All that glitters is not gold. It?s 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride?despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip?and Jeremiah himself?the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her character beyond redemption.Publishers Description
All that glitters is not gold. It's 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride--despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip--and Jeremiah himself--the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her character beyond redemption.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 1.1"
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2010
Publisher Summerside Press
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|Mail Order Bride Story Jun 8, 2010|
|An expert historical author, Lena has woven a beautiful story of redemption into the fabric of life in 1890 New Mexico. It's a tale of love and forgiveness without making you feel like you've been on an extreme emotional roller coaster. |
It starts when an old miner sends away for a young mail-order bride much to the consternation of Jeremiah, the young friend who looks after him. Jeremiah doesn't understand old Philip's faith in God or that the right woman will appear. And when a woman steps off the train and stirs Jeremiah's heart, the realization that she's Philip's intended just doesn't sit right with Jeremiah at all. Add to that, the woman shares Philip's religious beliefs.
Madeline Mercer needs to escape Boston. Without waiting for confirmation after answering an ad for a mail-order bride, she heads to New Mexico with a new baby and 2 servants in tow. But, her steadfast faith in God falters when she meets Jeremiah and his barely concealed animosity. Frustration mounts when she overhears him profess her to be nothing but a gold-digger. She didn't travel all the way to marry Jeremiah, though and just being in Golden gives her more peace than she's felt in a long time.
This is a good book to curl up with and spend a satisfying afternoon on a rainy day.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.
|pure golden historical romance Jun 5, 2010|
|In 1890 Golden, New Mexico, elderly and ailing former miner Philip Smith explains to his best friend Jeremiah Dennison why he plans to place an ad in the Boston Globe for a mail-order bride. He has money without family and figures someone can nurse him until he dies or recovers while he would be helping a Lady in desperate straits to take such a position. Jerry tries to talk the man he considers his father out of doing this, but fails.|
In Boston, Maddy Mercer grieves the death of her father when his former business partner Horace Johnstone informs her they will marry just like her dad wanted. With a responsibility for a newborn while also loathing the avaricious Horace and knowing she and her baby needed to escape a life of hell if married to him; kind hearted Maddy decides on the unknown. She responds to an ad for a mail-order bride placed in the Globe.
Unable to talk Philip out of doing the insanity, Jeremiah plans to persuade the bride to go home. Then he meets Maddy accompanied by baby Pearl and her devoted servants Frank and Sarah Sneed who nurture a dying Philip like he was their father; not understanding her Massachusetts secret toddles between them.
This is a pure golden historical romance starring a courageous caring woman, a wonderful old man, and the male hunk who loves both of them (and Pearl too). The strong lead cast and solid support characters bring alive the mining town in 1890, but it is the relationships that make for a strong Americana tale. Lena Nelson Dooley writes a warm wonderful winner.
|Aggie Villanueva's Review of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico May 31, 2010|
|I was first drawn to Lena Nelson Dooley's new book, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, because I once lived in the (no longer) ghost town of Madrid, right next to Golden, and spent much time also in Cerrillos, where some major scenes take place, and all along the beautiful Turquoise Trail that her characters bounced over by wagon.|
Though her hungry characters never got to dine there as planned, the writer brought back fond memories of fabulous New Mexican cuisine and Sunday morning brunches as she described the only restaurant in Cerrilos where the train used to stop, and across the town square from Mary's Bar, the old Saloon. This restaurant is still operating, though the train isn't.
Ms. Dooley keeps us mindful of the historical setting in the early 1800s. Having lived next door, I know that you can now drive through Golden without knowing you have. But Dooley early on registers the fact with readers that in 1830 it was the bustling home of the first gold strike west of the Mississippi, predating both the Colorado and California gold strike by several years.
Her thorough research is as constant throughout the story as is the continual thumping of the gold stamping machine that backdropped each day of life in Golden. But its Ms. Dooley's characters and unfolding suspense that drew me into the story, beyond just the familiar place she researched so well.
