The Sapphire Bride by Cynthia Woolf

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The Sapphire Bride is an endearing western romance by Cynthia Woolf and is the second book in her newest series, The Central City Brides.  The brides, of course, are mail order requested by men out west.  In this series, Cynthia Woolf, has created the scenario that the brides are coming with “baggage” that means to kill them.  The grooms are friends and seem to be following the first in ordering brides and become very protective of their brides against their enemies.

In the Sapphire Bride Ava is an independent woman from New York who designs jewelry.  Because the social restrictions of the times, Ava can’t exactly get ahead with her own business there.  She is in her mid-twenties and doesn’t believe she will marry because, after all, how many men would let her continue with her own dream?  Her twin brother, Jeffrey who is an Archeologist, understands her and encourages her dream.

When Jeffrey arrives on her doorstep wounded and dying, he shares with her a secret and news that the men after him will also come after her.  In order to flee quickly, Ava signs on as a mail order bride leaving the next day.  Her destination is Central City where she will marry Seamus Madigan, better known as “Lucky”.

Lucky is a saloon owner and wants a wife and children.  What he has to offer is absolutely NO love, a saloon as their home and a painful past.  He doesn’t want a wife whom he must babysit when he has a business to run.  When his new wife, “Jane Ava Smith” arrives he is more than ready to begin on those children, doesn’t mind her jewelry designing, and continually hurts with his “I don’t love you” comments.

Lucky and Ava have some truths to face when they are confronted by the malicious revenge of a spurned woman and men bent on thievery and murder.  Can Lucky save Ava?  Will Ava trust and forgive Lucky?  What will happen when they must face a devastating loss?

Ms. Woolf writes a story that I call a clean, charming western that is a quick read.  There are interactions with the characters from the first book in the series, which I haven’t read yet but I must say I didn’t feel I needed to in order to understand this story.  Sapphire Bride is stand-alone even though it is part of a series.  From what I picked up there is the continued theme that the brides are coming to Central City with danger close behind them.  Both brides so far are also from New York which I don’t know if all in the series will be or just these two, but it was an opening for the “brides” to open up to each other and speak of home.  The reader was also given a glimpse of the other male friends in the group and now will have to wait to see who will be the next to order his mail order bride.  My assumption and it is strictly my personal guess as I haven’t read anything on what to expect, but I believe there are two more friends left which would mean two more books for the series.

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Lori King’s newest book released May 23, 2017……Dust on the Bottle

 

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Freelance Photographer Monica McCray has one goal, never pass up an adventure. Coming to Crawley Creek Ranch, she

finds one.

Kyler DeWitt’s inner demons are close to killing him. Booze and self-pity leave him a ticking time-bomb.

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When these two forces collide, a passion like no other ignites. Now Monica realizes the adventure she wants includes

North Dakota roots, but will she be enough to keep Kyler grounded or will she be just like the dust on one of his bottles?

 

 

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“Hey Monica, what are you doing out here?” Drannon asked when he spotted her.

“Waiting for the sunrise. I couldn’t sleep,” she answered.

Drannon nodded. “There’s not a more beautiful sight than the sun rising over the ranch. Except for my beautiful wife of

course.”

Monica laughed. “Of course. Looks like everyone had a good time last night.”

“Yeah, it was great. I don’t imagine much will get done around here today, but at least Hawke had a memorable night.”

“I’m not so sure about that.” Kyler’s voice came from the door. “I just left him on the sofa in the living room because his

feet stopped working before we made it to the stairs. As drunk as he is, he won’t remember much.”

“You’d be surprised,” Drannon remarked. “Even alcohol can’t cover up some memories.”

With that, Drannon entered the house, wishing them both a good night, and Kyler headed her way.

“I didn’t expect to find you still awake.” He reached for her, lifting her up so that he could take her seat and settling her

on his lap. Memories of nights spent in his lap watching movies, and playfully eating breakfast in the morning while

perched on him, flooded her brain as he hugged her tight. “You feel good.” DOTB 5

“So do you. You’re warm.” She pulled the blanket a little tighter around her, and tucked her head into the crook of his

neck. “Do you remember that weekend you were sick and we had to cancel our double date with Marcus and Violet?”

