To Love a Stranger by Colleen Coble

About this Book

Bessie Randall had no intention of moving to Wyoming. But could the life she would never choose be better than the one she had planned?

Bessie is shocked when she finds out that her sister Lenore has used her name to correspond with a soldier she’s never met—and that she’s actually married the man by proxy with Bessie’s name. And if Bessie contests it, her sister could go to jail for forgery. Bessie has always felt responsible for her younger sister, and she believes she has no choice but to do the honorable thing and travel west to meet up with Jasper Mendenhall.

With his sister Jessica’s reprimand about marrying sight-unseen still ringing in his ears, Jasper is shocked when he meets the stagecoach. The little wren who meets him is not the beauty whose picture he holds in his hand. Jasper plans to annul the marriage and send Bessie back to Boston. She’s a city girl and he’s not sure she could even survive—much less be happy—at Fort Bowie.

But Jasper’s orders to return to Fort Bowie are moved up, and he has no choice but to take Bessie with him. To his surprise, he finds much to like in the quiet young woman: things like humor and grit. But even those qualities may not be enough as the Apaches move in, determined to eradicate the fort in their midst. Can God mend their hearts together in spite of the circumstances?

About the Author

 Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com. (Source: Amazon Author Page)

 

 

 

 

My Review

The thing I liked most about this book was how Bessie came into her own. She found herself married to a stranger that lived over a thousand miles away from her family and everything she knew. She didn’t run home  to the familiar but looked deep inside to find the strength to face the difficulties. I loved seeing her grow into a strong as well as compassionate woman.

The story was interesting. I loved the premise and as it developed I enjoyed the additional storylines, even though one was heartbreaking. The author did a great job developing the relationship between Bessie and Jasper.

This is book four of a series but I didn’t feel like I missed anything by not reading the first three. Of course, now I want to go back and read the first three books!

If you enjoy historical fiction set in the 1800’s west this will be a good book for you. Those new to Colleen Coble this is a great introduction to her historical fiction work. (Personally I love her contemporary suspense more!)

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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