If you have read any mail order bride stories, you've probably noticed that even though the bride and groom never met each other, they are both genuinely good people. It's a rare story that has a scam or a truly bad person either write or respond to the mail order bride advertisement. Faith Blum took that rare theme and wrote three novellas about five young ladies duped into becoming mail order brides only to find out the men they were supposed to marry weren't what they had appeared in the letters. The first of those novellas, Just a Closer Walk, released on June 26th, and I had the opportunity to read and review it!
My Book Review for Just a Closer Walk
This was an enjoyable novella. Perfect for curling up for an afternoon summer escape.
The main characters, Katie and Joanna, come from different backgrounds, with different baggage they need to overcome, to find happiness. One woman has a
faith in God, and the other is not so sure. They have a few sticky situations, but the characters ban together with the other young woman who have been duped into being mail-order brides. The story really is a sweet read. All the characters have personalities that are strong in different ways. While the story is a novella and
could benefit from a deeper look into the characters’ hearts and feelings, the
story does show Joanna’s and Katie’s struggle to overcome in an inspiring
My favorite part was seeing the thoughts of potential suitor Benjamin after an incident with Joanna. The glimpse into his character was the
most profound and developed. Another part, through the simple words
of a little girl, made me cry. Her words were so minor, but they truly showed how faith
This novel is suitable for all ages. No
inappropriate scenes. I was seriously hoping for an awkward unbuttoning of a
certain someone’s wedding dress, but that never happened.
Christian romance readers will enjoy this light,
Note: I was able to jump right into this novella
without missing a beat, although I bet that by reading the novel, The Solid Rock, the development of the characters would have more
meaning for the reader.
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an
About the Book
I am weak, but Thou art strong/Jesus, keep me from all wrong/I’ll be satisfied as long/As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Katie and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They start talking and find out they are both headed there to become mail order brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is going to happen to them? Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is happening?
About the Author
Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she has grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.
When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana, to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.
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