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Dacey: Bride of North Carolina is #12 in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. A conniving mother, a reluctant groom and a desperate bride make for a lively adventure full of sweet romance. Braxton Douglas spends his days managing the family’s plantation and blissfully avoiding the state of matrimony. Unbeknownst to him, his mother tires of waiting for Dacey: Bride of North Carolina is #12 in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. A conniving mother, a reluctant groom and a desperate bride make for a lively adventure full of sweet romance. Braxton Douglas spends his days managing the family’s plantation and blissfully avoiding the state of matrimony. Unbeknownst to him, his mother tires of waiting for him to choose a wife and sends for a mail-order bride. When the woman arrives, ready to wed, Braxton has his work cut out for him if he plans to remain unaffected by the lively, lovely Dacey. Dacey Butler has nothing to lose when she agrees to travel to North Carolina to marry a stranger. Eager for an opportunity to put her past behind her and enjoy a new beginning, she embraces the adventure of traveling south to marry a man she thinks is a simple farmer. Upon her arrival in Asheville, she immediately decides Braxton Douglas has no idea of her existence, and there is nothing simple about the man.


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Dacey: Bride of North Carolina is #12 in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. A conniving mother, a reluctant groom and a desperate bride make for a lively adventure full of sweet romance. Braxton Douglas spends his days managing the family’s plantation and blissfully avoiding the state of matrimony. Unbeknownst to him, his mother tires of waiting for Dacey: Bride of North Carolina is #12 in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. A conniving mother, a reluctant groom and a desperate bride make for a lively adventure full of sweet romance. Braxton Douglas spends his days managing the family’s plantation and blissfully avoiding the state of matrimony. Unbeknownst to him, his mother tires of waiting for him to choose a wife and sends for a mail-order bride. When the woman arrives, ready to wed, Braxton has his work cut out for him if he plans to remain unaffected by the lively, lovely Dacey. Dacey Butler has nothing to lose when she agrees to travel to North Carolina to marry a stranger. Eager for an opportunity to put her past behind her and enjoy a new beginning, she embraces the adventure of traveling south to marry a man she thinks is a simple farmer. Upon her arrival in Asheville, she immediately decides Braxton Douglas has no idea of her existence, and there is nothing simple about the man.

30 review for Dacey: Bride of North Carolina

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandie Laughner

    What a delightful book!! I started reading it this morning during breakfast and I couldn't put it down until the last page!! Dacey flees Oregon to Massachusetts, only to work a brief time in a factory, due to the factory burning down. What's a single girl to do?? Become a mail order bride. So Dacey travels to North Carolina to get married. Can't anything go right for this sweet, spunky young lady?? Dacey finds that her "groom's" mother is the one who sent for her, not Braxton. Will Dacey and Bra What a delightful book!! I started reading it this morning during breakfast and I couldn't put it down until the last page!! Dacey flees Oregon to Massachusetts, only to work a brief time in a factory, due to the factory burning down. What's a single girl to do?? Become a mail order bride. So Dacey travels to North Carolina to get married. Can't anything go right for this sweet, spunky young lady?? Dacey finds that her "groom's" mother is the one who sent for her, not Braxton. Will Dacey and Braxton fall in love or will she be on the train traveling to who knows where next?? Another fantastic book from Ms Hatfield.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joleen

    Dacey: Bride of North Carolina I chose this book because it's located in Asheville, NC, a 45 minute drive over the Smoky Mountains from where I live. The characters were great, especially Braxton's mother and Dacey...oh...and the recipe at the end is one I might try. Sadly, there's not much beyond those things that I cared for about this book. I guess it was a bit young for my taste. I don't mind books about young people. In fact one of the best books I read this year was by Jan Karon, about two yo Dacey: Bride of North Carolina I chose this book because it's located in Asheville, NC, a 45 minute drive over the Smoky Mountains from where I live. The characters were great, especially Braxton's mother and Dacey...oh...and the recipe at the end is one I might try. Sadly, there's not much beyond those things that I cared for about this book. I guess it was a bit young for my taste. I don't mind books about young people. In fact one of the best books I read this year was by Jan Karon, about two young people putting together their wedding on a ranch. This, however, was all about appearances, or the electric shocks when they touched, or the sway of her hips, or her mouth watering at the sight of him, or wanting to taste her. Surely this isn't romance. Surely attraction can be stated in a less sophomoric way than constantly verbalizing the other's physical attributes. It gets old. Not a fan of this sort of writing, especially when it's classified as Christian fiction, yet Jesus is never once mentioned, no one went to church and God is only brought up twice, not in reference to their lives, but about His creativity in nature. The premise of the book was great, but the execution was tiresome. I do believe I will put Ms. Shanna Hatfield on the shelf for a good long time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dixie

