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(Come By Chance Mail Order Brides #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,539 ratings  ·  206 reviews
It's 1884, and love is in the air in the town of Come-By-Chance!

In this much-loved series strong women risk everything to rise above their desperate circumstances, find true love, and wed real men who'll treat them right.

Meet Ruby - She's lost her Ma, and struck out into the world on her own. The good news is she's traveled to Pittsburgh and found a good job as a schoolmis
ebook, 182 pages
Published October 18th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 15th 2014)
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Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this book. This period in history and the whole concept of mail order brides is fascinating to me so I was really interested in reading Ruby, but I found the story to be extremely unrealistic and somewhat preposterous.

I can see how a mail order bride could put herself in jeopardy by going west to marry a man she knows nothing about except what he himself tells her so that part of the story seemed possible -- but the woman who "rescues" her and the instant "once in a lifeti

I could not tell who the hero was until the very end. If the title of the book was not Ruby, I would not have been able to tell the heroine either. The book really seemed to build up a relationship between Ben and Letty to me. However, I think Ben might marry someone else in book 3. I have no idea what happens with the relationship between Slim Jim and Letty. I will not continue reading this series even though the second book is also free.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
Confession time, I have a soft spot for mail order bride stories. My own Internet dating experiences might have been terrible, but these fictional characters always seem to be able to make it through and find true love.

"Ruby" goes through quite a bit to find a good man in this storyline. First, she is constantly terrorized by her employer's husband and then she is "cat fished" by a man who lures mail order brides with the intent of forcing them into prostitution. Not exactly the light bedtime r
Apr 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Cathy by: freebie
Meet Ruby - She's lost her Ma, and struck out into the world on her own. The good news is she's traveled to Pittsburgh and found a good job as a schoolmistress. The bad news is, the school's owner, the portly, whiskey-breathed Mister Murphy, has developed wandering hands, and Mrs Murphy's preparing to leave to visit her sister for a month in New York.

Ruby sees an advertisement in the Matrimonial News and takes a desperate chance, writing away to the handsome Six-feet-four James Drinkwater, who s
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
As I am not one for reading books that fall into the Romance genre, and I also paid the grand total of $ 0.00 on the book, I don't feel right being too critical. It was an easy read and nice enough, but it left a lot to be desired. I was anticipating one thing and was landed with another. Mistaken identities and finding love in a strange place and stuff...although, I suppose I still got that. But not in the manner I had assumed, nor with the people I assumed. I guess it was a bit misleading, a b ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stinkers
The author apparently has a deep and abiding grudge against commas.

This story had several problems. Firstly was the punctuation issue: it is in desperate need of a copy editor because the punctuation was terribly flawed throughout. The most obvious problem, as it occurs many, many, many times, is that when speaking to someone and using their name, the author fails to use a comma.

Here are a few examples from the story itself, all from the same first page of chapter 25: the wrong version first, m
Gayle Francis Moffet
A little rushed, but a charmer overall. The bad guy is a BAD GUY (read: uses marriage adverts to trick women into coming to him with him planning to put them to work as prostitutes, and then he comes on their back to "mark" them), but it's clear he's being set up to fail, and his own mail-order wife has his number but good, so there's no one trying to make you like him.

There are a few allusions to God, but it's clearly used as a part of time. This is not a Christian romance, which I want to str
Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
My edition: Kindle

Pages: 182

Series: Come By Chance Mail Order Brides

Rating: 2 stars

Review: I am in dire need of a historical Romance. In one of my challenges it is July's gemstone, which is ruby, so I have to read a book with the word ruby in the title. I went on amazon and typed in ruby in the books category. This gem popped up and it was free too. It sounded good and I decided to go ahead and read it.

A schoolmistress in Pittsburgh needs to find a way to get away from her boss Mr Murphy. One da
Apr 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I...have no idea what I just read. I mean, I've shelved it as "historical romance," and I suppose it is...if it's the sort of historical romance I would've written when I was 9 years old. And by that, I don't mean to disparage either my 9 year old writer self or Ms Juliet James: I wrote a pretty awesome yarn at 9 years old. But I also had only the merest grasp of plot and genre and point of view, all of which Ruby fumbles and stumbles with, too.

Up until the midpoint of the novel, I was certain t
Lisa C.
Jun 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've probably read hundreds of mail order bride stories, both true and fiction, and this has to rank as one of the worst. And it had nothing to do with the one scene in the bedroom. There was little to no character development with any of the characters. The writing was all over the place and I found myself skimming to the dialogue just to get to something good. There was no romance unless you call how Ruby and Matt saw each other the first time.

As for the controversial rape scene that many have
Jan 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was so excited to read this book - a free romance (being given away by Amazon to anyone and everyone, not received in exchange for a review) with what sounds like an exciting storyline! Overall though, it wasn't particularly well-written. The characters lacked depth and chemistry. The male character that was initially introduced as the hero ended up being the brother of the man she "falls in love" with and marries (with that in quotations because it's love at first sight.) That romance is neve ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Nice Clean Romance

I don't read too many romances, but got this one free which is always great. I'd just finished a book that was long and wanted what I call a fluff piece to read. Something that I can read and enjoy that doesn't tax my brain or take me weeks to read.

The story was enjoyable and I liked the characters. I also liked the authors description of the love scenes. I guess because I don't like erotica. I believe in a bit of modesty. What I didn't like was that the story ended too soon
Carol Mcgrath
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ruby gets conned by a scoundrel

I enjoyed this book. It,s a fast read. Imagine your a young woman who is living with a mean married woman and her lecherous husband. This is the situation Ruby found herself in. She meets Kate who becomes her friend and helps her become a mail order bride. She heads to Montana to meet the man of her dreams and become his wife. Only problem was he was already married and not looking for a wife. What happens to Ruby after he takes her home is where things change for
Amber Frechette
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very prudent read!

