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1891...Jolene Crawford Crenshaw, heiress and Boston socialite, went from her family home directly to Landonmore upon her marriage, the mansion she shared with her handsome and charismatic husband. She'd never in her life worried in the slightest over anything as crass as the dollars required to maintain that home or the lifestyle she'd been born to. Her extensive yearly wardrobe, the stables and the prime horseflesh within it, even the solid silver forks and knifes that graced her table, were expected and required to maintain the social standing that she'd cultivated over the years. But suddenly she was a widow with little money and just her pride and her secrets to keep her upright.
Max Shelby made his fortune in oil wells and cattle but lost the love of his life the day his wife died, over 10 years ago. Now, his happy, carefree, little girl needs instruction and guidance as she grows into a young lady and his dream of becoming a senator from his adopted state of Texas seems out of reach with few political or social connections. The right wife would solve both problems. As it happens his sister knows of a woman, a recent widow, charming, beautiful and socially astute, but in reduced circumstances, who may want to begin again. Max signed the wedding contract sight unseen.
Will Jolene be able to shed her sorrows, anger and fears to begin anew away from the censure and hidden tragedy that marred her life? Is her new husband, confident, strong and capable Max Shelby, the man, the only man, to see past her masks to find the woman beneath?
©2015 Holly Bush (P)2015 Holly Bush
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By jey cee on 12-21-15

Contract to wed

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Good follow up story, I liked the twist of having a heroine who is not perfect and adoring from the beginning. This book has a little "for adult only" language but it was ok

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By mrmeeka on 06-12-17

Historical Western Blend Romance

Jolene is in a widow without anything. Max is a rich rancher and oil tycoon looking for a mother for his young daughter and wife to help him get elected as senator. Jolene answers his ad to become his wife.

The author did a good job on this one. The story line held my interest all the way through. Narrator does a good job with dialect making it easy to follow and distinguish between the characters.

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the book and look forward to others by both the author and narrator.

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