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(Brides of the Oregon Trail #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when Hannah Granger's little sister takes off for Oregon with a group of mail-order brides to meet her new husband, Hannah has no choice but to follow. She expects her sister to find trouble, and she does. But what Hannah doesn't expect is to fall for the hired gun traveling with the wagon train as they make their way along t ...more
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published January 23rd 2019 by Firehouse Publishing
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Kathy Heare Watts

What an intriguing story with adventure, danger, and romantic suspense. A wagon train of over fifty wagons traveling from Independence, Missouri to the Oregon territory with mail-order brides and a few wagon hands. The story is a sensual love story for two of the people, outrider, Joe Stanton, a bounty hunter who has helped along this journey before, and the only female on the wagon train that isn’t spoken for, Hannah Granger.

Hannah and her sister,
Lori D
Image being part of a wagon train going miles across the country to Oregon and having to fend for yourself! It made me remember the series Wagon Train that I was fascinated with when I was younger. Heck, who am I kidding? I still watch it when I can!! Traveling with a group of mail order brides, Hannah felt she could not let her younger sister Lydia go alone, as Lydia was traveling to meet the man she agreed to marry in Oregon. What Hannah doesn't expect is to meet Joe Stanton, a bounty hunter w ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not used to western historical romances, I have read very few, and most from the Native Series by Glynnis Campbell, which I adored.
Plus as an European inhabitant, my only reference is from the TV serial The Little House In Prairie and some old western movies I saw with my father.
But I felt like I followed Hannah, Lydia and Joe’s journey, I was part of the wagon train, in for a very long trip.
The author described perfectly how women in these times struggled to live when they have no one to pr
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
When I first started this book, I was not sure about it. I thought it sounded like other books I have read. It is similar, but as I read more, I found I started to really like Hannah and Joe.
Hannah Granger and her sister join a wagon train that is going to Oregon. Most of the train are mail-order brides. Hannah’s sister, and only family is one of the brides. Hannah thinks she has everything planned out, then she meets Joe and nothing will be the same.
Joe Stanton is just looking for a break. He
Melinda M
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done, arc-book
Hannah by Cynthia Woolf is book 1 of Brides of the Oregon Trail series. This book is different than other Cynthia Woolf books that I have read in that it details the travel west in great detail. Hannah is going West with her Little sister who is a mail-order bride on a wagon train filled with mail -order brides. Hannah meets Joe who is a bounty hunter and seems interested in her. The rest of the story is for you to read and find out but the story is interesting. The first few chapters are slow b ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free complimentary book and voluntarily reviewed it.

Cynthia Woolf specializes in the mail order bride western genre. Hannah is the first book in her new series, “The Brides of the Oregon Trail.

This book begins on May 1, 1852. Hannah Granger and her younger sister, Lydia, live in Independence, Missouri, but they are preparing to go west on a wagon train.

Hannah and Lydia are both alone since their parents died two years ago. They are in their 20s and are basically considered “old ma
Beverly McCall
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Hannah (Bride of the Oregon, Book 1) by Cynthia Woolf transports readers back in time to the mid-1800s to join two sisters, Hannah and Lydia Granger journey from Independence to Oregon City with a wagon train of mail-order brides. The Granger sisters are independent women seeking a new life in Oregon. Lydia answers a mail-order bride advertisement and with her older sister, Hannah, head west. Enter Joe Stanton, a bounty hunter who hires on as a scout. Sparks ignite when Joe and Hannah meet, f ...more
Kelly Tyree
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hannah (Brides of the Oregon Trail Book 1) is a historical western that puts the reader right on the wagon train with Hannah and those brides headed to their intended husbands.

