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Emma: (A Sweet Western Historical Romance) (Mail-Order Brides Club Book 1)

Ashley Merrick

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A Sweet and Clean Western Historical Romance about Mail-Order Brides set in Montana.

Emma Byrne grew up in a Catholic orphanage in Boston, and her prospects are limited. She and her group of girlfriends, who all met in the orphanage, are barely getting by, working as nannies, cooks, and live-in maids for rich families. When Emma's employer, Gerald, threatens her with losing her job if she doesn't submit to his very unwanted advances, she stumbles onto an opportunity to be a mail-order bride and decides that couldn't possibly be worse.

Except that the groom in question had no idea that his brother sent for a wife. When Emma shows up, at the train station in Bozeman, MT, it's her groom's brother, Joshua that is there to greet her. As it turns out, Ethan is furious that his brother went behind his back and sent for a wife. He's still grieving from the unexpected death of his wife Allison only a year earlier, and spends all his time when he's not working, being a good dad to his only child, Emily, who is three.

Montana is hugely different from Boston, and Emma is surprised that she immediately falls in love with the area. Though taken aback at first to discover that Ethan wasn't aware that she was coming, she's secretly relieved to have a little time to get to know him and her new home. She is also quite fascinated by his family. Ethan is the oldest of ten, and has eight brothers, and except for Joshua, all are single. Emma has an urge to play matchmaker, and in book two, her best friend, Julia comes West to meet the brothers.

BRIANNA: A Sweet Western Historical Romance (Mail-Order Brides Club Book 4)

Ashley Merrick

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When newly widowed and pregnant Brianna Sullivan begins to suspect that her husband's death might not have been an accident, she is determined to get out of Boston ASAP. Following her friends to Montana as a possible mail-order bride for one of the Donovan brothers, seems like her best option.

Montana is a long way from Boston, but is she really safe there? She'll consider getting married, for the baby's sake, but finding true love again doesn't seem possible.

Julia: A Sweet Western Historical Romance (Mail-Order Brides Club Book 2)

Ashley Merrick

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When Julia unexpectedly loses the accounting job she loves, and is unable to find another position doing anything in Boston, she decides to take her best friend Emma up on her offer to come to Montana. Emma's husband Ethan has eight brothers and one of them, Liam, has his sights set on Julia. Liam seems almost too perfect, but then Julia discovers the secret that he struggles with. Will she stick with him?

COLLEEN: A Sweet Western Historical Romance (Mail-Order Brides Club Book 3)

Ashley Merrick

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Colleen Shea thought she was over the man who broke her heart. The man who invited her out for an elegant dinner, and instead of proposing informed her that he needed to marry someone else. That had been devastating enough, but running into him a year later, with his wife and new baby, was too much for her to bear. She decides to leave Boston, and to follow her good friends, Emma and Julia, to Bozeman, MT.

Emma and Julia are both happily married to Ethan and Liam, two of the many Donovan brothers. Julia is thrilled to have Colleen join them and shares the good news that not one but two brothers, David and Paul, are both interested in meeting her. Colleen is excited about the possibility being courted by two eligible men....and then, she meets another Donovan, cousin Ricky, the black sheep of the family.

Fiona: Sweet Western Historical Romance (Mail-Order Brides Club Book 7)

Ashley Merrick

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Fiona Carmichael loves her career as a reporter with the Boston Globe. Writing is her passion. When her fiance, Harry, forces her to choose between her career or marriage, she knows what she wants to do. But when he tries to manipulate her decision, it gives her little choice but to follow her friends to Bozeman, MT as a mail-order bride for one of the Donovan brothers.

Peter Donovan is reserved and artistic. He's content building beautiful wooden furniture, with his sweet dog, Rosie for company. But it's a lonely life and he hasn't courted anyone since he was in love with a local girl, Mary, who is now married with three children. After seeing his brothers find love with mail-order brides from Boston, he reluctantly decides that it's time for him to do the same.

But, Peter doesn't make a good first impression, and he reminds Fiona of the things that she didn't like about Harry. Further complications arise when a dead body is discovered, and there may be a disturbing connection to Mary. Fiona is thrilled to join the Bozeman Chronicle weekly newspaper as a reporter. This mysterious dead body and the curious connection to Mary is her biggest story yet. But it also raises doubts about whether she and Peter should be together.