    This was a fun, sweet read. Although she had weathered difficult circumstances in her life, Dacey had not allowed those experiences to make her bitter or to steal her hope in a better future. Her enthusiasm for life and her skill with horses won Braxton's admiration, but he refused to concede that it was time to take a wife and that Dacey was the perfect match for him. But, Mother knew best and had just the plan to show Braxton what he would be missing if he let Dacey slip out of his life. Throw This was a fun, sweet read. Although she had weathered difficult circumstances in her life, Dacey had not allowed those experiences to make her bitter or to steal her hope in a better future. Her enthusiasm for life and her skill with horses won Braxton's admiration, but he refused to concede that it was time to take a wife and that Dacey was the perfect match for him. But, Mother knew best and had just the plan to show Braxton what he would be missing if he let Dacey slip out of his life. Throw in a vindictive woman scorned who plants seeds of doubt about whether Braxton is an honorable man or a scoundrel, and you have the recipe for misunderstanding and eventual reconciliation. My thanks to Ms. Hatfield for the opportunity to read an ARC of this delightful story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donna Rogers

    Great Read!!! What a outstanding book must say this is another one of my favorites in the series!!! 12 down 38 more to go!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    My favorite book in the series thus far. I loved the setting, the horses, and Dacey's spunk!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hadley

    I love to read books by Shanna Hatfield. They are full of emotions, love, craziness and humor. Dacey is a hoot of a character and she touches everyone she meets. Braxton is determined not to marry. Can Dacey break down his defenses I read this in one day. It's that good!! I liked the characters and the western way Dacey speaks, it's plumb entertaining. So, grab your cowboy hat, saddle up and be prepared for a great book. Karen Hadley Rating: 5* I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own I love to read books by Shanna Hatfield. They are full of emotions, love, craziness and humor. Dacey is a hoot of a character and she touches everyone she meets. Braxton is determined not to marry. Can Dacey break down his defenses I read this in one day. It's that good!! I liked the characters and the western way Dacey speaks, it's plumb entertaining. So, grab your cowboy hat, saddle up and be prepared for a great book. Karen Hadley Rating: 5* I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Dacey arrived in North Carolina expecting to be met by the man who by letter, asked her to be his bride. Unfortunately, it was the man's mother who wrote for a mail-order bride for her son. Dacey, a true proud lady, doesn't want any charity and wants to leave immediately, but she is convinced to stay, on her condition that she works with the horses, being an expert horsewoman, and do other chores around the ranch. Brax, who at first, wants no part of this marriage deal, finds himself falling in Dacey arrived in North Carolina expecting to be met by the man who by letter, asked her to be his bride. Unfortunately, it was the man's mother who wrote for a mail-order bride for her son. Dacey, a true proud lady, doesn't want any charity and wants to leave immediately, but she is convinced to stay, on her condition that she works with the horses, being an expert horsewoman, and do other chores around the ranch. Brax, who at first, wants no part of this marriage deal, finds himself falling in love. A sweet romantic tale set in other times!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Robert

    A happy ending I really loved this story .Dacey is different than other girls,raised on a farm,she loves horses and has a way with them.she answered a letter and arrived not knowing that the man she was writing to was not who sent for her. This is a series of mail order brides,but can be a stand a lone book. She falls in love,but has to battle some demons before she has a happy ending.a must read.took me a few days to read .

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Harris

    Enjoyed this novella very much. For me, novellas are either a waste of time, or they are so well written that I want for more. Dacey falls in the latter category. Shanna Hatfield is now on my list of good authors. I'm pleased to have met another new to me author that I truly enjoy. This book was written as part of a large set of books, but is definitely a stand-alone book. The characters are fun, lively, and beautiful. Enjoyed reading this book, even laughed out loud!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    This was another great story by an author I already like. Yet this book didn't sound like all the others - it had its own voice. Dacey was a fun, clean romance taking place in the late 1800s in North Carolina, far away from where the other books by the author take place. I thought it was fun that she had Dacey be originally from Pendleton, OR, where one of her other series takes place.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Book 12 in the American Mail-Order Bride Series. Dacey travels to North Carolina to marry a stranger. Braxton Douglas has no idea that his mom placed an ad for a mail order bride for him. Dacey loves horses and Braxton meets her riding bare back. Fancy and rich are the Douglas family. Will Dacey fit in? Does Braxton know she exists? Another great read in this series!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dana Dobias

