arranged marriage is as much family saga as romance. Sophie is a sensitive yo
ebook, 269 pages
Published July 26th 2015 by BWL Publishing Inc. (first published April 20th 2009)
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Sophie has left home and family to marry an elderly man in German’s Mill, Pennsylvania, but is widowed on her first night. Meanwhile the old man’s son Karl, veteran of the Civil War, struggles to find a place for himself in a world that's rejected him. Karl’s brother wants the inheritance and is married to influence. And Sophie has nothing but duty, with no way to fulfill it.

This story of Sophie and Karl's unexpected romance is told swiftly and smoothly, with vivid descriptions of time and place
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise of a young woman going to America to be a type of mail order bride to an older man and he dies right after their wedding, leaving her a widow and needing to live as a sort of servant in his grown-up son's house while they slowly fall in love felt like a type of americana historical I'd be interested in seeing how it would develop.
Sadly for me, the story didn't explore the emotional aspect properly nor did it present fleshed out characters I could be invested in seeing finding happin
Rosemary Morris
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hand Me Down Bride – Juliet Waldron 27th April, 2018.

Juliet Walter recreates life in the post civil war era in Germans Mill, Pensylvania. Sophie comes from Germany to marry Theodore Wildbach, a man old enough to be her grandfather. In exchange, he agrees to help her impoverished mother and sisters.
Theodore dies on their wedding night without consummating their union.
His younger son Karl, who fought in the Civil War fights his personal demons. His father has made no provision in his will for Soph
Vikki Vaught
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Rating

The premise for this story is intriguing and captured my attention immediately, drawing me in quickly. This book is unique in that it involves German immigrants who have moved to America. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical elements very much, and it is obvious the Ms. Waldron researched this period of history, giving me a fascinating glimpse of what life must have been like in a German immigrant village in the post-Civil War era.

Sophie Neiman comes to Pennsylvania to marry Theodore Wi
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those books that stays with you after your done reading. I really enjoyed "Hand-Me-Down -Bride" by Juliet Waldron. There were so many beautiful and heart-aching moments. Sophie was a great heroine. She had so many wonderful qualities it was impossible not to feel bad for her and champion for her as she finds herself alone in a country that is not hers, with a recently deceased husband.

Karl, her deceased husband
Juliet Waldron
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I loved writing it! It was nice to get out of the 18th Century and into my current stamping ground of PA, only 150 years in the past. The heroine is actually based on a piece of my own family history. My great-grandmother was "imported," age seventeen, from the old country by a well-to-do widower, (he was a doctor) who wanted a "pure German" bride. This way, he hoped to guarantee that she would not be a pushy, annoying American woman, and that she would work quietly in the kitchen, speak o ...more
Carrie Jacobs
Ok book, but heavy on "black" this and "negro" that. After a while it got annoying and kept yanking me out of the story. Karl's obsession with Sophie's "bosom" also chafed after a while. That said, the storyline was decent and solid. Characters mostly likable.
Second Wind Publishing
Based upon the story of the author's great grandmother, who was a real life mail-order bride. Sophie agrees to marry a wealthy man she's never met--but life has other plans.
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Second Wind Publi...: * Book Discussion -- HAND-ME-DOWN BRIDE by Juliet Waldron 1 2 Mar 17, 2013 09:08PM  
Juliet Waldron was baptized in the Yellow Spring of a unique Ohio farm town. After some years in an upstate New York farmhouse with a resident ghost, she began to travel with her Auntie Mame mother, who flamboyantly adored history and grand opera.

Returning to the States, got married and raised sons, eventually working at jobs ranging from artist's model to power-suited Merrill Lynch “girl.” Then,