Last semester while I was working on my school assignments, I became fascinated with the subject of the American Frontier through the eyes of the women who lived it. I read the Little House on the Prairie books years ago, but I greatly desired to read more stories. I ended up searching on Amazon for books, and Hearts West: True Stories of Mail Order Brides on the Frontier is one of many that I ordered.
Hearts West is only 108 pages, so it is an easy and fast read, but I enjoyed it. I wish it contained much more stories. I came away from it with a different perspective of the Frontier mail order bride business, as well as respect for it. The book contains real advertisements for brides and husbands that appeared in the newspapers in those days. Many people reading them today would probably snicker and accuse those men and women of being desperate, but I have a lot of respect for them. They were honest about being lonely, and didn’t pretend to be something they were not. In the ads the people got right to the point about themselves and what they were looking for. Many people today are also lonely and desperate, and the ways in which they try to find a partner can also be called into question.Continue Reading