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NEW ADULT, STEAMY HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Some might say Elise was a spoiled, impetuous, impulsive Boston socialite. Some might consider her innocent and naive to a fault. Elise considered herself to be living in a post-civil war world that was boring and stifling. When she came across The Matrimonial News and read the description of the Texas rancher seeking a wife, it seemed just the thing to help her escape her intolerable existence. She married him in secret by proxy. Little did she know she would become a widow before they even met. Nor did she realize her quest for adventure and excitement would turn her world upside down and inside out. When she finally encounters the man of her dreams, her inexperience and naivety become a handicap. She loves him, but will he love her back?
I found a character to be completely in awe of!
We meet Elise, apparently carrying water from the creek back to her house. The setting of the beginning of this story really makes me stop and think about how horrible the conditions of her arranged marriage to someone in Boston must have been to her to walk away from a well-off family to nothing. The trials and tribulations that Elise has to endure throughout the book when she goes west, to meet her husband by proxy, is nothing short of things that made me want to weep for her. Watching Elise grow and blossom in front of my eyes was fascinating. What happens with her and Alexander? Who is Alexander for that matter? What happens with her and Nate at a charity ball? When Alexander and Elise hear that Nate is coming home from his Ranch, what happens? What does Alexander realize that Nate does not know? How does Elise handle so many tragic things so stoically? I am in complete awe of this woman. This is definitely a book filled with twists, turns, curves, tunnels, and unsolvable mazes in spots. You need to read it. This is my first book by Ailene Frances and I look forward to more of her works.