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Imogene's Ingenuity

(The Alphabet Mail-Order Brides #9)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Imogene Wigg has loved her life at the foundling home where she was raised. It gave her a loving family and the skills to better her mind and her future. When she finds out that they all have to leave their home, she doesn’t want to go, but Madam didn’t raise her to be a shrinking violet. So, while everyone thinks she’s headed to Bower, Colorado to be a Mail-Order Bride, s ...more
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Published January 9th 2019
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Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As of all the other girls Imogene needs to leave the orphanage to marry and build a life. But she doesn’t want to get married, the only thing she wants is to work in a print shop. When she arrives in Bower she’s drawn to the print shop and his owner Silas. She can’t work for him but she helps his as much as possible until have to read that for yourself.
I really enjoyed this story, Imogene is such a nice character who makes the best of everything and Silas is so sweet. It’s fun to cat
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, street-team-book
This was just a delightful Historical Romance! The love Ms. Torres has for the time period she writes about shines through in her books. Her characters are very likable and easy to relate to even through the time distance. This was a totally lovely clean romance.
Imogene was a very interesting character. She could have felt pity for herself in regards to her upbringing, but she embraced it and felt nothing but love for those around her. She wanted to do type setting for a newspaper and she went a
Mona Livsey
What an amazingly sweet novel! Imogene is such an amazing young lady, with hopes and dreams not always realized in that day a time. The immediate if unseen attraction between herself and Silas is lovely.
This story is set in a time where women didn’t have much say in the world and is beautifully written.
Madam Wigg is a generous spirit and loving women who brings up the most wonderful young ladies.
As on raised by Madam Wigg, Imogene is skilled in what it takes to be a lady and to take her proper
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Historically Romantic

IMOGENE’S INGENUITY is the ninth story in The Alphabet Mail Order Brides multi-author series. It also shares a connection to Ms. Torres’ Bower, Colorado series, and it was such fun to run into old book friends immediately upon Imogene’s arrival in Bower.

Of all the ladies of the Wigg School and Foundling Home we’ve met so far, Imogene has a passion that is not centered in teaching. Imogene is completely in love with the printing press, with the ink and setting th
Dorothy Roller
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the ninth book in The Alphabet Mail-Order Brides series.
I loved this story that has one of the adopted girls, women now,
from Miss Wigg’s home as she adopted those girl babies or little girls, that were left at the church or orphanage. She adopted many who she loved, raised, gave them good education, then sent them off as mail order brides.
Imogene was the ninth mail order bride to be sent off and she was going to Bower, Colorado.
One thing she didn’t tell Miss Wigg when she was going to le
Sandra Sorola
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imogene Wigg told all of her sisters and Madam Wigg at the Foundling School where she was raised, that she is traveling to Bower, Colorado to become a Mail Order Bride. A condition of Madam Wigg was to have each of the girls she raised move into the world as Mail Order Brides and to open a school that would follow her way of teaching in their chosen city.
Imogene has other ideas... She plans to get a job and live on her own. She has been in contact with Mr. Silas Hix, owner of a print shop. She c
Kathy Heare Watts

Imogene Wiggs has watched her sisters leave one by one, and she will be the next to leave New York City and move westward, but there is only one problem. She doesn’t have an intended to become a bride. Instead, she has answered an advertisement to work in a print shop in Bower, Colorado—but not in her full name.

Silas Hix had a dream to have his own print shop and eventually even start his own newspaper. While he has a business that keeps him busy, he could use the assist
Kelly Tyree
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I have read in this series and it will not be the last. The setting is the small town of Bower, Colorado. Men outnumber women so when Imogene arrives in town, she is noticed. The immediately is embraced by the sweet members of the community. But Imogene's real love is the print shop. She has secretly been talking with the owner by mail but he believes her to be a man. In this time women just did not work in print shops for pay. When Imogene step ...more
Anna Hartt
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I enjoyed this book. I feel like I am placed back in time. Imogene's Ingenuity is realistic. I can see the town, the church, the Boarding house. Imogene Wigg is leaving home. It is time for her to spread her wings. Imogene is a fan of the written words. Books, books and more books. Any kind of book will suffice. Imogene has even taken to helping out at the type setters office. There is a store keeper in Bower Colorado that needs an assistant type setter. Imogene has decided she will go t ...more
Norma Wiegert
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imogene was left on the doorstep of a community church when she was an infant and was taken in by Madam Wigg who gave her a home, love and an education. Imogene grew into an industrious young woman who loved books and was fascinated by the printing of them. When she answered an add for a type setter for a printing company she followed her dream to Colorado. Here she met Silas, the owner of the printing company, but although Imogene was qualified he would not hire her because she was a woman unma ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imogene's Ingenuity(The Alphabet Mail Order Brides Book 9) by Reina Torres takes us back to Bower, Colorado. Imogene Wiggs doesn't want to be a mail order bride! She wants to work in a print shop,so when she sees a advertisement for a printer assistant in Bower, Colorado she applies. Silas Hix own a print job and he needs help, so he advertises for a printer assistant, but the one man who applied and he offer the position to hasn't shown up! Or has she? Even through Silas can't hire Imogene thes ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Earlene Click
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silas and Imogene

