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Matthew (Circle Eight #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  731 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
It is a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas, the ranch their parents fought for. . .and died for. To the eight Graham siblings, no matter how much hard work or hard love it takes, life is unthinkable without. . .

In the wake of his parents' murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight. He also needs to find a wife in
Paperback, 254 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Brava (first published January 1st 2012)
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AղցҽӀɑ W.
Spoiler Ahead This was a pretty good book. Matthew Graham and his siblings come home from an outing in town to find their parents murdered and their youngest brother, Benjamin missing. All the hopes that their parents had for expanding the Graham family's holdings may be dashed with this awful event. Matthew, the eldest at 25 finds himself in the precarious position as head of the family, and he wants to continue what his parents had set out to do. Matthew travels to Houston to claim a land gran ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Twenty-five year old Matthew Graham's life has just been turned upside down. After the murder of his parents and the kidnapping of his baby brother Benji, he is left to take care of his six brothers and sisters as well as the Circle Eight the family ranch in the Republic of Texas. Before his parents were murdered his father had intended to claim four thousand more acres that the Republic of Texas was offering. When Matthew decides to go ahead with his father's plans he learns that he needs a wif ...more
Romancing the Book
May 08, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
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I fell in love with Matthew in chapter one, the way he stepped up and took control of the family after the tragic murder of his parents and kidnapping of his youngest brother. I also enjoyed the fact that the author showed his vulnerability and let the readers see that even the toughest man can be brought down to his knees. Hannah is just as lively and just as vulnerable but with a quick wit that will makes yo
Jan 28, 2013 MandaLee rated it really liked it
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This was a nice read for me. I loved Hannah! The girls in this series are strong and that has me happy to continue the series.
And of course the hot cowboys are great too;)
Jan 26, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars.

The Graham family has gone through a terrible tragedy. Their parents were murdered and their youngest brother is missing as a result of the same attack. Now Matthew, the oldest, has taken on the responsibility of raising his siblings and becoming the head of the family.

Thus begins the Graham sibling's saga. For Matthew, one of the ways he can honor his parents is to continue on with their wishes – including expanding their farm by taking advantage of a land claim. He travels
Mar 19, 2013 Tiss rated it really liked it
Emma Lang's historical western romance is sad in the ways of children loosing their parents and a sibling. Matthew Graham is trying to go on after the deaths of his parents and loss of a younger brother. He goes to fulfill his dad's wishes of gaining more land, but doesn't know until he gets to the land office that he needs a wife. So he invents one.
Little does he know, there is a woman in town who has the name he needs. He offers to marry her and tells her why. But as time goes on and Hannah l
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jan 31, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
It's only been a few weeks since someone killed Matthew Graham's parents and kidnapped his youngest brother. But now he is the head of the family, doing his best to run the family ranch and raise his brood of brothers and sisters. One of the tasks that has fallen to him is a trip to Houston to claim some extra acreage his father was planning to use to expand their property. But when he arrives, Matthew is stunned to find that he must be married to get the land for his family. In a moment of weak ...more
4,5 stars

I won this from chat with Beth Williamson at Goodreads.
Thank you! She even not hesitant to send the paperback version, even I live outside USA. How very kind of her :')

BTW, its not affect my rating for this book. MATTHEW indeed is a good read. I don't know that this one can considered as historical romance, since its happen at 1836. In Antebellum era, precisely after the Civil War. Its doesn't feel like historical romance either (that full of lord, lady, and ball), but maybe because Mat
Virginia Campbell
Feb 19, 2012 Virginia Campbell rated it really liked it
When his parents are murdered and his youngest brother is kidnapped, Matthew Graham, the hero of "Matthew" by Emma Lang, becomes responsible for his remaining six brothers and sisters. At the age of twenty five, he is the oldest, and he becomes a "patriarch" and must care for his family and see to the running of their ranch. The Graham siblings fuss and fight like most families do, but they all agree that Matt must apply for the land grant that their father had coveted in order to increase their ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Kathleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Read" is misleading here, because I didn't finish the book. I tried, but eventually the shallow point of view and retreading of the same internal angst by both hero and heroine became too irritating. The author's skill at portraying a character's internal turmoil on the first pass left me feeling bludgeoned with the obvious every time Matthew or Hannah restated their core issues in lengthy internalizations.

