This is the first of Jodi Thomas' books that I have read, and I have to say I love the way she writes, and I love the time period she writes. I can't wait to read antoher one. It is hard to find a romance book that isn't smut and Ms. Thomas writes a very romantic story without it being smutty.
How would you like to find yourself married to a man who did not talk? He did not speak by choice; his vocal cords were fine. This is the situation that Bailee Moore finds herself in as the opening book of the Wife Lottery series begins.
Three young women are cut from the last wagon train of the season when one nearly dies of the fever and the 2 other women try to care for her. Abandoned with no weapons, the 3 ladies are accosted by a man who decides to steal their wagon, oxen and one of the women! After out-maneuvering the thief, they take turns beating the man with a board -- then realize they have killed him.
As soon as they get to a town, they surrender to the sheriff. They feel they acted in self-defense; the lawman sees things differently. Soon, they are costing the town lots of money (food, guard expenses, etc.) that it doesnt have; the sheriff thinks of an ingenious plan.
The women have no money and no means of support; however the area has a serious imbalance between marriageable ladies and men. He decides to let the ladies draw a mans name and let him pay her fine. Thus, the man gets a wife and the woman gets a home and the town erases its debt.
Bailees draw is a recluse with many secrets. Thomas feeds the reader Carter McKoys secrets a teaspoon full at a time. This makes for a page-turner with great charm. The reader cares about the struggles this couple has adjusting to marriage and the circumstances that change around them. A great story!
JODI THOMAS Wife Lottery Series:
1) The Texans Wager
2) When a Texan Gambles
3) A Texans Luck
4) The Texans Reward