- Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Mira; Reprint edition (January 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778329119
- ISBN-13: 978-0778329114
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Manning Sisters: The Cowboy's Lady\The Sheriff Takes a Wife Mass Market Paperback – January 19, 2010
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The Sheriff Takes a Wife is, without a doubt, the worst book that Debbie Macomber has ever written. The heroine, Christy, is weak and wishy-washy. She is so malleable that she allows her parents to give a huge engagement party and start planning a big wedding, even though she is in love with someone other than her fiance, James. She delays breaking her engagement and accepts shower gifts from her and her fiance's coworkers, even after she is secretly MARRIED to Cody, the man she really loves. She allows events and other people's plans to completely control the flow of her life, when all she had to do was say, "I'm not going to marry James." She doesn't want to humiliate her parents by canceling the engagement party, but later, when it all comes out, they still have to explain to all their friends why the engagement was broken, and that their daughter was pretending to celebrate with James, while having no intention of marrying him. It seems to me that canceling would have been the lesser embarrassment. This girl's (I hesitate to call her a grown woman) priorities are skewed, because she stomps all over her HUSBAND's feelings in an attempt to keep from hurting the feelings of her mom and dad and James, all the while knowing that it is inevitable that they will find out the truth eventually.
Today's readers like strong, honest women characters. This story disappoints in that regard. At one point, Christy even talks about the "ridiculous situation" that surrounds her and her husband, Cody. Yes, it is a ridiculous situation, but one of her own making, and she really doesn't accept responsibility, other than to say that she should have told everyone earlier that she had fallen in love with someone else. Well, duh. She refuses to be honest with the people she supposedly loves, when the fact that she is already married MUST come out, and the longer she waits, the worse it will be. Yet everyone forgives her and goes on like nothing happened, after just a brief time.
The dad in the story is a bully. Loud, obnoxious, rude, and domineering, you would think that after having to eat his words and apologize so much, at his age he would have learned to listen to what is going on before jumping to conclusions and blowing up. Actually, there are not very many likeable characters in this book. The mom is quieter, but pushy in her own way, rolling right over what anyone else wants, to plan Christy's party and wedding without letting the prospective bride voice her opinions. The brothers are adults in size only, laughing and joking while a serious confrontation takes place.
Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors, but this duo of books was not up to her usual standard. I believe that this is the first time I have given less than five stars to any of her books. I would give The Sheriff Takes a Wife two stars, and feel generous. The only reason I listened all the way to the end was that I was in my car, traveling, and needed something to help me stay awake. What kept me awake, in this case, was wondering just how wimpy the main character could get. She lacked a backbone, and the idea that a strong, rugged, handsome sheriff in Montana would fall head-over-heels in love with her and put up with her lack of character is ludicrous. Cody married her, then allowed her to return to Seattle and to work in the same office with James, while he waited patiently in Montana for her to find the gumption to break her engagement. He finally had enough and went after her. No way is that realistic, at least with the Montana men I know.
I guess you can tell that I didn't like this book. I would bet that if you listen to it, you won't like it either.
In The Cowboy’s Lady, Taylor Manning takes a teaching job in Cougar Point, Montana not realizing just how different it is from Seattle. For one thing, no one takes credit cards and she is short on cash after traveling. Luckily for her, Russ Palmer tells the store clerk that she is the new school teacher and she is given a line of credit. Russ had just come from the diner where his companions had talked about her. The second thing is that there is not a shortage of handsome men in Montana. The most handsome as far as Taylor could see was Russ Palmer; but he was also opinionated, domineering, and a chauvinist. Taylor had just broken up with her boyfriend who also was a chauvinist and she didn’t want anything to do with either of them. However, she has to put up with Russ because his sister Mandy was a student. Would the job work out to help Taylor get over her breakup? Could she weather the winter in Montana? Could she ignore Russ?
In The Sheriff Takes a Wife, Christy comes to Cougar Point, Montana to be with her sister Taylor when she delivers her baby since their Mother couldn’t travel. Christy had just become engaged to James Wilkens, a friend of the family. Even at the first, Christy felt pressured into accepting the engagement and things just seemed to get in the way of her telling James she changed her mind. Now she is in Cougar Point and needs to tell her sister and her husband about the engagement; but once more life gets in the way. The day she arrives in Cougar Point, Taylor goes into labor while no one is there except Christy. Christy is forced to call Sheriff Cody Franklin to get Taylor to the hospital. There is an immediate attraction between Christy and Cody that neither could explain. Then Taylor asks Christy and Cody to be godparents. Christy wants to clear the air about being engaged but every time she gets up the nerve to tell anyone, something else interrupts her. Will she ever tell anyone about the engagement? Will she ever be able to break it?