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When Emily’s mother decides to marry, her fiancé says that twenty year old Emily needs to find a new place to live before the wedding. Emily has always been exceedingly shy and has no idea what to do. She runs across an advertisement for mail order brides and responds, hoping to find a good situation. Benjamin lost the love of his life just months before. He and his girlsWhen Emily’s mother decides to marry, her fiancé says that twenty year old Emily needs to find a new place to live before the wedding. Emily has always been exceedingly shy and has no idea what to do. She runs across an advertisement for mail order brides and responds, hoping to find a good situation. Benjamin lost the love of his life just months before. He and his girls need a new mama in their house. Will Emily be the mama they need?...

Title : Mail Order Mama
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ISBN : 9781301410361
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Number of Pages : 383 Pages
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Mail Order Mama Reviews

  • Cait
    2019-02-24 02:48

    After reading the first book in this series, Mail Order Mayhem, I wasn't particularly planning on reading many more. It was a fun "guilty pleasure read," but I wasn't particularly impressed with the authors character or plot development. All the potential of a good story is here, just lacking anything truly fleshed out. Still, I read the preview of Mail Order Mama in the back of the book, and was intrigued enough to purchase it off kindle (2.99, with a gift card, so ultimately it was free).Honestly? This book was an improvement over the last, I will give it that much. I liked the clash of cultures between the two main characters. However, all the problems from the first book remain. The plot hinges on all the characters having, essentially, one character trait. Conflicts are resolved unrealistically and all-to-conveniently. And all in all, the book follows a very similar format to the first- honestly, if I lifted the names and plot conflict from the first book to the second book, they wouldn't be all that much different. Still, for some reason I keep reading this series and spending 2.99 to download the next volume of the books (I'm on Mail Order Madness right now). I think what has me most intrigued, and why I keep reading, is finding out more about the woman who runs the mail order bride business, Harriet Long. She's a recurring character from story to story, and I want to know her backstory- how she got her limp and her wealth and what drove her to start the business. In summary: Kirsten Osbourne's Brides of Bekham series has potential, but leaves you wanting for truly good character and plot development. And I have no idea why I keep buying and reading these books.

  • Delta
    2019-03-14 02:26

    A sweet, quick read with a light plot. Bedroom scenes are more explicit than you typically see with this genre (mail order brides), but the story is wholesome.Free 05-28-15

  • Emma
    2019-02-28 01:33

    yes I have a thing for marriage of convenience and arranged marriage stories.yes the mail order bride version of these stories tend to be pretty weak and yet I still resort to them when I am tired and just looking for something quick. This one is not really bad when compared to other similar books. That should mean it gets a 3 but it doesn't because there is so little of interest in this story.I did not really feel Benjamin falling for Emily. Lust sure and of course later we are told he loves her but it never felt that way. But it was what it was and in my tired state I even read two more with very little expectation for them.

  • Willow Brooks
    2019-02-25 00:42

    I loved this book. I am so glad I bought it for free. Lol. Anyway this is by far one of the best mail order bride books I've read in quite some time. I loved that there were sooooo much good with a touch of bad which was easy to handle. I was not stressed out reading this, and It didn't even matter that the sex was not in depth the way I like it. Don't get me wrong there is sex and it's decent but I like longer sex scenes. This was just a relaxing, make you smile, feel good kind of book. I'm going to go back and read the first, third and everything else in the series.

  • Carol Burnside
    2019-03-07 00:39

    I'm a sucker for mail order bride stories. As others have said, I'm fascinated with the reasons a woman would leave her family and go off to some unknown area and marry an unknown man. For that part, I liked this book so my star rating reflects that. The characters are likable, the interaction between Emily and her stepdaughters is sweet, the growth of feelings between the husband and wife realistic, but there's just not much conflict here. As others have stated, there are obstacles in the form of the new MIL creating problems for the couple and Ben still has feelings for his deceased wife. Even the lack of serious conflict I'd be willing to overlook because, after all, the couple is already married. We don't have the traditional "will they get together" question in MO bride stories, but more of a "will these married strangers fall in love and be happy together" question.My problem is with the lack of historical flavor or authenticity, which is the second reason I love reading these stories. It's sorely lacking in these books and I miss it. Without the occasional mention of making a dress from calico, the store being called a mercantile or using a wagon and horses for transportation, the story could be contemporary. Emily taking potato salad and deviled eggs on a picnic sticks out in my mind. It's not that those things didn't exist in the 1880's, but the preparation of them from then to now is vastly different and a mention of Em's preparation might have helped it not seem so modern.

