[Formerly titled. “Ellie’s New Beginning” – Same wonderful story, new title] Ellie comes from an English family, more or less purchased to save her family store in England, a business arrangement with the son of the Anderson family. She and Jacob falls deeply pm love, and a son is born to them. Unfortunately the Civil War was upon them and Jacob goes off to fight in the war. From that Ellie’s life was never the same, She is left with a mother in law who resents her and her child, always felt that Ellie was beneath her son and not fit to be his wife. Then word comes that her husband has been killed and then her mother in law begins to verbally abuse her. When she can no longer take the abuse, her friend talks her into answering a mail order bride advertisement. Ellie becomes a Mail order bride with a 6 months stipulated courtship. Samuel treats her and Charlie with so much love. They become happy once again. Then Ellie receives word that Jacob is not dead but severely wounded and has returned home. She returns home to Jacob, but he has been changed by the war.He is no longer the sweet husband that he was. What happens next? Can she and Charlie take up where they left off? Can she forget Samuel and the ranch and the happiness they found there? You will have to read this great book. This story is full of excitement from beginning to end…Some of it heart warming, yet other parts are cruel and heartbreaking. ……… I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest review.