About the Book
Book: Dinah’s Dilemma
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: August 15, 2020
Will she have to run from the past for the rest of her life?
Dinah Simpkins has no chance of making a good marriage. Her outlaw brothers and her father’s gambling addiction have ruined the family’s reputation. Then the Westward Home and Hearts Matrimonial Agency provides an opportunity for a fresh start. After Dinah arrives in Nebraska, she discovers her brothers played a part in the death of her prospective groom’s first wife.
As a former Pinkerton detective Nathan Childs knows when someone is lying. The bride sent by the matrimonial agency may be beautiful, but she’s definitely hiding something, and he has no intention of marrying her until he uncovers the truth. But an easier solution may be to send her packing. Then his young daughter goes missing. He and Dinah must put aside their mutual hurt and mistrust to find her.
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About the Author
Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.
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As a novelist, I write about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. And to me, nothing is more extraordinary than leaving all that you know to travel a great distance (often thousands of miles) to marry a man you’ve never met. Don’t you agree?
During the initial settlement of the American West, the population was primarily composed of men. Men who went in search of gold, to seek new opportunities in farming and ranching, or to make a fresh start where land and resources seemed unlimited. Eventually, loneliness set in for those who were single, yet there was a dearth of suitable women to marry.
The conundrum for the men was how to meet and court a woman without leaving for fear of someone taking their land or claims. Some of the bachelors wrote home asking friends and family for referrals to single women who would make a good wife. Courtship would take place via correspondence until the couple decided they were suited to marry. The more common scenario was that of mail-order brides.
Ads were placed by the men in eastern newspapers. They would tell a bit about themselves and what traits they were seeking in a wife. Interested women would reply, and the advertiser would respond to the applicant he thought was a good fit. As with those men who wrote home to find a mate, the process was much the same with courtship occurring through letters.
Most of the time, the marriages went smoothly, with the couple falling in love, resulting in a long and happy relationship. However, there are stories of marriages that did not survive because of abandonment, abuse, death, or the discovery of a still-living spouse. A few incidents are recorded about mail-order brides whose groom paid her railway passage, only for her to marry someone else because he seemed a better prospect. Fortunately, those instances seem to make up a small percentage.
I hope you enjoy Dinah’s Dilemma: A Mail-Order Bride Romance.
Linda Shenton Matchett
Dinah’s Dilemma is written by Linda Shenton Matchett. If you have never read a book by this author, you are really missing out. This one has got to be one of my favorites that I have read by her. This is part of the Westward home and hearts mail order bride series. This is a multi-author series. I have not read many of the other books in the series, but they are all definitely stand alone books.
In this one we meet Dinah. You automatically feel bad for her since her father has ruined her chances for a decent marriage with his gambling addiction. Her brothers have also not helped her situation with how sketchy they have been. She wants to go somewhere where no one knows her or her family. So becoming an mail order bride seems like the perfect fit.
Nathan is an easy likeable character. He’s a former Pinkerton detective. He can tell if someone is hiding something even if they think they are being normal. He knows his new potential bride is hiding something and he doesn’t want to go into a marriage with secrets. He also has his young daughter to think about. They do get married and he eventually finds out the dee secrets she’s been hiding. He’s broken.
I love the biblical messages that the author has woven in. Trust and forgiveness go a long way. Especially as these two get to know each other and build a relationship. Once he finds out about her past can he forgive her?
The author always writes unique fun characters. Her story lines are full of history. I always love her books.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own.
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