An Exciting New Bride Train Series!


Talented author E.E. Burke has a wonderful new series that has everyone talking. I’m so excited to have her come and talk about this. The stories are mail order brides with a twist. Each woman arrives on a special train in Southeast Kansas where men are desperate for female companionship and families. The Bride Train is inspired by true events when the government opened up Cherokee lands following the Civil War. The women in these stories are full of hopes and dreams. They’re escaping in one way or another and want only to have a better life. Elisabeth has a short prequel to set the stories called A Bride’s Journey. Then settle in with Book #1 VALENTINE’S ROSE. And now I’m very happy to announce that Book #2 PATRICK’S CHARM is available in this continuing saga of seven women who harbor a secret dream deep in their heart.

If you haven’t yet…..CLIMB ABOARD THE BRIDE TRAIN!

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She believes in nothing. He has nothing left to believe in, except his good luck charm.

Lady Luck hasn’t been kind to Patrick O’Shea. The Irish immigrant has suffered loss, betrayal and bitter disappointment. When a talented performer shows up at his saloon looking for a job, it appears his luck is about to change.

Charm LaBelle would rather take a job singing in a saloon than be forced to marry. The famous actress, traveling incognito, is on the run from danger. She has learned the hard way not to entrust her life, or her heart, to any man…in particular, her charming employer.

Patrick is determined to hold onto his good luck through whatever means necessary, including marriage. But Charm won’t give up her freedom or her secrets, and it’s only a matter of time before luck runs out.
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I’m very excited about this series because it takes a unique approach to matchmaking based on true events, and features a cast of unusual characters, also taken from the pages of history.

Let me introduce you to the couple in Patrick’s Charm:

Patrick O’Shea, is a disabled Civil War veteran who hasn’t had an easy life. Upon landing in America, the Irish immigrant was recruited, along with several hundred men like him, into the Union army. This practice of recruiting men “fresh off the boat” went on for as long as the Union needed fresh soldiers to the fight the war. Although Patrick questioned the wisdom of his decision after the battles began, he nevertheless served honorably, as his countrymen who fought with ill-fated The Irish Brigade. But his permanent injuries are a constant reminder of his bad luck.

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Wounded soldiers were routinely dosed with opium for pain. Many of them, like Patrick, became dependent on the painkiller. Opium addiction among former troops was so widespread it was given the name, Soldier’s Disease.

Today, it’s difficult to imagine the strength it would’ve taken to cope with injury, addiction and the rigors of starting a new life on the frontier. I think you’ll find Patrick a fascinating character.

Patrick meets his match in Charm LaBelle.

Charm is a famous actress traveling incognito. She signed onto the bride train as a means of escaping danger with no intention of getting married. Rather than be forced to marry a stranger, she takes a job as a saloon singer. Her decision has far-reaching effects. I won’t spoil the story by going into them.

Charm’s character is loosely based on a famous 19th century actress, Lotta Crabtree, who got her start as a child, entertaining miners in San Francisco. Making acting a profession in America in those days required courage and fortitude. Traveling through the wilds was bad enough. Performances were held in mining camps, saloons, on makeshift stages. Only the famous few appeared in large theaters. Actresses who traveled the West were strong-willed and independent and certainly didn’t fit the mold of Victorian womanhood, which it made it difficult for them to find suitable mates or form relationships with women outside their circle. It wasn’t an easy life.

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Both Charm and Patrick have lived with tragedy, bitter disappointment and betrayal. Trust isn’t something that comes easily for either of them. They are both wounded in different ways, and it’s wonderful to see how they come together to help each other, and through love, find healing.

Writing this book gave me a new respect for the veterans who had to put their lives back together after living through a devastating war. Also, I found it fascinating to read about actresses during the mid-nineteenth century at a time when women who pursued such a career were considered little better than prostitutes.

Take a trip on The Bride Train and follow the adventures of seven women who answer an advertisement to become brides of settlers on the western frontier.

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Weave together passionate romance and rich historical detail, add a dash of suspense, and you have books by bestselling author E.E. Burke. Her chosen settings are the American West, and her current series, The Bride Train, takes place during the tumultuous era of America’s steam railroads.

Her writing has earned accolades in regional and national contests, including the prestigious Golden Heart®. Over the years, she’s been a disc jockey, a journalist and an advertising executive, before finally getting around to living the dream…writing stories readers can get lost in.

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What I’d like to know: what makes mail-order bride stories so compelling? 



An Exciting New Bride Train Series! — 11 Comments

  1. Linda- this is a great series to be spotlighting. I’ve read both plus the prequel and patiently waiting for the next. EE Burke’s Bride Train Series is really fascinating & I love the history, humor, & mystery she includes. So All Aboard and join in on the fun.

    • Thank you, Tonya. You are so sweet to come by and give a cheer for The Bride Train. I know you and others are patiently waiting for the third book. I promise I’m working hard, but it takes time to percolate all these stories. Right now, it looks like a late June release. I appreciate all your support and I’m glad we had a chance to meet in person at RT. What a rare privilege to have lunch together with you, Linda, Rosanne and Jacqui. Truly memorable!

  2. Linda, thank you so much for having me as your guest today. I’m so appreciative of your support and enthusiasm for my series. As an extra, I’m offering a FLASH SALE on Patrick’s Charm. For three days only, the book will be 99 cents in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

    • Hi Elisabeth…..Thank you so much for letting me do this. It’s wonderful having you. I’m just so sorry that I had to be out of town so much. I’m going to leave up your blog two more days and I’m going to post a lot to social media.

      Congratulations on being a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best writing contest!!!! So happy and excited for you.

  3. Fascinating reading about your stories, Elizabeth! I think the most intriguing thing about mail order brides would be the element of surprise. Neither the man nor woman knew what they were really getting. I’m sure some of the surprises were pleasant and some not so much. 🙂 Best of luck with your stories.

    • Jan, thanks so much for your kind words and also your “tweeting.” You know, the funny thing about the mail-order bride phenomenon, it wasn’t so much different from the match-up services today. You had those who were sincere and found great spouses, and then you had the frauds. In fact, there are some funny advertisements about that from the era. Apparently, some men and women exaggerated their attributes. Imagine that! 😉

      Thanks for all your support!

  4. I love mail order bride stories. I think part of it is the unknown at to what is ahead. I couldn’t imagine doing something like that myself but I really enjoy reading about it.

    • The unknown is part of the fun…at least when you’re reading about it. I can imagine there were some unpleasant unknowns in real life. Although I read some really sweet true stories about mail-order match ups. Happily ever after did happen.

      Thanks so much for coming by!

    • Hi Quilt Lady…….Sorry for the slow reply to your comment. I was out of town most of last week and only got back yesterday. I’m always so glad to see you come over. I’m glad you like mail order bride stories because I have a new series planned next after Men of Legend. I think you’ll really like them. They’re not anything you’ve read before. I promise. Yes, the unknown is the scariest thing. It keeps us stuck where we’re at until it becomes scarier to stay.

      Good luck in the drawing, my dear!

    • Hi BN100…….How wonderful to see you. I’m really glad you came. I’m just sorry for the slow reply to your comment. I was out of town all last week. I agree about the unknown keeping us tied to one place. We don’t know what’s out waiting out there. Mail order brides really took a chance.

      I’ve extended the drawing until tomorrow. Good luck!