Another book given to me by my mother. She really enjoyed this one.
I loved this book and its not the type of book I normally read! Would totally recommend!
Really great book couldn't put it down!
Spinster Kate Whittington answers a newspaper ad placed by Texas rancher Reed Benton for a wife. Tired of her lonely life in Maine and having no prospects in the unforgiving village of her birth, she contacts him and marries him by proxy. Traveling to Texas she falls in love with his letters. But once there she finds out not only did Reed not know who she was, he didn't write the letter to her either. Reed Benton doesn't want a wife but he does need someone to look after his son - recently recovered from living with the Comanche Indians. Slowly they come to accept each other and help the boy to readjust. But Kate wants the whole package - a family, home AND love. Can Reed give her her hearts desire?
I loved this book.You fall in love with all the characters. I like the mail order bride
type books and this was better than most. I had a hard time putting the book down. This
is the first book I have read by Jill Marie Landis -but I just ordered another and hope
I will like it as much.
So much more than just another romance novel. I highly enjoyed this book, and have enjoyed the other Landis novels.
This is my first Jill Marie Landis book and I must say that it was great; this is a different take on the mail-order bride story. Kate Whittington, whose mother was a prostitute, was dropped off at an orphanage at the age of 9. She lived there (as a student/orphan and then as a teacher) until the orphanage was relocated.
With no relatives, little money and few options, Kate started looking for a new situation. For several months, she corresponded with a Texas widower/rancher who wanted a wife. After she accepted his proposal and married by proxy, she traveled to Texas. There, she had quite a shock ? the man had never heard of Kate and did not want a wife.
Landis has a wonderful way with words; the characters were engaging and real, the pacing was excellent and the plot had unique aspects. The only thing that did not ring true was the first sex scene; Reed might want to hold his wife, but completion seemed far-fetched for someone as injured as he was at the time.
I disagree with some of the reviewers who stated that they felt Kate would have been better off with Reverend Preston Marshall. Kate was a very strong character; I think she would have been safe with Preston, but not happy in the long run.
Life with Preston would have been a shadow of what she could have had with Reed. She was already deeply committed to Daniel; throughout the story, Kate showed that she wanted Reed. She just wasn't willing to accept the piece of Reed he was willing to give her at first.
Life with Reed would be a challenge; life with Preston would be oatmeal.
I always love a "mail order bride" story. This combines cowboys and the west with romance. Really good book.