Book description: "At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boards The Baltic with hundreds of eager women, all seeking new beginnings and brighter futures in America . . . as mail order brides.
Escaping a forced engagement, Elli seeks refuge in a faraway marriage, desperately needing her new life with a Texan named Nathan White to be safer than the one she left behind in Finland. And as she glimpses her future husband and his darling niece at the train station, she instantly knows her risk will prove the best decision she's ever made.
Until he became the guardian of four-year-old Hannah, Nathan White never took an interest in marriage, arranging a mail order wife to simply love and care for his orphaned niece. That is, he never took an interest until he laid eyes on the beautiful Elli Korpela.
After a fairytale ceremony in the gardens of the grandest estate Elli's ever seen, a place called Butterfly Palace, their peaceful beginning takes a disquieting turn as an intruder brutally attacks Elli in the middle of the night. Nathan intervenes, but the devil escapes unidentified, leaving Elli to face two chilling possibilities: either the attack was arranged by strike workers in Nathan's employ or her shadowy past followed her into the present – and across the sea.
As the danger mounts, Elli and Nathan must face their enemy together, fighting to stay alive – and fighting to stay man and wife."
My review: Upon seeing the author of this book, Colleen Coble, and reading the book description, I was eagerly anticipating reading this book and fully expecting to stay up late into the night. I was sorely disappointed! First of all, I was let down before I even started. When I opened the book on my Nook, I realized it was only a novella. That reflects poorly on the publisher for not noting that. The story itself was also a let-down. There basically was no story. The book description indicates a wonderful plot. That plot was not developed. Reading the book description tells you the story and the book adds a little bit more to the ending. But, that is one of the problems with novellas. I expect better from Colleen Coble. She is one of my favorite authors. Hopefully this book is the exception and does not become the norm. Her name alone will sell this book, but if she writes many more like this one her name will no longer be popular. Don't waste your time on this book. Read the book description and you know what happened, then move on to another book. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.