Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement


Book Review:

A Sensible Arrangement
A Sensible Arrangement is the newest book in a new series by Tracie Peterson. The book follows the same pattern that is used in Peterson’s books. While it could be argued that the format is somewhat formulaic I have to ask myself why I continue to read Peterson’s books even though I have a pretty good idea about how the story will go? Why do I read every book by her that I can get my hands on? The answer is that in spite of the similarities in her books, Peterson writes a good story. This book is her one hundredth published book. Obviously, she is doing a lot right.
This is a story about an arranged marriage, actually one that worked out rather well. The marriage was between a woman (Marty) who just wanted to get out of Texas and a man (Jake) whose dream was to return to Texas. The story is set in Denver, Colorado in the early 1890’s, a time of financial difficulties in the United States. Peterson’s descriptions about what was happening in the economy had a familiarity. Jake was a banker, not always a good place to be in falling economic conditions. In spite of the problems, Jake and Marty were a compatible couple.
One of my favorite parts of the story was conversation between Marty and her ladies’ maid, Alice. Marty had been deeply hurt when her first husband died and she did what is so easy to do. She blamed God. After all, God could have stopped the accident that killed her husband. Young Alice has some of the best answers to this dilemma that I have heard. The book is worth reading just for this wisdom. Kudos to Tracie Peterson.
My one complaint with the book is it ended with many loose ends. I had a lot of questions – things I wanted to know. The book is part of the Lone star Brides series and I certainly do hope that book two will provide the answers. I do recommend this book.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:

A Lone Star Brides book.
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?

About the Author:

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at http://www.traciepeterson.com.

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