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Joe's Wife

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  323 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews

Tye Hatcher returned to Aspen Grove to find that life in the sleepy Western town hadn't changed much. The townspeople stubbornly refused to see the man he had become. That is, everybody but Meg Telford. Meg definitely took notice of the reticent rancher and gave him a chance in life when no one else would. Still, Meg clung to the memories of her late husband, afr
Paperback, Harlequin Historical, #451, 299 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Harlequin Books (first published February 1st 1999)
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The blurb caught my eye, so I got myself this book.

When I started reading it, I was captivated by the character of Ty and I wanted to be Meg.

When I finished it I knew that this book was written very well - it had a sold plot, well developed characters and it broke and mended my heart in just the right places.
For that it deserves 5 five full stars.

But I am a woman. And I alined myself with Meg, not with Ty.
Because of that I loved the way he loved her. I bathed in his unrequited love for her. I wa
The cover ~ I think it's sweet. It's certainly dated - it is 10 years old. But it's a fairly accurate portrayal of the hero and heroine. And the back has a picture of the hero, heroine with a little girl at a picnic - cute.

I had heard about this book around the blogs, mostly KristieJ's, and while I have a number of Cheryl St. John's books on my TBR pile there was just something about Joe's Wife that said "read me first". Maybe it's the title. You know from the synopsis that Joe isn't the hero bu
Jun 09, 2017 Zoe rated it liked it
Quick read. I can always read Cheryl St John, but this book isn't as developed as her other books. It was ok I guess. I am giving it the 3rd star because of the writer.

Meg was a widow. Her husband Joe died in the war and she had been pining for him ever since. Tye was looked down by the town because he was a bastard and his mother was a prostitute. Meg asked Tye to marry her so she could keep the ranch where she and her late husband dreamed of building a life together. Tye married Meg. He was j
Tye Hatcher recently returned to Aspen Grove from the war. The same war that took the life of Meg Telford's husband Joe. As a bastard and the son of a saloon girl, Tye had a tough time growing up in a small town where its people always treated him like a pariah. He is a good man who is not judged by his character, but by the circumstances of his birth. Joe has dreams and something to prove to the people of Aspen Grove.

Meg Telford is a sweet, beautiful young woman who loved her husband. She wants
Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it really liked it
Meg Telford's husband died while fighting in the Civil War. She refuses to give up their farm. Knowing that she has no hope of keeping it unless she marries, she proposes to Ty Hatcher. Ty recently returned to Aspen Grove after fighting in the War. He was always ostracized by the townsfolk because he never knew his father. One of the only citizens who were ever nice to him was Meg. She always had a smile for him even though others shunned him and now she is asking him to marry her. It was a drea ...more
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This is my favorite so far from this author. I thought that both of the main characters were very well written with believable motivations. Tye is a lovely man one of the sort that most women would like to have. Meg was very well done also. She was aware of her limitations which was realistic for the times. I don't like books where the heroine is too modern in her thinking/acting when the book is an historical. There were a couple of times that something anachronistic crept in but they were mino ...more
Oct 24, 2010 ~Megan~ rated it really liked it
Cheryl St. John is always good for a touching love story! I love her style of writing and the honesty of her characters.

JOE'S WIFE was the first book I read by Cheryl St. John. Joe Telford was a good man and loving husband to Meg. They had known each other since childhood and had great plans to develop the Circle T ranch, their home, before the Civil War took over their lives. Joe died and his family, including Meg, had difficult coping long after he was gone.

