Sunday, May 4, 2014

Book Review - A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

A Sensible Arrangement
By:  Tracie Peterson
Publisher:  Bethany House

First of all Congratulations Tracie Peterson on you 100th Book,.... “A Sensible Arrangement”
Year 1892 Texas…Marty Dandridge Olson, a childless widow wanted escape Texas in hopes the memories of the dangers in ranching would lessen and she would not have nightmares of her husband being gored to death.  She does the unthinkable and answers a letter for a mail order bride from Jacob Wythe a widower and a banker in Denver.  She knows her sister Hannah will not approve so she leaves under the guise of visiting friends.  While in route the stagecoach filled with ladies is held up and Marty’s ranch upbringing keeps her calm in the face of danger.  She takes aim with her Smith and Wesson and helps to thwart the robbery but not before both the driver and guard are wounded. She then drives the stagecoach to the nearest stage house, saving not only the lives of the ladies but also driver and guard.  The news of Marty’s heroic adventure reaches Denver before she does and it’s all blown out of proportion.  Marty is not sure how Jacob or Denver society will accept her unladylike behavior.   

This book was fun to read.  It was filled with twists and turns as the story unraveled.  There is a little something for everyone if you enjoy reading historical fiction.  It had just enough romance and mystery to keep it interesting.  Although Marty and Jacob’s marriage was a marriage of convenience, they soon learned they could and did develop feelings for each other that were deeper than friendship.  Marty found it very hard to conform to Denver’s society who was not impressed with her work at the orphanage.  When the silver mines close Jacob is not sure how long he will keep his job at the bank, but he is certain with Marty by his side and their restored faith in God they will be ok. 

I was a little disappointed that the book left you hanging and the storyline of the bank and orphans was left unanswered.  I am in hopes this is because there is a sequel in the works to further develop those.  If so I can’t wait to see where Marty and Jacob’s life journey will take them next.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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