Saturday, April 6, 2013

Review: Mail-Order Bride by Sandra Donovan

Mail-Order Bride 
by Sandra Donovan 

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Charleston belle Camille Sinclair answers an ad for a mail-order bride which will lead her all the way to San Francisco. Taking a husband sight-unseen is better than marrying the old lech her aunt had suggested -- and may give her the freedom she needs to find her long-lost brother. But when Camille arrives, she discovers handsome logger Seth Braden has absolutely no desire to marry...until she charms him with her sweet nature -- and even sweeter kisses.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for years...probably since high school...WOW!

Anyway, I really wanted to like this book, especially since it has been in my To Read pile for so long. I struggled through this book and I don't usually have the problem.

The book started off well then fell off.

Camille Sinclare is a desperate woman, she wants nothing more than to escape an arranged marriage to a old lech. To get away, she answers an ad from the paper and moves from Charleston out to San Fransisco to marry a stranger and to search for her brother. Seth Braden was not interested in getting married and was a bit peeved when his friend, Cooper, sent for a mail-order bride for him. So, Camille and Seth did not hit it off right away, but they could not deny their attraction for each other.

I did enjoyed Camille's character. She was not the typical historical heroine, but there were times when she (and some of the other characters) did not seem to fit the time period. As for the relationship, I felt that it was slow and lacking substance. I also thought the plot was slow and dragged. However, I did like her writing style - her voice. So, I may look into another book from this author.


  1. It's sad when a book sits on your TBR shelf for a long time and you have such high hopes for it only to be disappointed. I have several like that waiting for me. Good review!

  2. Oh no! I can totally relate, and sometimes you wonder if your expectations were just entirely out of control, in any case it's alway sad to be disappointed :(
    Not feeling the authenticity of the characters is a buzz killer, especially in a historical romance.


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