Naomi has a secret so scandalous she prays it never comes to life or it would ruin her and the friends she loves the most. Now that her friends have found a mate its up to her to choose so they can all be married but who would want her? Michael comes to town looking for a job so he can provide for his son and keep him safe from his deceased wife's parents who want to take his son as their own. He never plans to marry again but meeting Naomi makes him wonder if he could find love? Also the ladies continue to try to finally find out who might be behind the cave in's of the now closed mine. Could Lacey's brother finally find peace knowing he was not to blame but will it come in time to keep them all safe?
This is book 3 and the final book in the Husbands for Hire series. I very much enjoyed this book and thought it did a good job wrapping up the series.
What I liked: I liked Naomi a lot just from the first two books and her story was quite interesting. I felt bad for her and really wanted her to find happiness. I was also happy to see Brandon and Cora finally settle their relationship as well. We also find out who was behind the mine collapsing and it was quite a shock to find out the reason behind it.
What I did not like: Not to much. The only thing I was expecting was a little more from the side story-line with Michael's in-laws. I thought they might show up again towards the end but they did not.
Over all this was a fun book to read and a great wrap up to the series. I will warn you that you must read all three books and in order or you will be very confused as some parts of the previous book overlap and would cause confusion otherwise. I highly recommend this book.
This was a fun series to read. I am sad to see it end to be truthful. All three of the ladies where fun to read about and had spunk that kept me laughing. I also liked how the suspense part of the story-line weaved through all three of the books and each book solved a small piece of the over all puzzle. Book 1 and 3 where my favorites. You must start with book one and work your way through all three or you will be quite lost as the three books are very much tied together. If you enjoy historical fiction, a bit of suspense and romance you will love this series!
I took the time to read the complete Husbands For Hire Series by Kelly Eileen Hake and am so glad I did. Strong and Stubborn is book #3 in the series and a very fun and entertaining book. The other two books in this series are #1 Rugged & Relentless and #2 Tall, Dark, and Determined, which I have to say was my favorite of the three. I found myself laughing out loud at the characters in this series often and also feeling their pain. I give this book and the series a 5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait to read more books by Kelly and I plan to buy this series for my teen grand daughters.
I received Strong and Stubborn from Barbour Publishing, Incorporated in exchange for my honest review and was not paid for this review.
Naomi Higgins lost her beau, Harry Blinman to her sister Charlotte. After a irreversible misunderstanding her family sends her away to help her cousin Lacey Lyman. Five years later Naomi finds herself in Hope Falls, Colorado Territory. Along with three other women they are living the unconventional life of running a town full of men. Men who are there because they answered an ad the women put out that they were looking for husbands for hire. Naomi is the last woman standing and it's coming down to her making a choice from the men who are vying for her attentions. Only she wants the one man who is not in her wooing line.
Michael Strode had to escape his in-laws. After his wife passed away they wanted to take his ten year old son, Luke, from him. He'd rather leave everything he knew and keep Luke. So he did. A friend suggested he go see a Mr. Lawson in Hope Falls for a job. It was perfect and so was Naomi. If only he felt worthy to court such a beauty.
Two people afraid of moving into their futures freely because of past mistakes. Carrying their burdens instead of allowing God's forgiveness to remove those yokes. This book also brings back all the characters from the first two books in this series; Rugged and Relentless and Tall, Dark, and Determined. Braden Lyman & Cora Thompson who's story is continued through each book, Jake Granger and Evie Thompson & Chase Dunstan and Lacey Lyman along with the lumberjacks and other residents of Hope Falls. Love, adventure, suspense and surprises fill the pages of this book. A really good series.
This is the third book in the Husbands for Hire series by Kelly Eileen Hake. This book focuses on Noami as the last unclaimed bride in Hope Falls. Michael Strode is a recently widowed carpenter setting out to try and make a new life for himself and his son.
One of my first thoughts about this book is that it is not a stand alone book. I think you must have read the first two books in order to follow the third. With that being said I read the first two books when they were first published and it has been a while so I really could have used a refresher. I got a little lost at times trying to remember details from the previous books. There is a handy little guide that gives a brief description of each character that was helpful though. I might have to go back and read all three in a row in order to make sure I got it all. There is alot going on in each book.
Naomi and the other three ladies in the story put an ad in the paper for husbands. They are landowners in what used to a be a mining town and is now a logging town thanks to the mine collapse and their attempt to redeem the town and their lives. They had no clue that when they got to Hope Falls they would be greeted by many men who came as a result of the ad. The first two books cover two of them women meeting their men and the third focuses on Naomi. The men were happy to work for food and shelter as long as the women were still available to woo, but with just one woman left the game changes. Michael has no idea what he has happened upon in Hope Falls. He simply came for a job and a fresh start from his wife's family. The story also continues with the story of Braden and Cora and their struggle to determine what their relationship will be after the accident.
I liked this book. The story wrapped up part of it, but also left so questions and more story that needed to be told. I feel like it set up for more books to be written in either this series or an additional series. I didn't feel like Braden and Cora's story had been completed and then there is more to tell about all those loggers wanting brides.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.