    Good, but a Few Flaws Prevent it from Being Great This is the 12th book in the American Mail Order Brides series and the female is from the Brown Textile Factory. It's a typical romance storyline without made up drama. But being in the South one generation after the Civil War this story lacks some obvious details that should have been included. All in all, it's a good story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sara Schlatter

    Couldn’t Put Book Down! Wonderful love story! Dacey and Braxton are perfect together and I was so engrossed in their story . Hated for it to end and would have liked a series on their lives together. In North Carolina and their visits to Eastern Oregon. I would buy this series Shanna Hatfield if you write it!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elsa

    Dacey is a bit of a wild westerner. She was expecting to marry a farmer but turns out her intended lives on a plantation. His mother is the one who arranged for her to come and Braxton refuses to marry her. I thought the story was ok but she wouldn't have fit in that easily with his way of life and family. Even a breath of fresh air can be trying after a while. The story was ok though.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    Romantic fun This author does romance in her signature fun way. She is a prolific writer and once you read each of her stand alone books there are additional stories that continue the tale with characters that you, if you're like me, enjoy reading about instead of watching the tv.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Knapp

    Enjoyable! I definitely recommend this book. I know that books by Shanna Hatfield are going to be well-written and a ton of fun to read. Dacey was a fun character especially on a southern plantation with the way she was raised in the Northwest.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ed Burke

    Heads above... I've read all of the Pendleton books and found a reference to this book, Dacey, as a prequel. It's fun, energetic with wonderfully developed characters. Some of the MOB books are bleh but Shanna Hatfield always delivers an entertaining read...always!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne Rollin

    I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. Great historical details.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Thomas

    Light and sweet, everything I look for in a Shanna Hatfield story. Love her strong-willed, capable female characters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Really cute story. Well written. Can’t wait to read more of this series and from this author. Happy Reading 🤓

  21. 4 out of 5

    Merry

    Strong willed Laughter as always and such a joy to read Shanna’s books. I look forward to reading more of them. She has a way with words and a great sense of humour. Enjoy 😉

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Young

    Loved it! 💜

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amber Yordy patterson

    A good novella I really enjoyed the characters. I liked how the main character was a strong smart woman. The mother cracked me up, such a fun character too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Driggers

    This is a fun light read that is well written and well edited. If you like historical romance situated in America, this book is for you. It's a fun story with good characters that are quite memorable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Dacey: Bride of North Carolina (American Mail-Order Bride #12) by Shanna Hatfield Ms Hatfield has out done herself on this book I totally loved it. She gives you a different twist on the mail-order bride. With the mother doing to ordering up of one bride. She wants grandchildren and to see her son happily married. You will find yourself smiling and laughing the whole way through this story. One mother who does her best to see her dream come true, one not soon to be husband, the mail order bride w Dacey: Bride of North Carolina (American Mail-Order Bride #12) by Shanna Hatfield Ms Hatfield has out done herself on this book I totally loved it. She gives you a different twist on the mail-order bride. With the mother doing to ordering up of one bride. She wants grandchildren and to see her son happily married. You will find yourself smiling and laughing the whole way through this story. One mother who does her best to see her dream come true, one not soon to be husband, the mail order bride who gets a shock that she is not to be wed, one ex who isn't happy that Braxton got away turns this into one funny read which is highly entertaining. Braxton is taken by surprise to find the lady he past on the road is his soon to be bride. There is no way no how he is going to get married now to set his mother straight. I found myself laughing at this wonderful read with Dacey hello I am your bride to be. I would have loved to have been there to see his face and Dacey's when she found out that he wasn't going to marry her. There is something about this little spitfire that holds his attention. He might not want her but he sure doesn't want anyone else to have her. He finds a way to keep her close but not to close as he finds she has a way with horses and people he finds he might just want more than friendship. Dacey has had a rough time of it, she lost her father, her stepfather isn't the man they thought him to me. She finds out just what a man he is when her mother dies. This leave her off and running starting a new life. Which leads her to being a mail order bride. Dacey seems to get her self into trouble. You will laugh at her tales of her life and all she has done. She is an independent women who knows what she wants and will step up to the plate to take care of herself. You are so going to love this charming lady. Braxton mother has a few tricks up her sleeve as she puts plans in to motion to help her son fall in love. She is truly a sweetheart of a lady who is hellbent to see her only son married. You have to smile along with her as she plans her sons downfall. This was a delight to read the author does spin some twist that makes this a page turner. She gives you wonderful characters as she takes you back in time that makes history. This was a well thought out book that had me laughing throughout it. I could picture the scenes as I turned the pages getting so wrapped up that I could not put this book down. There wasn't anything I didn't like it was a well put together plot. If you haven't read any of this authors work I suggest you start with this one. You will be hook and want to read more by her. Ms. Hatfield is my go to author when I need a smile I know she will have one waiting for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Halita Wilson

