Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow looking for a way out of Texas. Widower Jake Wythe has secured a job as a bank manager in Denver, only to discover that the bank board wants him to be a married man. With Texas in his roots, he advertises for a Lone Star bride, and Marty answers the call. They both agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience. Marty works to carve out a new life in high-society Denver as Jake works to guide the bank through a collapsing economy.
But when money goes missing at the bank and accounting discrepancies point to Jake, he must find a way to prove his innocence. Yet all he wants to do is go back to Texas and own his own ranch. Marty, on the other hand, owns a ranch - one she's never told her husband about. She hates Texas because it represents the losses in her life. But as the couple grows closer and love begins to bloom, Marty realizes she needs to tell Jake the truth. Can she come to terms with the past and her anger toward God in order to make room for love?
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Less than expected
Only when accompanied by a warning. I enjoyed it until the final chapter.
I liked her voice and characters.
A marriage of convenience somehow turned into a very one-sided arrangement that only considered the feelings and needs of one party. How is it that Marty is supposed to share every personal thing she owns with a man with whom she only agreed to have a platonic relationship to secure his career? Does he not need to consider her fears of losing another husband? How about her desire to leave Texas? After all that was her reason for accepting the position in Jakes life. In the end she has somehow lied to him because she did not share about owning a ranch. Her property had nothing to do with her arrangement with Jake. She doesn't 'fall-in-love' with him until the end and then when she tells him of the ranch (his dream/her nightmare) she is the villain and he was lied to?? I strongly disagree with the conclusion and even became angry with the one-sided situation for which only Jakes feelings were considered. I have really enjoyed Tracie Peterson's books and story lines. (17 Tracie Peterson books are in my library) This one didn't fit the quality of the other books I have read of hers.