Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past. Answering an advertisement for a “Lone Star bride,” she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn’t know.
Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.
Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake’s yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty’s dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.
What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways . . . and dreams and secrets collide?
I’ve been a fan of Tracie Peterson since I was a teenager. I’ve always loved her books, and I enjoyed this historical romance as expected. I liked the characters, and I loved how historical facts were woven into the fabric of this story. Tracie did a good job portraying the high-society Denver setting in which the book took place. The story was interesting and I read far more hours than I should have over the course of two days in my eagerness to see what would happen.
What I Thought Could Have Been Better
There were a few things I thought were unrealistic. For one, Marty, the main character, loathes Texas–ranching in particular–but I’m not sure that her reason–her husband’s death there–is convincing. Since a large part of what happens in the book is based on her aversion to Texas, it seems there should be a stronger reason for it. (Not that a person’s death isn’t a big deal, but people can die in any place while fulfilling any occupation. I didn’t see how Marty could truly feel so threatened by the thought of Texas and ranching.)
I also thought that Marty’s decision to answer an ad for a Texas wife seemed a little irrational. Again, probably because her reason for “needing” to get out of Texas wasn’t quite convincing. Then, when she and Jake, her new husband, met, they didn’t seem as uncomfortable or weirded out as you’d think the typical couple in that situation should be.
Most of all though, I was surprised when the story ended. Unless I totally missed something, there was a significant piece of the story line involving Marty’s personal maid that was left unresolved. Also, without giving away the story, I expected Jake and Marty to know more about their future when the book ended than what they actually did.
All in all, I enjoyed this read; I was just left slightly confused when it was over. (Of course, when you have two toddlers bouncing all over you, you sometimes feel like you’re living in a perpetual state of confusion!) :-)
I give this book 3.5 stars.
One star – No comment!
Two stars – Couldn’t get into it.
Three stars – Pretty good.
Four stars – Great read!
Five stars – Worth reading more than once.
In compliance with FTC regulations: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publicist on behalf of the author and publisher in exchange for this honest review. No compensation was received for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.
Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson’s 100th book! A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie’s new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.
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