  • Timeforme
    2019-02-21 20:47

    Reread the book and boosted my rating to 3. I liked Emily and Benjamin a lot more the second time through. Reread October 2015Main Characters:Emily - A woman who decides to become a mail order bride to find a new life for herselfBenjamin - The man Emily marriesSynopsis:When Emily’s mother decides to marry, her fiancé says that twenty year old Emily needs to find a new place to live before the wedding. Emily has always been exceedingly shy and has no idea what to do. She runs across an advertisement for mail order brides and responds, hoping to find a good situation. Benjamin lost the love of his life just months before. He and his girls need a new mama in their house. Will Emily be the mama they need?My Thoughts:This book was a bit too sacharine for me to enjoy. The kids are always sweet, friendly and adorable, the only problem is the mother-in-law and that is resolved way too quickly to be believed. Okay read but not as good as the first book.

  • June
    2019-03-13 21:28

    The Brides of Beckham is a nice little short story series about Mail Order brides and the surprises they find when they arrive at their destination. There was sexual content, but otherwise, a fun little set of stories. If you read one, read them all. Simple stories. This bride marries a man who has two daughters who are really happy to get a new mama after theirs died. She has to deal with the issue of the mother-in-law and the man having to choose wether to believe his wife or mother.This has a different cover than the one I read. The first 3 in the series had old fashioned dressed ladies in the ones I read. Not these modern looking girls.

  • Charron
    2019-03-16 22:46

    I really enjoyed this one, it was pretty good for a free book. My only complaint was that I wasn't happy with how things went between Emily and her mother and stepfather. That would have been nice if there had been some acknowledgment of how wrong they were for kicking her out like that. But other than that, great read.

  • Frannie
    2019-03-04 00:24

    Loved this book. It was really sweet. The widower with his 2 little girls write the letter for a mail order bride, and Emily fits the bill . . . except that she doesn't share the same ethnic heritage, which becomes a conflict with her future mother-in-law. However it does detail the intimacies of marriage in the bedroom.

  • Marsha Spohn
    2019-03-16 01:35

    Reviewed at Historically RomanticBetween discovering that her mother’s new intended groom doesn’t want his adult step-daughter sharing the new couple’s home, and her employer adding more and more unpaid jobs to her daily cooking tasks Emily is completely ready for a change. While at one time she might have turned her nose up at being a mail order bride, now it’s not looking so bad after all. When Emily answers the letter from a young widower with two small daughters her life is about to change. She can only hope and pray that it’s a change for the better.Mail Order Mama is a light, charming story of one young woman’s daring decision for her future, and one young family’s desire to have a special woman’s touch in their lives once again. I can’t imagine the strength, faith and fearfulness of becoming a mail order bride. To trust your future, your life to a stranger takes such courage. Although I’m fascinated by Harriet Long’s own story, and know that one day all will be revealed, I’m still impressed that she tells these brides that they can come back. They do not have to stay where they are not safe, or if they are being hurt in any manner, she’ll get them back home to safety.Reading this series is like a little slice of history being served up to the modern day me. How different life and expectations were then. Yet, it seems that prejudice lives on no matter what era we’re talking about. I enjoyed Benjamin and Emily’s story, their struggles are real and that isn’t helped by his mother’s cruelty to her son’s new bride. It’s sad that some things never really change.If you love Western Historical Romances and haven’t read the Brides of Beckham series yet, then I’d definitely recommend it. I’m going back to the beginning since I did read a few out of order. There is no expiration date on a good book.I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

  • SB*needs low angst books*
    2019-03-01 01:21

    This was a sweet romance with a mild and little heat. No fade to blackThe heroine Emily is put in a very bad position when her mom gets engaged and her finance says that a grown daughter around mean the new couple won't have much privacy. Emily is in a bind because the job she has isn't enough to make it on her own. So she sees a article in the paper about mail order brides and goes to the woman running this business. The woman picks one a letter of a potential husband she thinks will fit. It is for Benjamin and his two daughters Abbie and Georgie. They recent lost their wife/mother and need a woman to help look after the girls and being a partner to Benjamin. They all decided that it is a great fit and it is until Benjamin's mother makes trouble.Now normally this isn't my type of read but I actually liked this one a lot. I liked the Ben, Emily, and the girls. The MIL drama added something without being OTT. I also loved how Emily stood her ground without being mean. I also don't normally like widow books because of all the feeling still there for the lost spouse which is understandable but sometimes it can get in the way and here it did rear but I still liked the book as a whole. So while it wasn't a blow you away type of read. It was a nice sweet way to pass the time.