    I, Halita Wilson have received this book in exchange for my honest review. From the back of the book: Dacey: Bride of North Carolina is #12 in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. A conniving mother, a reluctant groom and a desperate bride make for a lively adventure full of sweet romance. Braxton Douglas spends his days managing the family’s plantation and blissfully avoiding the state of matrimony. Unbeknownst to him, his mother tires of waiting for him to choose a wife a I, Halita Wilson have received this book in exchange for my honest review. From the back of the book: Dacey: Bride of North Carolina is #12 in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. A conniving mother, a reluctant groom and a desperate bride make for a lively adventure full of sweet romance. Braxton Douglas spends his days managing the family’s plantation and blissfully avoiding the state of matrimony. Unbeknownst to him, his mother tires of waiting for him to choose a wife and sends for a mail-order bride. When the woman arrives, ready to wed, Braxton has his work cut out for him if he plans to remain unaffected by the lively, lovely Dacey. Dacey Butler has nothing to lose when she agrees to travel to North Carolina to marry a stranger. Eager for an opportunity to put her past behind her and enjoy a new beginning, she embraces the adventure of traveling south to marry a man she thinks is a simple farmer. Upon her arrival in Asheville, she immediately decides Braxton Douglas has no idea of her existence, and there is nothing simple about the man. First of all, Shanna Hattfield is an amazing writer. She has managed to keep my attention, which is a hard thing to do because I tend to get lost in my head while reading and tend to re-read the same sentence over and over again. It’s very annoying so I love when a book’s characters grab my attention and pull me. I just happened to fall in love with the characters of Dacey Butler and Braxton Douglas because of their fun flirtation. Dacey reminds me so much of a good friend of mine that I actually recommended this book to her to read it. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to be a mail-ordered bride especially not in today’s world where you aren’t given a chance to get to know each other. I see some of myself in Dacey’s character or more like the way I wish I was. LOL. I wish I was a little more sassy and able to ride horses like she can. I love to look at them but I think I would be a bit intimidated. Shanna Hattfield kept me laughing and smiling through the whole book. I would highly recommend this book to those who love mail-ordered bride series. Shanna has so much spunk and character herself so you can see her ringing through the characters a little bit. I give this book a 5 star review. It would make a lovely birthday or Christmas present. Be sure to check it out today!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Roller

