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Subject: Romance novels with unwed pregnant mother/mail or brides
Date Posted: 2/4/2010 1:26 PM ET
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Can anyone recommend a good novel set in the early 1800's - Depression Era where the story is about mail order brides or unwed pregnant mothers?  Or even situations where a woman is forced to marry someone she'd rather not?  I've never really read any romance novels where the story occurs in the 1920's-50's in America - Do these even exist?  ..I'm not interested in any novels with a story line set in other coutries besides the US.  I've tried to like them, but I just can't get into the story like I can the others..

Thank you in advance!!



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Date Posted: 2/4/2010 1:35 PM ET
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Cheryl St. John seems to really like the unwed pregnant mother storyline - The Mistaken Widow, Her Colorado Man, His Secondhand Wife, and The Tenderfoot Bride. There are probably more from her that I can't think of at this time. Of the 4 listed above, I've only read The Mistaken Widow; the others are on my TBR. She is very good at writing the feel good story, and after I read a couple of her books, I went seeking out the rest of her backlist. My interest has moved a little away from the uncomplicated, feel good books, but I'll probably get back into them after a while.

As for ones that are set in 1920's-50's, I haven't encountered too many of them. I'd be interested in reading those too.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 1:42 PM ET
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Try Shotgun Wedding by Maggie Osborne.  Heroine is pregnant when she marries the hero.  Her family thinks he's the baby-daddy, but he's not.  It's an American frontier historical, so it might be just the thing you're looking for.  There's also Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson, and Texas Destiny (mail order bride - part of a series ) by Lorraine Heath.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 3:55 PM ET
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I happen to have three - I am not kidding - copies of Mistaken Widow on my shelf.   I am offering 3 books for 1 credit on my entire shelf.  :P



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Date Posted: 2/4/2010 4:34 PM ET
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I second Annie's Song, absolutely wonderful book. I am going to have to put Shotgun Wedding on my list.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 7:29 PM ET
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Morning glory by Lavyrle Spencer is about a pregnant widow trying to run a farm by herself and then advertises for a husband. Its one of my favorites!

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 7:45 PM ET
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Oh yeah...Morning Glory is good!!!

I've just bought a book on Amazon with this type of storyline and cannot wait for it to get here so i can read it. It's called " Sweet Lullaby" by Lorraine Heath.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 7:51 PM ET
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A mail order bride storyline that i loved from the 1800's era (Texas) is "Texas Destiny" by Lorraine Heath...........i loved that book!

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 8:58 PM ET
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I happen to have three - I am not kidding - copies of Mistaken Widow on my shelf.   I am offering 3 books for 1 credit on my entire shelf.  :P

And I have two copies of Morning Glory.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 9:30 PM ET
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I just finished "His Secondhand Bride"  by Cheryl St. John.... It was really good

I guess I'll have too add Shotgun wedding to my ever growing list.....LOL   just when I think I 've gotten most of the books in my R.L  I have to go ahead and add more.

I also read Annies Song...loved it     but I dont remember her being a pregnant bride......its been awhile though

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 9:33 PM ET
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Tanya ,  I read sweet lullaby, I loved it   another book of Lorraine Heath ( that I'm #1 on my W.L .)    is Parting gifts

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 9:59 PM ET
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Darn it how could I forget about Morning Glory that was a beautiful love story. Lisa B. remember what happened at the beginning of the story with Annie and the brother and how she ended up in that condition.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 1:27 AM ET
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I also read Annies Song...loved it     but I dont remember her being a pregnant bride......its been awhile though

Yeah, we did this one for the Virtual Book club discussion a few months back.  Had it not been for that, not sure I would have tried to read it again; it was a previous DNF for me, due to the circumstances of the pregnancy (I didn't want to say it outright either, Keri - it doesn't sound like it would be as good as it is).  Anyway, I ended up glad I read it.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 8:54 AM ET
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Lisa, i also bought "Parting Gifts" off Amazon. It's here on my dresser, i'm just in the middle of a reading slump right now and for some weird reason i want to read "Sweet Lullaby" first,still waiting for that one to arrive in the mail. I'm glad to hear it's a good one.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 9:44 AM ET
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Sweet Lullaby sounds really good!!  Will be looking for that one!  Thank you ladies for another great suggestion.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 9:55 AM ET
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I've read many of these and they are all great recommendations. Another I know of is Homespun Bride by Carolyn Davidson.

You may also like Harper's Bride by Alexis Harrington. In this one the woman was sold to the hero to pay her husband's debts. It's set during the Yukon gold rush. 

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 11:37 AM ET
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I am reading A Convenient Wife by Carolyn Davidson and the young woman in this one is pretty, "simple, " mistreated by her father and preggers.  So the town doctor takes her in as his housewife.......ooops I meant to say "housekeeper"!

I am going to look into that Lorraine Heath Lullaby book.  Sound good. 



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Date Posted: 2/5/2010 12:06 PM ET
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oh yeah , now I remember. Thanks for reminding me Keri & Kim.....I was having a duh  moment...LOL

I guess when you read so many books , you get the details mixed up.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 10:59 PM ET
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I loved the WW2 era Morning Glory that everyone mentioned!