Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway Info: Blue Moon Promise


About the book
Book Number One in the Under Texas Stars series



A love like Lucy and Nate’s only comes along once in a blue moon . . .



Lucy Marsh's worldly resources are running out, but she's fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father's recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Texas where her new husband is surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to care for.



Nate Stanton always hoped he'd marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate finds he'd give anything to protect Lucy and the children he's grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.

My thoughts
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in 1 day.  I loved watching Lucy and Nate's relationship grow from one of disdain to one of a sweet and tender love.  The idea of a proxy marriage, which were not uncommon during the late 1800's, is fascinating to me.  I imagine that those who participated, whether knowingly or not, had relationships similar to those who engage in arranged marriages.  The marriages were/are performed under the belief that they were/are doing what is best for their family and divorce was.is not usually an acceptable option.  They have no choice but to figure out a way to make it work and from my observations, both from people I know and those I have read about, it is very common for the couple to fall in love with each other.  I also enjoyed the secondary story of solving the murder of Lucy's father.  I am anxiously awaiting future books in this series.

I recommend this book to anyone  who enjoys romance literature based in the 1870-1880's, particularly in Texas, where this story is based.   Those who enjoy crime stories will like this, however, this is definitely not a major part of the book.  If you have an interest in proxy marriages, or how a relationship in an arranged marriage can grow,  you will also enjoy this book.

About the author
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
For more about Colleen and her other books visit www.colleencoble.com 
About the giveaway
Blue Moon Promise is a story of hope, romance, and suspense . . . immersing the reader in a rich historical tale set under Texas stars.

To celebrate Colleen is teaming up with her publisher Thomas Nelson for a "Blue Moon Promise" Facebook Chat party where she will giveaway a KINDLE Fire and a Texas-sized gift basket (fabulous Texas treats and fun Lucy-inspired housekeeping products)!

Click the banner, RSVP today for the Facebook Party and mark the date on your calendar!

Invite your friends and don't miss Colleen's evening of chat, trivia, prizes, and more.

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Disclaimer 
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and the author for providing me with a copy of this book for review purposes. My opinion is my own and was not influenced by anyone else.
 

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