  • Sheryl Robert
    2019-03-08 20:45

    Kirsten Osbourne has written another outstanding book. I loved the way it all came together. I especially loved the letter written to her with the instructions from the kids, must not make anymore bacon sandwiches.. There were two little girls as different as night and day, but in the end, they were so in love with their new Momma. I recommend this book and author very highly.

  • Ann-Maree Howarth
    2019-02-27 21:37

    Just a good as the first one i read. I love mail order bride as they had courage and determination to improve there lives. once you start you can't put it down. A very sweet story.

  • Cayla
    2019-02-21 20:21

    This is a sweet book and I enjoyed the drama between mother-in-law and Emily. Whoa! Talk about fired up!

  • Cindy
    2019-03-15 21:25

    Another great series by Osbourne. She brings her great sense of humor into every story and I love the way her characters and series overlap.

  • Joleen Devens
    2019-03-05 00:49

    I liked the plot of this book. In fact I would have given it 5 starts if it wouldn't have had such graphic love scenes. I did skip over those parts . I also thought it ended so quickly. I wish the author would have developed the relationship better between Emily and her mother. I loved the time period and the story had a feel good feeling.

  • Thom Swennes
    2019-02-17 03:27

    There was a time that mail order matches weren’t just respectable but a logical solution to an acute problem. The westward expansion in the United States was predominantly a male migration as the road was hard and building farms and communities was filled with risks and dangers. At twenty Emily Hughes had never thought of the future until her mother came with the sudden and unexpected news of her pending nuptials. Emily’s father had died in the war eighteen years and her mother had finally found someone she wanted to spend her life with. This (for the mother) joyous announcement was coupled with sadder (for the daughter) news. The soon to be husband thinks it is time for the daughter to spread her wings and leave the nest. Emily, with few alternatives, decides to put her name on the list and join the program. Within weeks, letters were exchanged and train tickets arrive sending Emily west from Massachusetts to Minnesota and a new life in a foreign state and a strange man. No preamble, no meet and greet, no checking out the waters but total commitment without recourse. I stand in awe of the courage displayed by both parties.This is a wholesome, feel good story with a soft and sweet X-rating. Couplings are explored, virginity is lost and a love is born all in a matter of weeks. People claim that life moves fast today…….our ancestors also knew something about speed. I think this book will appeal to readers of both (all) genders.

  • Beverly McCall
    2019-03-18 00:41

    Kristen Osbourne captured the secret of writing an enjoyable tale of a Mail Order Bride. The basic plot follows the typical mail order bride format. Man in west is widowed and in need of a wife. Man contacts a matchmaking company for wife. Advertisement is made and agency finds a potential wife. Couple gets together and forges a new life. Osbourne introduces us to two likable characters, Emily Hughes and Benjamin, who have opposite life experiences. Emily comes from the Beckham, Massachusetts and Benjamin Johnson from Live Oaks, Minnesota. Osbourne follows the mail order bride plot format but enhances it with a couple of twists which contributes to the rising action. One twist comes from the supporting characters, in particular, the mother-in-law. Another comes with from the hold of the deceased wife on Benjamin which complicates the adjustment of Emily’s and Benjamin’s marriage. I wish Osborne would have made a bit more use of setting to give the reader a feel of what life really was like. In this tale, we get snapshot views of what life was like in Beckham for Emily as a domestic and for Benjamin, the owner of a mercantile in Live Oaks. Osborne could have added more descriptions of the towns to help make this tale more creditable.

  • Jeene Hobbs
    2019-03-13 20:34

    Widower with two girls seeks brideThis is the second book in a fairly long series. The intimacy in this series is described but not rude or crude in my opinion. If you have read the Dalton Brothers, you will recognize Beckham, MA, as not a good place to be a young women. They all flee from there. Harriet Long is our matchmaker. She is widowed and rich with a limp and a secret. She makes matches for brides but she always tells them that they do not have to stay in bad (hazardous) marriages. We learn a little more about Harriet in each novel.Benjamin runs the mercantile. He is recently widowed and has two girls. He lives in a tight knit Norwegian community in Minnesota. He needs a mama for his girls. Emily's mother is finally remarrying after years as a widow, but the new husband does not want a grown up daughter living at home. Emily likes children so Benjamin seems like a good choice.Of all the mail order bride novels I have read recently, this one has the most realistic dilemma. The Norwegian mother-in-law does everything she can to wreck the marriage and Benjamin can't believe that his mother is at fault. Go figure!

