Victoria Bylin is a romance writer known for her realistic and relatable characters. Her books have finaled in multiple contests, including the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine's Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky, where their family and their crazy Jack Russell terrier keep them on the go. Learn more at victoriabylin.com.
Dani Baxter arrives out West to discover the man for whom she is a mail-order bride has died, leaving his orphaned children in the care of his brother. But Beau Morgan doesn't think he wants a family; he wants revenge on the man who killed his wife.
Dealing with love and loss, the balance between justice and revenge, and understanding how God's hand can be amidst the heartache creates a compelling read all on their own. When one adds Vicki's special talent for creating whole characters with whom the reader can relate, her ability to tell a great story, and the message of how the Lord heals the wounded heart, you gain a story that is satisfying from beginning to end.
Daniela Baxter has left Wisconsin and come to Castle Rock, Colorado to marry Patrick Morgan and become a mother for his three young girls, Emma, Ellie and Esther. She arrives to be greeted by a scruffy dirty man who tells her Patrick is dead. She still wants to be a mother to the girls but it seems this scruffy man is Beau Morgan, Patrick's older brother. He is the one named in the will as the girls guardian. The girls instantly take to Dani and she loves them but will it be enough to prove she can raise the girls and run a dairy farm? Beau Morgan stopped to see his brother as he was chasing down Clay Johnson, only Patrick is dead and he is now the caretaker of three girls and a small dairy farm. When Dani comes knocking on the door and stirring up his plans, he almost wishes he could be a different man. But he's a man with one mission: vengeance. Clay Johsnon killed his wife Lucy five years ago and Beau cannot have peace until Clay is dead. Will Beau choose his hate for Clay over a possible love for Dani and his three nieces? Victoria also gives us Clay's view of things which adds a great point of view. We also meet Pastor Joshua Blue and his wife Adie. In a later series, Swan's Nest, we see their story in book 1, The Maverick Preacher. This book is fiction and yet so many truths are in it.
Daniela (Dani) Baxter arrives in Colorado, intending to marry Patrick Morgan, the dairy farmer with whom she's been corresponding. However, upon arriving she learns that Patrick has been killed by a lightning strike and has left behind three young daughters. Dani has letters showing that Patrick wants her to care for them, but they're currently living with Patrick's brother, a sheriff turned bounty hunter named Beau, who's not big on social graces.
Dani and Beau don't meet cute and live happily ever after. Instead, they learn the fine art of compromise as their relationship evolves. Beau is blinded by a need for revenge against the horse thief who killed his beloved wife, Lucy. Dani needs a real marriage, not one of convenience.
The book's themes include love and loss, the balance between justice and revenge, and understanding how God's hand can be amidst the heartache humans experience in daily life. The characters are relatable, especially Dani, who is a pariah in her hometown of Wisconsin since she's been engaged three times and never married. The story is a satisfying read from beginning to happy ending.
This book surprised me. I got it from the library and didn't like the cover very much. My first impression was that it would be a hokey romance story. Well, as a friend said to me, "You can't judge a book by it's cover," I was definitely wrong. I liked the story very much. The plot worked out a bit differently from what I'm used to in these historical romances and I liked it. I don't want to give away the ending so I won't say any more than that. I thought it was very well written. The conversations were 'real' and the actions of the characters are believable. I am eager to read more by this author.
Loved the book! Yes, it is a simple story romance but when I read this kind of book that's what i expect. Just a quick, fun, feel good story that you don't want to put down. Done in a tasteful christian atmosphere.
I've loved Victoria Bylin's Harlequin Historicals, partly because they have a thread of spirituality. Writing for Love Inspired Historical gives her the opportunity to weave a stronger faith element into the story which only strengthens the depth of the characters and the story line.
The Bounty Hunter's Bride is a wonderful story of redemption and of the healing power of love--love between a man and a woman and God's love for us.
This one is going on my keeper shelf to re-read while I wait for the next one.