Tye Hatcher knew both Joe and Meg when they were younger. He was the son of the town prostitute but Joe and Meg always treated him kindly. Unfortunately ve
Linda Sims
Feb 17, 2015 Linda Sims rated it really liked it
When Meg Telford's husband Joe is killed in the war, she's struggling to keep their ranch going. Joe's family are pressuring her to sell. But Meg has no intention of spending the rest of her days living with Joe's mother. She has to find a solution, then she meets in town returning bad boy Tye Hatcher he's home from the war, but he's not welcomed by the town, he's the son of a prostitute and has been despised for that his whole life. When Meg puts a proposition to him that he marry her to save h ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
Returning to his home town of Aspen Grove Colorado after the end of the Civil War, Tye Hatcher found that nothing had changed. The people who had shunned him as a child did so again making it impossible to find a job and save the money that he needs to build his dreams. The war had taken a lot of good men and one of them was Joe Telford, leaving his young wife (Meg) a new widow with a ranch to take care of. Not knowing of any other way to keep the ranch going any longer, Meg Telford approached T ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this post-Civil War tale of a widow who marries the town pariah because she needs someone to help her with her ranch - the only lasting legacy she has from her husband who died in the Civil War. Ty Hatcher, the son of a whore is an outcast, but he's used to it. When he marries Meg, she's not prepared for the cold shoulders and downright incivility the townspeople pay her - people she grew up with and had been accepted by all her life. Gradually we see how Meg and Ty fall in love, which ...more
This was an ok read. I didn't like Meg very much, but loved Tye. What a wonderful guy he was. Meg spent way too much time being dead Joe's wife through the entire book. She only got to be Tye's wife in reality the last couple of pages.
Victoria Bylin
Oct 05, 2009 Victoria Bylin rated it it was amazing
This is one of the first HHs I ever read, and it will always be a favorite.
Jul 04, 2009 Laurie rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites, keep going back to enjoy again.
Susan Shearer
Oct 27, 2010 Susan Shearer rated it it was amazing
What could be better than to find the one you love loves you? Only Cheryl could give you that kind of romance!
Jacky Faber
May 26, 2017 Jacky Faber rated it liked it
An enjoyable light read. Tye and Meg were both interesting characters and the plot moved along.
Mar 10, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Ok this might be a oldie but it's definitely a goodie! It was a simple story but sooo engrossing and I couldn't wait to just read more. There was still some annoying lack of communication things BUT I felt it made more sense in this one (as compared to His Secondhand Wife/Bride(?)) because they each had insecurities and better reasons for not wanting to speak up right away. For instance, tye was sooo afraid to step on joes memory that I can see why he wouldn't just open up day one and state his ...more
JOE'S WIFE was the first book I read by Cheryl St. John. Joe Telford was a good man and loving husband to Meg. They had known each other since childhood and had great plans to develop the Circle T ranch, their home, before the Civil War took over their lives. Joe died and his family, including Meg, had difficult coping long after he was gone.

Tye Hatcher knew both Joe and Meg when they were younger. He was the son of the town prostitute but Joe and Meg always treated him kindly. Unfortunately ve
Jul 06, 2011 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe's Wife is not the first book I've read by Cheryl St John. It is an earlier one so I was interested in seeing her writing at an earlier stage. And before she started writing for the inspirational market. Actually this book is an inspirational. God is very present in the lives of the characters. And I loved the heroine Meg who stood up to the holier-than-thou crew at the local church. This is a classic marriage of convenience story but written with tender feeling and deep emotion. A very bel ...more
Olanrewaju Olarinde
The title does fit the story. Everywhere you turn to, Joe is there. It wouldn't have been far-fetched if the story is paranormal and Joe's ghost is walking around.
That aside, it is a good story. Tye is disliked by almost everyone for a situation he couldn't help and he has had a crush on Meg since he was a boy. Meg is an open minded, almost naive woman who needed Tye and they got married to help each other out.
Tye had the most problem seeing as he kept seeing Joe's ghost everywhere. Meg's proble
May 23, 2013 Sheri rated it really liked it
Story about a woman who marries in order to acquire free labor and save the ranch. She's still in love with her dead husband. New husband, who has always admired her, thinks he'll be fine with that, but as his love for his wife deepens, his tolerance of walking in another man's shoes diminishes. They both have some growing to do, I really liked Tye and couldn't wait for Meg to love him.
Jessie Gussman
Aug 20, 2015 Jessie Gussman rated it it was amazing
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For some reason, I just love the title of this book. Odd. Anyway, it's another feel-good read by St John. Heartwarming and sweet. Her plots are so character driven; everything meshes together perfectly for a beautiful end result.
Wati Rahman
Dec 20, 2015 Wati Rahman rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story. Loved it!
Sep 17, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it
So sweet :)
Jun 26, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this!
Rushell rated it it was amazing
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Jenny E rated it it was ok
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Cheryl is the author of more than fifty books. Her first book, Rain Shadow was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best First Book, by Romantic Times Magazine for Best Western Historical, and by Affaire de Coeur readers as Best American Historical Romance. Since then she has received three more RITA nominations, a Writer’s Digest award for a feature article, and several Roman ...more
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