Meg Telford was feeling pressure from all sides to give up her ranch outside of Aspen Grove. She had lost her husband, Joe, to the Civil War and was determined she was not going to lose her home; the place they'd worked so hard for. But she needed help, and time was running out before she would have no choice but to leave. What she needs is a man. What she doesn't need is to fall in love. Tye Hatcher had returned to Aspen Grove to find life hadn't changed all that much during the war; he was still despised by nearly everyone in town. Everyone, that is, but Meg Telford. Tye had always been a little in love with Meg. She had always treated him as an equal, as a human with feelings. That fact didn't lessen the shock any when she approached him with an outrageous scheme to save her farm. If the town didn't like him now, just wait until they found out he was marrying Joe Telford's widow! Fans of Americana romance will take great delight in Cheryl St. John's latest offering, JOE'S WIFE. She has a flair for writing scenes that make readers feels as if they are in the same room as the characters. Combining romance, humor and passion, St. John proves once again why she is one of romance world's favorite authors. JOE'S WIFE is fantastic!
I've heard about this book on the AAR message board and finally found it through PBS. Well worth the search.
Touching story about a widow who takes a new husband to save her ranch. She ends up getting a lot more than she expected from their union. Very good reading.
I really like the hero who just wanted a chance in life and a family. Tye Hatcher returned to Aspen Grove to find that life in the sleepy western town hadn't changed much.The townspeople stubbornly fefused 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 like when no one else would. Still,Meg clung to the memories of her late husband,afraid of the feelings Tye aroused in her heart. And though Tye vowed to prove his worth to the town, could he ever prove to Meg that he was worthy of her love?
Set in post-Civil War Colorado, widowed Meg Telford marries Tye Hatcher in an attempt to hang on to her ranch. It's going to be a marriage of convenience, but it becomes much more. Perfect pace, great characterizations and sensual moments make this one a real winner; possibly Cheryl St. John's best book to date.
Ty 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, afraid of the feelings Tye aroused in her heart. And though Tye vowed to prove his worth to the town, could he ever prove his to Meg that he was worthy of her love?
Loved the way she told this story.
Really makes you think.
A very good summer read.
I loved the story line. The ups and downs for this couple made for an enjoyable read.
Meg Telford's husband, Joe, was killed during the Civil War. He left her left her 'land poor' -- plenty of land but no money. Meg is getting pressure to sell out and live with her mother-in-law (a domineering and controlling presence). But Meg believes in the dream she and Joe had and she is determined to control her destiny and her land. With foreclosure staring her in the face, Meg makes a list of the marriageable men in the area and is left with three choices.
The only one capable of helping Meg retain her land is the local bad boy, who has returned from the Civil War with minor injuries. Unfortunately, Tye Hatcher is socially unacceptable; he's the illegitimate son of one of the town's whores. He's come back to town to prove that he is worthy of respect. Unfortunately, it is hard to earn that respect when no one will give him a job.
Meg is looking for a business proposition, nothing more. She and Tye negotiate a workable compromise. Tye warns Meg that she will not be accepted once she marries him. Not really believing Tye, Meg assures him that she can handle it. The only thing he neglects to mention is that he has promised to take a whore's child to raise when she dies of consumption. She dies soon after Meg and Tye marry.
XXXSPOILERS XXX To explain why I dropped the rating calls for spoilers. Do not continue to read if you don't want to know too much about the plot. I had a hard time believing that no one told Meg what Tye was doing in town for all of those weeks. I also found it hard to believe that Meg had no clue that Tye would be intimidated by Joe's omnipresence in their lives (even though he was dead). Granted, she was grappling with her own emotions about transferring her allegiance to her new husband. Still, I expected a bit more understanding by Meg.