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Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble
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Mar 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-romance, inspirational, mystery, suspense, western

Colleen Coble is a gifted storyteller, and I appreciate her wonderful way with words more and more with each book. "Blue Moon Promise" is the first entry in the "Under Texas Stars" series, and it is a great beginning! Two things really stood out about this lovely historical western romance: the remarkable heroine, and the way that the story line got better and better until I hated to see it end. I could have read more about the characters and the events in their lives. Lucy Marsh provides for her younger brother and sister with great care, often enduring hardship herself so that the children will be fed and sheltered. When their father dies under suspicious circumstances and their stepmother runs off with another man, Lucy is determined to keep her siblings Jed and Eileen safe. An unexpected visit from an old family acquaintance brings a surprising solution to the desperate situation of Lucy and the children. Henry Stanton had been contacted by Lucy's stepmother when her father died, and after sizing up Lucy and her predicament, he offers her marriage by proxy to his son, Nate, and a home at the Stanton ranch. A threat involving a business deal of her father's places the family in peril, and Lucy agrees to the strange marriage arrangement. She and the children leave the city life they have always known and head to the Stanton family ranch to face the promise of an unknown and challenging new world. When Nate meets his new wife and family, he is not just surprised, he is furious with his father! Lucy is small and genteel, and appears far too delicate to survive the rigors of ranch life. Nate has been somewhat of a confirmed bachelor, set in his ways, and used to the rough and tumble life of a working ranch. He never imagined that he would suddenly find himself married to a city woman with a ready-made family. However, Lucy is a woman of great fortitude, and she gradually earns Nate's respect and admiration as she adapts and makes the best of her new life. Young Jed shows an aptitude and eagerness as a beginning ranch hand, and little Eileen effortlessly steal Nate's heart. The four of them settle into Nate's rugged cabin on the family land, and Lucy soon has the place feeling just like home with her good cooking and housekeeping skills. As she and Nate form a tentative friendship, there are those around them with their own agenda, and the lies and secrets of others may keep the couple from ever being truly husband and wife. Lucy and Nate must learn to trust each other as they try to uncover the source of the manipulations and mysteries which threaten their budding happiness. Historical western romance with a suspense element makes for a mighty fine read, and I look forward to the next book in the series: "The Red River Bride".

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