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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Salvation Bride by Anna Kathryn Lanier

Salvation Bride by Anna Kathryn Lanier
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (92 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Lilac

The hot dusty town of Salvation, Texas has more than its share of secrets in 1873 when Laura Ashton's stage rolls into town. Sheriff David Slade has no idea what baggage his mail-order bride is bringing into his life. Throw in the nightmares from his Civil War days and he's got more than courting to contend with. Laura's a woman ahead of her time, a woman trained in medicine. And she's got a will that could move mountains. Unfortunately, the only mountains in Salvation are in Sheriff Slade's memory. Can the determined doctor heal his pain, or will the dark secret in her past turn up to steal his Salvation Bride?

Using one of my favorite premises, the mail-order-bride, "Salvation Bride" provides readers with great characters and a touching romance filled with secrets.

I quickly became lost in this well-written story featuring Laura Ashton, a young doctor who has answered the ad of Sheriff David Slade agreeing to become his bride and mother to his young daughter. Both Laura and David have secrets and baggage that once revealed could greatly affect their burgeoning relationship.

As a fan of mail-order bride stories, I loved the premise of this short story and the interesting relationship that develops between Laura and David. Scarred by incidents in her past, Laura is a strong character ahead of her time and I admired her strength and determination. David is just as strong, but also faces some demons of his own from the past.

The story does a wonderful job of demonstrating the importance of honesty in relationships. Had the couple been honest with one another to begin with, they might have avoided a lot of the heartache and battles that they face as their pasts haunt them. And while that might not have made for an entertaining read, it would have saved them a lot of trouble. The author did a wonderful of making me care about this couple and giving them real issues, such as lack of communication and honesty, which are universal and relevant to all relationships regardless of the time period and circumstances.

"Salvation Bride" is a wonderful story that I would definitely recommend!