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.
Tracie is one of my favorite authors and I've always enjoyed her stories. Her newest book, which just happens to be her 100th novel, A Sensible Arrangement is the first in Tracie's newest series the Lone Star Brides. It was certainly worth waiting for.
Denver, Colorado, 1893
Jake Wyeth, a bank manager, needs a wife in order to satisfy his boss at Morgan Bank. He has decided that a marriage of convenience will satisfy Mr. Morgan's desire for him to blend into the highest echelons of Denver's society. Marty Olson wants (needs, really) to escape from the loneliness of her Texas ranch where her husband died. She has resolved that answering Jake's ad for a mail order bride is just what she needs in order to escape the memories. Although, she has decided to keep the plans for her upcoming marriage to Jake a secret from her sister.
Both Marty and Jake have been hurt in the past, and although they have become friends, they each find it difficult to love and trust again. As Marty acquaints herself to life in Denver's society, she begins to see through their charade and their uncaring attitudes toward those less fortunate then themselves. At the same time, Jake finds himself immersed in his job at the bank and the seemingly inevitable failure of the economy; and therefore Morgan Bank.
As Marty struggles with her disappointment in God's sovereignty over the death of her first husband, the servants in the house, especially Alice (Marty's lady's maid) and Mrs. Landry (the staff overseer), help her rediscover her faith and the power of prayer. As Marty and Jake's feelings for each other grow, I wondered if Marty's lies would ruin there tender relationship.
Tracie Peterson, as I have already mentioned, is a favorite of mine. I loved how she brought Marty, Jake , Mrs. Landry, Anna, and a whole host of other characters to life. I cheered the characters on, scolded them, and cried with them. And now I look forward to meeting them again in her her next book in the Lone Star Bride series, A Moment in Time.
**A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
From the ranches of Texas to the mile-high city of Denver, "A Sensible Arrangement" lays the foundation for Tracie Peterson's new "Lone Star Bride" series. This novel introduces several story-lines that will continue into the next novel. Peterson incorporates romance, faith, and history to create a pleasant read despite unfinished ends. A bit of mystery is incorporated into the historical element, which centers on the economic downturn of the late 1890s. Peterson paints a dimensional picture of the growing city of Denver, from the upper crust of society to orphans. A western story set in a city is quite refreshing, but there is still a touch of wild-west style excitement and Texas twang.
The main premise of "A Sensible Arrangement" is the marriage-of-convenience between the two lead characters, Marty and Jake. Their relationship is relatively predictable, but fraught with emotional challenges that add some complexity. The subplots held more interest for me than the love story. Marty's work with orphans reveals the plight that homeless adults and children faced in the midst of an economic downturn. There is definitely the potential for this plot to develop more throughout the series. The more exciting subplot is the crime mystery involving Jake's bank and the father of Marty's maid, Alice. Pieces of the mystery are revealed along the way, enough to keep you guessing about who is behind the crime. I kept reading in anticipation of the solution, only to find that the mystery will continue. As that part of the story threads through other novels, I am eager to learn more about Alice who has the potential to be a dynamic lead character.
"A Sensible Arrangement" is an enjoyable weekend read with some excitement and many lessons in honesty and faith. The historical details set it apart from similar novels and set the tone for the rest of the "Lone Star Brides" series. Peterson leaves readers primed with anticipation for the next novel, "A Moment in Time"
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I read several of Tracie Peterson's books a while back and thoroughly enjoyed them. When I saw that she was releasing A Sensible Arrangement (her 100th book!!!) this month, I was excited to start a new series with her.
Two of my favorite story lines in historical fiction are mail order bride and marriage of convenience stories. Combine the two, and double the fun! From the beginning, I liked Marty. She's feisty and has a serious streak of independence. It wasn't clear until much later why she would be interested in leaving her family in Texas and become a mail order bride, but once we finally learned the reason, it made sense. Marty has a terrible problem with lying. While I often wanted to shake her and force the truth out, I actually liked that her vice was something that most people have dealt with but generally overlook. I thought it made her more relatable and showed how a seemingly insignificant sin can have such far-reaching consequences.
I enjoyed getting to know Jake as well. He was intent on being a good husbandâ€”even if romance wouldn't be part of the equation. He definitely had a lot going on at work, and that part of history was definitely interesting! As Jake and Marty became closer friends, their relationship developed more. I just wish we could have seen more of that!
There were several things that weren't resolved, but I'm assuming that the next book will take care of some of that. And I, for one, am looking forward to reading it! A Sensible Arrangement is another great read from Tracie Peterson! [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.