Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Reviewed Texas Bride by Joan Johnston...

In Stores March 27th   Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at Jacob Creed’s Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she’s bringing along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick she’s played on him?

Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake will never give up, but he’s in desperate trouble. His wife died six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake wrote never mentioned his daughter—or the fact that he has no intention of consummating his marriage. He’s determined never to subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn’t count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn’t count on aching with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.
My Review: (Copy Provided by NetGalley)
Miranda Wentworth and her 5 siblings are orphaned when their parents die in the Great Chicago Fire. They have been living in an orphanage for the past 3 years and as Miranda's 18th birthday approaches, she has to leave the orphanage.  

She answers an add placed by Jake Creed for a mail order bride on his Texas ranch. Miranda sets out for  Texas with her 2 brothers. Jake doesn't know Miranda is bringing her brothers with her and has plans of sending for her sisters once they are married.  Miranda doesn't know that Jake is recently widowed and living with his crippled father-in-law and 2 year old daughter in a house desperate in need of repair. She also doesn't know of the feud between Jake and his Step dad involving Jake's ranch. 

Since his wife died in childbirth along with his infant son, Jake is not looking for a wife. He is scared to death of Miranda meeting the same fate as his first wife, so he tries to fight his growing feelings for her by avoiding her.  Miranda is determined to make Jake her husband in every way and he doesn't stand a chance.  

This is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading from Joan Johnston. I thoroughly enjoyed Texas Bride and would definitely recommend reading. The concept of mail order brides is one of my favorites and this story did not disappoint. 

This is a sweet love story involving Jake and Miranda along with a great bunch of secondary characters.  The way Joan Johnston wrote these characters added to the story by pulling you in and making you interested in learning more about them and hoping for them to get their HEA.   

This story does not end with Texas Bride but continues on with Wyoming Bride (Hannah's story), Montana Bride (Hetty's story) and Blackthorne's Bride (Josie's story).  I can't wait for these to be released!!

4 out of 5 rating


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