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The Texan's Wager (Wife Lottery, Bk 1)
The Texan's Wager - Wife Lottery, Bk 1
Author: Jodi Thomas
Jodi Thomas's new Texas trilogy follows three spunky women who get kicked off a wagon train -- and agree to enter the local town's "Wife Lottery." — Thrown off a wagon train with two other women and trying to avoid jail for a murder they committed, Bailee Moore agrees to enter a "Wife Lottery" -- a ploy concocted by the Cedar Point sheriff to sec...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780515134001
ISBN-10: 0515134007
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 336
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 135 ratings
Publisher: Jove
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
A sweet historical romance novel, the 1st in a series of 3 books.I enjoyed the characters and laughed out loud a few times at the antics of characters or the funny one-liners they said.A very enjoyable read.
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Helpful Score: 6
Well written story about three young women thrown off a wagon train halfway between Ft Dodge and nowhere. They land in the tiny town of Cedar Point and confess to the murder of a notorious mountain man in self defense. The sheriff locks them up and decides to raffle each of them off, with the husband-to-be responsible for their fines, even tho no body is ever found.
This is the story of the oldest, 25 yr. old Bailee Moore and how she fares as the last chosen of the "Wife Lottery".
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Helpful Score: 4
This is a great novel. It's the first in the trilogy but you don't have to read them in order. I actually read A Texan's Luck first (after the author herself talked me into it). I read The Texan's Wager second. I can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy.
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Helpful Score: 3
cute story with likable characters. Worth the read. But then again, the majority of Jodi Thomas's books are worth the read.
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Helpful Score: 2
You can always depend on Jodi Thomas for a good book. this is the first book in a trilogy.
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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.
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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