The Pretender Bride (Central City Brides Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Desperate times call for desperate actions. When Katie Kennedy finds herself in dire straits, her stepfather, a New York police officer has been murdered, she has no job, and no prospects for employment, and soon, no home to live in. She is raising her two half-siblings, with no prospects for the future, she will take the advice of her friend, Geneva, and apply to become a mail-order bride, posing as a widow with two small children. The chances of her being accepted as a bride will be more appealing as a widow with children rather than a spinster raising siblings.
After Robert Wallace watches his three brothers-in-arms find their mates with the help of Margaret Selby of Matchmaker & Co., he sends his letter and fare to bring him a bride too. Coming to America after the woman he cared for lies to him, he is bitter and refuses to believe in love for adults, that is a notion for children. Coming from a large family, while he wasn’t planning on being a family man immediately, accepting a widow with two small children is acceptable. He also is hoping to have children with his bride.
The plot will have Katie hoping that her new husband will accept her status of mourning and not plan on consummating the marriage right away. What happens when he learns that she isn’t truthful and her lies bring back memories of another woman from his past with secrets? Katie discovers her late step-father had his own secrets, and that those secrets are coming after her and the children? Will Robert protect her and the children? What happens when Robert’s widowed sister-in-law shows up with her two teenage children in tow and demands he takes her as his wife? Will an old, an outdated Scottish custom have him put Katie and the children to the side and marry Fiona? How can two women claiming one man all live together in the same household?
Trouble from New York shows up in Colorado, and Katie and Robert know that this Detective will not leave. The story will take on life and death situations, with kidnapping, and threats. When a trusted friend is in the middle, the betrayal is shocking. “It’s not easy when we’re betrayed by a friend.”
The marriage of Robert and Katie is on shaky grounds with him not trusting and forgiving her, yet he will grant that to anyone else. Will Robert realize that sometimes a white lie done with the intent to protect someone else was not done in malice towards him? Katie has fallen in love with Robert, but his bitterness and non-forgiveness may not be enough to have a future. Can these two find a middle ground for a future and will they learn to love, forgive, and trust each other? The story is a steamy romance without explicit details.
“Love, longing, and happiness, emotions that words couldn’t begin to explain. Feelings that reached clear to her soul. And she returned them, one and all. Together they could face anything. Together they could conquer the world.”
Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book and voluntarily read and reviewed. All thoughts, opinions, and ratings are my own.
Cynthia Woolf is one of the few western authors that are still currently writing in this genre. She specializes in mail order brides, a situation that appears to have been very common in the old west. At that time women were scarce in the west because of the rough physical conditions, the laws that were mostly settled by guns and the people were less civilized than in the big cities in the east.
This book takes place in the early 1870s and involves Katie and Robert mail ordered marriage. Katie’s stepfather is murdered which leaves Katie alone to raise her five-year old half-brother and three-year old half-sister. At that time, there were very few ways for an unmarried woman to raise a family.
So, Katie becomes a mail order bride. However, when she responds to Robert, she claims to be a widow with two children. She is afraid of Robert’s reaction if she tells the truth..
Katie leaves Brooklyn, New York and makes the long journey by train to the Colorado Territory with her brother and sister. She has to leave her friends and family to move to this Territory which more resembles towns like Bonanza and Gunsmoke then her home in Brooklyn.
I enjoy “mail order bride” books because it is interesting to see how two people, who have never or seen each other before, react to getting married as soon as they meet.
Also, I enjoy reading about mail order brides because, like Katie, they must be independent and have the courage to be able to be able to learn and accomplish new and unknown situations.
Of course, these books are romances and, therefore, end with happy endings. On the other hand, I am sure that the reality of these marriages did not always end that way.
If you are like me, and have been missing westerns from our currently published reading materials, I highly recommend you read the Pretender - and all of the other books by Cynthia Woolf.
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