I was so thrilled when I got the chance to read and review Tracie Peterson’s 100th book! I met her on a book tour last year when she was releasing her Minnesota series since that is my born and raised and settled in (so far) state! I went with my mom and my daughter who had just turned 3 at the time. One memory I hope to never forget is when Tracie was telling us how she does not get a say in her book covers and even has gone so far as to change her description of a dress so the color matched the cover. My daughter LOVES dresses so this was fascinating to her and in typical 3 year old style, my daughter piped up to Tracie and the entire place, “I have a pink dress, but I peed in it! So my mom washed it!” I don’t remember Tracie’s exact response because I was laughing so hard I was crying, but I do know it was so gracious and she just went with it!
So now on to the actual plot;
From the Back Cover from the publisher;
“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?”
First and foremost, I must admit that I am a total sucker for forced marriages or marriages of convenience, so of course I loved that aspect! I would say though,that this one seems to focus more on the other issues and sub-plots than just the romance factor, so many will enjoy that.
I loved Marty! Her character is someone that I could see myself being good friends with if she was real. 😉 Of course I was frustrated with her lying, but we have our faults and this was used to teach a thought-provoking lesson. I loved Marty’s sense of humor and laughed out loud a few times! I really enjoyed both Marty’s and Jake’s personalities a many of their household staff’s as well.
The mysteries around the bank and the owner and employees are interesting, but I can’t help but hope that in a future book of this series that Marty and Jake will leave Colorado and head to The Lone Star State.
I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars! I left off the .5 because there was a part that personally wished would of been resolved in this book rather than in a future book in the series. I understand why it was left for suspense to continue on in the series, but I personally would of loved for it to conclude in this one and think there is still plenty too keep me interested to read the rest of the series once they come out!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana. Learn more at http://www.traciepeterson.com.