Elli Korpela has agreed to become a mail-order bride in order to escape a dangerous situation in her homeland of Finland. But has she truly escape? It would seem danger has followed her to hot Texas where she marries Nathan White. After an intruder attacks her on the first night of her arrival and nearly strangles her to death Elli must begin fitting together the pieces of a very strange puzzle.
Let me begin by saying, I absolutely love Colleen Coble’s books. They are a breath of fresh air in the Christian historical fiction niche with plenty of adventure and mystery to keep readers entertained into the wee hours of the morning (yes, it has happened before). However Bluebonnet Bride wasn’t quite up to par with her other works I have had the pleasure of reading. The characters were a little shallow and the dialogue was annoying in some sections. And while we’re on that – why the heck do native English-speakers feel the need to tell foreign speaks “Your English is very good”? That’s almost inane and, when you think about it, a little rude. Is the foreign character too inept that they could not learn to converse in English? Yet this is just a pet peeve and due to something I will not get into does cause a little irritation (believe me, you would NOT believe it).
Also, the story takes place in 1907 and Elli comes over on a ship called Baltic. If readers are to assume by the name and the cover art – gorgeous cover, by the way – that this is the RMS Baltic of the White Star Line then we can also assume that Elli would not have been starved on the crossing and would not have had to bring her own meager supply of food to live on (this isn’t the Age of Sail and even THEN one would have often times been supplied with rations – they just weren’t always in large supply or very good condition). By that time competition between shipping companies was fierce as they competed with one another to snag the passengers for their liners, namely third class immigrant hoping to make a better life for themselves in the States. As a result conditions improved aboard the steamers. Of course third-class could not compare to first-class but the companies provided food for the passengers.
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