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(The Brides of San Francisco #1)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  3,289 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
Nellie Wallace is a young widow with two children. In post civil-war New York, the men are scarce and none want the burden of a wife with children. Her dead husband's family is wealthy, and cruel. Desperate to escape their influence, and eager for a home, a husband, and a stable life for her children, Nellie decides to make a new life in San Francisco as a mail order bride ...more
Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published November 9th 2014 (first published November 4th 2014)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 my cheese fix Stars

I don't know what it is about Mrs Cynthia Woolf's books but they are like a drug to me. She has a general plot formula that she follows in every book of hers that I have read. Still I can't help myself, I just gotta get my hands on her books. I know that the hero will be really sweet and great in bed. He will treat heroine well, but will tell her that he can't love her. I know that towards the end he will realize he is in love with her but was too scared to tell her. He alm
"The worst crime you can commit is telling the audience something they already know." -Aaron Sorkin

Sorry for the dramatic quote. But the man ain't lying. And this book is perfect example of why.

I was initially going to give this 2 stars but the poor editing & weak writing made it nearly impossible for me to overlook. Overall this lacked depth of any kind. I mean if you are looking for an easy read with not much thought put into it then sure. But actual development and common sense
N is Nellie.

D is for Dreadful.

Clunky writing, ridiculous situations, and poor writing.
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

I found Nellie by Cynthia Woolf, quite by accident when browsing Amazon for books that offered the audio narration for $1.99. The book description intrigued me since I usually enjoy mail-order bride stories. I'm very glad I found this book.

Nellie is a war widow, living on the charity from her late husband's parents. Tired of their controlling ways, she answers an ad for mail-order brides, willing to travel to San Francisco. When she is presented with a candidate looking for a brid
Brenda Roberson
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
In New York after the end of the Civil War, the men are scarce and none of them want the burden of a wife with children. But Nellie Wallace is a young widow with two children. Her dead husband's family is wealthy, but cruel. She is desperate and wants to escape their influence. She is eager for a home, husband and a stable life for her children. So Nellie decides to make a new life in San Francisco as a mail order bride.

Blake Malone is a saloon owner, a bachelor and h
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 super stars

The first book I've read from Cynthia Woolf was "Fiery Bride", also about a mail order bride. After that, I read 3 more, also historical, which I enjoyed greatly but to be honest, I believe mail order brides is what this author does best. I simply loved this book.

One thing you need to know before jumping into one of Cynthia's books is that they share something in common: they are simple (forget those hard to understand plots) and also they are sexy but nonetheless classy. We have so
Sep 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
I got this for free through Bookbub.com and I thought why not, it's free. But the dialogue was stilted. Sometimes I wasn't even sure which character was speaking. The descriptions (when there were any) were flat, boring, juvenile. Then the sex scenes that just seem thrown in for decoration. And the sex descriptions were bad. Things like "man rods" and "love nubs", really? Just made me laugh. Not a great book. Although I will say this, it's a good first draft of a book. The story line is interest ...more
Black Lion Book Tours
Nov 21, 2014 marked it as past-tours
Shelves: rhomy-read
Kylara Jensen
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh. It was ok.

I don't really like the way Blake treats Nellie. Instead of just seducing her or saying ok we're married, let's have sex he (kind of rapily) tries to convince her.

The whole story is just meh.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
The writing is super clunky. Definitely a case where we were told, never shown. Bad editing. Wooden characters that never really developed. It was a quick and easy read, which was great because if it was longer or harder to read, I never would have finished it. The "hero" is a dick, which, fine, I like that in a story as much as the next woman, but he never really redeems himself. And I'm not sure how he could fall for such a dim bulb as Nellie. The whole thing was a serious mess. I only recomme ...more
Evie Durant
Sep 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
The. Worst.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Poorly written and needs editing.
 Mummy Cat Claire
This is a freebie on Amazon. It was a bookclub suggestion, which was quickly changed. Good thing ,because this book is terrible.

Nellie's husband is killed during the Civil War. She is left with two small children. She wants to be away from her in-laws, but she knows she must marry in order to support her family. She decides on a mail order bride agency. She selects Blake, who owns a saloon in San Francisco. She moves to San Francisco with her family and a nanny. She marries Blake immediately and
Dali Castillo
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

