Contract to Wed : Crawford Family

  • by Holly Bush
  • Narrated by Meghan Kelly
  • Series: Crawford Family
  • 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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Contract to wed

Which scene was your favorite?

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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- jey cee

A great sequel to the trainstation bride

In this story, we hear about the fate of Jolene, Julias's sister. She has experienced a lot of hurt in her life, and all she seeks now is financial security, but finds that her husband is willing to give her a lot more than she feels she can cope with.
The characters are convincing, as is the setting -- at least for me, because I really have no idea of life out west at the end of the 19th century.

Since I enjoyed the first tome so much, I rushed at the opportunity to listen to this sequel in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't disappointed. The author really puts a lot of information about the times back then into a great story, and, as usual, the narrator does an excellent job of conveying the characters and emotions to the listener.
This time, I was aware beforehand that there might be a bit of 'steam', but like in the first volume, it doesn't overpower the story.
I'm very picky when it comes to narrators, so I'm glad that Meghan Kelly was again the author's choice for the audio version of her book.

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- Bel "Audio book addict, spending a fortune on this passion. ;)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2015
  • Publisher: Holly Bush Books