A Sensible Arrangement
(Lone Star Brides)
by Tracie Peterson
Jake Wyeth needs a wife and he will settle for a marriage of convenience to satisfy the demands of his boss at the bank who wants Jake to blend into the highest echelons of society in Denver. Marty Olson needs to get away from the loneliness of her Texas ranch where her husband died. She takes the risk of answering Jake’s ad for a mail order bride, keeping it a secret from her family.
Both Marty and Jake have been hurt in the past, and although they are very supportive of each other, both have difficulty giving complete trust and love. As Marty accustoms herself to society life in Denver, she begins to see their façade and their uncaring attitude towards those less fortunate. Jake, on the other hand, is deeply immersed in the bank and the almost inevitable failure of the economy.
Marty struggles with her disappointment in God over the death of her husband. Servants in the house, particularly Alice and Mrs. Landry, help her rediscover the power of prayer. As we follow the feelings between Marty and Jake, we wonder if lies will ruin what could be a wonderful relationship.
Tracie Peterson always delivers. Her main characters are not one-dimensional; we know their humanness and understand their motivations. The introduction of the subplot involving the orphan, Alice, and her past, adds to the overall theme. Peterson weaves religion into the plot subtly and in a way that gives depth to her characters. I totally enjoyed this book, and look forward to the next book in this series.
This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.