by Lorena Dove
Book 1: Giovanna: The Cowboy’s Calabrese Mail Order Bride
The year is 1892, and Giovanna is a young widow struggling to raise her daughter on her own. Hard-working, beautiful, and honest to a fault, Giovanna’s dreams of a life with her husband, Frank, were cut short when he died soon after they arrived from Calabria, Italy, four years earlier. Now Giovanna must find a way to help her sick daughter, Rosa, before she loses the only thing she loves!
Laars Gundersen has broken from his family in Minnesota to work a claim in the Dakota Territory. He needs a wife, but his work ethic and cool Nordic ways don’t leave much time for children.
Will Giovanna find the love she deserves and be able to care for Rosa before it’s too late?
“Thanks to Ms. Dove for pointing out the fact that people from all sorts of nationalities helped to settle the American west.”
“I loved the courage of a mother to do what was right for her daughter.”
“A must read for anyone who loves mail order bride books.”
Book 2: Nathalie: The Circuit Rider’s Rhineland Mail Order Bride
Meet Nathalie Luxe, a young German girl alone in New York in 1893. She wants to fight for her late grandfather’s business, but instead has to travel to South Dakota to help the failing business of Isadore X. Maduro — NO marriage intended!
Isadore is a dreamer and intellectual, studying for the law, who is struggling to keep his father’s store afloat. He needs money and a wife–but will take either one.
Will Nathalie’s heart soften as she experiences the friendship and love of the people in her new adopted town? Will Isadore’s commitment to justice override his passion for Nathalie just when she needs him the most?
“You will be entranced by Nathalie’s and Isidore’s story.”
CIR: What inspired this book?
DOVE: I was inspired to write this series by the incredible stories from my own family of European immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The idea of moving further west after coming so far from their home countries intrigued me, and I have always loved prairie and pioneer love stories.
CIR: What kind of research did you have to do?
DOVE: I research the individual home countries of my characters to find customs, sayings, dress and traditions that they would have brought with them to America. Many of the people in the Dakota territories spoke only German or only Norwegian, but I have all my characters speaking English together with the occasional phrase in their native language.
CIR: What would you compare these books to?
DOVE: My book about Giovanna, the Italian girl, is in a small way inspired by Lauraine Snellings’ Red River of the North series. I am not as detailed as Mrs. Snelling yet but hope that my novellas will create a window into the time period and customs of people coming together from around the world to build their lives in the west.
CIR: What themes run through the series?
DOVE: Faith in God, strength of character and love for family and friends is what pull people through the hardest times. I am always inspired by the fortitude of the pioneers, so I hope readers are inspired to keep pushing for the dreams in their own lives. I also believe in love and happy endings!
CIR: Is there more coming?
DOVE: Yes, the next installment will be Silvia, the Stockman’s Slavic Mail Order Bride, and from there I have a Christmas book about the people in the first three books. In January, I will have more nationalities including Irish and Swedish.
Learn more about Lorena Dove and her writing at www.lorenadove.com