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.
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".
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.
This was my first Jodi Thomas book and I really enjoyed the story. The characters are well developed and you can really feel their chemistry. There is only one sex scene, but you can feel the sexual tension between the two characters throughout the book. A good, quick read.
The two major characters in this story are made for each other. There's a reason the Midwest Book Review calls her "The Queen of Texas Romances". If you like Texas historical romance novels you'll appreciate this novel and if you love strong silent men you'll love this novel. I like all of Ms. Thomas's novels because her stories seem very genuine. This is one of my favorites.
Loved this book which is the first of a series. The characters are wonderfully developed. The story captured my interest immediately and I just wanted to do nothing but read until I was finished. Each book in the series stands alone but if possible read all 4 books as characters from each book are common throughout.
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
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 secure wives for the men in the small Texas town. For the sensible Bailee, however, marrying Carter McKoy is like exchanging one life sentence for another-especially since her new husband hasn't even uttered a single word in her presence. But still, she cna't help thinking that something about this strong, silent farmer could be the key to leaving her troubled past behind...and making a worthy wager with her heart.
Thrown off a wagon train with 2 other women and trying to avoid jail for a murder they committed, Bailee Moore agrees to enter a wife lottery. But her new husband is a strong silent farmer that could be the key to leaving her troubled past behind.