Beth: Bride of Massachusetts (American Mail-Order Brides Series Book 6)

Ashley Merrick

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Beth, Bride of Massachusetts, is 6th in the unprecedented 50-book, American Mail-Order Brides series.

Feisty Beth Mitchell lives in the Boston area, and is used to being in charge and taking care of people, especially her beloved mother, so when the factory in Lawrence, MA where she, her sister, India, and her mother used to work, burns down in a suspicious fire, they find themselves in dire straits.

Circumstances dictate that Beth needs to become a mail-order bride, but it is with the understanding that her mother will join her. Business owner, George Montgomery, has no idea what he is in for. They both have secrets--he's filthy rich and needs to find a wife ASAP, because his sister and husband just died from the flu and he now has two small children to take care of. He wants to make sure he's not getting a gold digger, but someone who really is good with kids.

He places an ad for a mild-mannered woman who loves children. Beth applies to every ad, hoping that someone will agree to take her and her mother. George is the only one who agrees, but she has a secret too--she's not exactly who she said she was. Beth has no experience with children, the very thought of it makes her twitchy and she's far from timid. In fact, she is determined to get to the bottom of who burned down the factory, and why.

MAEVE: Sweet Western Historical Romance (Mail-Order Brides Club Book 6)

Ashley Merrick

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Maeve Turner grew up in an orphanage in Boston and has been a midwife for five years and has loved it, until something goes very wrong with what should have been a routine delivery, and even though it's the doctor's fault, she is blamed, and no one in the city will hire her.

Jason Donovan is the Deputy Sheriff in Bozeman, MT and after losing his fiancé to a sudden illness two years ago, he has had no interest in other women. His brothers have been trying to persuade him to consider a mail-order bride, since it's worked so well for the, and reluctantly he agrees to meet Maeve.

But two weeks after she arrives, two women both die soon after giving birth, and it looks like one of them may be murder. Jason is excited to finally have a real murder mystery to solve, but not when he discovers that one of the people he'll need to investigate is his new wife.

Prequel: The Beginning (American Mail-Order Brides)

Kirsten Osbourne

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This 1500 word prequel is what ties together the ground-breaking American Mail Order Bride books. The project includes fifty mail order bride books, one for each state, which will be released one per day from November 19th, 2015-January 7th, 2016.
Roberta, manager of a garment factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts, finds a very large discrepancy between the amount of money on hand and the amount her books say she should have on hand. When she calls in the owner to talk to him about it, she knows immediately the discrepancy is caused by him. After the factory burns to the ground a short time later, she feels responsible for the women who are now jobless. Can she find a solution that won't leave all of the women unemployed?

Mail-Order Brides Club Boxed Set: Books 2-5, JULIA, COLLEEN, BRIANNA, & RICKY

Ashley Merrick

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Special early release pricing! Books 2-5 are all $2.99 each for total of $11.96, for a limited time, you can get this bundle for only $7.99, and save over 30% off the regular price!

If you've already read EMMA, (which is book 1, and available for free), you know that this western historical series is set in the late 1890's, and follows a group of young women, who grew up together in a Boston orphanage and one by one, make their way as mail-order brides in Bozeman, MT.

JULIA--Book 2

When Julia unexpectedly loses the accounting job she loves, and is unable to find another position doing anything in Boston, she decides to take her best friend Emma up on her offer to come to Montana. Emma’s husband Ethan has eight brothers and one of them, Liam, has his sights set on Julia. Liam seems almost too perfect, but then Julia discovers the secret that he struggles with. Will she stick with him?

COLLEEN--Book 3

Colleen Shea thought she was over the man who broke her heart. The man who invited her out for an elegant dinner, and instead of proposing informed her that he needed to marry someone else. That had been devastating enough, but running into him a year later, with his wife and new baby, was too much for her to bear. She decides to leave Boston, and to follow her good friends, Emma and Julia, to Bozeman, MT.

Emma and Julia are both happily married to Ethan and Liam, two of the many Donovan brothers. Julia is thrilled to have Colleen join them and shares the good news that not one but two brothers, David and Paul, are both interested in meeting her. Colleen is excited about the possibility being courted by two eligible men....and then, she meets another Donovan, cousin Ricky, the black sheep of the family.

BRIANNA--Book 4

When newly widowed and pregnant Brianna Sullivan begins to suspect that her husband's death might not have been an accident, she is determined to get out of Boston ASAP. Following her friends to Montana as a possible mail-order bride for one of the Donovan brothers, seems like her best option.

