Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Sweet Misfortune - Virtues and Vices of the Old West 2 - by Maggie Brendan

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About the book:

Rachel Matthews isn't one to rely on others to take care of her. Homeless and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money to buy back the family ranch--even if she's forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel's brother, who is away mining for gold, sends a friend to rescue her.

Cattle baron John McIntyre is focused on acquiring as much land as possible in Montana and has little time to deal with a dance hall gal. Rachel isn't sure she can take one more day in John's home--especially once she discovers that he's the one who holds ransom the key to her family's future.

Sparks fly between this spunky, independent heroine and the ruggedly handsome hero as they navigate the snarled terrain of pride, greed, faith, and love in Maggie Brendan's delightful series set in the Old West.

My review:

This was an interesting story with a wonderful heroine!  I liked Rachel and her independent ways, but she was a little too stubborn for her own good.  The story started out with a lot of promise, but ended up losing steam and some of my interest toward the end.  There wasn't enough romance or chemistry between the characters for me to really root for their relationship.  I enjoyed Rachel's friendships with her co-worker Molly and John's grandmother Estelle.  Estelle, especially, was wise and gave her good advice.  I liked the message John needed that acquiring more land wouldn't make him happy, but who he shared it with would.  I also liked seeing the importance of forgiveness and trusting in God's plan.  It was wonderful to see how much Rachel cared for others, including the soiled doves she had worked with, and that she put her words into action.  I did think she made a really stupid decision that bothered me, but I guess we can't be smart all of the time.  This was a complete stand-alone even though it was book two.  You might like it if you like historical romances.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

 The Author

  1. Maggie Brendan

    Maggie Brendan

    Maggie Brendan is the CBA bestselling author of the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series, as well as The Trouble with Patience. Her books have received the Book Buyers Best Award from the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of...
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