A new immigrant from Sweden, Isabella arrives at Ellis Island only to be separated from her parents. When her parents became ill they were forced into isolation at Ellis Island. Little did Isabella know, that she would be permanently separated because her parents ended up dying while in isolation. New land, new language, new everything all but America has only brought Isabella sadness. Settling down in Massachusetts, Isabella finds a job working in a factory but that is also short-lived, the building burned down two weeks after she started. Deciding to join her friends in becoming a mail-order bride, she starts to write to a man named Donald Jenks. Things move rather quickly and within a short time, Isabella finds herself on a train to Yellow Springs, Ohio. The train ride was not a safe one for a young solo traveler like Isabella but as you can guess the twists and turns of Isabella’s story only have just begun on her train ride from Massachusetts to Ohio.
I really enjoy mail-order bride stories, especially ones that take place in the early years of America. This was a great book, kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Definitely recommend this book!!
Reviewed by @alape