• The Forced Engagement

  • Mail Order Brides of Fielder's Union
  • By: Susannah Calloway
  • Narrated by: Colleen Weaver
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Georgiana Middleton doesn’t know what she’s getting into when she agrees to become a Mail Order Bride to a rancher in Fielder’s Union, Arkansas. But she has more reasons to leave home than she has to stay, and when she arrives at the tiny town, she is delighted to find the family friendly and welcoming.

The big surprise, of course, is the man she’s agreed to marry - handsome widower Spencer Frost - has no idea she’s there to marry him at all. In a desperate bid to ensure that Spencer’s five-year-old daughter is cared for after she marries, Spencer’s cousin Leslie Frost wrote to the matrimonial agency hoping for the perfect match for her stubborn cousin. But Spencer is not a man who likes the decisions taken out of his hands - and when the truth comes to light, his fledgling romance with Georgiana is in danger of plummeting into the freshly-fallen snow.

Can Georgiana manage her fraught relationship with Spencer as she does her best to mother his daughter? Or will her own heart become a casualty in the battle between love and pride?

©2022 Tica House Publishing LLC (P)2022 Tica House Publishing LLC

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Sweet and Clean

Spencer and Georgiana are in for quite a surprise. She is left homeless in Boston and sees her only rescue from that life is to become a mail order bride. Spencer is a widow and his sister, Leslie, the only person available to care for his daughter, is getting married. This leaves Spencer in an uncomfortable situation. But secretly Leslie decides to solve the problem herself by ordering Spencer a mail order bride; unknown to Spencer or Georgiana. Upon Georgiana's arrival, the revelation of what Leslie has done begins the adventure of possible romance. But it's a struggle that makes an interesting story as they try to work it all out. Ms. Calloway weaves it all together with skill.

The narration is well done and easy listening.

I requested this audio book from the narrator and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Fun listen

A young lady becomes a mail order bride to avoid being left destitute on the streets. The groom to be doesn't know about the arrangement. Sparks fly, but is it anger or love? You'll need to listen to find out.

Narrative was well done.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

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Wonderful

Love at first sight wins over the toughest heart. It also helps that two cupids are working behind the scene.

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Praying for Help

Sweet story. Colleen Weaver is a good narrator. Georgianna has lost everything and no where or no one to turn to. By luck she sees a mail order bride agency and goes in. Not sure her luck will hold, when she finds the matchmaker out sick, but the secretary said she can help her. Next thing she is heading to Arkansas' to become the bride of Spencer. The problem is he knows nothing about it, as his cousin set everything up. Oh boy, now what happens. Funny and sad at times, but delightful.
I was given a copy of the book by the narrator for an honest review.

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Love this book

It was amazing and wonderful story, I definitely recommend this book. To short but great story

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Sweet Mail Order Bride

A sweet story with interesting characters. Spencer's wife died and he never really dealt with it. His transformation is especially wonderful for his daughter. The narrator did a good job in bringing the characters to life.

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  • Pris
  • 04-15-22

Squeaky clean romance

The Forced Engagement is a cute short story of a mail-order bride gone wrong. Or rather, requested without the groom-to-be's knowledge. Still, it makes for a fun premise and I really liked listening to it. My heart went out to Georgiana's plight and the circumstances that forced her to become a mail-order bride, and Lena's case of growing up without a mother definitely tugged at my heartstrings. Spencer's certainly closed off to love and second chances, but thanks to his cousin's interference, he's about to get one whether he likes it or not. Still, as with many short stories, there's a grand moment where the surly character gets their change of heart, that was actually believable, and the misunderstanding towards the end was fairly quickly resolved.

As for the narrator, she has a pleasant voice and I liked all the different ones she gave each of the characters. Her nuances are on point, but my only "complaint" would be that she kept making pauses in the middle of the sentences or at different times, which made me believe the sentence had already finished when it actually hadn't. Other than that, I really enjoyed her voices for everyone from Spencer and Georgiana to little Lena and even the grandparents.

All in all, a squeaky clean romance (there's only one kiss, and it's hinted at) read/listening experience for anyone looking for a 1- or 2-hour escape. Perfect for fans of the author, the series, or the mail-order bride trope. ~ 4 stars

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  • Janalyn
  • 03-15-22

Another male order bride finds love and the family!

When Leslie Frost gets engaged to Aaron Brown, her head is in the clouds and she isn’t as good as being attentive to little Lena as she used to be. Lena is her cousin‘s father old daughter and although Leslie loves her dearly she just can’t stop thinking about Aaron and what will she do when they marry she can’t take her with her. This is when Leslie decides to order a mail order bride for her cousin. When Georgie shows up though she is expecting to marry. It’s only her groom knew that. I love Susanna Callaway books in this one is no exception. I find her book short sweet and engaging I also want to say I love Colleen Weaver doing the narrating this was a great read and I’m glad I got to listen to it. Please forgive any grammatical or punctuation errors I am blind and dictate my review but all opinions are my own.