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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1870—Combining a mail order bride with secrets and an ex-Pinkerton agent gives the reader ample opportunity to experience drama on a Nebraska farm. The Civil War is over, leaving a trail of grief and upsetting memories. But mush is at stake, including the well-being of an innocent three-year-old girl.
None of us can choose our families, nor can we guarantee the mischief that individuals cause will not affect us. Yet, each of us is a separate, individual child of God, responsible for our own actions. Even if no one else can separate the good members from the bad, God can. He is capable of turning a miserable situation with ugly strings attached, waiting for the wrong person to pull them, into a beautiful, purposeful life. Follow Dinah into her world of flight across the country, hopefully far away from trouble.
Linda Matchett never disappoints.
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
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Thank you for the review.
I love mail order bride/groom Historical Fiction books. This is such a widely written genre that it can be difficult to have a storyline that sets it apart enough to keep it interesting. This, however, sounds like it would keep my attention well! Thank you for this review.
I’m adding this to my tbr! Thanks for sharing!
Sounds like a must read. Thank you for sharing.
This sounds like a wonderful book.
I love mail order bride/groom Historical Fiction books – thanks for the review!
Mail-order bride stories are a favorite of mine, and Dinah’s Dilemma has many interesting elements.
Marguerite, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!
What a horrible situation to be sent as a mail order bride only to find out your family had something to do with his wife’s death. Sue would like to read this!
Thank you so much for being part of my blog tour and for your lovely review!
Thank you so much for sharing. Linda has a heart filled with the Lord’s love. God bless you.