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Love Finds You in Bethlehem, New Hampshire

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Sara McGee is not what Tom Haskins expected. The artist knew he was taking a risk when he reluctantly agreed to advertise for a mail-order bride but Tom assumed the woman who answered his ad would be more refined than the penniless and uneducated Sara McGee. Tom takes Sara under his wing but he knows he can never marry her especially now that hes suddenly receiving attenti ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Summerside Press
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Tom and Sara.
Sara is struggling just to survive in New York when her friend signs her up for a mail order bride to an Artist in New Hampshire. (Felt a little sad with all the talk of that 'old man mountain' feature since it no longer exists. )
Anyways, Tom sent for a mail order bride because he was lonely and his benefactor suggested a wife would help his 'artistic flow'. But he's expecting a la-di-da city lady like Annabelle. (Annabelle the shallow woman who wants him for herself because she lik
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
A Quickie Review

The Love Finds You... series must be a success, or else the publishers wouldn't keep releasing one locale-themed romance after another. Though this one isn't the best of the series, it was still enjoyable, especially for fans of mail-order bride stories such as Sarah, Plain and Tall. If you're new to LFY, though, I would suggest reading the ones by Janice Hanna first, which are the best ones I've read so far.

Score: 3.25/5
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
This type of book is not what I normally read or care for, so that might be why I didn't like it more. It was a clean love story, which is nice and appreciated. Apparently there is a whole slew of "Love Finds You in....." out there.
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A Cinerella story of sorts. Easy read, only took me a few hours. Good Book, clean, and capitvating
Aug 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
Read like a fairly decent rough draft. The premise was fine, and with some considerable polishing the story could be quite cute.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have read quite a few of Love Finds You books and this is the one that I have least liked. The book makes it sound like living the single life is almost a sin, and you will never reach your full potential unless you get married. Characters also spend so much time having one attitude toward another person and, like a flip of a switch, they change the way they feel of a sudden. It is also builds up the female character not being able to read or write, and once it is revealed to the male main cha ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a quick read with an good message but I think it fell a little flat. I feel like it was a bit drawn out and the only characters I really liked were the two characters that weren't even the main characters and only had small parts in the book. I do however like that I found a new place I would like to travel to.
Judine Brey
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
This first book in the "Love Finds You" series did not disappoint. I love the premise of the novel with Sara's friend answering the newspaper ad for a bride that Tom placed.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can a mail order bride and an up-and-coming painter find love in Bethlehem, NH? Sara McGee is a foundling trying to survive on the streets of NY city after her mother's untimely death. Living in a basement, unknown by the building's owner, she sustains herself on handouts and the kindly interest of a woman who owns a nearby bakery and who takes a special motherly interest in Sara's welfare.

Tom Haskins is an artist on the rise in a tiny town in the White Mountains of NH driven in its economy by t
Keli Gwyn
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite read is a mail-order bride story, so when I discovered Love Finds You in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, I was eager to get a copy. I read the back cover blurb and was even more intrigued. The artist who placed the advertisement, Thomas Haskins, takes one look at Sara McGee and realizes he can’t marry the penniless, uneducated and unkempt woman who steps off the train in his posh resort town. Being a man of honor, he befriends Sara, who, under his chaperone sister's tutelage, lear ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Love Finds You in Bethlehem New Hampshire
Lauralee Bliss
Summerside Press

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Thomas Hasken, was on his way UP. He was a gifted and talented, artist, whose painting had caught the eyes of many. Including Mr. Astor of the Astor's of New York.