In addition, one or the other seemed forever to be feeling or seeing or smelling or knowi
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started reading Matthew, but I sure wasn't expecting Matthew to be such a perfect man, who could make me fall in love with him almost instantly!

After his parents are murdered in their own home and their little baby brother is kidnapped, Matthew is now the head of the family and has to look out for the best interest of the rest of his siblings (which are many!). He can get land from the government to expand their
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Matthew Graham and his siblings come home from an outing in town to find their parents murdered and their youngest brother, Benjamin missing. All the hopes that their parents had for expanding the Graham family's holdings may be dashed with this awful event. Matthew, the eldest at 25 finds himself in the precarious position as head of the family, and he wants to continue what his parents had set out to do.

Matthew travels to Houston to claim a land grant which will expand the acreage on the Graha
Lynde Shaw
Sep 07, 2014 Lynde Shaw rated it really liked it
A great first book to a new series! And although there where a couple "Really? As if that would ever really happen" moments (like the fact that in a town that can't be very big, Matt didn't know there was an unmarried woman named Hannah?), I understand that this is fiction and for me it's an escape into another world where things like that can actually happen I'm not going to nitpick about minor things like that, though I'm sure others would. I thought Hannah grew from a lonely, timid woman into ...more
Jacky Faber
Aug 06, 2015 Jacky Faber rated it really liked it
3.5 rating.

Story of Matthew and Hannah. It got repetitive after a while although I am curious to read about the rest of the Graham clan in the subsequent books.

The Graham parents are murdered and eight children are remaining. Although Benjamin was kidnapped. Matthew is the oldest. Before their parent's murder, they applied for a 4,000 acre land grant, the Republic of Texas was offering Texan citizens. Matthew went to claim the title and found out he had to be married so he says he's married to a
Re-read. This is the first in the Circle Eight series and introduces the new head of the family Mathew. Six months earlier the Circle Eight was attacked and Mathew's parents were killed and his youngest brother disappeared. Mathew has become the family head caring for his younger siblings. Deciding to claim the large stretch of land his father had planned on acquiring, Mathew discovers he must be married in order to receive the claim. In a panic, Mathew lies and says his wife Hannah was unavoida ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

There were some spots where I rolled my eyes because Hannah and Matt acted more like they were 14 or 15 rather than 20 and 25. Once I got over that, it was a pretty good story. Matt's horrible sister redeemed herself and I'm actually looking forward to her book :)
Sep 13, 2015 Gee rated it liked it
This was a pretty good story. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

So why not 4 or 5 stars? Mainly, the hero was just not that swoon worthy to me. He was a good guy, a hard worker, and I'm glad the heroine married him. But he just wasn't that devoted to her. He kept fighting his attraction to her until the end when he finally realized what he had. I guess I just like to read heroes that are a little bit more....well, heroic.

Now Hannah was a Kick-A heroine; no complaints there. But sh
This was an okay, quick read. Hannah was an okay heroine and even though Matt was also okay, I kind of expected a bit more. I liked the family dynamic they had going with all the brothers and sisters and even the housekeeper and her sons. They made one nice, big family.

I did find a couple of continuity errors that were a bit annoying. The story starts off in March when the parents are killed. Then chapter one starts off in May. But later in the book it states it's been 6 months since the parents
This would have received two stars from me, but the heroine, Hannah, deserved an entire star on her own. I liked Hannah, and I enjoyed reading her story. I liked Matthew, too, for the most part. If he was sometimes annoying, he could be forgiven for having been thrust into the role of head of the family by the murder of his parents only two months prior.

However, there are numerous punctuation errors that were repetitive enough to be annoying, and everyone - including a Texas Ranger - appeared to
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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This is the first book in an exciting new series, about the Graham siblings. This book pulled my heartstrings right from the start.