Imogene was one of the orphan from Madame Wigg's Orphanage and Foundling Home. Madame Wigg was sending her girl to the west to marry as mail order brides and start a school modeling hers. Imogene wanted to be an apprentice printer as she had in New York. She has an appointment with the town printer for an apprentice position, however she had not made him aware she was a female. He would not hire her because it was not proper for a single lady to be alone with a bachelor, but she
Melinda Workman
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A most excellent historical romance! Although I am not a real fan of the historical romance genre Author Torres has completely won me over. Her romances are like a breath of fresh air from the other genres I read. I loved this story set in the time of mail order brides. It is beautifully written with wonderful characters. Imogene, who is traveling west is not looking to be a mail order bride as Madam Wigg intends but rather to find a job in the profession of printing. Silas Hix believes he is co ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, 5-star-read, arc
This is a sweet historical romance between Imogene Wigg and Silas Hix. Imogene travels to Bower, Colorado to get a job not a husband like she told Madam Wigg and the girls at the Foundling school where she was raised. Silas owns the printing shop in Bower and is quiet and keeps to himself. These two are perfect for each other and I loved the connection they have with a love for printing. The writing is perfect, the characters are amazing and the story is beautiful. Reina Torres is a fantastic au ...more
Mitchy Beach
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Imogene's Ingenuity. Imogene and Silas are such heartwarming characters and perfect for each other. I love the setting of the book in a small Colorado town. The people there are caring and welcoming to Imogene when she comes to settle into her new home. I think it's great that Reina brought back characters from a previous book. It also happened to be a book that I enjoyed and it was fun to see the continuation of their story, too. This is a great, sweet read, especially on a c ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read in the Alphabet Mail-Order Brides series. Imogene’s favorite quote is, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” from Ecclesiastes 3:1. I totally believe this and found it perfect timing to read this sweet book. Being the first book I’ve read in this series, it is special and it is a plus that I loved the story-line. When Imogene finds her match in a print shop, it becomes a partnership for life. Imogene and Silas love their ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet, wholesome story, part of the alphabet brides series.

Imogene Wigg has spent her life among the orphans at Mrs. Wiggs foundling home. She longs for nothing more than the smell of ink and the clink of type, so she answers the ad of Silas Hix, a printer looking for an assistant. once she travels to Colorado, she realizes that the fates have conspired against her. How can a single man have a woman as an apprentice? And why must her stomach flutter when Silas is near? After all, her goal is
Lois Chilton
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imogene's Ingenuity (The Alphabet Mail Order Brides Book 9)

Great storyline, you know you're in the old West when you're new to a town, been off the train for one week, get caught in a snow storm, having to spend the night together with a man & you. HAVE TO GET MARRIED IMMEDIATELY!!

Great characters. Imogene had every intention of working in the print shop. Isn't that great? You just have to read how it's accomplished; & there is not a conniving bone in her body

WOW!! It all turns out wel
Beatriz Carvalho
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The books is the ninth of the series, but is the only one I’ve read so far.
It’s a sweet romance between to Imogene and Silas and their shared passion for printing. That same passion and a little help of Mother Nature led them to a path the neither one of them was planning.
An amazing and delightful Historical Romance, interesting plot and well developed characters.
I enjoy very much the book and highly recommend it
Janice Sisemore
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Imogene’s Ingenuity

I loved the story of Silas and Imogene. She wants to work at his print shop but if she does it could ruin her reputation. So she tries not to spend to much time there. She does love working with the press.

Actually she was coming to town to be a Mail order bride but she actually just wanted a job at the print job. Read and see what happens. Love the different spin on mail order bride.
Sandra White
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Printed with Love

Imogene and Silas share a unique passion in the art of printing. It is the reason they converse almost daily. When a snowstorm drops feet of snow, they find themselves trapped together, in every sense of the word. Forced into marriage due to circumstance, they have to finally confess their true feelings for each other.

A wonderful addition to this amazing series!
Sandra Newton
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read

A very creative and entertaining series created by multiple authors. With each new author we get a great story starting with the first letter of the alphabet to continue to the end of the alphabet. Each story is unique and exciting. I highly recommend you read this story and the others in this series.
Terri Nelson
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I have not read this author before, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a new favorite for me. I love how a young women seeks her own dreams and she is basically dropped into an ideal but somewhat pressured new life.
Good character development along with plot twists thT kept me reading.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imogene's story is fun, surprising and thoroughly enjoyable. Her relationship with Silas develops slowly and is very sweet. I also really enjoy how the various townspeople react to Imogene and her relationship with Silas. This was a delightful continuation of a fun series written by an incredible group of authors!
Cat Kelley
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very sweet, old fashioned story. Since there were 26 children, I'm guessing this might be a very long series. I hope to read them all. Nicely written with good characters that you just have to hope all things work for them.

This book was gifted to me by the author in return for an honest review.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love these characters. Sweet and engaging. Made me feel like I was reading about old friends.

The story made the location so believable and made it easy for me to picture the town. It was filled with information to bring the charters personalities to life.

Reina is amazing at building beautiful historical stories that keep the reader engaged.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Headstrong and brave Imogene.

Imogene was pulling a fast one on Wiggie. She didn't want to be a teacher. She had ink in her blood. Silas kept looking for a man named Gene to come work for him. His printing business was keeping him very busy. He met Imogene and his life will never be the same. Excellent series.
jane pearson
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Alphabet Mail-Order Brides

Another great addition to this series with a twist Imogene isn't exactly a mail order bride it's a wonderful story and Silas Hix gets more than he bargained for when she visits him. I am looking forward to reading more of this series.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lovely historical romance set in the time of mail-order brides. I enjoyed the storyline and the interesting and well-developed characters. Reina Torres consistently delivers wonderful sweet historical romances that leave you happy you read them.
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