The Surprise Brides: One determined mama, four reluctant brothers, four mail order brides. Meet Jamie, Caleb, Gideon and Ethan.
As the local preacher, Gideon Fraser often talks about the many virtues of a good marriage, but that doesn’t mean he has the slightest inclination of claiming a bride of his own. No, he’s been burned before, by greedy women who only want the prestige and money the Fraser family name can provide. When his mother’s devious matchmaking results in his unexpected wedding, Gideon looks at the beautiful face of the woman who has sworn to be his and wants nothing to do with her. But Gideon is in danger of losing his heart until he discovers the truth. His new wife lied to him…about everything.
Ruby Haller needed a husband and fast. A treacherous man promised her the world, took her virginity, and left her without a father for her unborn child. When her father, the town minister, found out she was expecting a child, he offered her hand in marriage to the meanest man in town. Becoming a mail-order-bride appeared to be a safer choice. But instead of a rancher, she ends up the wife of a stubborn, bull-headed preacher and he’s none too pleased when he discovers her duplicity. Worse? The local town beauty, who had been courting him for years, is determined to make her life a living hell.
But Angel Springs, Colorado is a small town that can inspire big dreams. It’s nearly Christmas, and as these two hearts heal, a holiday miracle just might be within reach
***I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We were introduced to Ruby and Gideon in Jamie by Caroline Clemmon of this same series. He’s the third of four brothers whose mother decided to send for mail-order brides for them. Completely without their knowledge, and the women had no idea that they weren’t talking with the men in the letters. Gideon was the town’s preacher and he needed a wife, if for no other reason than to get rid of the mothers in town from trying to foist off their daughters on him. Ruby needed to get married. She was pregnant and she was alone. But she was leery if Gideon would be able to handle her secrets.
I enjoyed this. I liked Gideon, but I felt that he didn’t give her a fair shake. He was kinder to Gloria than he was his own wife, which really bothered me. It took something drastic for him to open his eyes and be a real man about things. And I liked Ruby. She was subtle but she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. We also see a little more into Caleb’s story in this one than we did in Jamie. Something I found very interesting is that the story we see of Gideon and Ruby in Jamie is a lot different than this story. Which doesn’t mean that the two do not mesh, just that private lives are private.
Ms. Woolf writes an interesting story. I liked the realistic way she painted Ruby. She wasn’t perfect, she wasn’t without being catty or without malice toward some deserving people. But in the end, she was still kind and thoughtful, even to them. Would I recommend this book to people? I would. It’s interesting and gives a whole new perspective on the other brother’s lives.
Cynthia Woolf is the author of nineteen historical western romance books, one short story, and one novella with more books on the way. She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.
Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.
Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at Colorado Romance Writers for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.
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