One thing was missing from his life however. A wife. Thomas was not married, and was ready to marry and settle into a life of caring for a wife. Mr Astor all but commanded him to find a wife, telling him that love and a g
Jun 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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This story culminates at Christmas. Set in the 1890's, this is a Christian romance story. That means rated G with no sex.
Thomas is 30 years old & a successful painter in the small town of Bethlehem, NH. He leads a productive, but lonely life. He decides, with the encouragment of his mentor, Mr Astor (yes THOSE Astors!)to look for a wife. He meets a couple who tell him that the wife was a mail order bride & they are deeply in love. He decides to try it.
Sara is a poor girl living on the stree
Kathleen L. L.
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Bliss has crafted an unforgettable Christmas love story, set in –where else?—Bethlehem. New Hampshire, that is. Set in the snow-capped White Mountains in 1890 with romantic sleigh-rides, breath-taking imagery and powerful emotion, Love finds you in Bethlehem, New Hampshire delivers a sweeping romance that keeps the reader guessing until the last page how two souls as different and yet the same as artist Tom Haskins and Sara McGee, the New York City orphan, will forge a life together.
Each ch
Cindy Mooney
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I do enjoy Christian fiction. This book was supposed to have a good message behind it about not judging people based on their physical appearance/financial status/clothing. If that’s the message that you are going with for your story as an author, it doesn’t make much sense to have the man only attracted to the woman after other men start finding her attractive. Before that point in the book, Tom says many times he has no feelings for her, he sees her as a little sister, he prays for guidance be ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
Sara lives off the streets of NYC in the 1890s. Her mother died a year earlier and she lives in the basement of someone who is like a second mother to her, but she is unaware that she is staying there. Sara is content and lives day to day the best she can.

Tom lives in New Hampshire and makes a good living selling his paintings of things around Bethlehem, where he's lived his whole life. He is getting older and is being pressured to find a wife. He decides to write up an advertisement.

Sara's seco
Ann Keller
Such a charming novel. I really enjoyed the glimpses of the Old Man in the Mountain and the more quiet, sedate life of New Hampshire.

This is the story of two people from different worlds, who come to find a rare love. Tom Haskins is a brilliant artist from Bethlehem, New Hampshire, a man who counts Astor among his patrons. Poor Sara McGee is about as far from Tom's sheltered and rich life as one can be. She lives on the streets of New York, finding shelter in the basement of a building by night
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was my first book from the Love Finds You series (which includes different appropriately named places from each state), and I was not disappointed. Set in the 1800s, the premise is great: Tom places an ad for a bride (hence why the time period is important) in a newspaper. Sara's friend responds to the ad for her because while Sara has a good heart, she is essentially homeless, and has no social training or education. There was plenty of good about this, including the fact that the twists w ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked all parts of this book. I really liked that the time period was placed in a time when mail order brides were not really popular/needed anymore. I L-O-V-E-D the characters too! I thought the characters were really clever from the popular artist Tom to the forward Annabelle to the sweet, loving, and ever faithful Sara. I just loved Sara's ever stronger faith in Christ and her sweet, humble personality. Tom is so like a dumb boy! Breaking two hearts at once and not even knowing it! H ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: western
Hmm, the slowest story I've read in awhile. Our hero Tom doesn't even get around to knowing our gal Sara until the book was 3/4 finished. Doesn't say much societies expectations of women at that time that our gal sits around and learns how to eat properly and dress properly to be a good wife for the first 3/4 of the book either, sometimes she seems to have a mind of her own and sometimes she just passively waits. I've got to say disappointing and wouldn't recommend unless you want something to p ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This Love Finds You novel has a sweet theme, and the writing style and theme remind me a great deal of Grace Livingston Hill's books. Sara McGee is like many of the characters from Ms. Hill's books. She comes from a poor background, has a deep abiding faith, and is looking to improve herself. I really like Sara's gumption and determination as well as her deep conviction that she has to listen for God's will. Another very good LFY novel.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the first book from the "Love finds you" series that I've read, and I was quite impressed with it. The historical setting was interesting, the characters were well developed, and the plot was enjoyable. It is another new favorite for me.
Jenn O'Brien
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
I thought this was going to be like the Janette Oke books, but it wasn't. Sadly, you didn't really care for the characters and the story did not flow well.
Kristy Mills
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-love, 2011
This was a sweet story, but it wasn't very memorable or outstanding I don't think.
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book. It was a little slow at times.
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
cute story. quick read. enjoyable.
Oct 03, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
Cup a tea
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked the story, but Bliss delays the inevitable for too long. The story drags in the middle, then I have to resist skipping to the end.
Overall a nice uncomplicated read.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
A New Hampshire artist arranges for a mail order bride, then has to learn to love the woman who responds.
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Time Period: 1800's
Location: New Hampshire, USA
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Lauralee Bliss is a published author of over twenty-six Christian romance novels and novellas in both historical and contemporary with nearly 600,000 sold. In 2018 she received a 25 book published award from ACFW.

Lauralee enjoys writing books that are reminiscent of a roller coaster ride for the reader. Her desire is that readers will come away with both an entertaining story and a lesson that min

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