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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sierra Bride by Suzanne Barrett

Sierra Bride by Suzanne Barrett
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (207 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed By Dianthus

Widowed rancher Wade Guthrie needs help raising his unruly young daughter and advertises for a housekeeper. Instead, he finds himself saddled with a mail order bride.

Irish immigrant Corrie Kiernan needs a place to hide. Witness to a brutal murder at the mill where she worked, she’ll do anything to escape the killer who now threatens her life, even if it means marrying a stranger and weaving a web of deception. Falling in love with the handsome rancher is easy, but can a man who values honesty above everything else love a woman whose life is a lie?

Can a relationship be based on lies and still survive? When Cordelia comes to California under the guise of a mail order bride for Wade Guthrie she is running from something so dangerous that looking over her shoulder is a constant. But will marrying Wade be enough to keep her safe or will she only be putting someone else in the crosshairs too? And if she falls in love along the way, what place does love have in a relationship of convenience and protection?

Wade never wanted to marry again. After losing his first wife, his heart was done with being hurt, and he had his daughter and his ranch to think of. When his friend comes up with the idea of hiring a lady’s maid for Charity, Wade is on board, until Dan-his attorney-tells him he is to marry the girl before she can teach his daughter how to be a lady. What has he gotten himself into? Upon meeting Cordelia, a tightness in his chest starts and soon he can’t stop thinking about the Irish beauty that came for him. But when questions start being asked and no answers add up, can Wade trust this woman who has made him want to live again, or will she be the end of the life he has tried to make for his daughter?

This was a good book, set in the late 1800’s, and while the idea of mail order spouses is foreign to me, Suzanne Barrett really did a great job of making the story pull me in as a reader. The characters were very real and the story line was full and paced well with the events that were happening. I liked that both main characters, Wade and Corrie, had secrets and instead of pushing them apart it only brought them closer in the end. The added addition of Wade’s daughter was interesting but still believable since no child wants a new parent after losing someone close. I have never read anything by Suzanne Barrett before but after reading this story I will be looking for more of her work. This story was very enjoyable and I was sad to see it end so soon. This book will not disappoint anyone who wants to have a great historical romance read.