Publication Date: June 2014
Series: Lone Star Brides, Book 2
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers
“God knew the kind of wife I needed, and He brought you right to my doorstep.”
This book continues the story of Marty and Jake Wythe whom we met in the first book of the series, A Sensible Arrangement. Marty and Jake married, fell in love, and were suffering through the Denver depression at the end of the last novel. This story picks up as the depression deepens, and Jake is forced to make a move back to Texas for employment.
Marty and her companion from the first novel, Alice Chesterfield, stay behind in Denver at the orphanage until Jake can procure a job and send for them. Time stretches out and a variety of events take shape before the women can leave for Texas, adding an element of excitement and anticipation to the story.
Jake, in the meantime, has sought employment with his in-laws; Marty’s sister, Hannah and her husband, Will and their son, Robert. The storyline unfolds as Marty and Alice arrive at the ranch and begin a new life.
This story focuses a great deal on Alice and her personal life as she falls in love with young Robert. The story is relatively predictable, but has some interesting twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. The dual storylines with Jake and Marty and Robert and Alice make the book an appealing read.
I always enjoy the historical detail in Tracie Peterson’s books. This story is set at the end of 1893 and takes place predominantly in Texas. The country as a whole was experiencing economic depression, and it influenced people’s lives everywhere.
I looked forward to the book after reading the first one earlier this year. It is an entertaining read and picks up right where the first book ended. The story offers a good mix of historical fiction, mystery, drama, and romance while being grounded in Christian values.
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.