About the book: A Lone Star Brides book.
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?
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My thoughts: What do you do when you are unhappy in your current life? Make a big change, of course! When Marty answers and ad for a man seeking a wife for a marriage in name only she thinks she has the answer to her prayer. Of course, she stopped praying when her beloved husband was killed on their ranch, she hardened her heart to church and to God. She loves her family, but she misses all that she could have had with her Thomas and the children they were unable to have.
Jake has been unlucky in love, but his boss insists a man of his standing at the bank should have a wife, so he places an add for a bride from Texas. He may work in a bank for now, but he hopes to be able to one day return to Texas and run a ranch.
The two get along well and form a friendship, but will that be enough? Marty worries about her own sins and finds her way back to prayer. Should she reveal to Jake that she owns a ranch in Texas, just what he has dreamed about, but one which she hoped to be able to avoid returning to because of bad memories? Is it sin if she didn't lie about it in words, simply failed to mention it to him?
We all have our own difficulties in life, many of which play out inside our own minds. There is relief to be found by being truthful with oneself and with others. It can be better to know you were honest in word and action, even if it was hard and cost you some moments of peace, than to worry inside about that which you are keeping hidden from all.
About the Author: Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.
Learn more about Tracie at: www.traciepeterson.com