Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement Book Review

Lone Star Brides
Book One

SUMMARY:  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?

REVIEW:  The idea of leaving your home and family to marry someone you don't know in a different part of the country is interesting.  I like how Marty and Jake hit it off and there wasn't any tension between them or between her and his house staff.  I also like how Marty didn't come in and start making changes to everything, but wanted to give it some time, see what worked and didn't work then possibly make changes at a later date.  She also has a big heart and steps up to help those who have had a rough life, even standing her ground when the society ladies told her it was beneath them to help.
     Now, even though I liked how the book ended, to me it left too many questions unanswered.  What happened with the economic situation?  Did the bank patrons remove all their money once the bank reopened their doors?  What happened with Jake's job situation?  Did Marty and Jake let go some of their house staff like they were thinking or were they able to work it out and keep everyone?  Did they have to move into a smaller house? These are just a few of them.  
     That said, this was a good book. I liked how the storyline flowed and how the characters interacted.  I would like to read the others in this series when they come out.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group for review without compensation.

A prolific and bestselling novelist, Tracie Peterson rewards her readers with adventure and romance, highlighted with authentic historical detail.  A Sensible Arrangement is her one hundredth novel.  Tracie and her family live in Montana.

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