Is the concept of the “mail-order bride” alive and well, updated for the 21st century?
That’s what journalist Shaun Walker wants to find out when he sets out on a “romance
tour” with a group of western men seeking a wife in Ukraine. The men spend a week
in the port city of Odessa, hoping to find true love and a Ukrainian bride to bring
The country has a huge dating and marriage industry, but it quickly becomes apparent
that all is not what it seems. Walker uncovers scams and disappointments, wounded
hearts and broken lives as he journeys to the very bottom of Odessa’s sinister marriage
industry. There are many twists and turns to the tale that are as shocking as they
Odessa Dreams is by turns hilariously funny, poignantly tragic and deeply disturbing.
It is a roller coaster journey that will leave the reader feeling uncomfortable for
quite some time.