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August 31, 2013



A Runaway Brides SERIES
Book One
Kaki Warner

Rose Hill Plantation, Sycamore Parish, 
Louisiana Highline Ranch, Colorado
   Heartbreak Creek, Colorado

Heartbreak Creek (Runaway Brides, #1)

Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley (first published May 25th 2011)

 (from Amazon)
Edwina Ladoux hoped becoming a mail-order bride would be her way out of the war-torn South, but as soon as she arrives in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, and meets her hulking, taciturn groom, she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake. Declan Brodie already had one flighty wife who ran off with a gambler before being killed by Indians. He’s hoping for a practical farm woman who can corral his four rambunctious children. Instead, he gets a skinny Southern princess who doesn’t even know how to cook.

Luckily, Edwina and Declan agreed on a three-month courtship period, allowing them time to get the proxy marriage annulled. Yet as the weeks pass, thoughts of annulment turn into hopes for a real marriage—until the unspeakable happens, and suddenly Declan is torn between duty and desire, and Edwina has to fight for the family she’s grown to love…

The ad 
(from book)
Honest, hard-working widower, age thirty-three, seeks sturdy English speaking woman to help with mountain ranch and four children. Drinkers, whores and gamblers need not apply.

 This book is definitely another well written, interesting and a page turner. Ms. Warner brought forth an amazing story of a mail order bride and a tall, handsome man, Robert Declan Brodie.  He had been the town's sheriff for a while but is now a rancher.  This cowboy is easy on the eyes, tall, handsome rough, stubborn, and the silent type.  Declan doesn't want a mate, he wants a housekeeper. Declan has a lot of responsibilities on those wide shoulders.  He takes most of it in stride, facing it all with a little humor, compassion and gentleness when he felt it was needed. His mail order bride Edwina Pricilla Whitney Ladoux (wow, what a name) was thought of as a piece of fluff.  She wasn't what he had wanted. As time went on he slowly brought forth a woman that would save Declan and his brood from uncertainty.   Sometimes you could just love her and other times you just wanted to shake her back to reality. Declan called her Ed.  The children said she was crazy.  But she courageously worked her way into his heart to be loved. This wasn't your typical cowboy, wild west story. The story did hold a lot of everyday trials.  There were times when you might shed a tear and then there are times when you have that little smile on your face. Before the love appeared and worked its way into their hearts, the author begins with a little lust in very interesting ways.  Once they began sharing a bed, the author locked the door and we don't have the key. Very little is revealed about the bedroom scenes. Ms. Warner keeps the suspense going throughout the book.  The finding of the "thought dead" first wife, the watchful eye of the Indian that wants to kill Declan and keeping an eye on his brood keeps both Declan and Ed.  The author placed many characters in Declan and Ed's lives.  The descriptions of them were right on the button. You could actually see them and at times wanted to be there. Since this story took place in the 1870's, the author describes the country around Colorado., the way they traveled and their clothing.  Some of the language seemed a little too  modern for this 1800's era.  That was minor as far as I'm concerned.  This was one darn good read and I have to have more.

Quote from page 4:
"I shall miss the books."   . . .   "They were like friends.   I felt safe among them."   (Pru)
QUOTE from page 151
He groaned.   But not aloud, but she knew him well enough now to hear what he didn't say almost as clearly as what he did.   (Edwina)

Quote from page 296
"Rest," she whispered, "I'm here."   (Edwina) 

I would give this book a solid 5 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of HEARTBREAK CREEK by Kaki Warner from Manic Readers for my unbiased review.

(from Kaki's website)

1 comment:

Kaki said...

Thank you for the lovely review. These two characters are among my favorites, and although Ed often had me gritting my teeth, I also wanted her for a friend. And Declan...well, he had me from the first. Again, thanks for the thoughtful review.