A Promised Bride
Emma Hewitt never thought she’d travel thousands of miles to wed. Yet Oregon is where she’ll meet the groom her brothers have chosen. After years of nursing her ailing father, Emma’s social skills are lacking. An arranged marriage is only sensible. And her growing feelings for Nathan Reed, a worker on her wagon train, are surely better forgotten.
Nathan knows he’s wrong for Emma. He’s too rough, too burdened with guilt over his past. But when Emma nurses him through a fever, she sees something in him no one ever has. Now he wants to be a man worthy of her love. Emma’s loyalty to family has always come first. Will she find the courage now to follow her heart?
Journey West: Romance and adventure await three siblings on the Oregon Trail
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but here I am saying it again:
Lacy Williams seems wasted in Christian romance. I have no statistics whatsoever in front of me to go by, but I’m going to take a guess here: Love Inspired Historical is not Harlequin’s bestselling line. She has talent, and unless you read the line description for what “Love Inspired” means, you wouldn’t know her books were Christian romances.
I honestly have seen more religion in books by Maya Banks (famous for her erotic scenes) than I have in books by Lacy Williams. That is how accessible her books are.
I had the first book in this multi-authored trilogy as a review book, and liked it, from what I can remember. A few months later, and all out of review books I was interested in reading, I browsed through Harlequin’s offerings and found the other two in the series.
I’ve read A Lot of Western romances recently, so I couldn’t remember every little detail of the first book, but I remembered enough. Each of these books is fine as a standalone, and if you’re not into Christian fiction but are wondering about it, a book by this particular author might be a good introduction.
This story, of a shy woman who joined the wagon train for the sake of her family even though she had no desire to go, and a man who is an outcast, plays on plenty of familiar romance tropes, but I still liked it. Harlequin thrives on tropes, so it’s just a matter of finding which ones work for you.
It is absolutely true that I’m tired of the hero who thinks he isn’t worthy for the heroine, usually because of something in his past. In this case, it is because his sister was killed and he didn’t save her. I don’t like the trope because it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Everyone has bad things in their past, but few sane people believe that means they’re not entitled to a future.
That said, because I like this author, I got through it!
I also actually enjoyed the story (stories, actually) with the children on the trip. Children either work or really don’t work for me in romances. I just wish the poor little boy hanging around our hero had a happier ending, because he deserved one!
I don’t know why there was no date at the start of this one, as the next book has a date on it. I don’t know enough about the history of the west of America to take a guess while I read!
I liked it. I think non-Christians could easily like it. And I think über-religious sorts might be asking: ‘where’d all the preaching go?!’.