Bluebonnet Bride A Butterfly Palace Story
By Colleen Coble
Book Description: At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boards The Baltic with hundreds of eager women, all seeking new beginnings and brighter futures in America . . . as mail order brides.
Escaping a forced engagement, Elli seeks refuge in a faraway marriage, desperately needing her new life with a Texan named Nathan White to be safer than the one she left behind in Finland. And as she glimpses her future husband and his darling niece at the train station, she instantly knows her risk will prove the best decision she's ever made.
Until he became the guardian of four-year-old Hannah, Nathan White never took an interest in marriage, arranging a mail order wife to simply love and care for his orphaned niece. That is, he never took an interest until he laid eyes on the beautiful Elli Korpela.
After a fairytale ceremony in the gardens of the grandest estate Elli's ever seen, a place called Butterfly Palace, their peaceful beginning takes a disquieting turn as an intruder brutally attacks Elli in the middle of the night. Nathan intervenes, but the devil escapes unidentified, leaving Elli to face two chilling possibilities: either the attack was arranged by strike workers in Nathan's employ or her shadowy past followed her into the present – and across the sea.
As the danger mounts, Elli and Nathan must face their enemy together, fighting to stay alive – and fighting to stay man and wife.
My Thoughts: This was cute novella. If your looking for something quick to read or for a short trip then this book is perfect. Elli is a strong willed but vulnerable and Nathan is looking for a mother for his child not love, but Love finds them as well as some mystery. Is it Nathans past of Ellis out to hurt them? I liked that although this book is short it didn't leave you wanting for a better story/ending. It was perfectly written and not rushed as some novellas feel. I would recommend Colleen Cobles books to anyone who likes a heartwarming story of intrigue and love.
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