Monday, June 1, 2020

Review: Pretending to Wed by Melissa Jagears

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It’s a match made in heaven…as long as they don’t fall in love!

The ranch Nolan Key has spent decades working for, even lost a leg for, is now his—or at least it should be. But an absurd clause in his father’s will means he’s in danger of losing the place to his lazy, undeserving cousin. Nolan finds himself scrambling to save his home—by proposing marriage to the town laundress. 

Corinne Stillwater’s hands have betrayed her. Numb from hours of doing the same work over and over, her hands will only heal, according to the town doctor, if she gives up the laundry and marries. But she’s been stung repeatedly by love before, so that is one remedy she can’t swallow. 

When Nolan offers Corinne a marriage in name only, how can she refuse? Such a partnership could give them the security they seek, but what if the ranch isn't as secure as they believe, and their lives—and dreams—aren't quite as compatible as they thought?

Pretending to Wed is the second book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like marriage of convenience stories that deal with the nitty-gritty of making a relationship work, you’ll love this authentic romance set in a time gone by that tackles issues still relevant for today.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this second book in the Frontier Vows series. I loved the first one and I had high hopes for this one. I was not disappointed, I read this book in a day. Author Jagears takes us back to the same town and we not only get to catch up with the previous characters, but also get to know Nolan and Corinne.

Nolan Key is a rancher with a handicap of only one leg. He lost his leg years ago but still proved his worth to his father on the ranch. But at times it still seemed he could never measure up to his father, who preferred his cousin Matt instead. And likewise Nolan's uncle favored Nolan instead of Matt. There was some family drama going on there. Much more so when Nolan finds out the specifics of his late father's will. He must get married or lose the ranch.

Corinne has quite a colorful past. She is trying to start over on her own and to make it on her own. Without a husband or relying on any man. However, in that day and age for Corinne, her goals are hard to accomplish. Corinne also is having health problems, she is losing the use of her hands. She is a laundress and so she must use her hands, or she cannot support herself. Corinne is also a non-conventional heroine in the fact she is also an inventor.

Both Nolan and Corinne were characters to root for on their own and especially together. If you are looking for a read to take you away from current events, step back into the past and watch two characters learn that two is better than one.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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