Friday, October 5, 2012

Wyoming Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel (Mail-Order Brides #2) by Joan Johnston

Wyoming Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel
After three months in a mail-order marriage, Hannah Wentworth McMurtry is a widow—pregnant, alone, and near death in the Wyoming wilderness. Though she is saved by a man with a face cut from stone, she still grieves the husband who died on their journey west. Hannah needs a husband, but does she dare marry another stranger?
Flint Creed has also lost someone he loved—when the woman he hoped to marry chose his younger brother instead. Now he must find a ranch wife of his own. But every female in the remote Wyoming Territory is too old, too young, or already married . . . until he discovers Hannah on the prairie. Flint doesn’t pretend to love her, but he doesn’t tell her he loves another woman, either. Hannah doesn’t pretend to love him, but she doesn’t tell him about the child she carries. Though danger surrounds them on the Wyoming frontier, the greatest threats of all are the secrets within—revelations that could destroy the new life Hannah and Flint have begun to cherish

Before I say anything, I am going to rave about the cover. The man is so freaking gorgeous, I stare at him for a minute every time I see the cover. And he actually looks like the character he is supposed to be, Flint, which really doesn't happen all the time. But, seriously, where do guys that good looking hide?

Now that I've made myself sound weird, let's move on to the actual book. Wyoming Bride is an excellent Western historical romance. I don't always go for Western romances, so the fact that I liked this one says a lot about it. It would have to be very good for me to actually like it. And I definitely did.

Mail order bride is something that is done fairly often, but this one has a little twist, since the original husband died and the love-interest turned out to be someone else. And I rather liked the arrangement.

Hannah was an excellent heroine. She tough, determined, smart, and caring. She survived being out in the wild by herself, so that in itself shows that she's strong. But she's also strong in that she didn't let anyone bully her. For one thing, she doesn't let Flint run right over her. Flint is a man used to ordering people and having them obey, but she refused to be ordered about. And, at one point, she jumps in front of a gun to save someone. Yeah, she's a tough one. I really liked her. She was an admirable heroine. 

Flint was less easy to pin down. I adored him, but I got so frustrated with how he put Emaline on a pedestal. Emaline is his brother's wife, but he is infatuated with her. No, this didn't become a drama explosion, but it was the biggest impediment in Flint and Hannah's relationship. He had to let go of his infatuation with Emaline and realize his love for Hannah. But that was really just a minor issue. Even when he though he loved Emaline, he was still really sweet to Hannah, which shows that he's just naturally a nice guy. And afterwards, he proved to be sweet, devoted, protective, and just adorable. He'll get a lot of hearts pumping, especially with the model of him on the front that a totally raved about (seriously, that's the best looking cover model I've ever seen).

Despite the length of the book, the plot moves fast. It never drags. It begins with Hannah meeting her original husband, through to his death, then to when Hannah and Flint first meet. From then, it moves swiftly before ending on a sweet note that leaves a neat opening for the next story, Hettie's, I believe. 

Wyoming Bride is an excellent Western historical romance. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good romance.


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

1 comment:

  1. I love Western historical romances..putting this one on my TBR pile.