Want Ad Wedding by Cheryl St.John

Want Ad Wedding by Cheryl St.John

Second Chance Bride  

When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience. 

Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn’t get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs? 

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

Want Ad Wedding by Cheryl St.John

This book has the clunkiest title I’ve ever seen!

Want Ad Wedding is as much setting up a series as it is a romance. I always enjoy heroes like the one in this book, a decent man who has loved the heroine from afar for a long time. I also liked our heroine. She was strong in a difficult situation, but wasn’t showy in her strength.

I do think at times our two lead characters were swallowed by the enormous cast of townspeople. There’re lots of threads in the plot that are only *started* with this book – this is a danger Harlequin takes every time they commission these multi-authored series. It works on the assumption you’re going to read all the other books!

The author has done excellent research for this book, with little historical bits and pieces scattered throughout the story. The Victorian era fan in me loved reading those parts!

I did think many of the descriptions of the clothes could have been edited out. Every time a female character came onto the page, we were treated to a lengthy description of her outfit, even if there was a group of women!

I do like these little Western romances from time to time. You go in with a fair idea of what to expect, and they’re sort of comfort reads. Yes, this is one of Harlequin’s Christian lines, but I usually find the religious aspect period-appropriate and not too intrusive.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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