Posts

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Isabella, Bride of Ohio (American Mail-Order Brides Series)Isabella, Bride of Ohio by Debra Parmley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isabella Bride of Ohio, American Mail Order Bride is not the type of book I normally read, but it sounded interested. I admit, I didn’t know American mail order brides was a thing, but it intrigued me. The topic being quite taboo, made it all the more interesting. I liked Isabella, but also felt quite bad for her situation. She has had a hard life, and she is only still a teen! I was at first astonished for her to be all alone, but then had to remember it was a different time. I enjoyed reading the book but found her very naive, falling in love too quickly. I kept waiting for something to happen. She made me think of the movie Frozen – “You can’t marry a man you just met!” But yet, Isabella met, got engaged and wed very quickly. Again, the time and situation was different then. I wasn’t much surprised by the encounter on the train but if left me wanting to know more of Tom. Who is he? What did he mean by “like a constable” but yet wasn’t one. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? The mystery behind him kept me intrigued. The author kept sprinkling more facts as the book went on, and I kind of saw the ending coming, but still enjoyed it. It wrapped up all the loose ends. The book itself was a short quick read, so I didn’t get too invested in the characters, but it was enjoyable.

View all my reviews

Reviewed by @way2gosmartguy

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Ashley Lape

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides SeriesIsabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series by Debra Parmley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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!!

View all my reviews

Reviewed by @alape

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Heather Bass

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides SeriesIsabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series by Debra Parmley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read from this author and she now has a new fan. I absolutely love a good historical romance but this story exceeded all my expectations. You can’t help but to fall for these characters right away. I was so addicted to this book it only took me a little over a day to read. I can’t wait to see what she will write next.

Isabella is so excited to go to America. She is going to find her dream life. When she gets there it is nothing like what she thought. Isabella loses her job and then her parents in a horrible fire. She is now alone and doesn’t know what to do until she here’s about mail order brides. Isabella will marry a rich and wealthy man. She is so excited to meet her husband but she has a bad feeling something is going to happen to her once again. Isabella is being watched closely by Donald, who is on a case of a missing woman. Will Isabella find her true love or will she find more danger instead?

Review by @heatherbass
View all my reviews

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Lauren West

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides SeriesIsabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series by Debra Parmley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am familiar with this author and usually enjoy her work. This book was a bit difficult for me to get into, but it was insightful and interesting from a historical aspect. To imagine traffickers during that time and the fear of nearly being taken in a time without all the modern technology would be unnerving . The story itself has action, danger, drama, and deception. Isabel herself was a wonderful heroine who was strong and amazing. She persevered despite so much loss and tragedy. Donald was to be her chance at a better life and happiness but she still didn’t feel everything was right having gone to be his bride anyway. The more the story progresses you question if there are truth to her fears and if her life will take a turn for the better or worse.

View all my reviews

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Misti Maggio

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides SeriesIsabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series by Debra Parmley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an easy read that kept me hooked from the beginning. I loved Isabella and her back story. The world building was great. A perfect little read.
Reviewed by @mimimadge

View all my reviews

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Tracy Greenhalgh

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides SeriesIsabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series by Debra Parmley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a lovely quick read, the author takes us to 1890 Massachusetts. We meet Isabella and her young friends. Isabella, a Swedish immigrant; made the journey with her mother and father to the new land of the Americas. Left orphaned she finds her way, makes friends and until a fire at the mill where she works she lives a simple life with her friends Lilly, Tabitha, Hope and Trinity.
As there is no sign of reputable work post the fire many of the girls follow the mail order bride route to what they hope is happiness.
Isabella writes and is befriended by Mr Jenks of Ohio, on the train journey to meet him Isabella has a near miss with kidnappers, she is rescued by a gentleman called Tom.
Upon meeting Mr Jenks, Isabella quickly becomes Mrs Donald Jenks, unbeknown to her this is a stipulation of a will, Mr Jenks shows his true colours.
After angst and violence, plots of murder and then attempted abduction Isabella finally knows the truth and finds her happy ever after.
I will certainly be reading more from this author.

View all my reviews

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Kelli Harper

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides SeriesIsabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series by Debra Parmley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very well written Historical romance, Isabella finds herself alone and wanting a husband so that she may start a family. She, like several of her friends learn about a mail order bride advertisement and so she finds an ad that sounds like a wonderful opportunity. After writing to the man several times she boards a train to meet him. This is where things start to take a turn.
There are a few triggers in this story, to list them actually spoils the story so just know this book is not for the faint of heart.

View all my reviews

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides SeriesIsabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series by Debra Parmley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging historical romance, which had me hooked from start to finish. Although becoming a mail-order bride can be a dangerous thing for a woman to do, it’s the only option left for Isabella. Who having arrived in America from Sweden, suffers the death of her parents and then looses her job when the factory burns down. Isabella starts to communicate by letter with Donald Jenks, a wealthy man from Yellow Springs Ohio who wants a wife. Donald describes Isabella’s dream home, and he appears to be a perfect husband for her. However, she has to reach Ohio safely before she can even meet Donald, and with white slavers abducting females from the train this puts her in danger. On the train she meets ‘Tom’, a Pinkerton agent, who is on the case of the disappearing women, and he’s Isabella’s only hope when she’s selected to be the next victim.
Even if Isabella is saved by Tom, it’s not guaranteed that she will get her HEA with Donald, as Isabella starts to wonder why such a successful and handsome businessman would need a mail-order bride. After all, he could have had his pick of the young ladies near Yellow Springs. This is a romance with plenty of drama and suspense, and the plot had many twists in it that kept me both gripped and guessing as to Isabella’s outcome. The descriptive narrative and added historical details brought both the setting and era vividly to life, making me feel immersed in the storyline. The characters were well described and I felt engaged with Isabella and her plight, and was hoping that she would get her HEA. An entertaining read and one which I definitely recommend.

View all my reviews

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Angela Plate, June 2022

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides SeriesIsabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series by Debra Parmley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a pretty fast read. The characters were well developed. The plot showed the dangers of being a mail order bride as well as some of the challenges that women faced in the early 19th century.

View all my reviews

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail Order Bride by Debra Parmley – Review by Carrie Reed

Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides SeriesIsabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series by Debra Parmley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars!

Amazing! It is crazy to think that back in the 1800s a seventeen year old girl could marry a thirty-seven year old ma with no one thinking anything of it. I understand Isabella wanting to find something stable, especially after the loss of her family. Donald seemed really shady to me when they were out shopping, and he was making all of the decisions and quickly without giving any thought to what Isabella would want. I was broken hearted for Isabella on her wedding day, her wedding night, and her life for the next days after marrying Donald. She seems like such a sweet heart and should only be treated with all the love and respect she deserves. I was so happy when she met Tom and had a feeling he would be a big game changer in Isabella’s life. Excellent book, definitely recommend. Short and sweet with lots of emotions.

View all my reviews