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His Secondhand Wife

(The Copper Creek Brides #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,422 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Noah Cutter was a man of his word-

Scarred in body and soul, rancher Noah didn't consider himself fit company for anyone. But when his brother's philandering finally caught up with him, honor dictated that Noah claim his brother's widow as his own.

Noah was about the most intimidating man Katherine had ever seen. Yet though one man's false promises had already dashed her d

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Harlequin Historical (first published February 1st 2005)
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Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read from Cheryl St. John, and it has left me wanting to read more of her books. I thought she did an excellent job of engaging me in a tender and beautiful love story. Kate had married Levi Cutter, but after a couple of weeks, he told her he needed to find a good job and would come back for her. After five months of his absence, his brother, Noah shows up to tell her that Levi was shot. Kate soon realizes that Levi had no intention of coming back to her since he was ...more
4.5 stars.
I loved this one. It was sweet with a bit angst and just satisfying. In this story, Noah Cutter finds out his brother and co-owner of their family ranch was shot dead leaving a pregnant wife. Noah does the honorable thing and offers Katherine a place at the Ranch to leave for both protection and familial obligation. After all Levi's unborn child will inherit the ranch someday.

Katherine and Noah then begin this journey to define her place there and in the process begin to form a bond t
Another sweet second chance Beauty and the Beast romance from St. John. Here the heroine was married and widowed to a weak scoundrel. His older half-brother steps in for a MOC to help her and her baby.

What are the problems? The H was horribly scarred as a child and has avoided all human contact as much as possible. The meddling of the absolutely toxic stepmother to the H is what initiates the marriage.

H is sufficiently shut down and broody and the heroine’s lighthearted and optimistic look at li
Overall rating: 4.5 stars!!!

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My review:

This was such a gem of a read! After reading a few books that I didn't reall
This was so sweet and squishy! Noah was horribly scarred when he was young and has become a total hermit, rarely leaving his ranch. His womanizing, charmer of a brother, Levi, gets himself shot by a jealous husband. Cheatin' dead Levi had a wife that he abandoned 5 months ago, so hermit bro goes to inform her.

Noah finds Kate living in poverty, working herself to the bone, with a super-mean mother. Kate has his loser bro's baby baking in her oven, so he whisks her off to his cowboy ranch. He's a
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it

Sweet slow building romance.

I've read a lot of darker books lately so when a friend recommended this and I'd checked out the synopsis I decided to give it a go and I'm so glad I did it's been a nice change since it's a beautiful slow building romance set back in April 1890.
Katherine had married Levi Cutter after a whirlwind romance and for the first couple of weeks it was great but then Levi grew restless and started to stay out more and then under the guise of looking for work he disappears com
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars
I really liked this heartwarming and also intense romance between two people who were so perfect for each other. The story had me hooked from start and there were passages that moved me immensely. However, both the hero's and heroine's insecurities went on for a bit longer than I deemed necessary, thus creating undue frustration near the end. Also, a few issues I had with the plot's credibility kept me from rating it with 5 stars. Still, a very sweet and tender romance that I'm glad I r
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
A simple heartwarming story that makes you happy having read it, having known these characters.
The H literally made my heart squeeze and ache several times through this book.
One of those strong, silent, gentle types who are emotionally scarred but never take it out on others. He deserved all the happiness and love that the h could give him and more, and it made me happy to read a story that enabled these two to find their way to each other. *sigh*
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I sense that I am coming to the end of my recent reading spree of the western romances.

Cheryl St. John writes beautifully. I enjoyed reading her stories. That being said, I was kind of bored reading this supposedly riveting book. The premise in interesting enough. Widow of an irresponsible younger brother, aka the pregnant heroine, met the responsible older brother, aka the virgin hero. For whatever reasons, they thought getting married was a good idea, seeing how Noah was supposed to take care
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“She had the ability to humble him. Not shame him. Never to shame him. This was a new feeling. And it would take some getting used to. He hoped the feeling, and Katherine, stayed and that he had a chance to get used to both of them.”
~ Noah Cutter. His Secondhand Wife.

Sometimes, when reading books about the bigotry, small-mindedness, and meanness of mankind; a modest story about the importance of treating others with dignity, kindness, and respect can be more impa
This was a very sweet, beautiful love story. The hero Noah and heroine Katherine were both good and kind-hearted people; they both had very difficult pasts. My only complaint is that I got a little impatient for Noah and Katherine to stop guessing what the other was thinking and actually come right out and talk about it. As much as I understood Noah's hesitancy to be open (he had a REALLY rough life,growing up with scars all over his body and being isolated from others),it still got frustrating. ...more
Tricia Len
I loved this book! Noah Cutter is one of the very best heroes ever. I just loved this love story.