After the death of their parents, Hannah Granger and her sister, Lydia, decide Lydia should answer an ad to become a mail order bride. They pack up their belongings and head to meet Lydia's husband. Along the way they meet one of the wagon train's hired hands, Joe Stanton. Hannah is struck by how handsome he is. Once she
Becky Claxon
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you like books about the old west, wagon trains, and mail Order Brides, then you will love this book. When I was younger I always read the old west romance novels. I even watched old west shows on TV growing up. So this book made me feel good and brought back a soothing feeling to me. Hannah and her sister Lydia are very brave to drive a wagon across the country back in the 1800’s. Hannah is older and takes care of her sister. Hannah is so strong, and giving. Lydia is the pretty one, and alwa ...more
Margaret Watkins
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am always inspired when reading books that portray the lives of early settlers and the enormous lengths they went to in order to reach their goals. This romance brings the adventure, danger and drama to life, transporting one into the story along with the characters. Hannah and Lydia weren't vapid, helpless little women. Rather, they planned their trip on the wagon trail well and prepared themselves in a way that few women would consider. I enjoyed their practical approach as well as their gen ...more
Amy Koster
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, history
I love stories about the West and pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail. I love hearing about their adventures, struggles, and their devotion to west ward expansion. The story of Hannah is a fun twist on the Oregon Trail adventurers. Plus, it’s a mail-order bride book without the mail-order bride.

Hannah Granger is not about to let her sister, Lydia, make the trip to Oregon alone. Although she is not a bride, and not planning on becoming one, she certainly falls hard for the handsome bounty hunter
Vicki Johnson
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The premise of this story is good, travel the Oregon Trail in a wagon train in the 1800's, but with mostly women - WOW! I lived on the Oregon Trail growing up in the 50's/60's in western Nebr and the trail marks are still there today. I was also very close to Ft. Laramie and the author did an excellent job with that description - it immediately came to mind in perfect replica. I have to give her points for those descriptions. The second half of the story was excellent with a beautiful ending. If ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a western romance about Hannah and her sister riding 3000 miles West in a trail of 55 wagons of mail order brides. It struck me as a potentially nice story. Hannah is the only woman who is not a mail order bride, and Joe is a bounty hunter who is hired as a scout for the wagon trail. I did some online research and the mail order brides were a true phenomenon, although probably not in the way described in this novel.

The long ride West sounded exciting enough, but I didn't get any further
Mei Li
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok

The author described in detail the logistics of wagon trains and crossing the plains. I was impressed at how she knew so much about the West. I was disappointed in the characters, though. The women were very unlike the true pioneers—swearing, letting men bathe their feet, being alone with men, etc.
The morals were not of the 1800’s wagon train but of a 20something college campus. The speaking and thought processes were modern day and not old fashioned. The plot was unique but I do wish
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent but different type of book for this author who I am a fan of. Hannah takes on the role of protector for her younger sister. Her sister agreed to marry a man at the end of the 2,000 mile journey. Most of the women on this trip are spoken for. Hannah’s hope is to follow her sister then open a shop. Joe is a bounty hunter by trade but took on this job because he needed a break. He never expected to run into someone like Hannah. These wagon trains were a normal part of life back in a time ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was OK

