26 May 2016

Noela reviews MAIL-ORDER REVENGE by Angela K Couch

Mail-Order Revenge
MAIL-ORDER REVENGE

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****
SWEET REVENGE?

Who doesn’t love a beguiling mail-order bride story? But where many brides answer ads in their quest to find happiness and a new life, this bitter bride-to-be seeks only to exact revenge! From bustling New York to the sparse wilderness of Arizona, the prospective bride journeys afar, carrying her cloak of secrecy and resentment—with plans for duplicity and betrayal.

Elizabeth Landvik, once a part of genteel society, has been reduced to sharing a room in a boarding house and toiling for pittance at a sewing factory. Her family’s impoverishment and the subsequent deaths of her parents can be attributed to one man, Lars Forsberg. How it chafes her that he now lives on a sprawling ranch with his son Axel. When she spies a newspaper ad for a mail-order bride for Axel, Elizabeth figures this will be the perfect way to search for her family’s money and give them their comeuppance. Axel Forsberg is initially infuriated his father has arranged a bride for him but warms to the idea especially upon seeing the lovely lady. While his new wife seems to need time to adjust to their union, Axel swiftly loses his heart. But before long, increasingly alarming incidents leave him baffled and troubled.

Mail-Order Revenge is an intriguing and unique take on the mail-order bride theme which makes for a particularly captivating read. This novella is the first I’ve read from Angela K Couch and definitely won’t be the last! Although a novella, it has the fullness of a novel leaving the reader emotionally touched, deeply satisfied, and stirred by the themes of repentance, bitterness and its consequences, and the offering of unmerited grace. A wonderful story!!

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You can purchase Mail-Order Revenge here: AMAZON

GIVEAWAY: Angela is generously giving away either a paperback or e-book copy of Mail-Order Revenge to one blessed commenter! (US only) *Please leave your email so that we may contact you should you win! Using (at) and (dot) will protect you against spammers.

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71 comments:

  1. Wow,this looks like a great story and a clever twist on the mail-order bride story!Thanks for this post Noela and to Angela for writing this novella. Can't wait to read this!

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    1. My pleasure, LYNNE, and thank you! It certainly isn't your normal mail-order bride scenario! Awesome story though! :-)

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    2. Thanks Lynn! I do hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Oops,forgot to leave my e-mail for the giveaway! Please throw my name in lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com .Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks Lynne!! All the best with your entry! :-)

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  3. Wow, NOELA! Beautiful review! This sounds fantastic with a different twist on an old theme! Love it! Your words "unmerited grace" really stood out to me, because with tears in my eyes just this morning I was thanking God for his unmerited grace towards me. Without it I'd be utterly destroyed and hopeless.

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    1. Oh DIANA that's beautiful to hear. I feel the same way, too. I think that's pretty special that God may have used that line in my review as an acknowledgment of your thankfulness to Him. I hope you get a chance to read this special story. Hugs!

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    2. Amen, Diana. Thank you for that beautiful thought.

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  4. Sounds very intriguing. TSL9Snodgrass(at)aol(dot)com.

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    1. It certainly is, SUSAN, and a very enjoyable read! :-) All the best!

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  5. This premise definitely pulled me in. Different and interesting. Yes Please!!!

    Diane
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. The premise grabbed my attention too, DIANE, and I'm so glad I grabbed it to read! A wonderful story!

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  6. This review makes me want to read this as soon as possible! Thanks for this giveaway!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks CONNIE! I sure hope you get a chance to read it asap, too! All the best in the giveaway!

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  7. This book sounds like something I would very much enjoy. It is very different from the run of the mill mail order bride books. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. It's a fascinating plot-line isn't it, STELLA! Here's hoping you get to read it soon! Blessings!

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    2. That's what I was going for...so fun to hear what readers think! :)

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  8. Thanks for the review, Noela! An interesting idea! I have a mail order groom novella coming out next spring and I love mail order bride stories, too!

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    1. Thanks, CARRIE! We're such romantics aren't we? :-) Can't wait to read yours as well, Carrie!!

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  9. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway. cmcfaithingod at gmail dot com

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it! Good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Thanks for coming by to read about Angela's book, CHRISTINE! All the best!

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  10. Love the twist! Can't wait to read this. Thank you. Klemmk(dot)c(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's an interesting one for sure! Here's hoping you get to read it soon, CINDI!

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  11. Thank you so much, Noela, for the wonderful review! I am so honored. And so glad you loved my story!

