A Sensible Arrangement is the first book in a new series written by author Tracie Peterson. I found the plot quite interesting and having an arranged marriage with a widow and widower was new for me. Tracie always knows how to capture the attention of the reader and reel them in with a fine story.
Marty is a widow whose husband was gored to death by a longhorn steer. She has basically given up on God and sees no reason to trust Him with her future, much less her daily life. So she answers an ad for a bride and moves to Colorado, not telling her family what she is doing. That was one of the big problems I had with Marty. She lies constantly throughout the book. And at the end she realizes that lying is just as much a sin as anything else, but it really bothered me reading about her deceit.
Now Jake was a different story. Very upright and quite dashing. His first wife was dishonest and he can't stand it now so I was waiting to see how it would play out when he realized what Marty was doing. Of course, it was a marriage of convenience anyways so there were no feelings involved, NOT! :)
I liked how the author put real events and history in the novel. Finding out about the impact silver had on Colorado and the common person made for a good story. Oh, and the servants were so entertaining! I loved Brighton and Samson the most, excluding Alice. My only complaint? I wish the story hadn't ended so abruptly! I felt like I was left hanging with not everything solved. Hopefully that will be taken care of in the next book. There will be another one, right? lol:)
I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts are 100% mine.
Marty Olson is a widow who lives in Texas. Her surroundings serve as constant reminders of her past and she desperately wants to run from the pain. She responds to an advertisement placed by Jacob Wythe to marry for appearances only. Jacob lives in Denver so this opportunity will allow Marty to start a new life.
Jacob is rising quickly in the banking industry but the Morgan Bank board has made it clear that a man in his position should be married. Jacob places an ad for a "Lone Star bride" as his heart is still in Texas. He grew up on a ranch and misses his life there. He plans to save enough money so he can one day return to the life he loves. When Jacob places the ad he is looking for nothing more than a woman who will attend social gatherings with him. In exchange he will take care of her every need.
When Marty arrives in Denver the two are married. As their lives become more intertwined, they find themselves embarking on an adventure that neither of them planned. Will the pain of Marty's past and her secrets push Jacob away or draw him closer to her? Will Jacob's desire to return to Texas prove to be too much for Marty?
I really enjoyed this book but I have to say that the ending leaves you with many unanswered questions. The second book called "A Moment in Time" will be released in June so I look forward to seeing how the pieces come together. This book had elements of faith, adventure, romance and mystery. I found myself not wanting to put it down as I wanted to know what happened next. I would definitely recommend this book.
*Thank you to Bethany House for providing me this book in exchange for my honest review.
A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson is a most delightful book and one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Marty Olson answers an ad for a "Lone
Star Bride" and leaves her Texas home to travel to Denver to marry Jake Wythe. Jake is a banker and his boss insists that his top employees be married. Both Marty and Jake have been married before and this marriage is to be one of convenience only. After the wedding, Marty is almost overwhelmed with all the demands of Denver high society. Jake hates the society scene as much as Marty but to keep his boss happy and maybe even to keep his job, they have to put on a happy face and attend all the society functions. The state of the economy threatens Jake's job and this causes him to think even more about returning to ranching in Texas. Even though Marty dislikes all the things she is expected to do as a member of high society, she does not want to return to Texas. Will all the demands of high society and the problems with the economy draw the couple together or will the marriage remain one of convenience?
In this one hundredth book by Tracie Peterson, she did an excellent job in the writing of all elements of the book just as she did in the first ninety-nine. Marty and Jake were so well written that I could not help but care for them. By the end of the book I felt as if they were lifetime friends. There were several different plot lines going on in the story but Tracie tied them all together in a very satisfactory way. This story is filled with history, politics, banking business, mystery, romance, and even a failed stage coach robbery. There were several times that I would laugh at what was happening but the funniest situation was when Marty told Jake her greatest desire. At the beginning of the book, Marty felt as if God had deserted her but through the help of her household servants, she accepted God's forgiveness and love. In spite of all the problems, the story had a wonderful ending. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I highly recommend this book to everyone that likes an historical novel filled with romance and set in the American West at the end of the 19th century.
Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
And I LOVE this author!!! Tracie Peterson has always been one of my all time favorite authors! And this, her 100th book, is one of my favorites of her works. It has made it to My Favorite Books list! Tracie's characters touched my heart immediately and Jake, the hero of this tale, stole my heart completely! I love how she made Marty's character a tough woman that can take care of herself, and others, instead of becoming the victim always in need of rescue! Yet, though she is toughened by loss and the ways of ranch life in 1892, she still has a huge heart and loves very deeply. OH but the cliff hanger! I must know what happens next and can't wait for A Moment in Time to release in June!!! Mystery's are mixed within A Sensible Arrangement's plot as missing money and strange threats abound! I truly enjoy how Tracie weaves The Word and God's messages throughout the story. Showing how He loves us through it all, even our anger and hurt. This is a fabulous read, with an easy pace, and filled with great characters, an intriguing plot, secrets, pain, forgiveness, lies, love, uncertainty, friendship, repentance, fears and more! I highly recommend it!
Songs: "Onward Christian Soldiers" by Various Artist, "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow" by 101 Strings Orchestra, "Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Intermezzo sinfonico" by Herbert von Karajan
Texas Widow, Marty can't wait to leave Texas and it's reminders behind!
A Mail-order Bride to a Banker in Colorado, her quiet entrance is marred by her saving the Stagecoach from Bandits. We off to a hilarious start-but Marty finds her life controlled by the owners of her new Husband's Bank. But it all starts pressing her when she discovers her Husbands desire to return to Texas-ans Ranch, just what she was trying to leave behind forever! Interesting period economic/political information-and there are extreme economic events which cause many changes in their lives. But all is well for the new couple, because, what they have come to value most, is not overcome by the Economy-each other.