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May 19, 2014




A Lone Star Bride's Book 1
Stacie Peterson

A Sensible Arrangement 
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2014
 by Bethany House Publishers 
  (first published March 25th 2014)
(ISBN13: 9780764210587)

(from Goodreads)
Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow looking for a way out of Texas. Widower Jake Wythe has secured a job as a bank manager in Denver, only to discover that the bank board wants him to be a married man. With Texas in his roots, he advertises for a Lone Star bride, and Marty answers the call. They both agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
Marty works to carve out a new life in high-society Denver as Jake works to guide the bank through a collapsing economy. But when money goes missing at the bank and accounting discrepancies point to Jake, he must find a way to prove his innocence. Yet all he wants to do is go back to Texas and own his own ranch. Marty, on the other hand, owns a ranch–one she’s never told her husband about. She hates Texas because it represents the losses in her life. But as the couple grows closer and love begins to bloom, Marty realizes she needs to tell Jake the truth. Can she come to terms with the past and her anger toward God in order to make room for love?

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Web site at

This being the 100th book of Tracie Peterson's should tell everyone that her books are very good reads or they wouldn't be selling and she wouldn't be still writing.
The setting:  West Colorado, 1892. The author gives us a younger heroine in this book,, a little more out there than most heroines, and yet having gone through a lot of the ups and downs of life; she is leveled.  Marty sees an advertisement for a "Lone Star Bride and answers it.   She finds herself leaving her Texas Ranch and going to Denver to marry a man she knows nothing about.
Since this story is one of an arranged marriage, the heroine doesn't step into that situation just to save a ranch that she isn't fond of to begin with.  Having lost her husband on that ranch, she hasn't a lot of desire to be there, and not a lot of options at her disposal. Instead she enjoys what the bank manager is giving her.  He isn't exactly a handsome eligible bachelor but he is holding a powerful position. Jake has always had the desire to own a ranch instead of banking.  But banking right now is giving him the opportunity to save back for that dream ranch.  On the other side, Marty, our heroine wants nothing to do with ranching and hasn't told Marty that she has a ranch.  Marty is running away and she has to at some point, stop running and face her demons.  She knows she holds everything that Jake wants in her hands and yet she can't let go.
I loved the way the author described the characters to a T.  The scenery, the personalities of all the characters, not just Marty and Jake.  You can even picture Marty or Jake standing at the other's bedroom door, wanting so eagerly to enter and take the other in their arms, and yet, turning back.  You can picture the clothing that was designed for Marty down to the colors and the flow of thee gowns.  Just fantastic detail.
The author gave us a beautiful woman who packed a little six shooter and ran off bandits from a stage, driving that stage to safety.  She gives us a man with desires for ranching in  Texas, who had had a hurtful love affair in the past.Will either or both of them find a way to get past the hurts?  Will they find a way to show each other the love they feel or will they go their own separate ways? Will they allow faith to heal them?  I would recommend that you get you a copy of A SENSIBLE ARRANGEMENT by Tracie Peterson and live in Texas and Colorado with Marty and Jake.  You don't want to miss this wonderful "arranged marriage".  Who knows, it may become a real marriage.  Read and see.

I was given a complimentary copy of A SENSIBLE ARRANGEMENT by Tracie Peterson from Litfuse Publicity Group for my honest view.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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