Monday, June 13, 2016
Bride by Arrangement by Karen Kirst
I loved this story by Karen Kirst. The third story in the Cowboy Creek stories, this is Noah Burgess' story. Will and Daniel, Noah's friends, surprise him with a mail-order bride. They found love and happiness and want him to have the same experience, even though he is perfectly content alone. He feels his physical scars and the ones nobody can see have damaged him too much to find love. But he's never met someone as determined as Grace.
Grace Longstreet needs to get away from Chicago with her two little girls. Her husband has died and her brother-in-law is making unwanted advances and threatening her. She plans it with her cousin to go in her place and marry Noah.
Can Grace convince Noah to marry her even though she has lied about who she is and he doesn't want a wife? Will Noah realize he has fallen in love with Grace before he forces her to leave or marry someone else? Between figuring out who has forged the deeds, poisoned the cattle, and deterred the town's growth, the action keeps you turning the page. The romance between Grace and Noah will make you think about this story long after you finish the last page.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.