He chuckled. “I remember. I felt godawful, and I was grumpy as a wounded bear, but you stuck it out and never once

punched me.”

“You weren’t that bad.” She giggled. “Okay, you were a bit whiny, but you had the flu. Everyone’s whiny when they have

the flu. That was the only time I ever felt like I was being strong for both of us.”

“Good, I don’t want my woman to have to be strong for me.”

Monica lifted her head to glare at him. “First of all, I’m stronger than most men I know, and second, I liked being able to

take care of you for a change.”

“You don’t have to tell me how strong you are. I’ve seen you in action. I was there when they buried your granddad,

remember?”

The reminder was a shot to the heart, and she felt her eyes burn with unshed tears. “A lot happened in a short time that

year.”

He nodded, and pressed her head back to his shoulder. “But we got through it. Together…”

DOTB 6His words hung on the air, heavy with accusation. They’d been inseparable

until she freaked out and ran. She’d really hurt them both, and for what?

“Ky, I’m sorry,” she whispered the words, and for just a moment, she wondered if he’d even heard her. Every muscle in

her body was taut until he brushed her bangs from her forehead and kissed her gently.

“I’ve missed you, Monica. More than you know,” he murmured, his words echoing in her ears on the quiet night.

“I missed you, too.”

It seemed to be enough, and she was relieved when he didn’t push for more from her. Together they sat in the rocking

chair and watched the first rays of pink appear on the horizon. The new day dawned clear, and birds chirped cheerfully

around them. Monica felt as though, in that one moment, her entire world was at peace.

 

18527795_817942158355744_5619551023415731082_nIn a small town in North Dakota there resides a family of misfits on the Crawley Creek Ranch. Brought together by

hardship, and heartache they’ve bonded without blood ties, and seek to help others. Four brothers who’ve walked both

sides of the line, and come out stronger for it, but will they survive love, loss, and the law?

Reading Order:

Forget Me Knot

Rough Ride Romeo

Claiming His Cowgirl

Sunnyside Up

Hawke’s Salvation

Handcuffed by Destiny

The Lawman’s Lover (Cuffed & Claimed Anthology)

Paw Prints on Her Heart

Dust on the Bottle

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

LORI KING

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Best-selling author, Lori King,

is also a full-time wife and mother of three boys. Although she rarely has time to just enjoy feminine pursuits; at heart

she is a hopeless romantic. She spends her days dreaming up Alpha men, and her nights telling their stories. An admitted

TV and book junkie, she can be found relaxing with a steamy story, or binging in an entire season of some show online.

She gives her parents all the credit for her unique sense of humor and acceptance of all forms of love. There are no two

loves alike, but you can love more than one with your whole heart.

With the motto: Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance, she will continue to write as long as you continue

to read. Thank you for taking the time to indulge in a good Happily Ever After with her.

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Missouri Bride by Eugenia Riley

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I loved reading this story.  It has been awhile since I read a historical romance that was set near the 1800’s which held my attention so well.  Most of the books of this time period I have read lately I haven’t even reviewed because I just don’t know what to write because there isn’t enough “meat” to the story.  I didn’t find that with Eugenia Riley’s, Missouri Bride

Missouri Bride follows the Civil War by about 10 years so we are ensconced in a story that brings the heartache, emotional and mental traumas of the destruction that war brings.  Matt Kendall and Amy Harris both suffered tragedy during the war and each survived but not without lasting impressions that cause problems in forming relationships.  Matt, at 17, watched his uncle and father killed and then joined the Confederate Army seeing death and desolation, but in an added twist he joins with Quantrill’s Raiders where he is exposed to much more cruelty and brutality.  His life is spared through the influence of Abel Harris, Amy’s father.

