In Search of a Groom
After a life of drudgery on her family’s farm, Cassie Lynn Vickers relishes her freedom working in town as a paid companion for feisty Mrs. Flanagan. When her father suddenly demands she come home, she has no choice. Unless she can find a husband. If only she could convince handsome town newcomer Riley Walker to marry her…
Riley is on the run. He’s desperate to keep his niece and nephew safe from his crooked half brother. But a delay in Turnabout, Texas, shows him everything he didn’t know he was missing: home, family—and Cassie Lynn. Can he find a way to become her Prince Charming…and build a real family with the children and Cassie Lynn?
The heroine of this book is supposed to be tiny. What happened with these cover models? She’s bigger than he is!
This is a sweet little story set in 1898 Texas. Our heroine is all but being dragged back to the family farm, when what she really wants is freedom and to run a business, and the only way she can see to stay in town is to find a husband.
The hero is not the best choice, as he has no plans to stay in town more than a couple of days, but of course sick children change that.
The setting is a little later than many historical romances, and so there are a few more freedoms here and there than earlier in the nineteenth century. Women aren’t exactly free to do as they want, but choosing a different life is slightly more acceptable. So it is an interesting choice of time.
What I liked best was that the children weren’t Romance Novel Children. Too many children in books like these are irritating, but Winnie Griggs makes them believable characters (and not annoying!).
An easy read from a reliable author.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.