To Love a Stranger  -     By: Colleen Coble
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To Love a Stranger

Thomas Nelson / 2016 / Paperback

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Bessie Randall never intended to move to Wyoming. But when she finds that her sister married a soldier by proxy, using her name, she has no choice! Jasper Mendenhall is equally unimpressed when she arrives. But circumstances limit his options, too. With God's guidance, can the life neither chose become better than anything they'd planned? 224 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0529103451
ISBN-13: 9780529103451

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Traveling to a rugged country to meet her new husband for the first time, Bessie wonders, Can love truly conquer fear?

Bessie Randall is shocked to discover that, thanks to her sister’s meddling, she is married by proxy to Jasper Mendenhall, a man she’s never met. Believing she has no choice but to honor the marriage, Bessie travels from Boston to Jasper’s military quarters in Fort Bridger, Utah Territory.

Jasper Mendenhall is equally shocked when he meets his wife at the stagecoach and realizes she is not the beauty from the picture he holds. But Jasper has orders to move to Arizona Territory, and he has no choice but to take Bessie with him.

Bessie and Jasper’s mutual distrust is hard enough, but snakebites, Apache raids, and food shortages present even more challenges as they head to the Southwest. A story of quiet commitment despite the odds, To Love a Stranger explores how love can grow in the most difficult land.

Author Bio

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater InnRosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed reading!
    August 4, 2016
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    To Love a Stranger is the fourth book in the Wyoming Series. I haven't read the first two, but I read the third and really enjoyed it. That being said, it is not necessary to enjoy this book. Coble took me on an adventure with just the right amount of romance and suspense mixed in. I found the book hard to put down and enjoyed every minute of it. To Love a Stranger is set in 1868 in Utah and Arizona territories. It follows Jasper and Bessie and Jasper is reassigned to a fort in Arizona.

    Being married to each other was not in either of their plans. But when Bessie's sister used her name she wasn't thinking about how serious the situation was. Bessie felt she must abide by the contract, even though she had no clue what her sister was doing. Now is her chance to get out from under her beautiful sisters shadow and show everyone who she is deep down. Life at an established fort isn't easy. Shortly after arriving she discovers they are being sent to rebuild a fort, and wonders if she is up to the task. Will trials draw them closer to each other or push them apart? Jasper's past hasn't been an easy one, will he let it stand in the way of what God has planned for them?

    I loved how the main characters faith was woven throughout the book. I enjoyed getting to learn more about life at a fort and some of the challenges that early settlers faced. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy to Love To Love a Stranger
    July 29, 2016
    Favorite Christian Books
    Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The thing I liked most about this book was how Bessie came into her own. She found herself married to a stranger that lived over a thousand miles away from her family and everything she knew. She didnt run home to the familiar but looked deep inside to find the strength to face the difficulties. I loved seeing her grow into a strong as well as compassionate woman.

    The story was interesting. I loved the premise and as it developed I enjoyed the additional storylines, even though one was heartbreaking. The author did a great job developing the relationship between Bessie and Jasper.

    This is book four of a series but I didnt feel like I missed anything by not reading the first three. Of course, now I want to go back and read the first three books!

    If you enjoy historical fiction set in the 1800s west this will be a good book for you. Those new to Colleen Coble this is a great introduction to her historical fiction work. (Personally I love her contemporary suspense more!)

    Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  3. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed This Story
    July 21, 2016
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    To Love a Stranger is a newly published edition of a previous work of Colleen Coble. Having read some of this authors earlier stories, I grabbed this book when I had the chance. It did not disappoint. Since it is an earlier work, the story line is not as deep as current novels by this author, however, I still find that her writing flows for me as I read it. Before I know it, Ive devoured the story! That was the case with To Love a Stranger.

    It is a sweet story of two people who find themselves married and dont know each other at all. They are both honorable and even though there are trust issues and hurt feelings at times, their hearts are in the right place trying to see if the marriage has a chance. I enjoyed the trip back in time and the details that made me feel as if I was right there traveling across the desert and into the fort in Arizona. The author also did a good job at making me feel the heart of these two individuals.

    To Love a Stranger was a quick read, yet a very enjoyable story. I had not read the book that comes immediately before this one, but did not have any trouble following along. It stands alone.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  4. upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Eh, ok. Better to borrow from the library, rather than buy.
    July 21, 2016
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Fine. Quick, cozy read. Not too much depth or development. Felt more like a novella. Didn't have the typical mystery Colleen usually adds to her stories.

    I didn't think her sister had a strong enough argument to convince Bessie to marry a stranger. Oh sure...she could argue the legality and forgery issue, but I'm sure it could have been remedied if Bessie didn't want to go. And yet...she didn't really. Eh...I would have preferred a stronger beginning. Either her need to escape a 'perfect-looking' but empty life, or her reaction to reading Jasper's letters that convinced her she could love him.

    The story really wasn't too just lacked the depth for me to feel too emotionally involved. I did like the addition of Ruth to the story. That DID tug at my heart strings and make me emotional.

    Again, fine, quick, cozy read....a good book to borrow from the library.

    *I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
  5. Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Book 4 in the Wyoming Series
    July 17, 2016
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    To Love a Stranger by author Colleen Coble goes along with The Heart Answers and the Journey of the Heart (Wyoming) series. The characters have moved out of Wyoming and Utah and in the newest book, they are heading to Arizona.

    I think this book is my favorite out of them all. When Bessie Randall tries to do the honorable thing and honor the marriage by proxy vows her sister took in her name, she has no idea what life is going to be like. This is her opportunity to get out of her beautiful, spoiled sisters shadow and shes going to be brave and take it.

    When Bessie Randall steps off the stagecoach, Jasper Mendenhalls wife is not the same person he holds a photo of in his hand. He was expecting a refined beauty, not a tiny, plain woman. How much of what hes been told is the truth? He doesnt know this woman at all.

    Bessies determination to be the wife Jasper needs despite his discontent over the dishonesty is inspiring. Her kind heart toward the soldiers and those less fortunate is beautiful and it doesnt take Jasper long to realize what a precious treasure this woman is. But they are in the middle of harsh terrain with threats of not only Apache Indians but also snakes, spiders, scorpions, and the relentless sun.

    As Bessie and Jasper struggle to find their footing in a marriage neither of them is sure what to do with, will they find that love is more than skin deep?

    ***Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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