A Sensible Arrangement is the first book in Traci Peterson's new Lone Star Bride series. We first meet Martha Olsen in Chasing the Sun, her sister Hannah's story.
Martha "Marty" Olson answers an ad from a banker in Denver Colorado for a bride and she is more than ready to leave Texas and all its painful memories behind forever. Losing her husband devastated her and banker Jake Wythe wants that theirs will be a marriage in name only which suites Marty just fine.
Jake has had his heart shattered not once, but twice. The board of directors at the bank that he manages insists that he be married, so he decides that a mail order bride from his home state of Texas is the best solution because one day he plans to return to Texas and buy his own ranch.
I really enjoyed reading about Marty's journey. I really found myself identifying with her in so many ways. Like so many of us, she takes the long way around. Thinking to bury her great pain with a new life, trying fit into a lifestyle that contradicts all that she believes in, running away from God rather running toward Him. Eventually her true nature came out and God shows her how to deal with her pain by letting him help her.
I found Jake to be a little less intriguing than I would have liked. He was a little too predictable, however I really enjoyed him more toward the end when he was finding the truth about himself and his feelings about Marty.
As with all of the authors previous books, we get some real historical facts blended in with the story and well as good amount of God and his love and salvation. I enjoyed the book tremendously and would not hesitate to recommend it.
This book is a great read! Other reviews have explained it perfectly. When reading this book some of the characters past references seemed familiar to me. After doing some searching I discovered that I had read about Marty in the Land of Lone Star Series and Jake Wyeths character was in the Striking a Match series. This book can be read without reading the other series. But if you'd like to understand the characters a little more I would read the other series first. They are great stories so it's definitely worth the time.
Tracie wrote a very entertaining book, it starts out with some excitement then calms down and has you pulling for Marty and Jake to have more than a "in name only" marriage. Most people have kept a secret, told what they call a "white lie", or stretched/twisted the truth but have you really thought what not trusting the person you are hiding this information from can do to your relationship? As Tracie does with Marty, the longer you keep this information the more damage it "could" do. I like the way Marty stands up against her "society friends" too.
Mail Order Bride, Marriage Of Convenience & Romanc
April 29, 2014
Tracie Peterson in her new book "A Sensible Arrangement" Book One in the Lone Star Brides series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the lives of Marty Dandridge Olson and Jake Wythe.
From the back cover: Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.
Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.
Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.
Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.
What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways_
and dreams and secrets collide?
Texas, Denver and Mail Order Brides, these are the ingredients for a wonderful read. Marty just wants out of Texas, Jake just needs to fulfill the work requirements of the bank so their marriage is what is known as a marriage of convenience. However when God gets involved nothing goes as planned-at least not their plans, His plans work out quite well. Both Marty and Jake have their issues and they both have to deal with them in order to really enjoy their present and move into the future together. "A Sensible Arrangement" is a wonderful romance and the history is perfectly accurate giving a picture of simpler, slower times. Ms. Peterson is an amazing writer and she has given us a great story with plenty of believable characters that we root for to win. I liked this book and look forward to the next one in this series.
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I have read several of Tracie Peterson's books and was eager to read a new one. She is always great at capturing your attention and keeping it throughout the whole book. I found it hard to put it down at night when I needed to go to bed!
Marty is a widow he doesn't want to live in Texas anymore. She is angry with God over the death of her husband. She answers an add in the paper to be a "Lone Star Bride" and moved to Colorado without telling her family.
Jake is a man that has been hurt deeply by his first wife. He doesn't want to re-marry but is pressured into it do to his new position at the bank where he works. Both of them agree this will be a marriage of convenience.
I love reading about how they both need to go to the high society events and how uncomfortable it makes both of them feel. The servants that work for them are great. Alicia's back story is heartbreaking, but it's great to see her grow and how Marty is able to help her. Mr. Brighton and Mrs. Landry kept me laughing throughout the book!
I did learn some about how the fall of silver in Colorado in 1893 and the effect it had on the city.
The only downside to the book was that it ended to abruptly!! I wanted to know more about what happens to Marty and Jake! Where do they go??? What happens with Alicia?? What happens with the orphans that Marty was working with??? I need to know more!! As this is the first book in a series, I certainly hope the next book in the series brings us back to these people!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.