Daniel's Bride Author:Linda Lael Miller When a woman has to choose between death and marriage to a total stranger, she must be in a dire predicament . . . — And for Jolie McKibben, about to pay by hanging for a terrible crime she didn't commit, salvation by marriage couldn't come a moment too soon. Housekeeping for Daniel Beckham, a widower who invoked the town's wedding or... more »dinance to rescue Jolie from the gallows, is better than the alternative . . . but understanding the silent stranger who is now her husband might just about kill her.
Daniel doesn't believe in Jolie's innocence. And despite his willingness to marry the pretty, defiant "outlaw" on the spot, the prosperous farmer had little to say to her after "I do." But for Jolie, their arrangement of convenience soon deepens into a rich and vibrant attraction that sets her trembling with desire in Daniel's presence. Somehow, she would win his love, body and soul. Unless the desperados on her trail shatter the fragile, trusting bond of husband and wife . . .« less
My Amazon review - I've read many romance novels where sex is all two people in a marriage of convenience have in common, but this book is special. Miller instills a level of tenderness in this relationship that is missing from so many novels, and makes the reader ache for both the hero who still mourns his dead wife and the heroine who is trying her best to connect with him. The conflict of wanting someone and yet not really trusting them is so sharp in this story, yet the reader always has a sense of hope for this special couple and it is very realistic when the walls finally come down. This book is a keeper for Miller fans or those new to her work.
This book is built on an interesting premise: A young woman outlaw marries a man in order to escape the hangmans noose. Twenty year-old Jolie McKibben has a noose around her neck and is standing in a hay wagon - waiting for the hangman to say the last words she will hear.
A young farmer, Daniel Beckham, sees the imminent death of the young lady and the judge offers him the opportunity to marry her by invoking the wedding ordinance.
Actually, this is THE WIVES OF BOWIE STONE (by Maggie Osborne) in reverse. If youve read that treasure, you understand the basis of this novel. The story takes place in Prosperity, Washington Territory in 1877.
There is plenty of action and the cause-and-effects are reasonable and interesting. I couldnt put the book down and read it in a few hours. This is one of the best LLM books Ive read.
The only issues I had revolved around the resolution of the novel. The last 7 pages were chock full of paragraphs tying up the large number of threads running through the book. It seemed a bit rushed.
** SPOILER ** Also, the person who finds Jolie (in the last pages) has miraculously recovered from a serious ailment which seems impossible in such a short time frame.
However, this is an engaging book with lots of twists and turns. Enjoy!
This is another good book from LLM. Jolie ran with a bad couple of men and she found herself at the end of a hangman's noose. She avoids hanging when Daniel says he'll marry her. Romance ensues along with trouble from her past. This was a very easy read LLM has a talent for writing a good story to go along with the romance. Very enjoyable book.
Hot bed and a cowering heroine.
While the hero and heroine can burn and explode like a supernova, I'd like to note that more than half the time the heroine's inaction because of fear from the beginning of the book to the end is quite annoying.
It is true she does not have trouble speaking her mind at normal times but when it matters she just withdraw like turtle.