Tuesday, March 5, 2024

A LOVE DISCOVERED by Tracie Peterson, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

(The Heart of Cheyenne Book #1): 

(A Christian Historical Western Romance Marriage of Convenience Novel)

This was a sweet marriage of convenience story set in the old west town of Cheyenne. It was not without heartache and danger. 

Edward is encouraged by a Civil War friend to relocate to Cheyenne to help with law enforcement in the somewhat lawless boom town along the railroad. Marybeth is in a predicament when her father dies and the care of her two year old sister is questioned by so-called well meaning people. Edward and Marybeth agree to marry to help each other but plan to keep their relationship as friends only.

Much hardship is shown of life in a town that is both growing and partly abandoned when the construction of the railroad moves west. The characters struggle with trusting God to order their steps, but godly wisdom is dispensed within this story.

A bright spot was the portrayal of two year old Carrie and her sweet, trusting nature.

This was a good start to a new series by a favorite author.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House via NetGalley. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are mine alone.*4 stars and a solid faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
The heart finds its way when one least expects it--even in the most unforgiving frontiers.

Invited by a friend to trek west and help establish the newly formed town of Cheyenne, Edward Vogel is prepared to leave the haunting memories of his wife and son's deaths behind him. The only problem is the corrupt new railroad town wants family men who can establish law and order, and desperation leads Edward to his friend Marybeth with a proposition of marriage.

After her father's death leaves her with no means of support, Marybeth Kruger is in danger of having her two-year-old half sister taken from her. So when Edward Vogel, the widower husband of her late best friend, offers her a marriage of convenience to escape both their troubles, she has no choice but to accept.

Life in Cheyenne is fraught with danger, but will this arrangement be enough to save Edward and Marybeth from the pasts they tried to escape? Or will life with each other put them--and their hearts--in more danger than ever? 

Bethany House Publisher, March, 2024
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