Montana is a long way from Boston, but is she really safe there? She'll consider getting married, for the baby's sake, but finding true love again doesn't seem possible.

RICKY--5

Ricky Donovan is the black sheep of the family. He's the most successful at business, but no one really understands what he does, or how he does it. He's a charming flirt and a regular at the local saloon. Work hard, play hard. That's Ricky. But he's also ambitious and wants to run for Mayor. His friends, successful businessmen themselves, think he has a good shot at it, but only if he gets married. He needs to work on his image and presenting himself as a family man, with a wife and possibly even a child, would help.

Ricky can be a bit impulsive as well, and decides to ask Sarah, the newest saloon girl, to marry him. Sarah is pretty and blonde and even better, she has a young son, Andrew, who is ten. It seems like the perfect solution.

And it is--sort of. Sarah is a recent widow, who accepted the saloon girl job as a last resort, when no other job opportunities were available in her native Philadelphia. The position includes living quarters for her and her son, a tiny, cramped apartment above the saloon. Sarah accepts Ricky's proposal as a business arrangement that will benefit them both. Until she realizes that not everyone in town thinks that marrying a saloon girl is a good idea, and she's afraid that she might be more of a liability, than an asset, to Ricky.

Six Months in Montana (Montana Sweet Western Romance Series, Book 1)

Pamela M. Kelley

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Book 1--Six Months in Montana, Molly and Christian's story
Book 2--Mistletoe in Montana, Dan and Traci's story
Book 3--Mischief in Montana, Isabella and Travis's story
Book 4--Match-Making in Montana, Anna and Zach's story
Molly Bishop loves living in Manhattan and managing a boutique luxury hotel. She's about to be promoted to her dream job of General Manager, the role she's been striving for her entire career.

There's only one thing standing in her way.

The will of her childhood friend, Christian Ford's grandfather. She hasn't even seen Christian in over ten years, but a recent run-in with his grandfather during a rare visit home, resulted in a new condition to the will. Christian will only inherit the ranch he's been running and the real estate development business that he has expanded, if he marries Molly and stays married for at least six months.

This is what I would call a cozy romance, it's romantic and sweet and is set in a small fictional town about 30 miles from Bozeman, MT. Warning, if you prefer your stories with the bedroom doors wide open and the windows steamed up, you may be disappointed. :)

I love to cook and try new recipes and if you do too, you may want to check out the recipe I included at the end of the book, for Lazy Lobster Casserole, the dish that Molly serves her guests at the Rose Cottage Inn's first wine dinner. It's a recipe I know by heart and have made a million times and is great for special occasions. It's a holiday tradition in our family to have it every Christmas Eve. :)

***Also, please know that this book has a bit of a food focus, if you don't like cooking or talk of recipes, etc. this may not be a good fit for you.
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Q & A with the Author

Q-This is a sweet western romance set in Montana with a marriage of convenience plot. Why Montana? Why a marriage of convenience? Hasn't that been done to death?

A-The setting of Montana is actually what came to me first. I was inspired by a close friend who moved to Bozeman in her late 30's because she'd visited the area once and it felt like home. She bought a kayak and joined a local kayak club to make friends and ended up meeting the love of her life. A year later married and now have a five month old baby boy. So now, to me, Bozeman means romance. :)

I grew up reading Harlequin category romances, and have always loved the marriage of convenience stories. I knew they were popular with western romances, with all the mail-order brides, and I wanted to put a modern spin on it. I loved the idea of a meddling grandfather who plays match-maker from the grave. Having the stipulation that Molly and Christian have to stay married for six months made the premise even more fun. I also have a soft spot for the idea of best friends (in this case former childhood best friends) who end up together.

Q-What writers have influenced you?
A-Where do I start? There are so many! There's a few main ones that come to mind who I really admire. Debbie Macomber is one. I love the sweet romances that she writes and the family focused women's fiction and continuing series. I first discovered her when she was writing for Silhouette and fell in love with her voice. I bought every Debbie Macomber book as soon as they were released. Maeve Binchy is another favorite. I love the warm cast of characters that populate her stories. Danielle Steel is another writer I really admire. My sister and I read all of her books as soon as they are released. We always know exactly what we are getting with her books, a sweet escape with likable people and a story you can't put down.