Monday, October 15, 2012
Seeing how successful her older sister's "mail order marriage" has been and longing to strike out on her own, Greta Olsen answers an ad for a mail order bride in Central City, Colorado. But when she meets Jess Gifford, owner of a thriving mercantile, she begins to harbor doubts. He didn't place the ad to begin with and his business in a busy mining town leaves him little time or energy for love. To compound her troubles, she was not the only bride to answer the ad! Will either bride strike the match she hopes for?
Maggie Brendan knows how to write a good romance. I enjoyed the first book in the series and I loved this one as well. I've always appreciated an interesting mail order bride story and this one is as good as I expected. Once the story began I wasn't sure how it was going to work out since there were two brides rather than the one typically arranged for, and the author kept me guessing. Then once it looked like a decent resolution was possible, a few more twists were thrown in. I don't normally like a romance with a simple misunderstanding or mis-communication at the core, but the author pulled it off with this story and made it believable. I also enjoyed how she showed that love is more than a pretty face. Granny was a doll, too.
How the facts were slowly revealed about the heroine's past made sense, and that scene at the graveyard nearly broke my heart. That was well done. Of course, by then I was fully invested in the outcome for everyone involved. It's hard to say more without giving away some cool surprises, but suffice to say I enjoyed this story. There were some pulse pounding moments and I liked that there were a number of perspectives in this story rather than the typical hero/heroine perspective alone. But that was necessary to keep the reader guessing a bit. I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series when it releases, but this could be read as a stand-alone novel.
Twice Promised (The Blue Willow Brides, book 2) was published by Revell and released in Oct. 2012
“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”