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Shelter from the Storm

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Dear Author,
I’ve never thought much about taking a wife. Eligible women are scarce here. When Ma died, it took all of our energy to keep the farm going. Pa died last year and I have help in the field but it’s not enough. A year of living alone has made me long for the sound of a voice besides my own and a warm body to help stave off the night chill. So I finally put in an
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Published June 19th 2015 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads

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3.5 Stars-- Clever

This was a different way to tell a story. I enjoyed the format of using a letter to share a glimpse of Isaiah aka Ms. Isabel, the cross-dressing mail order bride of Daniel the lonely farmer.

I think it could have been more developed - Daniel's naivete mainly. It was refreshing to read him learning anatomy lession via Isaiah in the creek/lake/nighttime bathing and stroke.

Would I have minded Daniel throwing Isaiah against the first log cabin and fucking that ass until the cows lit
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

Ah, another DRitC that makes you yearn for a longer story.

A lot is said in such a short short, a letter no less.

This warmed my heart, and I count this as a win!
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
The story is told in the form of a letter that Daniel Cooper writes many decades after he sends for a mail order bride in the summer of 1837 and instead receives a lithe young man of Cherokee decent named Isaiah.

I really liked Isaiah, who pretends to be a woman in order to gain passage out West. He's kind and not afraid to work hard.

Parts of the story came alive: Daniel watching Isaiah masturbate by the stream; Daniel bathing Isaiah.

But I wanted MORE: more showing, more character development,
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

I was charmed and I'm not much on westerns or cowboys, for that matter.

The crossdressing tag is what got me. That stockings scene...


The tie in with the farm was probably what I liked best.

It's been awhile since I took American history, but this seemed historically accurate, especially the language.

A sweet, feel good morsel.

Thanks to the author and her team for participating in the LOR event.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ⚣Michaelle⚣ by: * A Reader Obsessed *
Well that was surprisingly good for such a short story and given the letter-style format! The note at the end hinted this might be fleshed out for a longer book ...but that doesn't look to have happened. And no small part of me hopes the author is still considering it. I'd love to read the entire tale.

I'm surprised there isn't more of this "mail-order bride" (or cross-dressing whore) trope in MM Romance books. I distinctly remember reading a metric shit-ton of these (both the mail order and the
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very sweet story. I'm not sure I liked the "letter" format. I think I would prefer a more traditional third person narrative. But I enjoyed Isaiah and Daniel and love the concept behind Stormy Ridge. I look forward to more from this author :) ...more
Trisha Harrington
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Between 3.5 and 4 stars!

I'd love more. Daniel and Isaiah were really likable characters and I would love more of their story because this didn't feel like enough.
I’m a sucker for historical stories and make it about a lonely farmer or cowboy and I’m aces!

Shelter From the Storm by Mia West totally did it for me. I loved how the story was told. It’s in the form of a letter written to a newcomer to Stormy Ridge (Daniel’s farm) and tells the story of Daniel and his mail order bride. It gives the letters recipient the whole story and a chance to accept or deny the gift that is being offered with eyes wide open to their history.

My favorite thing was Daniel’s
3.5 stars

Written as a letter to potential employees of the Stormy Ridge ranch, Shelter from the Storm is a sweet snippet of a time where men sent for mail order brides, and the Cherokee were being forced out of their lands.

Daniel Cooper is lonely and thinks to ease the feeling by posting for a fiancee. What he doesn't realize is it's not so much a wife he wants, but a partner. And he gets that, but not in the form he expected. The moment Isabel arrives in response to his ad, Daniel knows there's
Heather C
Loved this! Wish it would have been longer because this was such a sweet story and Daniel and Isaiah were absolutely adorable! Looking forward to more from the upcoming Stormy Ridge series.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dritc
Taking the form of a letter written sixty years from where the start of the story is set, it tells how Daniel came to order a bride by post, and Isabel came into his life. Only Isabel was in fact Isiaiah, a Cherokee who was trying to escape the government land clearances of his tribe's land. Though Daniel has is suspicions about Isabel/Isiaiah from the start, it's only once it's all out in the open do the pair start a relationship - but that is not detailed in the story. The importance of this s ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Cute and short. Not a very big fan of letters/diaries/journals reliving the past for the reader but this was short enough to make it ok.

I liked Daniel and Isaiah. I was expecting more angst and drama to accompany the cross-dressing theme. But this worked too. Daniel seemed really sweet and considerate (the peeping tom moment notwithstanding). (view spoiler)
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Thanks to the author for participating and offering this freebie.

A very nice little story. Both the characters are interesting and it has a nice feel to it - but I was left wanting there to be more. Not smut, but more of their interactions. It's in the form of a letter so we're being told rather than seeing. I wasn't quite ready to leave their haven.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, dritc-2015
I really wasn't sure what to expect with this story & prompt. As a short story, I think this worked really well though.

Thanks for this DRitC offering.
I liked what we got, but I wanted more.
...and what happened with the townsfolk after picnic?
Dee Wy
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lovely little historical that made me smile big time. Really enjoyed reading this author's work. Nicely done! ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Very lovely story, perhaps a sequel in the future?
Gentle and sweet free short story romance. In the space of only a few pages, you get to know two intricately carved personalities and their life in a different period of time. Mini magic.
Historical romance will never be my favourite, yet I liked this story a lot. I think "Isabel" was very brave to come out west to become a mail order bride, and Daniel was a kind man. As other reviewers have stated, I would like to read more about them and their farm. ...more
Victoria Zagar
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure how this one was going to play out when I read the prompt. I felt that this could either be a really good story, or a very bad one if handled poorly. Fortunately it fell into the hands of a talented author, who was able to write a story that was sweet, entertaining, and endearing. ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: l-o-r
There was a definite connection between the characters. The author did a very good job with some of the scenes. I thought the major conflict between Isaiah being a man and some of the people in town finding out was brushed under the rug. A few more pages spent on this would have been good.
Hilariously fun in a sedate plot. A young man posed as mail order bride in 19th century America.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I'd love to know more ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rather compellingly written. The narrator's voice is the sort of simple earnestness that's believable, which goes a long way for the appeal of the story. I enjoyed reading it. ...more
3.75 stars.

Charming, sweet, adorable - left me with a big smile on my face. ^_^
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it
This was presented in a refreshing-to-me way, first person in the past. Daniel telling the story of his youth. I could feel the love between Daniel and Isaiah.
Jenn (not Lily)
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short
Beautiful! I knew I liked how this author's mind works, but that was so much better than I was expecting. I need to see if she wrote more in the series now... ...more
Jenny Wood
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I wasn't sure what to expect and the beginning was hard to figure out, once I did though, I really enjoyed it. I wished it was longer.
Daniel Cooper is lonely and figures a mail-order wife is what he needs... .only getting a few responses he chooses Isabel. Although he figures something isn't right about her he can't figure out what. Or maybe he does and just doesn't want to. They plan to give it a month trial period before they marry. However, once he catches a glimpse of
Jeanne 'Divinae'

Daniel Cooper lived out west, his parents had died a few years prior, leaving him to man the farm on his own, with his work hands. He hated be alone and finally decided to order himself a bride. The one he chose sounded perfect. Grew up on a farm and when she showed up, she did her part in the upkeep. She was wonderful in Daniel’s eyes and yet when his eyes noticed certain, characteristics, of Isabel, he denied it to the core. That is until he gets solid proof that she was very much a he. So wha

What a sweet short story! I LOVE the way it's written but I wish it were much longer! I really feel that Daniel & Isaiah deserve a whole novel, just saying!

Thank You Ms. West
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