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The Marshal Takes a Bride (The Charity House Series #1) (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical #26) Mass Market Paperback – February 10, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
Book 1 of 9 in the Charity House Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373828063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373828067
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Genre: Steeple Hill Love Inspired (Historical) Romance; My Rating: 4.5 of 5
Katherine is the pretty daughter of a widow who turned to running a brothel to support herself and her child. After her mother left with a man, Katherine's tainted reputation is further shattered by an unwanted attack by one of her mother's old customers. She is taken in and given a position as the schoolteacher at an orphanage in Denver that is run by her best friend and her husband. Katherine has discovered and rescued her five year old sister who was left abandoned in a gold mining camp after their mother's death. Timid Molly now lives with her and is her joy to raise.

U.S. Marshall Trey Scott is a man whose main goal is to capture and get revenge on the man who killed his pregnant wife four years before. Trey has met Katherine and Molly while visiting his good friend at the orphanage. He loves playing with Molly and is helping to pull her out of herself to be a fun loving child.

Trey isn't thinking or planning to marry as he is still set on honoring his dead wife. But when Trey inadvertently compromises Katherine he offers to marry her to protect her reputation and to keep further stigma away from Molly. Katherine is a devoted Christian who believes in forgiveness and trusts God to help her in her daily walk. She refuses to be unequally yoked with Trey as she does not want to trap Trey who is still wrapped in his own pain and set on his hunt for revenge.
There is more to the refusal however because Katherine has not yet learned to release her full fears regarding men and to trust God with bigger plans for her life. Can Katherine struggle past her fear and can Trey honor her demand to leave vengeance in God's hands?

These are wonderfully developed characters with a sweet story.
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Charity House
Book 1

This was an excellent start to what looks to be a promising series.

U.S. Marshal Tray Scott lost his wife and unborn child when a mad man gunned her down to hurt him. For the last several years, Tray has been on Ike's trail, and he doesn't plan to stop until the man is dead. Sweet talking, beautiful Kathleen cannot understand Tray's hatred for a man. She wants him to turn the other cheek and allow justice to be served.

Meanwhile, Kathleen is still trying to recover from her mother's reputation, and the fact that she was raped by one of her mother's old clients doesn't help matters at all. Then when she and Tray are caught in a compromising position, things get even worse. Tray wants to marry her to stop all the talk, but Kathleen isn't sure she can marry a man so set on vengeance. Kathleen's cute little sister plays a big part in their relationship!

This story was so good. I could see both sides of this story and wanted to meet them both somewhere in the middle. We all know how this book is going to end, but getting there is a journey worth taking!
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I have read most of Renee Ryan's book and I highly recommend them all. They have good characterizations, and I appreciate they are just good clean reads...believable love stories without a bunch of sex. Christian oriented.
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Every story in Renee Ryan's Charity House series is strong and filled with vivid characters who live their faith minute by minute. Or, if they've lost their way, learn from their mistakes with emotions and reactions that are real and relatable to everyone.

The Marshal Takes a Bride is a wonderful lesson in how love will prevail when the hearts involved stay true. Gripping characters and strong emotion show that while the town of Denver was still untamed, there were good, faithful people helping shape it and their futures.
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U. S, Marshal Trey Scott is fixin[ to walk down the aisle just as soon as stubborn bride-to-be agrees to say "

U. S. Marshal Trey Scott is fixin' to walk down the aisle just as soon as his stubborn bride-to-be agrees to say "I do." Katherine Taylor's five-year-old sister and an orphanage full of children are depending on her. So why won't the petty
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I have to admit I haven't read that many inspirational books. Most I find too contrived and the Christianity is beating me over the head.

Not this book.

This is a wonderful story about the power of love and how it helps a couple to find a new and better way. The characters and situations were natural and not contrived. The developing faith in hard situations was something I could certainly relate to and rewarding for me as a reader.

I highly recommend reading The Marshall Takes a Bride.
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I found this story full of strife, leaving so much discord in its wake. So many of us are still Old Testament people at health when it comes to revenge. It's easy to want to show God how it's done, instead of letting Him take revenge for us.
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I really enjoy Renee Ryan's books. This one how ever had me a bit confused. The "We'll just have to get married" part had me thinking Marshal Scott was joking or being sarcastic, and that had me lost on why Katherine was so emotional and angry. But kept reading, and finally realized what was going on. The reader has to take the Era of the Story into account. Overall it was a great read.
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