    Wow, Shanna Hatfield does it again at what she does best. I loved this story in the American Mail Order Brides Series. Dacey was as wonderful a story as one can get. I love all of Shanna's stories but this one, well I had tears of joy at the end especially in what her beloved wrote to her just before she was to be married to the man of her dreams. Braxton didn't want to marry and his mother meddled again only this time he was sent a mail order bride from Pendleton, Oregon, who moved to Massachuset Wow, Shanna Hatfield does it again at what she does best. I loved this story in the American Mail Order Brides Series. Dacey was as wonderful a story as one can get. I love all of Shanna's stories but this one, well I had tears of joy at the end especially in what her beloved wrote to her just before she was to be married to the man of her dreams. Braxton didn't want to marry and his mother meddled again only this time he was sent a mail order bride from Pendleton, Oregon, who moved to Massachusetts to work in factory sewing to escape the clutches of her step father. but that factory burnt down days after she started and she had to do something so she became a mail order bride and off to North Carolina she went. She didn't know that Braxton lived on a Plantation and was a rather handsome and rich man as was his family. She had never seen such a place before and was overwhelmed with everything but he had told her that he wasn't going to marry her. Her mother insisted she stay at the mansion instead of returning to Oregon where she simply would not go back to. For the first time she finally felt alive and in a family that seemed to really care for her. She was falling in love with Braxton as she worked with his horses, training them, and working beside him at the plantation stables. She falling in love with him because of his kindness, gentleness and many other admirable qualities even though she knew he didn't want to marry her. But she had no other place to go and as long as they wanted her there, she could stay. Well, something horrible happened at the first ball she every attended and the next day she had to leave town. One of the men at the ball said he be glad to have her work for him in another city at his ranch so she left without anyone seeing her. I won't tell you the rest but it had my emotions up and down with all the twists and turns in this beautiful story. As I said I never had tears before in Shanna's stories, but laughed at her sassiness in her stories and loved the excitement she built up and just everything about her stories makes me want to read them again and again. This story of Dacey is no exception and I will be reading it again as well. Well done once again Shanna.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Braxton Douglas blissfully tends to his parent's lavish plantation near picturesque Asheville, North Carolina, seemingly happy in his continuing state of bachelorhood. Little does he know that his scheming mother Beatrice has mail-ordered up a bride for him who, in short order, will turn his well-ordered life into a romantic turmoil. The unaware cause for all of this is young Dacey Butler, lately of Pendleton, Oregon via Boston and finally Asheville. Poor Dacey has recently lost her father, then Braxton Douglas blissfully tends to his parent's lavish plantation near picturesque Asheville, North Carolina, seemingly happy in his continuing state of bachelorhood. Little does he know that his scheming mother Beatrice has mail-ordered up a bride for him who, in short order, will turn his well-ordered life into a romantic turmoil. The unaware cause for all of this is young Dacey Butler, lately of Pendleton, Oregon via Boston and finally Asheville. Poor Dacey has recently lost her father, then her mother in short order and her late mother's new husband turns out to be a shiftless, drunken gambler who schemes to take Dacey as his new partner and have his way with her. With no money, no home and no prospects, she accepts Beatrice's invitation to become the mail-order wife to whom she thinks is a simple farmer. Simple indeed as she finds herself as Beatrice's house guest in the grand estate known as Bramble. Braxton tries in vain to avoid the beautiful and charismatic Dacey at all costs but her home-spun Western ways, independent spirit and expert horsemanship are like romantic magnets to him. Meanwhile, loving and kind Mama Beatrice has the time of her life trying to shave the sharp corners off of Dacey's personality by teaching her the art of becoming a genteel Southern lady. Little does Beatrice know but her son Braxton already likes her just as she is. Thus the crisis grows. Will Braxton cave on his bachelorhood and will Dacey realize she truly belongs there? Beyond being the delightful romance that it was to read, this reader/reviewer literally stumbled onto the American Mail Order Brides series! With some 50 (count'em fifty!) romantic novels in this collection this incurable romantic will certainly go broke trying to buy and read all of them! This one, #12 in the series, will probably prove to be one of my favorites because it has been crafted by my favorite Western romantic author. And, finally, the possibilities of another sequel or connection with the author's Pendleton Petticoats series is just brilliant. Nice going, Shanna....now look what you have gone and done!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I read this book originally because I like the author but in her notes at the end she explains that this book is one of 50 in a series of mail order brides with 45 participating authors covering all 50 states. I might check out some of the others. Fun story and didn't take long to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra_d

    A mail order bride has been ordered by … mom? Dacey has come from some difficult circumstances, and she has prepared herself to endure more as she arrives in town, set to marry the man who has sent for her. With nobody at the train awaiting her arrival in Asheville, she sets out, walking to her future home. She becomes distracted by beautiful horses who seem as interested in her as she is in them. Dacey can’t help herself as she climbs the fence and rides one of the mares around the pasture. Brax A mail order bride has been ordered by … mom? Dacey has come from some difficult circumstances, and she has prepared herself to endure more as she arrives in town, set to marry the man who has sent for her. With nobody at the train awaiting her arrival in Asheville, she sets out, walking to her future home. She becomes distracted by beautiful horses who seem as interested in her as she is in them. Dacey can’t help herself as she climbs the fence and rides one of the mares around the pasture. Braxton is annoyed. He arrived at the depot too late to pick up Miss Butler, a friend of his mothers, of whom he’s never even heard of. He also finds himself distracted with thoughts of the pretty but unusual woman he passed on his way into town, only to discover her riding one of his horses – bareback and astride. Braxton offers Dacey a ride to his home, but it isn’t until they arrive at the breath-taking estate that Dacey learns his identity is her betrothed, and he learns her purpose for arriving, marrying him, as she faints in his arms. Common to all of her writing, Shanna Hatfield fills the pages with both humor and heart. The story is engaging from the beginning, and I finished it in one sitting (although I did go to bed awfully late).  Mix together a meddling mom, a spiteful woman who Braxton formerly courted, an expansive estate, a Southern gentleman filled with charm, and a spit-fire of a woman who keeps Braxton on his toes, plus lots of chemistry that is clean yet sizzles, and you have a story that is thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended!

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