The women of Bliss County are ready to meet the men of their dreams! See how it all begins in this enthralling new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Ten years ago, Hadleigh Stevens was eighteen and this close to saying “I do,” when Tripp Galloway interrupted her walk down the aisle. Now that she’s recovered from her youthful mistake and Tripp’s interference, Hadleigh and her single friends form a marriage pact. She doesn’t expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr Right—or to discover that she’s more attracted to him than ever!
Divorced and eager to reconnect with his cowboy roots, Tripp returns to Bliss County to save his ailing father’s ranch. He’s not looking for another wife—certainly not his best friend’s little sister. But he’s never been able to forget Hadleigh. And this time, if she ends up in his arms, he won’t be walking away!
I have to wonder about the people who write the blurbs for books. There’s something a little off about the description…
Even though she is a prolific author, I’ve only read one other book by Linda Lael Miller. It was around the time people started talking about her ‘religious epiphany’ or whatever happened behind the scenes, and I did think the previous book had elements that were too similar to Christian fiction for my reading tastes.
So when The Marriage Pact became available for review I debated whether to give it a go or not.
It turns out I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It has all the elements that make Western romances popular. Cowboys and strong friendships and heroines who have their dreams of happy marriages and families. Animals feature strongly and have their own personalities too.
Not exactly my subgenre of choice (I’m Australian, after all!), but I was entertained enough to put aside another book I was reading to finish this one first.
This book doesn’t break new ground as much as it is a comfort read of sorts. You know the types of characters you’re going to meet, and if small town Americana is your thing then you’re going to like reading about them. Wholesome, honourable characters doing wholesome, honourable things. I can’t even remember which book by this author I read before, but I do know that this one was by far the better of the two.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.