Sunday, September 19, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Dinah's Dilemma by Linda Shenton Matchett

Book: Dinah’s Dilemma

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: August 15, 2020


Will she have to run from the past for the rest of her life?

Dinah Simpkins has no chance of making a good marriage. Her outlaw brothers and her father’s gambling addiction have ruined the family’s reputation. Then the Westward Home and Hearts Matrimonial Agency provides an opportunity for a fresh start. After Dinah arrives in Nebraska, she discovers her brothers played a part in the death of her prospective groom’s first wife.

As a former Pinkerton detective Nathan Childs knows when someone is lying. The bride sent by the matrimonial agency may be beautiful, but she’s definitely hiding something, and he has no intention of marrying her until he uncovers the truth. But an easier solution may be to send her packing. Then his young daughter goes missing. He and Dinah must put aside their mutual hurt and mistrust to find her.


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I always enjoy reading books by Linda Shenton Matchett. I also enjoy Mail Order Bride story lines. I was excited to have the opportunity to read Dinah's Dilemma, which is Book 10 in the Westward Home and Hearts Mail-Order Brides series. 

Dinah Simpkins doesn't believe she ever has a chance to be a wife. The Family reputation was ruined by her Father and Brother's Gambling Addiction. She is excited when she hears about a chance to make her dreams come true through a program with the Westward Home and Hearts Matrimonial Agency. Her dreams might once again be shattered when she arrives in Nebraska and hears her brothers are once again creating trouble. Her prospective Groom lost his wife and she discovers her brothers might have had a role in her death. Nathan Childs is still grieving the loss of his first wife, but excited about the prospect of remarrying. He is a former Pinkerton detective and knows when someone is lying. He senses that Dinah is hiding something, but can't quite figure it out. Nathan wants to trust Dinah and move forward with a bride, but he needs to know what she is hiding. He is also a Dad to a 3yr old daughter. He also must protect her with whatever his decision will be. His daughter goes missing and Dinah steps in to help him find her. Will the pair find his daughter? Will Nathan learn the secret Dinah is hiding? Will there be a "happy ever after" for Dinah and Nathan? 

I really enjoyed this book from the very first chapter! Both Dinah and Nathan have been through so much, but they are both ready for love. Dinah especially has a big secret, but also wants her chance at LOVE. Just as things seem to be looking like she doesn't have a chance unless she reveals the truth, they come together to help protect his daughter. Nathan and Dinah realize they are falling in love with each other as they are hunting for his daughter. Dinah's Dilemma is a book of Forgiveness and Second Chances. GREAT BOOK! 


Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.


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Dear Reader,


As a novelist, I write about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. And to me, nothing is more extraordinary than leaving all that you know to travel a great distance (often thousands of miles) to marry a man you’ve never met. Don’t you agree?


During the initial settlement of the American West, the population was primarily composed of men. Men who went in search of gold, to seek new opportunities in farming and ranching, or to make a fresh start where land and resources seemed unlimited. Eventually, loneliness set in for those who were single, yet there was a dearth of suitable women to marry.


The conundrum for the men was how to meet and court a woman without leaving for fear of someone taking their land or claims. Some of the bachelors wrote home asking friends and family for referrals to single women who would make a good wife. Courtship would take place via correspondence until the couple decided they were suited to marry. The more common scenario was that of mail-order brides.


Ads were placed by the men in eastern newspapers. They would tell a bit about themselves and what traits they were seeking in a wife. Interested women would reply, and the advertiser would respond to the applicant he thought was a good fit. As with those men who wrote home to find a mate, the process was much the same with courtship occurring through letters.


Most of the time, the marriages went smoothly, with the couple falling in love, resulting in a long and happy relationship. However, there are stories of marriages that did not survive because of abandonment, abuse, death, or the discovery of a still-living spouse. A few incidents are recorded about mail-order brides whose groom paid her railway passage, only for her to marry someone else because he seemed a better prospect. Fortunately, those instances seem to make up a small percentage.


I hope you enjoy Dinah’s Dilemma: A Mail-Order Bride Romance.



Linda Shenton Matchett

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a Book Journal, Floral Book Plates, Bookjigs Bookmark, a $25 Visa Gift Card, and an autographed paperback edition of Dinah’s Dilemma!!

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Linda Matchett said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for being part of my tour! I'm so glad you enjoyed Dinah's and Nathan's story.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your excellent review!

traciem said... Best Blogger Tips

What inspires your main character ideas?

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