What happens when a mail order bride gets much more than she bargained for, which is that someone is out to get her? When Nellie Wallace agrees to become Blake Malone's mail order bride, being a target of someone's evil was not part of the bargain. But even so, what begins with her marriage to Blake, a man she doesn't even know, blossoms into her falling in love with him. Blake, on the other hand, loves that he has a ready made family, which will help him in his business dealings, but,
Stacey M
I really enjoyed this book. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I have not read many books set in the this time period so I was excited to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I loved the characters and you could really feel for their struggles and see them grow through the story. I actually wished the book was a bit longer so I could read more about these charming characters. She creates a fantastic world for her characters. I am hoping to get more of a feel for the setting of San ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Nellie is a mail order bride from the east she goes to the west to San Francisco in 1860's. Nellie had two children and lost her husband, after living with her in-law's for two years in the east she decided it was time to move out. She contacted a Mail Order Agent who found the perfect husband for her in the west. She goes to San Francisco to marry not knowing anything about the man or his family. To her surprise: she married the day she arrived. She found out very soon upon her arrival he was v ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed how original the mail-order bride "bought" in the United States story was! I was on the edge of my seat with wanting Nellie and her children to find a much better life across the country than what they had with her in-laws in New York. The quick attraction between Nellie and Blake was exciting and I appreciated how the label "love at first site" wasn't used but definitely explained. There was a large section of the book that seemed like it hadn't been edited at all and that unpo ...more
Haley Whitehall
This mail order bride story is an erotic western historical romance. I enjoyed the character development and interplay between Nellie, her two children, and Blake. I thought they were all very likeable. Blake is a saloon owner and he sends for a mail order bride who is widowed with children because he wants to gain some respectability. At first he sees this as a business arrangement. Both Nellie or Blake struggle with admitting they have fallen in love with each other, and I did find this frustr ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really liked the premise of this book, and it was a free download on kindle, so I gave it a shot. Was I ever disappointed. The overall storyline was fairly predictable, and that's okay--but there were some truly bizarre elements like the abusive (but only during sex) first husband, the controlling in-laws, and the new husband's possessive ex-lover. The dialogue was extremely stilted and awkward to read, and the point of view shifts often and without warning. Entire sections used only the prono ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
Beautiful cover but white bread substance. Emotionally detached.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Nellie Wallace is widowed when her husband of 10 years dies at Appomattox. Two years later, after living off her in-laws' charity, Nellie goes to a mail-order bride match maker and finds a husband in San Francisco who wants a widow with children to make him look respectable (he owns a saloon and wants to start a "family" business).

Blake Malone, Nellie's intended husband, has had a long-term affair with one of his employees, Maddie Singer. In addition to Nellie and Blake learning
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable but needs editing!

A cute historical romance which I enjoyed but was very frustrated by the repeated typo's and lack of editing - which is a huge shame as I enjoyed the book otherwise and it leads into what could be a good series if it was edited.
This book is a free download, so it is worth a try and other than the typos I felt it was well written with interesting characters - not sure how historically correct they are....but we are reading fiction!
I have bought the second in the series
Dawn Dorsey
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
With a slight variation on the usual, this mail-order bride is a Civil War widow with children from New York, whose groom requested just such a family for business needs in San Francisco. Both bride and groom, therefore, bring awkward histories into the marriage, which they must resolve before they can develop more than a business arrangement.

The result is a fun, light-reading novel, with adorable children, one or two plot twists, a bit of suspense over unexpected threats to the bride, and seve
Dianne Carmen
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never Get Tired of Reading Mail Order Brides

I have read other Authors that write Mail Order Brides and continue to enjoy them. Each book is unique to the Characters in the book and being of a shorten storyline I'm able to get through many.

I would recommend these books to anyone who still believes in Love, Romance and Adventure.
elaine m. suda
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nellie's Gift of Love

Thank you for this amazing story of the love between Nellie and Blake. I loved the storyline and all the characters, especially Violet and Henry. Nellie's determination to love and be loved paid off. Her whole family benefited from her faith. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Intriguing storyline, but lacks the depth of plot and characters to make it a really good story. The actions and reactions of the characters feel forced and fake which annoyed me instead of drawing me in and making me empathize with them. I literally rolled my eyes at least twice during this book. Yet, I wanted to finish the book and may consider reading others in the series.
I began reading this book as the premise was interesting. BUT the sexual content stopped me in my reading tracks! I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
In addition, the writing style was lacking in depth. However, I had picked it up for a light read. I was sadly disappointed.
IF the author had produced this work without the detailed sexual content, it might have been readable.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

This has a sweet story of Nellie a widow with two children. As her money is running out She decided to become a mail order bride. Lucky for her she hits the jackpot of husbands. There is some talk of sex but not going to deep about it. I would say PG-13. Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun, quick read

I’ve read so much serious literature that it was fun to read a romance book again. From a simple premise of a mail order bride who travels from New York to San Francisco for a better life for her and her children, Wolfe kept me turning pages with the plot, dialogue, antagonist and suspense. Quote a nice little distraction.
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Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian a

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