This author has done what many other seem incapable of doing: creating characters that jump into your heart and stay there. Jake is your typical hero with a wounded past, yet that doesn't make him an aloof jerk. He's instantly likeable. And Emily is a ray of pure sunshine without being too syrupy sweet or annoying. And beneath that sunny exterior is another person in need of true love. It's not only the main characters that will appeal to readers, though. Even the secondary characters, like Emily's sister Kate, are ones you feel you know by the end of the book.
This historical romance was well researched, and the details woven into the background of the story so well that they never detracted from the romance. This book was a lovely look into the frontier life of Montana at the end of the 1800's.
The author's writing style was very pleasant and easy to read. It was not one of those books where you have to struggle to understand what the writer is trying to say. And it was full of laugh-out-loud moments, as well as the ones that touched your heart. This was a story to give you the "warm fuzzies" when you're finished reading it, yet at the same time, it's not a light piece of fluff. The struggles and fears of the characters are deeply felt by the reader
Emily knows her older sister Kate, recently widowed and released from slavery in one marriage of convenience, will marry once more to secure their safety unless Emily does something about it first. So, she goes west, to homestead in Montana, and informs Kate that she is taken care of, and that she has married. It is just unfortunate that the plot of land she filed on is a reclaimed plot, and the original claim owner has returned to improve the land. Jacob Sullivan is not about to let a young, inexperienced girl keep him off his land, and decides to wait her out. When she finally gives up, the land will be his. He just doesn't believe how long it is taking Emily to realize she cannot work the land. Enjoyable read.
This is the second book in a three-part series (see below). In this story, Jake Sullivan (hero) is a very complicated man. Two years ago, he lost his first wife; they lived on Montana land Jake was trying to claim. Jake abandoned his claim and drank heavily. When he comes back, he finds a woman in his house.
Emily Bright has always lived by the largesse of her sisters; she wants to be independent. She ran away from Philadelphia, telling her sister Kate that she was going to visit her other sister, Anthea in Colorado. Now, Emily has sunk most of her money in this patch of homesteading land in Montana. When Jake returns to lay claim to the land, he and Emily argue.
Finally, he decides to wait Emily out; she seems too tiny and Eastern to be able to handle the hardships for very long. Kate sends a letter to Emily saying she was coming for a visit to check on Emilys idyllic life. She also wants to meet Emilys husband.
Caught in her own lies, Emily promises Jake that she will abandon the land if he will pretend that they are married until Kate leaves. Reluctantly, Jake agrees.
1. The Bad Man's Bride (2001)
2. Marry Me (2002)
3. A Wedding Story (2003)
In this second novel of the Miss Bright series, Susan Kay Law has surpassed herself than she did in Anthea's story! Susan Kay Law should be ranked right up there with Johanna Lindsey and Jude Devereaux. As I did with Gabriel Jackson in the BAD MAN'S BRIDE, Anthea's story, I fell in love with Jake Sullivan in MARRY ME, Emily's story. Emily Bright wanting and needing to be independent, tells her sister, Kate, who is arranging affairs after the death of her husband, that she is going to Colorado to see their sister Anthea and her husband, Gabriel. Instead she heads to Montana to claim land for who own. After losing his first wife, he had abandoned his land claim six months ago. But now he's back, and there is a temptuously beautiful woman in his bed. He tries everything to get her to leave, waiting her out, hoping she'd leave, even offering to buy her piece out just to get her off his land. In the midst of the arguing over the property, Emily receives a letter from Kate saying that Kate is coming to visit. Emily had written to her and told Kate she had married. Kate wanted to meet the new husband. But what husband? So she goes to Jake and begs him to pretend that they are married just until Kate leaves. He reluctantly agrees to do so, but in the process Jake falls madly in love with her, when he hadn't meant to and wants to make their pretend marriage real. Susan Kay Law has outdone herself with the Miss Bright books. I love them!
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