Boston's elite, Madeline Mercer, is suddenly penniless after her seemingly healthy and definitely wealthy father dropped dead at his business. And then on top of that Horace Johnstone, longtime employee of her father's, shows up claiming he is not only a full partner in the business but that Maddy's father promised her to him in marriage should anything ever happen to him. He threateningly gave her a two-week deadline until their wedding day.
Frank Sneed, one of only two servants she could keep, in the process of checking out Mr. Johnstone, found a ray of hope - a mail order bride ad in the Boston newspaper. The advertiser was a miner in Golden, New Mexico.
If it weren't for her only remaining servants, Sarah and Frank Sneed, more like Godparents than servants, she could have never escaped into the night to reluctantly answer that ad, toting the orphaned baby its mother had begged her to raise as her own.
The trials of the overland train ride and acquaintance of the advertiser, Phillip Smith, a Godly but aging wealthy miner, were behind her. Their friendship established and growing, Maddy looked forward to being like a daughter to Smith, who was already a grandfather to her baby. But she hadn't factored in Smith's best friend, the young Jeremiah.
Jeremiah, sure Maddy was after the old man's money, set the Sheriff to investigating her. When a wanted poster with Maddy's face on it arrived in Golden, along with the enraged Horace Johnstone, her world, once more, turned tragic just when Maddy (and readers) thought things were turning out well for her.
If you love inspirational romances, suspense to the end, and characters you care about then you'll love Lena Nelson Dooley's newest book. And you'll anxiously look forward to her next.
|A Great Addition to the "Love Finds You" Series May 28, 2010|
|I had been eagerly waiting for this book and was not disappointed. |
The characters in this book were very well crafted. Each one was a welcome escape into the world of Golden, New Mexico. The setting played a fine role and I liked how it was incorporated into the novel.
The story moved at a good clip and I was never bored with the story. It did take a while for the hero and heroine to meet, not until after page 100, but the story up to that point was still good.
My favorite part of the book was the hero. His growth was genuine and at times I wondered if he was ever going to come around, but everything about his faith journey and the love story interwoven throughout was genuine and a pleasure to read.
The villain was truly despicable. And I rooted for Madeline to beat him at his wicked game.
All in all a good book. I enjoyed it and hope I get to enjoy more soon. Recommended for "Love Finds You" fans, this book is a great addition to that collection and one of the best I have read in that specific genre.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.
|Love story for all generations May 20, 2010|
I've really enjoyed every Summerside romance I've read so far, and this one is no exception. The "Love Finds You in. . ." series has given me a glimpse of places to which I may never travel, with lovely descriptions of the land and architecture and history of the towns featured.
Golden, New Mexico is a desert mining town, set in 1890 after the initial gold rush. Jeremiah Dennison is a former mine owner turned rancher who looks after an elderly friend and mentor, Philip Smith. Philip's health is failing, and he seeks a caregiver to ease his last days, so he asks Jeremiah to take out an add for a mail order bride for him. But there is more to his motivation than wanting a bride for himself.
Madeline Mercer is a privileged young lady from a wealthy Boston family. When her father died, the Mercer estate is left up in the air when one of his business associates makes a claim to his business and Madeline's hand. Meanwhile, Madeline's charitable heart leads her to help an impoverished young lady about to give birth in a freezing shanty. The girl dies but not before she makes Madeline promise to raise the child. When Mr. Mercer's colleague presses his suit and threatens the baby, Madeline must flee Boston. Enter Philip's mail-order-bride ad.
When Madeline reaches Golden, will it be a golden opportunity for a fresh start, or will she have toughened ore to pick through before she finds the vein? I enjoyed Madeline's determination and pluck as she endeavors to raise a child, navigate a new town, minister to Philip, and hold her finances together, all the while deciphering her confusing feelings for Jeremiah.
I loved the tender portrait of elderly friendship and faith, and the unique personality the author gave to the infant. Characterization is a well-honed skill of Lena Nelson Dooley, and her three-dimensional people really add a depth to the book.
Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico is one of those romances that was so much more than a romance--it is a story of the love of a land, love that surpasses generations, and the forgiveness that makes a love relationship between God and man possible. A beautiful read.
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