Thursday, August 4, 2016

To Love a Stranger

To Love a Stranger
Colleen Coble
Bessie is horrified to learn that her sister has been writing to a man out west, named Jasper, using her name. But now Lenore has found someone that is local and she likes better, so she hands over the letters and the paperwork stating that Bessie is now married by proxy to Jasper. Jasper is shocked to discover the mousy, timid woman standing at the train station is nothing like the gorgeous picture he received in his letters. Both of them will have to either find a way out of the marriage or learn to adjust their expectations. Wild Indians, abandoned babies, and spiders are only a few of the hardships they'll have to endure together. 

This was a fun little story. It wasn't what I'd come to expect from this author so I wasn't surprised to find out later that it was one of her early books. It has a sweet, fresh feel to it. Although it lacks the suspense that Coble has written into her more recent novels, it does have drama and lots of sweet romance. The author wove a threat of faith throughout the story and handled some issues of race well. The secondary characters helped round out the story and were as authentic as the primary ones. Overall, this was a nice book that will be a re-read when I want something quick and romantic. I hope the publisher puts out more of her earlier books.

I received this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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