Publication Date: April 2014
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers
“. . . I’m going to marry a man I’ve never met and do not love. I’m going to marry him and leave this place forever.”
-Marty Dandridge Olson
Marty Olson, a petite blonde Texas born rancher, can’t wait to get out of the state. A bull killed her beloved husband four years earlier, and Marty continued to miss him. She wanted to get out of Texas and away from the life that consumed her on the small ranch they had shared.
Desperate to depart, Marty agrees to marry Jacob “Jake” Wythe, a good-looking Texan living in Colorado and working as a banker. Jake is looking for a strong, sensible woman from Texas. He fails to disclose in his letters that his true heart’s desire is to buy a ranch and return to Texas. Marty also forgets to mention that she never wants anything to do with ranching and Texas again.
Marty’s adventures begin with an attempted stagecoach robbery before she ever reaches Denver. Upon her arrival in Denver, Marty marries Jake and life as a Denver society wife begins. The storyline follows Jake and Marty as they become acquaintances and then friends while maintaining a marriage in name only.
The characters do not evolve a great deal in this novel. Some of the greatest character growth evolves from Marty’s struggles with finding her faith again. She also struggles with her lack of children, but she succeeds in finding a creative means of channeling her love of children in a useful manner.
I enjoyed the historical detail regarding Denver in the early days. In addition to the information regarding the city, an abundance of historical political and business detail was scattered throughout the book. The story is set at the end of 1892. This time period was one of great growth due to the building of the railroad through the area which contributes to the storyline.
I enjoyed the book. It is a light, easy read. This is Tracie Peterson’s 100th book to be published. Readers of her many books will enjoy the novel. The story offers a good mix of historical fiction, drama, and romance with a good Christian basis.
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.