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Finished Montana Bride. Here is my review:

Montana Bride; A Bitter Creek Novel by Joan Johnston

From goodreads.com:

"When Karl Norwood’s mail-order bride meets an untimely demise on the way to the Montana Territory, Hetty Wentworth steps in to take her place. Hetty has no idea how she’s going to pretend to be all the things she isn’t—including the mother of two kids. She only knows her deception is necessary if she’s going to save two orphans from the awful fate she suffered as a child.

Karl smells a rat when a much younger woman than he was expecting arrives with two children who look nothing like her. But his mail-order bride is so beautiful, he doesn’t object—until he realizes that his charming new wife has been lying . . . about everything. Can a woman forced to keep secrets and a man hindered by distrust ever hope to find happily ever after in each other’s arms?"

Leona's Review:
This is the first book I have read by Joan Johnston and the first book of the Bitter Creek Series; the others are Texas Bride and Wyoming bride but this book can be read on it's own.

Hetty takes the place of the mail order bride for Karl Norwood after the death of the one he is supposed to marry. Two orphans, a boy and a girl, were pretending to be the children of the deceased woman so they could find a home. Hetty is encourage to do this by Bao Lin, the Chinese man who was sent by Karl to escort the original mail order bride, Mrs. Templeton.
The readers get history lessons in this book about the area, what like is like in this time era and how hard it is. People begin hard work at an early age at this time (late 1800s) and young girls age quickly. Karl has an interest in plants and flowers and tries to teach the children as they travel to their new home.
There is some sexual themes and moments in this book but not too much as far as I am concerned. Some language but very little and usually the person is corrected in their speech.
I personally did not like the cover of the book. It does not describe the contents at all.
Some characters are:
Henrietta Wentworth- the main woman character who came from a wealthy family. She has sisters she is unable to locate.
Karl Norwood- the main male character who wants to begin a family and accepts the fact there are already children from the woman he plans to marry
Grace and Griffin- the orphans who are the supposed children of Hetty. They are older than originally lead to believe.
Dennis- longtime friend of Karl
Bao Lin- the Chinese man who has many Confucius sayings.
Andy- someone from Texas who falls for Grace
I liked this book. I did not do my review so re-read it and I liked it better the second time. I found it a personal book in the fact so many had low esteem about themselves and were trying to find their way in life. A quick read.
I received a complimentary copy from the author on librarything.com to read and review. I give it a 4 star rating and look forward to reading more of Joan Johnston.
You may find the author at www.joanjohnston.com.
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Thanks, Barbara.

I am trying to get some books read on my Kindke so I can delete them.
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6/7/14 1:14 P

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Leona, they are mysteries. SHe tends to be somewhat dark, and a little edgy.

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What kind of books does Ruth Rendell write?
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Thanks. I will check her out. I have just finished reading my second Ruth Rendell and am on to my third. While I wait for my books to come from Play.com - I read what I have - I can't be with out a book.

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6/6/14 2:55 P

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I don't know either of those.

Her Barbara Vines are a little off-kilter. I don't recall there being foul language.

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No I haven't. Are they good. I have ready nearly all of Stephen Booth and Peter Robinson. I hate books with bad language so I am losing out I know. Thank you for the tip.

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Wew were talking about Ruth at my most recent book group. She can be difficult to read. Have you ever read her Barbara Vine novels?

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Hi. I love crime stories and am reading a Ruth Rendell at the moment.

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Hello all.
Trying to play catch-up on my reading.
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6/3/14 5:02 P

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LOL--I made an entry in the journal once--about 5 years ago!!

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I use The Journal. It works better for me than the SP Planner and I don't have to be online to use it.

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I saw that note. It doesn't bother me, truthfully.

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"The Planner will be removed from SparkPeople on June 10. We recommend moving any Planner items to another calendar."

Is there any way that SP can continue the calendar?

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I'm in the same boat....

I picked up a book this morning at the library--a Harlan Coben called The Innocent. I read one of his not long ago and was not impressed so I am giving a different series a try.

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I have been working on the same up and down 5 pounds...

