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Signed, Sealed, & Delighted: Prequel Novella (Marriage & Mayhem) Paperback – May 11, 2016
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An award-winning author, Crystal L Barnes is a born-n-raised Texan and an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), her local ACFW chapter, 19th Century Writers, and her local church. In 2012, she was a semifinalist in the ACFW Genesis contest. She has a degree in Computing Science because she loves putting things into their proper place, and she enjoys writing because she gets to share her love of old-fashioned things and the Lord. Find out more about Crystal at crystal-barnes.com or connect with her on Facebook, Google+, or Pinterest. Want to stay up to date on the latest happenings? Sign up for Crystal’s Newsletter on her website.
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Author Crystal Barnes has done it again! She has created a sweet lovely Christian western romance that will grab your heart and make you feel good. Originally released as "Lets Make A Deal", it has been improved and expanded for your reading pleasure. This novella is the introduction of the Marriage & Mayhem Series; you will see these characters again in the first book titled "Win, Love, or Draw".
Sarah Asher is no shrinking violet. She is a strong woman with opinions of her own; to honor her father's dying wish, she agrees to marry Joe Matthews. Joe has worked the family ranch for years and secretly attracted to Sarah. Sarah sets rules, in writing no less, before she will say her vows. After some dickering, Joe agrees to Sarah's terms uncertain how he will manage to survive this marriage under her terms.
Come along with Sarah and Joe as they journey back home from the cattle drive facing danger, raging rivers, changing emotions, fear, and love.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Author Crystal Barnes is one of my favorite authors; I am never disappointed when I pick up one of her books. The characters in this book/novella are believable and very likeable.
Sarah is strong, independent, opinionated, and has a strong belief in God; she is also afraid of the physical side of marriage as a friend has not fared well in her marriage. Ms. Barnes develops Sarah's character throughout the novella as Joe reveals himself to be a good God-fearing man who can be trusted with her person and life.
Sarah and Joe have been friends for years, now they must find their way to a firm foundation for their marriage. Joe's character is wonderful. All men should have Joe's honor, insight, and faith. His character made me say "aah". He fights his attraction to honor Sarah's wishes. Joe is portrayed as a solid cowboy who possesses honor, wisdom, and great faith in God.
Ms. Barnes includes adventure, humor, faith, and love in this short novella. This book has everything needed to create an interesting solid story. The plot and pacing was on target for the length of the book; the story never lagged and held my attention from the first page. As usual, Ms. Barnes mastery of the story-telling craft is evident. Ms. Barnes writing style is refreshing and clear. I found myself wishing the novella was longer as I was not ready to say to good-bye to Sarah and Joe and I wanted to know more about Sarah and Joe's past; I am excited to know Joe and Sarah will appear in the next book.
RECOMMENDATION: 5 STARS
I do not hesitate to recommend this novella to anyone that likes a clean, clear, solid well-written book. I look forward to the next book in this series; I am a sucker for an old fashion clean romance of the old west which includes a sigh worthy hero, a strong heroine, and Christian values.
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Ms. Barnes was born and raised in Texas. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and an award-winning author. She loves old-fashioned things and the Lord. She also has a degree in computer science. In her spare time she knits, crochets, sews, and watches old movies/sitcoms. If you would like to contact Ms. Barnes, click on the link below.
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This was a cute book. I liked watching things develop over a few days, and the author knows how to write a humorous scene for sure! I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, but I still enjoyed the read.