Noah Cutter is surprised when he finds not only that his younger brother Levi has gotten himself killed but that he also left behind a wife he told no one about.

Driven by his sense of duty, Noah locates Katherine and finds her working at a laundry house, poor and pregnant and without the support of her mother. So, Noah does the honorable thing and asks her to come with him to his ranch, where she and the baby will be safe and provided for.

Katherine isn't sure if she can believe Noah, after all h
HIS SECONDHAND WIFE is the second book in the Copper Creek series. SWEET ANNIE is the first. There is quite a bit to like about Noah Cutter and his deceased brother's widow, Kate.

Levi Cutter, Kate's husband, was suppose to be looking for work. She hadn't seen him in several months. Noah claimed his body when he was shot dead. The reason? Another man had caught him with his wife. At the same time Levi had left a very-pregnant Kate alone.

Noah, who was severely scarred over most of his body, offe
An emotional read about a young pregnant widow taken in by her physically and emotionally scarred brother-in-law. Better than average writing and characterization. The author sets the scenes well and the dialog is smooth and natural. Both main characters are mistaken about the other one's motives, but the reasons behind the mistakes are believable (and not unkind), so the plot device works here. Although there was tension between Noah and Katherine, the author could have build more tension and g ...more
It was very sweet and pure story that I qite like every part of it. Though, unfortunately, it was not a 5 stars either.
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Lovely romance about two people who yearn to belong to someone. Loved it.
3.5 stars

I do so love my scarred heros. Of course having read so many HR books with them at this point, I am a little more critical of them.

This was a nice sweet read. The problem is that I didn't feel the love.

Katy was married to handome Levi until Levi's rakish ways got him shot by a man who didn't like him messing with his wife. Katy, not knowing she married a liar and a cheat is told of Levi's death by his brother Noah when he shows up at her house. Noah unlike his handsome brother, has sca
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I can't help but think this would have been a much pleasanter read without all of the 'woe is me'ing from Noah. When our hero spends 98% of the story feeling sorry for himself...

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Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Leona by: Ipshita
Excellent tear jerker book ,awesome story though i felt it was dragged a bit in between but still the whole book was awesome absolutely wonderful sweet well developed characters,plot is also so good and Noah's step mother was shown to be very mean,rude to Noah but it was also explained at the end ,one of my fav books

The story goes as Katherine (Kate), is abandoned by her husband (who married her basically because he wanted sex with her & she wasn't offering it without marriage). She's taken
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I think this review will speak for itself:

Read this book yesterday and I couldn't tell you plot or names of characters.

*Oh yeah...attack by hero(giggles)...obnoxiously chatty woman...true love(small tear) ;)
♡Karlyn P♡
4.5 stars. What a great 'Beauty and the Beast' kind of story.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
4.5 stars.

This is the story of a naive woman who fell in love with a man who gave her many false promises. He leaves, telling her he's off to find a job, and five months later she gets the news that he's been shot by a man for sleeping with the man's wife. Unfortunately, she's pregnant. Her husband's brother, whose face and body is severely scarred, takes it upon himself to do the right thing and take her in so he can provide for her and his brother's child. What they didn't expect was that the
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-other
When Katherine marries Levi Cutter, she thinks that finally her dreams are coming true. But after two weeks of wedded bliss, he leaves to go find work. Unfortunately it is the last she ever sees of him. To get her through, she returns to her bitter mother and finds herself once again, this time pregnant, doing laundry for townsfolk to make ends meet.

Levi's step brother, Noah receives notification that Levi has been shot and killed after a husband found him with his wife. After an accident sever
What I enjoyed most about this book is the relationship between Noah and Kate. They first meet when Noah seeks her out to inform her that her husband, his half-brother, has been killed. Kate is pregnant and working with her shrewish mother cleaning laundry in Boulder. Noah impulsively offers to let her live with him on his ranch to help get her out of her poverty and away from her critical mother. She readily accepts. Noah is horribly scarred and has been hiding from the world since he was 13 ye ...more
Jill Dunlop
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Katherine's husband left her to go find work. Weeks turn into months and he doesn't come back home. Noah his brother comes one day to announce that her husband has been killed and that he will take her to his ranch. Soon Noah realizes that Kate is pregnant and offers to take care of her and the baby. Kate having no other options accepts this very generous offer from the silent scarred man.

His Secondhand Wife is a very sweet romance that brings two people who have always felt like outcasts togeth
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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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