TRAIN STATION BRIDE – Prarie Romance – The Crawford Family – Book One
Author: Holly Bush
Type of Book – Unabridged Audiobook
Narrator: Meghan Kelly
Length: 5 hours, 45 minutes
Genre: Historical Romance
Production Date: March 10, 2015
Produced By: Holly Bush Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.*
The year is 1887. Julia Crawford is the second of four daughters of a prominent Boston banker. Julia is blonde and plump but not unattractive. However she has always been in the shadow of sisters. She has dreamt of starting her life far away from her family and their obsession with money and status and the fact that they treat her as if she is an embarrassment to the Crawford family name.
Jacob Snelling is a middle age shopkeeper a thousand miles from Boston in a small town in South Dakota. Loneliness and the desire for a companion for his aging mother prompted him to place an ad for a wife in the Boston newspaper. Julia answered the ad and after corresponding back and forth by letters has agreed to travel to South Dakota and to marry him. She does not expect to love him or for him to love her. She accepts this and so it is that Julia sets off by train to meet her future husband.
Jake Shelling is 33. Both his parents died when he was only sixteen and he was left alone to run the family farm and to raise his two younger sisters. He was able to achieve both goals successfully. Now that his sisters are grown up and are married with families and farms of their own, Jake decides to order a bride from Sweden. He does not expect love, he is just looking for companionship and he greatly desires a son to pass the farm to when he dies. His prospective wife Inga Cropper is due to arrive by train.
Both Julia and Inga are traveling to South Dakota on the same train. Both women are meeting their future husbands at the train station. Neither woman has ever seen her prospective husband before. Both women have similar last names – Crawford and Cropper. Both women are blonde.
Jake and Jacob share a first name and their last names are nearly identical. They are both waiting for their brides to arrive on the same train and in the same small South Dakota town.
What could possibly go wrong?
This story has a unique romance plot which is refreshing and will keep the listener’s interest throughout the entire five hours and forty-five minutes.
Narrator Meghan Kelly does a superb job with this audiobook. Despite the challenge of voicing multiple female characters and a few male characters, she has made the voice of each one of them different and distinct. She is able to portray not only the upper class society women with ease, but also the crotchety elderly woman as well as the down to earth sisters of Jake Shelling. Her portrayal of Julia’s father’s voice sounds exactly like what I would expect a Boston banker from the late 1880s to sound like. The voice she uses for Julia is perfection. Julia comes across as upper class, but still down to earth which is just right for her character. I also feel compelled to comment on how well she uses subtlety of tone and inflection to portray emotion. Meghan Kelly does a superb job narrating “Train Station Bride” and I am 100% sure that her narration added value to this audiobook and helped me make my decision to give it a five out of five star rating.
I really like the cover of this audiobook. The colors are perfect for a story set in the prairies and the woman in the old fashioned wedding dress, standing with her back to the listener while a train departs in the distance is exactly what I pictured Julia to look like.
I highly recommend this audiobook to all lovers of historical fiction, historical romance and regular romance novels. I was highly entertained by this feel good tale of finding true love in unexpected places.
I rate TRAIN STATION BRIDE as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This woman has as many layers as an onion and if he weren’t careful he’d end up with tears in his eyes.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Holly Bush grew up in a house filled with books so it was probably inevitable that she became an author. To learn more about her and to find out what other books she has written, visit her website at http://www.hollybushbooks.com
ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
Meghan Kelly was once a talent agent and has been a full-time voice actress and musician for the past six years. For more information about Meghan visit http://www.soundsofmeghankelly.com