I absolutely loved this story! I was so sad to see it end but glad there are more in the series. Juliet James is a very talented writer capable of creating a clean romance story yet has all the makings of a mysterious thriller in the historic wild west. While the story of Ruby and the good people of Come-by Chance is part of a series, it is entirely possible to read it as a standalone. As a side note, I would also recommend it to anyone who is a fan of strong female character
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy mail order bride books, don't pass this one up. Ruby is a young & very naive girl, that because of that, gets herself in a couple of tough situations that brings about the heroes of the book. You will despise some characters & fall in love with others. I never saw the ending coming, until I read...."The End." So onto the 2nd one I go!
Carolyn F.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really pleasurable book about mail order brides - the good, the bad and the really bad. I loved how the author ended the book with a look forward without giving too much away. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Please Pass the Books
This was a quick read because of its length. The premise is good, but the pacing is off. I think this author has the creativity for great work but needs to work on fleshing the stories out and polishing it all up.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the book. I just wish it was longer, kind of leaves you hanging. Also, was confused on who the lead male was supposed to be.
Susannah Carleton
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars. Not much plot, and even less character development.
Deborah Andreasen
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Quick and easy read. I'm not too critical of the writing style at this point as I knew what I was getting into when I started it. I have some spoilers later on, but let me just round out this part of the review by saying this isn't a typical sweet romance. It's hurried and the ending feels a bit abrupt. I liked ideas and characters in the book overall, but there were a few things I wasn't willing to look past. My main stumbling block was that the book is sort of written from everyone's point of ...more
 Gigi Ann
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's 1884, and love is in the air in the town of Come-By-Chance!

In this much-loved series strong women risk everything to rise above their desperate circumstances, find true love, and wed real men who'll treat them right.

Meet Ruby - She's lost her Ma, and struck out into the world on her own. The good news is she's traveled to Pittsburgh and found a good job as a schoolmistress. The bad new is, the school's owner, the portly, whiskey-breathed Mister Murphy, has developed wandering hands, and Mrs
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A gentle, almost sweet book, with overtones of danger for the women involved. Ruby needs to leave her current world, sooner than later. The current situation includes not only economic but also sexual harassment. Just when the worst appears inevitable, help comes in the form of a postmistress, and before she knows it, she has - exchanged one bad situation for a worse one.
However, her new "husband" already has a wife, and she is not quite what he thought. As a result, instead of becoming a prost
Juliana Rodrigues
I usually like to read 'mail-bride' stories, because most are sweet, with western scenes and a mix of steam and discreet romance.
Ruby is not much different from that description.
The main character, Ruby is alone in life and after been scared with the advances from the owner of the school were she works and live she decides to take the offer from Mr. Drinkwater to be his mail-bride. But he seems to good to be true, and Ruby learn it the hard way.
The other line of the story shows the Wilkinson bro
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the first in a series about the town of Come by Chance, Montana. Set in the old west, it has a villain who has decided to dishonestly bring mail order brides to the town as a way to line his pocketbooks. Ruby is a sweet schoolteacher who escapes her life in the east when the school master tries to demand more from her than simply teaching skills. She finds herself in an even worse spot when she gets off the train in Billings and meets Slim Jim, who has passed himself off as the wonderful ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm vascillating between 2 and 2 1/2 stars. I'd have to sum up the writing style and premise as "awkward". However, that is frequently the case with mail order bride stories. The author did attempt to address some of the issues that surely must have faced mail order brides, that of finding out that the groom was actually a toad when they arrived. But there were too many leering villains with ill intent. I liked having a variety of characters, but they were too cookie-cutter for me. Like other re ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read Ruby by Juliet James for it's feel good atmosphere. I had finished a very heavy novel and needed a much lighter book to follow. Although the plot of Ruby is simple and somewhat predictable, I did enjoy the story and appreciated the strong female characters. However, I was very put off that the story suddenly ends. The writer writes in the author's after notes that the reader can continue the story in the next book in the series. I don't mind a series of books based on the same characters, ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Its been in my collection to read for awhile but I'm just not doing so and I'm glad I did. The books is about Ruby Robinson and how she became a Mail Order Bride by necessity. She was tried of being paid less and groped by an old man and his stingy wife. So she heard about an advertisement for Mail Order Bride by chance and decided after swapping letters with the gentlemen to go West and get married to him. Little did she know that the person in question wasn't what he ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was pretty excited to read a book about mail order brides but this book was a disappointment. Ruby was an airhead in a TSTL sort of way. People around her had to rescue her from her own stupidity. There never seemed to be a moment that she stood up for herself. Worse- there was no build up of the relationship between her and Matt. There were no moments of angst or challenges for them to work through. I felt no chemistry and therefore - no romance.

Synopsis of their relationship -

Matt: I saw yo
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm usually a fan of the mail order bride plot, and this book was free. I really wanted to love this book, but I just like the idea of it. It's a super fast read. The story started off great, but somewhere in the middle I felt like I was reading a rough draft. There were a lot of great ideas, but I feel like more could have been done with the plot. The pacing was off, and it made the latter half of the story seem unbelievable. That being said, I'm giving the second book in this series a try, whi ...more
Nice novel

This novel was interesting. The dialect of the people talking seems to correspond with the period, but turned on and off a lot. It didn't distract me from the novels story though. There was also a lot of point of view changes from first to third person and first changing around to different character. I was able to follow, but some may be a bit confused by the jumping around. I loved the story. The ending was a little bit much. It was like the wrapping up they do at the end of a fairy
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