For the Sake of His Children
A marriage of convenience? Rachel Hewitt couldn’t possibly accept. Not even for the sake of three adorable little girls who desperately want a new mother. Sheriff Tristan McCullough offers Rachel a home and family, but not the one thing she truly seeks—someone to love her for herself.
Tristan McCullough hoped to find a wife on the wagon train, not a nanny. The hardworking widower wants a marriage without emotional risks. But independent Rachel intrigues him. One minute she’s winning over his shy little girls, and the next she’s tackling danger head-on. She might just be Tristan’s unexpected second chance at happiness…if he’ll risk his wary heart again.
Journey West: Romance and adventure await three siblings on the Oregon Trail
I know he’s kneeling, but this man is supposed to be a much older, much tougher, much more worldly person than the teenaged heroine. This cover makes her look like his babysitter!
Were these wagon train people insane?! This is nothing like the history where I live, and even studying quite a lot of North American history as a student, I don’t know the first thing about this part of the development of the United States.
This is the third book in the Journey West series, about a group of siblings who travel west across America in the 1840s, and the series is written by three different authors. The middle book was definitely the least religious (which is a good thing for people like me!), whereas this one is probably more satisfying for more conservative readers, because religion plays a much bigger part.
I also enjoyed the first in the series. This third book is probably the hardest of all to write, because it is at the end of the wagon train journey, and so all the characters already know each other, hero and heroine are attracted, secretly in love and proposing early on… This is a story that wraps up the series, and so is not a complete story on its own. I found it a bit backwards: the relationship development and even the first proposal happen at the beginning of the book, and then the obstacles come later on.
Wagon Train Proposal is a sweet story and very much focused on the children. I am becoming more tolerant of children in my books, but I did think the youngest daughter was far too mature and developed for her age! The romance genre is becoming VERY focused on parenting these days, even here, with a heroine who is only nineteen and already looking after three small kids – and pining for more!
I saw all the twists in the plot coming chapters before they actually happened, but what I did like was that the characters were genuinely nice, good people. I’m a little tired of heroes who are mean and sexist and ignorant and it’s supposed to be attractive!
Wagon Train Proposal is a book you should read as part of a series – and in order – rather than a book you read on its own.