Were you a Train Station Bride?


Are you the type of person who loves adventure and are willing to go out on a limb to find your own way? Or are you the type of person who hides in the background wishing you had the courage to do something with your life? Well in the book, Train Station Bride by Holly Bush. The main character Julia is a little of both of these kinds. Here is brief summary of the book.

1887 Debutante, Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother.

Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia’s one chance at love.

Jake Shelling was sixteen and grew up quick when his parents died from influenza on the North Dakota prairie.

Left with a half-cleared farm and two young sisters, he spent little time on his own needs . . till now.


At thirty-five, he figured it was high time to have some sons and a mail order bride would suit him just fine. No expectations of love, just a helpmate from sturdy stock, ready for farm life.

What happens to Julia in her adventure in nothing but courageous and eye-opening. Both Jake and Julia have to learn to trust in the bond of love and overcome some amazing obstacles to be together.

My take on the book is that this is an incredible read. I loved how courageous Julia was going out on her own. I admit that I can identify with her a little bit because I am the youngest of 4 girls and I always felt like I never measured up in my parents eyes when I was growing up. But now look at me: I am the only one who is happily married and with a stable family and home life. I do not have to depend on my parents for anything. Whereas my sisters have to depend on them to much.  I loved how she married Jake by mistake and how that mistake turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to her. Sometimes the mistakes we make turn out better than what we think. All in all this is a great read.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the sole purpose of this review. No other monetary compensation was provided.

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