His Make-Believe Bride
Book 1, Texan Brides
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She’s a bride with a secret as big as Texas…
Widowed and alone, Linnea Powell agrees to swap places with a reluctant mail-order bride. Arriving in Lubbock, Texas, armed only with her future husband’s letters promising a prosperous life, Linnea feels hopeful—until the stagecoach leaves her standing before a handsome stranger who has more ambition than he does prospects. Still, Linnea accepts Sam Kincaid’s proposal, knowing the moment he seals their vows with a hungry kiss, she’ll never be able to keep her past a secret. For her appealing new husband is all too eager to share the marriage bed….
Sam knows there’s something mysterious about his new bride. But that only adds to Linnea’s allure. And when he learns his wife is really a vulnerable widow, he’s even more determined to give her the life and family she dreams of. Sam’s not afraid of hard work, especially when the prize is Linnea’s love. What the rugged rancher doesn’t know is that Linnea has an even bigger secret, one that could destroy his reputation—and shatter his heart….
Praise for Martha Hix
“A romantic mixture of sensitivity, humor and spice, Martha Hix's delicious love story offers a refreshingly atypical heroine.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Terrific Tom
“Filled with humor...and a wealth of love. Enjoy!” —RT Book Reviews on Magic and the Texan
sure to please readers who prefer a story that feels as if it could fit into the romance shelves of
The book’s tagline is “she’s a bride with a secret as big as Texas”, and I couldn’t help but feel that her secret was her backstory. Let me explain, while the book itself was enjoyable, it didn’t reach the level of must read on for me. Much of this seemed to tie to the fact that it feels as if there is more that we needed to know of Linnea’s story – pieces that would have flushed out her character and given me a reason to want to know more…. In fact, want to know her ‘secret’.
Now I couldn’t be too upset with Linnea for her lack of forthrightness, as Sam – the man she is to marry, also didn’t portray his circumstances honestly. So going in, from the synopsis I knew that both were free with the truths and revelations they put out there…..
So – what emerges is a bit of “let’s do better” to some extent. Sam is willing and able to provide the dreams, the work and even the ambition. Linnea just didn’t seem to present me with the palpable sense of her determination or desire to make a new start…. And then…the secret.
I really am tiring of ‘secrets’ that aren’t really all that important in the grand scheme unless you consider the lack of honesty. Sure we are dealing with the morality of the time, and the rather fluid perceptions of what we are ‘told’ was reality and the actual reality. Life was tough and people had more to worry about in the frontier (or even small towns) than Linnea’s secret.
Sweet and chaste with the exception of a few minor descriptive passages, the story flowed well from its rather awkward and underdeveloped start point, and concluded as one would expect. A decent start to a new series, sure to please readers who prefer a story that feels as if it could fit into the romance shelves of years gone by with no issue.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.