Come along on a romantic journey jam-packed with all the angst of marriages founded upon practical choices as well as coercion. Meet nine couples who barely know each other before they find themselves suddenly married—to please family, to stem the tide of gossip, to save the land—and joined for life. But can love grow when duty comes before romance?
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Great authors and stories
This book of Novellas was wonderful. All the authors did a wonderful job of portraying the time period they wrote of. Each couple were definitely Lassoed into the marriage they found themselves in. I’ve read some of these authors before and look forward to finding more books by the authors I haven’t read before.
I thought the book did a great job of mixing up the types of couples. A Lord and Lady, a nurse and mercantile owner, a Sheriff and a trouble maker, a cowboy just starting out and a girl who’s been raising animals on her own for years, a serving girl and an upperclass man, a farm girl and a convict, a doctor and a secretary, a widow running a ranch and a duke’s heir, a preacher and an outlaw’s sister.
I enjoyed some humor and light hearted stories along with some that were more serious and even heartbreaking.
The Substitute Bride was about a sister being put in place of her more beautiful desirable sister at the wedding. The groom was upset and took a while to realize that he’d been done a favor by the brides family.
Bridal Whispers is about a girl who returns home to nurse her family after the flu epidemic. Gossip is stirred up causing her to marry the widower of her cousin who is just trying to keep peace in the family.
Mule Dazed was pretty comical with a sheriff having to arrest his old friend for letting loose everyones mules before the town celebration. A mishap finds him in jail with his friend and then along come her brothers and nothing will ever be the same again.
The Sweetwater Bride was my own favorite as I have waited years to read Tanner Harden’s story. I loved the humor of the tamed animals and everyone worrying about Debba. It was a wonderful reunion with favorite characters from other books.
A Highbrow Hoodwink was a sweet story of an uncle who comes around to loving his little nephew who was originally being used to keep the family fortune in place.
Not So Pretty Penny was a great story. I’ve always found the practice of a marriage saving someone from hanging. And I loved how the forgiveness came from it instead of the vengeance that was planned.
All’s Fair is a family feud story. When one family member is injured and a member of the other family takes responsibility for the injury, they work at ending the feud.
The Colorado Coincidence is about underhanded dealings that try to cheat not just one but several people out of important things in their lives.
Railroaded Into Love was also a favorite story as old childhood friends are thrown together. When evil causes them to work together, they are able to find their happy ever after.
I received this book to read in exchange for my honest opinion and my opinion is that you can’t go wrong with any of these stories.
wonderful stories of love and faith by talented authors
This collection of nine stories are unique in that the romance does not start until after the marriage takes place. Each is penned by a talented author and you will spend wonderful hours immersing yourself in this clean romance collection. Each is a unique story of love after marriage and the problems that each must solve to reach a solid firm foundation for their marriage. Each faces adversity and through faith will resolve their issues to find love. The authors had the plot, pacing and development of the characters spot on. This book will leave you wanting more.