Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bluebonnet Bride by Colleen Coble (Review)

Bluebonnet Bride
by Colleen Coble
Butterfly Palace series, Book 1.5
Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Available April 1, 2014
Thomas Nelson
128 pages



About the Book
At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boards The Baltic with hundreds of eager women, all seeking new beginnings and brighter futures in America . . . as mail order brides.

Escaping a forced engagement, Elli seeks refuge in a faraway marriage, desperately needing her new life with a Texan named Nathan White to be safer than the one she left behind in Finland. And as she glimpses her future husband and his darling niece at the train station, she instantly knows her risk will prove the best decision she's ever made.

Until he became the guardian of four-year-old Hannah, Nathan White never took an interest in marriage, arranging a mail order wife to simply love and care for his orphaned niece. That is, he never took an interest until he laid eyes on the beautiful Elli Korpela.

After a fairytale ceremony in the gardens of the grandest estate Elli's ever seen, a place called Butterfly Palace, their peaceful beginning takes a disquieting turn as an intruder brutally attacks Elli in the middle of the night. Nathan intervenes, but the devil escapes unidentified, leaving Elli to face two chilling possibilities: either the attack was arranged by strike workers in Nathan's employ or her shadowy past followed her into the present – and across the sea.

As the danger mounts, Elli and Nathan must face their enemy together, fighting to stay alive – and fighting to stay man and wife.

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My Thoughts
Bluebonnet Bride is a sweet follow-up novella to Butterfly Palace. We pick up with some of the same characters we met in the previous novel, and I was happy to see that this story features Nathan! As Nathan and Elli entered into a marriage of convenience, it was fun to see their relationship grow as they faced their personal fears as well as an attacker who wanted to harm Elli. While this was a really quick read, I enjoyed this story and was glad that it felt so complete. [4 stars]

{As a side note, there are multiple "book descriptions" on various sites for this novella. I read an incorrect one prior to reading the actual book and was pretty confused initially. (The one in this post matches the story that I read.) I was also confused that this book connects to Butterfly Palace but the covers look totally different. Neither of these things affected my review, but I thought it was worth mentioning in case someone else was confused by either of these things. :)}

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA's RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

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