About the book:
The sensational second novel in Joan Johnston’s new Western historical romance series set in the world of Bitter Creek.
CAN SECRETS AND SECOND CHOICES EVER LEAD TO LOVE?
After three months in a mail-order marriage, Hannah Wentworth McMurtry is a widow—pregnant, alone, and near death in the Wyoming wilderness. Though she is saved by a man with a face cut from stone, she still grieves the husband who died on their journey west. Hannah needs a husband, but does she dare marry another stranger?
Flint Creed has also lost someone he loved—when the woman he hoped to marry chose his younger brother instead. Now he must find a ranch wife of his own. But every female in the remote Wyoming Territory is too old, too young, or already married . . . until he discovers Hannah on the prairie. Flint doesn’t pretend to love her, but he doesn’t tell her he loves another woman, either. Hannah doesn’t pretend to love him, but she doesn’t tell him about the child she carries. Though danger surrounds them on the Wyoming frontier, the greatest threats of all are the secrets within—revelations that could destroy the new life Hannah and Flint have begun to cherish.
Reviewed by SueG:
Ladies, this is one of the BEST books I’ve read this year. If you are a historical romance reader you don’t want to miss this story.
Joan Johnston has been writing about the Creed’s and Blackthorne’s for years, BUT, we’ve not gone back to the beginning to find out how it all began. Joan starts her Mail Order Bride series with Texas Bride which is Miranda’s story, Hannah’s older sister; Wyoming Bride is book 2 and Montana Bride will be on sale later this year. This mini series is all part of the Bitter Creek saga; find out more about Joan’s awesome western romances here.
Wyoming Bride begins with Hannah & her sisters Josie & Hattie, they have not heard from Miranda their older sister who left the orphanage months ago as a mail order bride accompanied by their younger brothers. The plan was Miranda would contact her sisters once things were settled so they all could travel west to join her & her new husband. Concerned about their sister and now themselves Hannah agrees to a marriage to help herself, Josie & Hattie survive a life outside of the horrible orphanage they’ve had to endure after their parents deaths.
Mr McMurtry was a nice man . . . no, it wasn’t love at first sight but now Hannah is his wife & must perform her wifely duties in & outside of the bedroom. As they travel with a wagon train west things deteriorate and her husband dies leaving the girls all alone. Set upon by Indians, Hannah escapes — now days have gone by without food and water she becomes delirious and unaware of what has happened to her sisters. Barely surviving the elements, Flint finds her and brings her back to the ranch to help nurse her back to health. Flint begins to wonder if this could be the wife he was hoping for . . . beautiful and obviously strong to have survived the wilderness . . yes, she would do nicely. This would also help him solve his issues with his brother Ransom wedding the woman of Flint’s dreams, a woman he cannot get out of his mind.
Joan writes a fluid, action packed story that draws the reader through the story. I enjoyed the Creed brothers, Flint & Ransom were awesome guys — young in love & life, learning about their woman and the rough wilds of the west.
I highly recommend this series.
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About the author:
Joan Johnston is the bestselling, award-winning author of fourteen historical romances and twenty contemporary romance novels. She received a Master of Arts degree in Theater from the University of Illinois and was graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. She is currently a full-time writer who lives in South Florida.