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?
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Little Marty from Chasing the Sun is all grown up. When we first met her she was just five years old. Thirty years have now passed and 34 year old Marty has been a widow for four years. Her first husband was killed in an accident on their Texas ranch. Now she longs to get away from the pain and the memories and so she agrees to become a wife in name only to a bank manager in Denver. Telling her older sister, Hannah, only that she is going to visit friends in the state, Marty sets out on what will become an adventurous journey. She and Jake immediately get along, and there could be more between them, but a significant lie by omission could ruin everything.
A Sensible Arrangement is Tracie Peterson’s 100th book. She releases roughly one historical series every year. While I believe there’s been the odd dud, the majority of her books are of good quality with entertaining storylines. This newest title belongs with the majority. The characters, including minor ones, are interesting. Both Marty and Jake are like fish out of water. They’re used to the simpler life and find it hard to adapt to social expectations. Jake’s boss has high hopes for Jake in banking, and Marty can’t get used to doing nothing except socialize with the other wives of Denver’s elite. A major part of the story is about the Panic of 1893, which had a huge impact on Denver. True personalities are revealed when it comes to those who suffer the most during this financial crisis.
There is, of course, the expected romantic happy ending, but it’s tainted by uncertainty. Their financial situation is by no means secure due to the Panic. There’s also mystery regarding the murder of Jake’s predecessor, whose daughter is now on their staff. I expect both storylines to be continued since this is the first title in the Lone Star Brides series. Book two is A Moment in Time which will be released in May. Book three will be called A Matter of the Heart and will be released in October.
Thank you to Bethany House and Litfuse for my complimentary copy of A Sensible Arrangement, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 01 April 2014
Page Count: 336