Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Bride Lottery by Kristin Holt

The Bride Lottery by Kristin Holt is a sweet historical romance set in the early western USA.
Evelyn Brandt has made a bad choice and ended up an expectant unwed mother. Her socially upstanding parents force her to take the next west-bound train to an uncle in California where she is to give up the baby for adoption and pretend it never existed.
On the way, she falls in with a group of mail order brides on their way to a mining town. Not wanting to give up her baby, she joins them, in hopes that she can find a better way.
The resulting romantic adventure is heartwarming and fun.

I enjoyed this book. It is a sweet romance, meaning there are no sex scenes. It does however, imply that both parties are experienced. It also illustrates the consequences of those mistakes which redeems it in my eyes.  I'd rate it PG on the morality scale.
I've always enjoyed stories about mail order brides. The idea of an arranged marriage that works out is sort of fun. This one is no exception.
Over all I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, and you know how stingy I am with stars. It's a good read.

About the Author:

1. Tell me a little about yourself. Anything fun or goofy that we should know?

My varied past includes:

Attending 5 elementary schools, 2 junior highs, 1 high school, and 2 universities

Working as an RN in Labor and Delivery and Certified Childbirth Educator

Delusions of Medical School

Piccolo section leader in marching band

7 surgeries (maybe 8…I’ve lost count)

Collecting enough fabric, patterns, and notions to fill more space than my card-making paper supplies—and that’s really saying something

26+ years of marriage to one wonderful guy and raising our four children

Residence in 7 states

Visiting romantic locales: Costa Rica, Hawai’i, the Panama Canal, Brussels, and Paris

Shedding 70 pounds, working for Weight Watchers of SLC as Receptionist, Leader, and ultimately, Territory Manager

2. Where do you live and what is it like to live there?

I live in northern Utah. I grew up all over the United States and have vivid memories of virtually every region. One of the things I love best about Utah: we enjoy four distinct seasons.

3. Tell me a bit about your family/home life (if you don't mind).

I count myself blessed to have been married to the same wonderful guy for almost 27 years. We have 4 kids who are mostly adults now (the 'baby', at 17+ thinks she's an adult, and the others are legally adults).

4.Why do you write? What do you write? Do you have any weird writing habits? (I know that's 3 questions; just tell me about your writing.)

I write because I love it. I find the creative process of storytelling blends with the technical processes of editing, formatting, and Indie Publishing in a way that fits my personality splendidly.
I write Sweet (wholesome) Western Historical Romance--about half of which are mail order bride romances. My setting of choice is the late 19th century American west. One of my series is more Rom Com (romantic comedy) than Western or Frontier (The Husband-Maker Trilogy). Because I live near, have lived, or have traveled to the locales I set my books in, it's natural. The setting is always an integral part of my characterizations.

While I've worked set schedules in the past (as an RN, and as a territory manager), I find the freedom of working solely as an author refreshing. Quite possibly my biggest quirk about in this self-employment world is I find it either a challenge to sit down and actually write or find it difficult to walk away from my work (because I've fallen in). I may or may not have an "all or nothing" personality--the jury's still out.

Perhaps of most interest, I write sweet (wholesome) romance because I firmly believe that the tender, sweet, falling-in-love elements of a story can and should be of greater impact when sexual intimacy's not in play. It's very possible for sweet romances to show through the story, that the hero and heroine have developed a deep and abiding love for one another and are fully committed. When I began writing romance, my daughters were much younger, and my personal desire, as their mother, was that they not have to learn the hard way that sex and love are not the same thing. I chose to cater my writing to selective readers who love romance but prefer the absence of strong language and want books free of sexual content. I label my books with the familiar movie ratings (though TV or gaming ratings might be more effective). I call them G or G/PG, and have been amused when reviewers say "this book isn't PG, it's G-rated". Good. That's the audience I'm aiming for.

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