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ARC Book Review-Wyoming Bride

Wyoming Bride
Mail-Order Brides (2)
Joan Johnston
E Book
Published Jan 1 2013
432 Pages
American West Historical Romance
ISBN 034552747X

The sensational second novel in Joan Johnston’s new Western historical romance series set in the world of Bitter Creek.


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.

My Review
Hannah is a oprhan along with her other siblings, but when her older sister leaves them to marry and takes their two brothers, she and her two sisters are alone. Suffering abuse daily, she takes a risk and marries a Mr. McMurty, a stranger, herself and brings her two sisters with her, knowing it can’t get any worse. On their way out west, her husband dies from cholera, and her two sisters end up being kidnapped by indians, leaving her alone in the wilderness, only to be found by a Flint Creed, who offers her marriage. Hannah pregnant and alone, knows she doesn’t really have a choice, so she agrees. Flint, has loved his brothers fiancee for quite some time, but now that they are married, he is lost…until he finds Hannah and she is perfect to help him forget the one he really loves, only life is never that simple. Hannah making a new start for herself, starts to fall in love with handsome Flint Creed who has stolen her heart only afraid that because of his love for another woman he may never love her in return…

The Hero 
Flint Creed, is devastated when the woman he loves, chooses his brother, and ends up marrying him. Wondering how on earth he is going to live with them in the same house, until he comes across sweet Hannah, and he decides to settle for something he thinks is second best but even he can be wrong sometimes…..not knowing that even though he might love his brothers wife, his growing love for Hannah is something so precious he never wants to lose…

The Heroine 
Hannah, being alone and pregnant, missing her family, and wanting to find them at all cost and knowing Flint is her way in doing that. Only she never thought that she would fall in love with someone that obviously doesn’t love her in return, who just loves someone else. However Hannah just wants to prove what a good wife she can be to Flint….so that maybe someday he could love her too

My Thoughts 
Wyoming Bride is the second in the Johnstons Mail Order Bride series. I just loved this story and I am so glad I was able to get the ARC for it….since this is probably one of my favorite new series, and its awesome to read some historicals from this author since she usually focuses on contemporary’s. Wyoming Bride is a beautiful love story about two people who are in a need of love and someone to hold onto. From first page to last Hannah I greatly loved…she has such strength and courage and you can’t help but admire her…Flint on the other hand I had issues with….throughout most of the story he is always comparing Hannah to his brothers wife…and I just felt so much compassion for Hannah and I was totally on her side the whole way…but toward the end I started to like Flint but not love him because of the way he treats Hannah. Overall a great love story with many aspects that made it a enjoyable romance… A STORY TO REMEMBER!!!

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Texas Bride
Montana Bride


Book Review-Texas Bride

Texas Bride
Bitter Creek (9) Mail Order Brides (1)
Joan Johnston
Published April 2012
358 Pages
Western Historical Romance
ISBN 978-0-345-52744-8


Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at Jacob Creed’s Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she’s bringing along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick she’s played on him?

Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake will never give up, but he’s in desperate trouble. His wife died six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake wrote never mentioned his daughter—or the fact that he has no intention of consummating his marriage. He’s determined never to subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn’t count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn’t count on aching with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.

My Review
Miranda, with her five brothers and sister after losing their parents, have been stuck in a orphanage, under horrid conditions and so when they find a ad in the newspaper for a mail order bride, Miranda knows this is her way out to save her siblings, now that she is eighteen and about to be kicked out, and does the only sensible choice and goes all the way to Texas with her two brothers, only her future husband has no idea about her situation or the brothers she is bringing along with her. Jake, having lost his wife and their child in childbirth, he knows he will never love another like his late wife, but he is desperate for a wife and a mother to his daughter, and so he puts an ad in the paper for a wife, and now that he is married he is shocked to find out that she is not only very beautiful….but has brought along her two younger brothers with her, and even though he is determined to never make love to her, she fills his senses like none other and soon he craves her touch and doesn’t know how long he can stand not touching her especially when Miranda is so determined to consumate their marriage, he has no real chance and he finds a real passion in her arms…..

The Hero (Jake Creed)
Jake, desperate to save himself from getting ruined from his nemesis Blackthorne, he also must find a wife and a mother for his young daughter, so when he puts an ad in the paper, he never though he would get such a quick response, or that he would find her so desirable, but he knows he must stand his ground. He made a promise to himself that after he lost his first wife to childbirth he would never subject another woman to the same fate, but he never thought he would fall in love with Miranda and he never though he would let go of his promise just to spend one night in her arms….

The Heroine (Miranda Wentworth)
After Miranda lost both of her parents in a house fire, she being badly injured herself, ended up in the Chicago Orphanage with her two brothers and three sisters, and now that she is eighteen, she is about to be kicked out and seperated from her siblings, so they hatch a plan to get them all out of this place, however nothing ever goes as planned, but she finds that Jake is what she never expected in different ways but she is determined to seduce him if necessary to make him see the light.

My Thoughts 
Texas Bride is the ninth installment in the Bitter Creek series, but unlike the other books in the series, it is set in the 1800’s, and having read most of the books in this series, I was very excited to read this one, and especially when I read the blurb, I couldn’t wait to buy this one. Texas Bride, was a astounding read….and I just fell in love with both Miranda and Jake, both were the kind of characters that become deeply rooted. Both Jake and Miranda have gone through hardship in their lives, and only when they trust and love in each other are they able to heal and learn what it means to love. I just loved the conflict in the story on both sides, and it kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time, but at the same time I was just soaking up all the juicy details and Joan Johnston has become my favorite author again….one of my favorite things about this book would be the story line and the intimate connection that develops pretty quickly between Jake and Miranda….Definitely worth buying and reading!!!!  A Treasure Of A Read!!! 

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
The Cowboy
The Texan
The Loner
The Price
The Rivals
The Next Mrs. Blackthorne
A Strangers Game
Texas Bride
Wyoming Bride (Coming Soon)
Montana Bride (Coming Soon)