Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement Book Review

About the book: A Lone Star Brides book.
Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.
Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.
Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.
Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.
What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways . . . and dreams and secrets collide?


My Review:  

First, let me congratulate the author in this being her 100th book! What an accomplishment this book truly is for her! WOW! I can't imagine it!  Since this is her 100th book, she is giving an ipad Mini away at her webcast event. Make sure to register, you don't want to miss it. Now to my review! 

This is my first read by Tracie Peterson, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I have been starting to slowly read Historical Fiction, but they are not always my cup of tea. It's really a hit or miss for me. It depends if the author can suck me into the story or not right away. Well, here is the deal with this book. It wasn't horrible, it wasn't my favorite. I really enjoyed the way the book was told. Tracie has a way of using very descriptive detail, which made the story very interesting. 

The story takes place between Colorado and Texas. This is your mail order bride kind of story. The two main characters in the story are Jake and Marty. Marty travels to Colorado to marry Jake out of convenience. The two settle in together with some problems as one would expect, but develop a friendship. Jake struggles in the banking industry when the economy is taking a turn for the worse, while we see huge personality flaws in Marty who continually lies to Jake.  She really has a hard time understand how lying is detrimental to others, especially their relationship. However, this led to great discussion on God, faith and I felt this part was very well written, which I think is ultimately the purpose when any author writes a Christian novel. The characters are important, but the message behind the book is the most important. Tracie did a good job in making sure the reader understand how lies can truly effect a person's life. 

I would have liked to see more romance between Marty and Jake because those are the kinds of books I enjoy, but I'm not sure that is the message Tracie was trying to portray out of this book. Again, I felt the characters were kinda blah. They didn't have heroic efforts or I didn't really know what their goals were in the story.  They dealt with issues that came around them, but I never felt like they conquested something big. Maybe I have high expectations? I'm not sure. 

Since this is the first book in the series, I didn't feel like the ending cleared everything up for me. I am hoping more resolution will come in book #2, since I have unanswered questions, so I'm hoping clarity will be provided in the next book. I received a copy of Sensible Arrangement from Bethany House through Litfuse for the sole purpose of review. I was not compensated for a positive review and the thoughts here, are my honest opinions. 

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About the Author: Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. 

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