The siblings return home to a devastating tragedy and their whole world changes in one afternoon. Matthew is the oldest of the Graham's siblings, his heart ached at being thrusted into the role of parent at such a young age, but his family was everything to him. He must marry to be able to claim the acreages t
Feb 09, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This is the first historical western I have read in a long time so i was really excited to have the opportunity to read this book. I have never read a Emma Lang book before but i have seen them and have wanted to read them. Her covers always look so good that they peak my interest. Someone is definitely doing a good job there with Matthew's cover. This series starts out when the oldest Graham sibling Matthew at age 27 suddenly finds himself as a parent to 6 of his younger siblings with the baby ...more
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!

Matthew is the oldest of the Graham siblings. After their parents are murdered and the youngest turns up missing, Matthew takes over as head of the family. He’s doing everything he can to keep the family together and ranch going.

One thing Matthew does, is go to Houston to extend the family ranch with a land claim. Only one problem, Matthew has to be married. So, Matthew does what anyone else would do, he lies. He says his wife is Hannah. Now he just has to find a wife, named Hannah and in 30 da
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This is the beginning of the Circle Eight series. Matthew is the oldest of the Graham siblings. Their parents were murdered , their baby brother kidnapped and he is now head of the family. He had to be married in order to get the land their father was trying to claim before he was killed, he tells the land office that he is married to a woman named Hannah. He then meets a Hannah and proposes to her the same day. Hannah lives with her Granny and runs their boardinghouse. She is chubby and plain l ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. And I'm still scratching my head over it. Emma Lang also writes under the name Beth Williamson. I have read her book, Unbridled, which I truly enjoyed. But Matthew left me feeling a bit unsure if I would contine to read this series.

Granted, I typically don't read historicals, but because this was Beth Williamson, I decided to give it a try.

Matthew is the oldest of eight children, and lives on a ranch in Texas- early 1800's. After the unexpe
Apr 02, 2012 Helyce rated it really liked it

Matthew Graham is the eldest of eight children. The world as he knows it is met with unexpected tragedy when his parents are murdered and his youngest sibling, Benjamin, is kidnapped and also presumed dead. He has no choice but to take over as head of the family and raise his younger brothers and sisters. He does it without question and he’s doing the best he can. When he learns that his father had started the process of gaining additional land due to a Te
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Matthew Graham is stuck between a rock and a hard place. His parents have been murdered, his five-year-old brother is missing and if he doesn’t go to Houston and claim the 4,000 acres his dad was going to claim the family of eight will lose it and only have the 600 acres to survive on. So, 25-year-old Matt goes to Houston to claim the land only to find out he needs to be married. He says he is, but his wife Hannah stayed home to watch his younger brothers and sisters. He now has 30 days to bring ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Matthew Graham, the oldest of eight siblings, has inherited the running of his family’s ranch after he discovers his parents murdered and his youngest brother missing. Because of a loop hole in the processing of a new land grant, Matt’s required to marry within 30 days and he hopes he finds the solution to his problem in Hannah Foley. Hannah is a plain young woman, fully on the shelf, with no future prospects but content with her life working at her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. When Matthew ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Toni rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars

Matthew just painted himself into a corner and needs a wife in thirty days. It’s time to get busy on the Circle Eight.

Matthew is the eldest of the eight Graham children, and after the murder of his parents and his youngest brother going missing, he is in no way ready for a wife. But life goes on. He has six other siblings he needs to take care of and that includes expanding their holdings for the future. Problem is, when he went to sign papers on a land grant his father was securing bef
Dec 31, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing
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In Circle Eight Matthew by Emma Lang
Matthews parents were both murdered on their farm and Matthew's youngest brother disappeared. Since Matt is the oldest his is now in charge of taking care of the whole family. His farther wanted to expand there ranch before he died so Matt had decided that this was best for the family. But in order for this to happen he ended up lying to the grant office saying he had a wife and on top of that they wanted her name so he said Hannah but he also had to prove th
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Emma Lang is the pseudonym of author Beth Williamson. She is an award-winning, bestselling author of both historical and erotic romances.

Born and raised in New York, she holds a B.F.A. in writing from New York University. She lives just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons.
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