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Marrying the Major (The Women of Swan's Nest #4)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  99 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
He hired a governess, but what retired officer Tristan Willoughby-Smith needs is a wife. Not on his behalf, but to protect little Dora and Freddie. When Caroline Bradley arrives at his Wyoming ranch, she seems perfectly suited--capable, efficient, intelligent...if a trifle too appealing.
Caroline knows what a real union of hearts should be, and the major's polite, no-nonse
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Love Inspired Historicals (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book by Victoria Bylin LIH named "Marrying the Major"

Trisan was a military man through and through, even though retired he still kept those around him "orderly", he named his ranch "The Barracks".
Tristan had lost his wife and now needed a governess to watch over his little boy and daughter. He hired two sisters one to be governess the other to be a nurse who would help him as he had bouts of Malaria from the time he had been in the war.

Caroline and sister Bessie came to Wyoming on a coach and fr
At First Sight: Unsure where his fight with malaria will leave him, retired British Army Officer, Major Tristan Smith decided to take steps to secure his children's future, but that was easier said than done. His first step was to hire the Bradley sisters; the older, Bessie, in a nurse's capacity to help him fight off the malaria, and the younger, Caroline, to be a governess to his children.

But things don't go quite as planned. Caroline and Bessie left their friends in Denver in hope of a good
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marrying the Major by Victoria Bylin Book 4: The Women of Swan's Nest

Western Historical meets Regency.

What an ending to The Women of Swan's Nest. Caroline & Bessie Bradley are the last two unmarried women from the group. Bessie is happy as a nurse and is content being single. Caroline had a short but loving marriage seven years before, Charles had died and she gave up her dreams of family and a home of her own. Caroline has taken the job as a governess for a Wyoming rancher who was ill and m
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tristan Willoughby-Smith is a retired major, but still all military to the core. He runs his house, and his life like he led his unit when he served in the British Army. Now, he needs a wife. Suffering from malaria and having lost his wife to the disease, he promises to see that his children, Dora and Freddie, are properly cared for. So he hires Caroline Bradley to be their governess, but secretly plans to wed her to his best friend Jon, so that upon his death, the couple can care for his childr ...more
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Tristan has a lot on his plate. His wife dies of Malaria and he himself is now fighting the deadly disease. He does not know if he will live but his one concern is his two young kids and leaving them with out parents. He hires a governess to watch after the children and if his plans work the way he hopes maybe there mom.

Caroline loves children but fears she will never marry again and have her own so becoming a governess will give her a borrowed family. What she did not expect was to h
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review: Marrying the Major by Victoria Bylin
I enjoyed reading Marrying the Major. It was a clean romance with humor. I liked how Caroline Bradley faced up to her fears, she was very independant. Caroline loves children and she did not think at this late that she would remarry and have a family. So she was going to be a nanny and borrow children to mother. Caroline has some fears but she is also strong minded.
Major Tristan Willoughby Smith was a major in the British Army. He is a widower
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women of Swan's Nest
Book 5

This is the final book in this series. I'm kind of sad to see this series end, as all the books have been excellent. This book focused on the sister duel - Bessie and Caroline. They are traveling to Wyoming to help out Major Tristian Willoughby-Smith, who has an interesting past and a questionable future. Tristian is suffering from Malaria, which is wife died from and left him raising their two children. Bessie, a nurse is traveling to his home to care for him while Car
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads, newish
Caroline has a rough history: her late husband was mudered before her eyes after only a month of marriage. Her life's desire is to be a mother, but she has not had the opportunity. When a position for a governess arises, Caroline takes the change to 'borrow' someone else's children. What she didn't anticipate was an immediate need to marry the father of these children in order to protect them.

This book is very sweet. Caroline has a strong spirit and rises to the challenges that she faces as a w
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well-written historical Christian romance novel that I really enjoyed even though it's quite simple in its writing style. I really liked how well the author developed the two main characters within a short period of time; I liked learning their history and personalities through how they communicated and acted. Even though this book is the fourth in a series, it works very well as a stand-alone novel, as I really didn't feel as though I had missed a whole lot of backstory. Overall, I f ...more
Ellen Sara
This was a sweet story! I loved reading the story of how Caroline and Tristan fell in love. They were in an interesting position having married for after barely knowing each other. Because of the circumstances of their marriage both were a little afraid to be completely honest about how they were feeling. It was refreshing to see how hard they each worked to be what the other person needed. I loved that this book was clean and romantic at the same time.
Pam Fullem
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was a "First Reads" book for me. I enjoyed the book. I was pulling for the couple all the way through and was not sure until the last few pages that it was going to work out or how. As a credit to the author, I was not aware it was part of a series, but the story totally stood on its own. I enjoy more "period" settings for novels, so this kind of novel was right up my alley.
Sara Mitchell
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another outstanding read by this author. Well-drawn characters, with poignant internal as well as external conflict. I particularly enjoy Victoria Bylin's ability to draw realistic pictures of her male characters and children. You always CARE what happens--highly recommend this book and all of her others!!
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marrying the Major by Victoria Bylin

This was really a good book, loved it. Great characters, great scenes, even the emotions of the story people were good. I wish she would do a sequel to it, showing their lives in England and the how they solved the problems of being Lords and Ladies with Gods help after his father was so nasty to people there.
Kat Evans
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance fans
Recommended to Kat by: no one
This book had everything I look for in a good romance. The characters had depth, you could really understand where each was coming from. They showed how hard it can be for a stepparent to come into the picture. I can't wait to find the other stories in this series.
I won this book in the Good Reads Draw and the author signed my copy too! That being said, this book is a very light read. Perfect for a rainy, cold day, which is what I had. I didn't really connect with the characters and I really wanted to like it more than I did.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I enjoyed this story. Some of the plot twists took me by surprise, but I appreciated the way the characters handled the events as they came. I was impressed by how Ms. Bylin handled Louisa, "the other woman" and I would love to see a following book with her story. :)
Claudia Rosa
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Romance!
Victoria Bylin
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hi! I'm the author :) This book is part of the "Swan's Nest" series but it also stands alone. I hope you enjoy the story!
Sabrina Lucero
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down. :)
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Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin writes both western and contemporary inspirational romance. Together With You, a story about family and forgiveness, won the 2016 Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary, and her historicals have finaled in the Carol Awards, the Rita Awards, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She and her husband ...more
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