This story was alright, with only a few errors that should have been caught by an e editor or beta reader. The story line was predictable, and I felt the characters slipped into a one dimensional world as the story progressed.
There were a couple of things brought up that didn't exist until several years (decades) later. I also was annoyed with some of the stray animals a character collected. First because they do not follow doctors developmental facts (I.e. a day only animal can not do
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hannah is traveling with her sister on a wagon train to
Oregon city in Washington territory. Hannah’s sister Lydia is one of the one hundred three women who have promised to be mail order brides to miners, lumberjacks and business men. Hannah and her sister have been taking care of each other since their parents passed away. This is the beginning of a very enjoyable romantic suspenseful thriller you just can’t put down. I loved it......Smile.....quite the adventure. I was given this, and I volunt
Julia David
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good start on this new series. Hannah is just along for the ride with her sister to Oregon. Her sister is a mail order bride, but Hannah has a dream. Along the way she meets a handsome bounty hunter, but he says up front that he is not the marrying kind. He was burned before and won't go through that again. But, Joe can't seem to stay away from Hannah and Hannah can't understand why Joe would be interested in her. When they marry, Joe assures Hannah that he will never love her but he w ...more
S Sanders
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy reading stories set in the Old West, wagon trails and mail-order bride stories. This book has it all - love, adventure and excitement! Ms. Woolf writes with such depth and detail it is easy for the reader to visualize the story. Her characters are well-thought-out, well-developed and interesting. I enjoyed the plot of this book and found it to have enough twists to keep me interested until the end. I would love to read a sequel to discover what happened with Lydia and her intended ...more
Cindy C.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an Awesome trip to the old West! From Independence to Oregon City one-hundred three women travel by wagon train as mail-order brides, will face dangers none of them could imagine. Hannah is an heartwarming, sweet romance that comes to life with all the violence, hardship and unpredictable outlaws with the possibility of finding love. Hannah and Joe's story brims with tension-building twist, a story filled with characters that come off the pages and pull you into their tale, that is well-wri ...more
Helen Morar
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
As usual the author does not disappoint. A lovely sweet clean story abort those that traveled west for anew life In this case a wagon train full of mail-order brides. The love interest here is an uncommitted lady accompanying her sister who is one of the brides. She falls for the scout/bounty hunter and all sorts of adventure insures. I recommend this book. Can't wait for next in series. I received and advanced readers copy from the author. for honest review. ...more
Sherry Westendorf
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I am new into the mail order bride genre but am glad I started reading them. They are fun, exciting, intriguing, suspenseful, new situations, emotional and so much more. He is the hired gun for the wagon train of mail order brides and she is just riding along with her younger sister to make sure she is ok. She falls for the hired gun but something else is going on within the wagon train that is dangerous. I was given a review copy and voluntarily review it.
Stephanie Herron
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet read

Hannah goes with her sister Lydia on a wagon train. Lydia has agreed to be a mail order bride and Hannah goes with her younger sister. There she meets Joe who is a bounty hunter working as the wagon trail guide. All the characters are well developed and interesting. Very curious to find out how Lydia does with her husband and her collection of animals. It's my next read
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cynthia Woolf brings another interesting tale with a good story line and characters. I’ve always said I would not have been a good pioneer and this story confirms that. Months living out of a wagon, crossing plains, rivers, deserts (not detailed in book) and mountains just does not appeal to me so I can appreciate those that do. Hannah and Joe clearly love each other regardless of what they want to call it. I totally enjoyed this story.
David Berg
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily providing my honest review.
I absolutely loved this book, except that I want to know if Lydia married Mr. Mosley when they reached Oregon City. Hannah and Joe are forced to marry, because they are caught kissing. It's great and if you like Mail Order Bride books you have to read this book.
Cheryl Beaver
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Love Ms Woolf's writing style. I have read most of her books. They are descriptive & very fleshed out leaving nothing unanswered. They also move along quickly & keep you turning the pages to see what's coming next. I also like that her epilogues fill in the blanks at the end & complete the stories well. Keep writing Ms Woolf!
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Hannah’s sister Lydia goes to Colorado with a wagon train she decides to go with her. When she meets Joe, the bounty hunter who protects the train, they become friends, and more. When they get caught the have to get married. Can a forced marriage become a success?
This was a entertaining adventures story that I really enjoyed. Can’t wait to read the other books in the series.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
Returned for a refund.

I'm really surprised by all the 5-4 star reviews.

The story was under developed and nothing I haven't read before in 20 other Oregon trail stories.

All the characters were annoying.

How many times can Hannah be rescued?

Why were they always eating? I swear 50% of the book described them eating or preparing to eat.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story was great and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but kept getting distracted by the many grammatical and punctuation mistakes. If this book had been properly edited, this author would have become one of my "go to" reads. As it is, I'm leery about the editing of her other books. I would have given this book five stars if the mistakes had been corrected prior to print. ...more
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Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

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