Amy last seen her father while he was on leave from the war and what she witnessed between her father and her mother has left her with the wrong impression of marriage and the relationship between a husband and wife.  Her father leaves and never comes back but Amy is left wishing he did.  Amy’s mother is cruel and mentally unstable leaving Amy and her younger sister, Hannah, living in abuse and fear.  Their only hope lies in two men….their father and his return and Lacy Garrett, Amy’s fiancé.

Matt Kendall, believes his life is set for a particular course but takes a side trip back to St. Louis to see his friend Abel Harris.  He is surprised by the news he hasn’t been around in years and feels compelled to help Amy and Hannah.  Matt and Amy decide to marry but both are unsure how to trust and open themselves to each other to make their marriage work. Through several trials they begin to forge a bond, when Lacy Garrett comes to town.  This love triangle is filled with anger, revenge, love, loyalty and sacrifice. When the dust settles, the question is who is Amy going to choose?

This is definitely a story filled with layers of dynamics to keep the readers interest.  There is war and the changes that result in both people and places; there is young love; lawlessness; domestic abuse; child abuse; mental instability and finally there is the happy ending for the characters.

I highly recommend this historical romance and believe it will capture your interest.

A Light Upon My Heart…

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A Light Upon My Heart is coming out April 30th. It’s on preorder now. Here’s a little about this Christian Historical Romance.

Naomi Harris, a poor farm girl from Georgia, stepped off the stagecoach as a mail order bride, not sure what her new life would hold. Joseph Walsh, a wealthy Montana rancher, needed a bride and with few women in the northern territory he was forced to pay for one. The moment he slid the gold band on her finger, she decided to be the best wife she could, but she had a secret, one that could make him change his mind. But she couldn’t go back home, ever.  It’s a true test of their faith as they set out to make their marriage work, but things stand in their way. They have to work to push the obstacles away.

This book is a sweet, quirky Christian Historical Romance that will have you smiling one minute and holding your breath the next.

 

The Replacement Bride (Hope’s Crossing Book 2) by Cynthia Woolf

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Hope’s Crossing is a series that Cynthia Woolf began with The Hunter Bride and continues with this second book, The Replacement Bride.  In each of these books, set in the Western States, the men find women scarce and opt for a mail order bride.

In a previous review of The Hunter Bride, I wrote of Sam Longworth a sheriff who ordered a bride and wasn’t about to actually fall in love with her after being hurt previously.    That same theme is used in The Replacement Bride.  In this story we have Jesse Donovan a man who left home for New York City, made a good living and found a woman he wanted to marry.  When the gold mines called him, he promised to strike it rich and marry Rebecca Jane and keep her living in luxury.  Jesse did leave New York and did make good strike, but Rebecca Jane wouldn’t come out to Montana which left Jesse closed off to love ever again.  With political aspirations Jesse needed a wife to serve as hostess so he ordered himself a mail order bride like his friend Sam.  He ordered a replacement bride.

Clare Griggs is from Colorado and is a farmer’s daughter, his eldest daughter and not the son wanted.  After living with the fact she would never live down the disappointment her father has because she was a girl and not a boy, Clare finds her way to becoming a mail order bride where she can find love and not more disappointment.  She agrees to become Jesse’s bride with hope for the future.  She didn’t know she was only a replacement bride.

Jesse is content with Clare as a wife and sees that she is going to be the perfect hostess for when he runs for office.  But stubbornly he refuses to let himself love Clare and open himself up to being hurt once again.  What he doesn’t seem to understand is that his referring to Clare as his replacement bride has in fact hurt her deeply.  It doesn’t seem to matter what she tries, Jesse doesn’t love her.  When Clare has an accident and may be permanently hurt, Jesse pulls away instead of closer to her.

Clare must make a decision to stay and remain a disappointment in her father’s eyes as well as her husbands, or fight for what she wants until Jesse’s stubborn heart finally cracks.  Will Jesse’s heart welcome Clare or will he face loosing yet another woman in his life?

I do enjoy the simple story lines of Cynthia Woolf’s books.  I also like how she has the continuing theme throughout her series…the men are tough, fair and good men but once hurt they turn very stubborn.  The women have to be wily and patient until their men finally figure out what is going on!

 

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