I have read and reviewed a few books by Chris Enss, and have enjoyed them so much I’ve purchased nearly her entire catalogue–for my own research and to benefit my ongoing personal study of the Old West. It won’t be long, and I’ll be the proud order of everything Chris Enss ever wrote.
My personal motivation for sharing Chris’s books:
- I enjoy them,
- I find them valuable,
- I see import for readers of Western Historical Romance
- as well as authors of fiction set in the Old West.
WHY do I review Old West nonfiction books?
Readers of Western Historical Romance, particularly Mail Order Bride-themed romances will find historical fact, particularly books written in Chris Enss‘s signature style, enlightening and entertaining. This is not your high school history class.
I’m a reader, too. I find the content fascinating, and I suspect other readers will, as well. My reviews are honest, genuine, and sincere. I’ve never met Chris Enss and while she retweeted me once (a review for one of her books I posted), she has never solicited a review. My opinions are my own. I also agree that solicited reviews can be genuine, sincere, and honest. As a reader (and amateur historian), I personally like it when trusted sources recommend a book. I’m rarely disappointed when someone has “pre-read” it and given it the thumbs up.
WHY do I read Old West nonfiction books?
I purchased the paperback copy of Object: Matrimony: The Risky Business of Mail-Order Matchmaking on the Western Frontier primarily for my own ongoing research, specifically for the mail order-themed romances I write. Why? Because the more I know about real history, the better I can do in creating fiction that reflects reality. (And the book was most helpful in pointing me in the right direction for locating newspaper articles from the era.)
WHAT is specifically worthwhile about OBJECT: MATRIMONY?
Much like my experience reading Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier, I fell in to OBJECT: MATRIMONY. I enjoyed each and every one of the twenty-five chapters plus Foreword, Introduction, and Afterword. Some of the chapters contain more familiar content to me: The Matrimonial News (and Matrimonial News Features), Asa Mercer, and Fred Harvey. Many more were most unfamiliar to me–and made for riveting reading: Annie Gayle & Horace Knapp, Left at the Station, the Bride & the Hoarder, The Murderous Mail-Order Bride, and Edith Collins & William Moore.
While not every chapter contains pictures, many do. As an author and reader of western historical romance and western historical fiction, images are most instructive. (I can’t speak for the kindle edition, but the paperback version does contain historic portraits.)
Readers (and fans) of Mail-Order Bride romances will benefit from the well-researched history. True-to-life success stories, a few humorous circumstances, and the ever-interesting disastrous outcomes. The balance within OBJECT: MATRIMONY of all three (the good, funny, and bad) is excellent. Readers will explore the legitimate history behind the well-loved romance trope.
The 154 page paperback edition, published by Globe Perquot Press in 2013, is currently $13.27 on Amazon and the Kindle edition is $9.99 (Note: prices are subject to change). It’s also available from Barnes & Noble. One big advantage to picking up a book that was published 3 years ago is that used paperback copies are available at a steep discount at online retailers. Note the links provided, below.
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BOOK REVIEW: Buying a Bride by Marcia A. Zug Matrimonial Fool and his Money (on Sweet Americana Sweethearts) BOOK REVIEW: Hearts West–True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier, by Chris Enss BOOK REVIEW: The Doctor Wore Petticoats–Women Physicians of the Old West, by Chris Enss NEWSPAPER Brides vs. Mail-Order Brides Real Mail-Order Bride SUCCESS Stories! America’s Victorian Era Love Letters Mail Order Brides in the 19th Century American West Begin Reading a 12 part SERIES of articles on Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS– Link to Part 1 Fred Harvey, Marriage Broker Matrimonial Offer–Latest New York Style (1851) (on Sweet Americana Sweethearts)
Used Paperback Copies of Object: Matrimony: The Risky Business of Mail-Order Matchmaking on the Western Frontier
Used Paperback Copies of Hearts West: True Stories Of Mail-Order Brides On The Frontier
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