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    1. You're welcome, ANGELA, thank you! Mail-order Revenge was wonderful, and I'm looking forward to reading more of yours! :-)

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  12. A beautiful review, Noela - thank you!! An unusual storyline - I love those emotionally touching reads!! I just finished reading another award-winning novella from Angela and can't wait for the opportunity to read 'Mail-Order Revenge'!!

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    1. Thanks, BONNIE! And I'm hanging out to read the one you just read of Angela's, plus her others! :D

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  13. This sounds awesome! Just love these types of stories :) Thanks for a chance to win! Have a Blessed Day!
    swanphillips4(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. It had to have been so daunting to be a mail-order bride don't you think, WENONA! This bride is daunted for a whole other reason though. :-) Blessings to you!

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  14. Oh a woman scorned and after revenge. Well I must read this book. It sounds like an adventure . Thanks for the chance.
    Jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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    1. It's adventurous for sure, DEANA, can you imagine someone doing that? Hope you get to find out what happens soon! :-)

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  15. Sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Thanks for coming by to read about Angela's book, ANN! All the best!

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  16. This is the first I've heard of this book. It does sound like a good one. I'm interested to know how it all works out. Thanks for the chance to win Mail-Order Revenge.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Make sure you grab a copy to see how it works out if you don't win, PAM! Worth it! :) Thanks for coming by to read about it, and all the best with your entry!

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  17. Thank you for the review. This sounds like a really good story. Thank you for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. We aim to please, KAY! :-) Thank YOU for coming by to read about this wonderful story!

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  18. I love mail-order bride stories and this one sounds like it has a very interesting twist. I would love to win a copy.
    susanmsj at MSN dot com

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    1. I'd love you to win as well, SUSAN! Either way, I hope you get to read this fascinating mail-order bride story soon! :-)

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  19. I love mail-order bride stories and this sounds like a very interesting tale. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy of this book.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. It was indeed, very interesting, WENDY! Hope you get to enjoy it soon! Thanks for coming by to read about it.

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  20. NOELA, I love your review! Sounds intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading it.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you so much, CARYL! It's a very intriguing premise, isn't it?! I know I haven't read anything like this before and by the sounds of it, no one seems to have as well. Bless you!

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    2. LOL. The question I asked myself while coming up with the story, is: "what hasn't been done yet?" It is rewarding to hear this! :) Thank you both!

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  21. This book sounds great! Thank you for sharing!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. My pleasure, thanks MELANIE! Here's hoping you get to enjoy it soon! :)

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  22. WOW! This sounds completely unique and AMAZING! I'd LOVE to read and review it! WOW! :D

    Many Blessings,
    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. You need to read this AMADA!! :-) Thanks so much for your comment and for coming by to read about Angela's awesome story! All the best with your entry, Amada!

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    2. Definitely on my MUST BE READ list! ;) Thank you!

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    3. Thanks, Amanda! I love your enthusiasm! And welcome all reviews! :) Enjoy!

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  23. This is the first mail order bride story with this twist that I have seen. Sounds wonderful. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. Same here, JAN! It's an intriguing concept, and makes for a wonderful story!

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  24. Great review, Noela :) This one sounds like a keeper! I would love to win this giveaway.
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, BETTI! Here's hoping!! :-)

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  25. This is definitely a new twist on the mail-order bride story! Thank you for a great review, Noela! alexaverde7(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    1. ALEXA thanks for dropping in. Good luck in the drawing! NOELA will be back a little later.

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    2. Thank you ALEXA, hope you get to read this wonderful story soon!

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  26. Mail-Order Revenge sounds like a wonderful, twisty tale!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. HI MERRY! That's a wonderful description!! :-)

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  27. I've got to say, I admire the courage of the mail order brides, so one with the courage to become a mail order bride & being set out for revenge...Wow!! Thanks for sharing the review & chance to win! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Hi Robin, I think Noela still doesn't have power at her home in Australia! I don't think I could have been a mail order bride but I do have an upcoming release with mail order groom, releasing with Barbour next June. This story of Angela's looks great and fun!!!

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  28. That is quite the twist! I'm sure Axel has his work cut out for him.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes he does, PATTY! :) Thx for coming by!

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  29. I've read several Mail order bride books but this one sure sounds like it is a bit different. Thanks for this giveaway! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. It's definitely a unique take on the theme, DONNA! All the best!!

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  30. It looks like a dun, unusual story!
    calamity_manda at yahoo dot com

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