  • Ella Rose Brunton
    2019-03-11 22:33

    I enjoyed this story. As far as other similar stories are, it's not the best but was still quite enjoyable. Slightly over the whole dead wife never going to love again thing, but it makes a decent plot line. I enjoyed the lady asking Emily to write to her if she was ever in a bad situation. It's obvious where her limp had come from and that made my day, and congratulations on Osbourne for bringing that important issue up. The amount of blind faith these girls were going on would have been huge, and I bet a lot of them in reality would have been put in bad situations. The issue between the mother in law and emily was interesting. It was quite basic, but it worked. I would have thought that Brigid (the sister) would have warned Emily, but she only came up once. Decent read.

  • Patsy
    2019-03-20 00:43

    This was a fast paced read, being a Christian I did not care for the bedroom scenes but the plot was entertaining. The characters were very believable. A sweet story between Emily and Benjamin, it worked for both of them, Emily needed a home and Benjamin needed a good mother for his children. Although it took time everyone found a way and found their place in the family, this story had some twists and turns, the author pulled it all together. I enjoy reading about mail order bride's each story is unique with their own story. Ms. Osbourne did a good job with this well written story. For a good quick read pick this one up.

  • Tonileg
    2019-03-20 00:36

    Historical American romance about a hard working young lady that finds a new family and life by becoming a mail order bride. There isn't much trauma or nasty threats in this story, only a critical mother-in-law and a selfish employer, but Emily gets lucky with her new Norwegian heritage husband and his cute daughters. I liked Emily a lot and her shop-owner husband is just as likeable, Ben does what he thinks is right but is a bit slow when he doesn't notice his mother bullying Emily. HEA guaranteed and a fun quick read for a commute because this was a bit short.Cute quick read, but should be re-edited because there are a few grammar errors and typos!161 pages and kindle freebie

  • elaine m. suda
    2019-03-08 22:25

    Bride and Mother I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. I love the 1800's. The women were so courageous traveling hundreds of miles alone not really knowing what was ahead for them. I really loved how Benjamin started his marriage with Emily. He seemed to make her feel safe right from the start. Although she was shy, she really fell in love with Abbie and Georgie and that brought Ben and Emily a lot closer. It was a sweet and loving relationship. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  • Natalya
    2019-02-17 22:36

    Great improvement versus the first of the series, this one actually had cross-cultural elements, plus post marriage drama, plus children involved. Unfortunately, lots of story elements were repeated from the first book, the kids were ridiculously perfect (I mean, what kids blindly accept the new mama after the first one dies, there is bound to be some tensions, right?). It was nice to see Harriet wise up and offer a ticket home. There is another book that this one reminded me off, also new bride, two little girls and clash of cultures, a worthy read - Bartered Bride by Cheryl Reavis.

  • Lisa C.
    2019-02-18 00:39

    This got one star because it lacked any depth. It was one dimensional, unbelievable, too few descriptions and the plot was weak. The little girls were too perfect, the way they got together was too perfect, her mother was crazy. Basically, the whole plot of the book was them eating or in the bedroom or the husband not believing that his sainted mother didn't like his new wife. Pass on this one and save a couple of hours.

  • EllieDynek
    2019-03-11 19:27

    Emily was working as a cook/nanny for a rich family when her mother's new husband decides that it's time for her to set off on her own, and in her pursuit of this endeavor, she follows an advertisement for a mail-order bride, and ends up becoming a wife and mother to Benjamin and his two daughters. It's certainly an interesting adventure, as the young couple encounters obstacles both within and outside of their home, but it's truly a marvel to behold how love comes softly and lasts forever.

  • Meredith Cooper
    2019-03-15 01:41

    What a disappointment, this writer just recycles the same book. Slaps a new cover on it, and calls it a new book. Half of the stories are verbatim the previous book. I feel cheated as I bought the entire series. I did not bother reading the reviews because most of them just complain about sex in books, which annoys me. I wish I had read them though, because I feel like I wasted my money.

  • Annette K Hernandez
    2019-03-02 19:41

    Emily finds love out west.Emily needed to find a new job, but there weren't any in the paper. Her mother was getting married and now she needed a new place to live. She went back to the paper to look again, that is when she saw the ad for a mail order bride. Her ending is very happy.

  • Sam Callaghan
    2019-02-24 21:21

    this has to be my favourite mail order bride book.Emily is sweet and endearingBenjamin is mourning his wife and is marrying for his daughters rather than loveEmily isn't what he expected and he certainly didn't expect her to be a fire-cracker when she goes to battle with his motherloved this whole book

  • Mercedes
    2019-02-21 20:22

    Great StoryThis is a great story, The need for a mama for his daughters, Ben writes a letter to a marriage broker his young daughters help, The main requirement is to never make bacon sandwiches. Emily has need for a home. Love that blossoms, even with well not going to ruin the story for you. This book has a permanent place in my active books on my Kindle