Anyone have any suggestions? Nan
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Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a great day! I plan on getting some reading in before bed tonight.

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Read two books this weekend on the Cape. So fun!



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I've had another one of those weeks wihtout a book. I had been reading so much, I htink I needed it. Need to hit the library tomorrow to return two books that are due.

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Good Morning! It's a beautiful day here in Austin, Texas. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday emoticon

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Supposed to be 88--a little warmer than I like but still ok.

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Nice here, too!

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Really cooled off last nite..
but sunshine out there today!
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Ugh!

I am reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and really liking it!

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Feel great - dentist appt, is history now, LOL!!

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Temps are down.
Going to community theater
this weekend with friends.
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Hope everyone is having a great week. Things here are fine, I've been busy with different projects and finally have a chance to post. All is well, the weather is cool again here in the low 50's and tomorrow rain and only in the 40's. Hopefully, we will get warm weather soon. I love being retired and doing the things I love. I'm doing a senior yoga class and a water aerobics class. I'm reading more which is wonderful. Started my second J.D. Robb book and love them. Take care all.

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Book group today--Reconstructing Amelia. Of course, I am drawing a blank on the author!! Something like Katherine Creight. Anyway, it was enjoyable, although hard to read for a mother.

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Had my video chat earlier today, so I have had Mother's Day with both kids.

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Sunny out there today...
getting together with family.
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Just picked up The Goldfinch--wow, it is 769 pages long. For once, I might need three weeks to read something...

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Still struggling with S. I don't like it, but I feel as though I committed to reading it, and even though I don't like it, I still want to know where they are going.

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I am debating giving up on S., which I started yesterday. It tries far too hard to be different, but, as usual, I want to know what happens anyway....

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Thanks for the reminder, I am not good in turning the pages of my calendar. At least I don't do it with books.

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Sorry - have not been catching up in awhile. Just ordered a 4 Harlan Coben books from Paperback Swap.

Have not found time to read in awhile

So excited we just booked a cruise from mid June. So looking forward to reading with a pina colada by the pool.

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Enjoyable weekend....

Family dropped in, and with lunch - very nice!
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I had to go way back on the thread to see if you were responding to me, but no, I can't stand Paterson. His first book was good, and possibly other of the early ones, but he doesn't write "his" books any more--he has a team of writers who do it and the books are their styles, not his. THe ones I have read in the more recent series were just not well written.

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Sorry you didn't like James Patterson's books. I usually do the opposite read the books then watch the TV show or movie and don't like it. I need a new mystery writer to try as I am caught up with the James Patterson books I like. Some of his I don't like there are three of his series I did like. The singles or the ones on the flying kids, or fantasy I didn't like at all. Any ideas for some good authors to read now? I like mystery's or story's of the old west, but with family's only not the cowboy kind. Oregon Trail or Mail Order brides as well as mysterys and books on the Amish. Several other things too just can't think of all of them now. I read about any fiction other then science fiction or horror types.

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I am about to start S. by Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams, and I got a notice today that The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is waiting for me at the library. THe last time I checked, I think I was at about 223 on the wait list, so something happened to open it up suddenly!!

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May!! Incredible. ANd for the first time in ages, I remembered to change my wall calendar!!

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It is much better than I thought it would be. Almost done with it.

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Started reading a book by a Dutch writer, Janwilhelm van Wintering (I think..) called the Blonde Baboon. I have two other books sitting and waiting for me for future discussion groups.

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I got a notice from the library that they have a second book waiting for me. This is a good one--it is the book for next month for one of my discussion groups, and I was way down the list when I requested it. I really didn't think I would get it in time to read it.

I started a book this morning which is short mysteries--kind of cozy-type things. The theme is food--I think the title is Dining In. I read two of them--they are short--and they were cute and fun especially since they are so short. At the end of each story, the author shares a recipe that figures in the story.

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I have a book waiting at the library for one of my discussion groups, and I have to pickit up by Saturday. So I amgiving the book of short stories until Friday. The writing is good, they just aren't grabbing me.

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