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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Review and Tour Giveaway: A Bargained for Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure

This is a delightfully sweet romance novella that was a treat to read.
Bargained-For Bride
by Marcia Lynn McClure
Amazon * Distractions Ink
  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Distractions Ink; 1st edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Genre: Historical Romance
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
“You’re the sweetest girl in Mourning Dove Creek, you know?” Jack mumbled as he paused in kissing Jilly a moment.

Jilly smiled. “And you’re the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek, you know,” she flirted in return.

Jack smiled. “I do know,” he said.

Jilly giggled. Jack Taylor was so predictable—and a little conceited. He really did think he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove—and he was, for the most part.

Secretly, however, if Jilly ever allowed herself to be completely honest about it (which she tried to avoid), there was one other man in Mourning Dove who always crossed her mind when the subject of the handsomest man in town arose. Yet there was no lingering on thinking of that man—no sirree! Not for a moment! Not for any reason—ever. And so Jilly just kept telling Jack that he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek. Besides, it was almost true—being that the other man lived outside of town and not right in town the way Jack did.

Jilly is a young lady of 18 or so who has allowed herself to be charmed by the best looking man in town, Jack. Jack already has a reputation for playing loose with the hearts of the young ladies, but Jilly just doesn’t want to believe it.  Jilly lives with her aging grandparents, who have raised her carefully and are determined to find a way to protect her, even when they pass on.

One afternoon Boone Ramsey approaches Jilly’s grandfather seeking her hand. Boone is a loner who managed to make a success of his family ranch outside of town even after his parents died when he was just barely a teen. Boone has a reputation for being the one to call on for help and rescue. He always comes to the aid of his neighbors and helps out in dangerous situations.

Jilly is upset that her grandfather would promise her hand to Boone when he knows she has her mind set on Jack. Secretly she thinks Boone is really the handsomest man about the area but why would he want her? And if she did accept him would she have to worry as he goes about helpeing and saving everyone else?

Boone has never forgotten the special Christmas gift that Jilly gave him after the death of his parents. He has a tender spot for her and believes that something special can grow between them. Now he just has to convince her to accept what he has to offer out of true affection and not to spite Jack or her grandparents.

I really enjoyed the tender give and take of this old fashioned couple. Boone is a lovely character and willing to help Jilly grow beyond her immature feelings and anger. The writing is interesting as it has a very country aspect, almost hickish. It is suitable for the historical characters that are being portrayed, especially the sheltered, naive Jilly. There is a foundation of good quality in both Jilly and Boone.  I really liked how Ms. McClure displayed how Jilly learned from the strong, quite faith of her grandmother and the loving, tender joy of the relationship between her grandparents. There was a paragraph at the end that was so wonderful I came home and shared it with my own DH.

This is a quick, easy read and a very enjoyable sweet romance. Ms. McClure added some 'snippits' as an afterword that explained the inspiration for the story and some word history that I enjoyed too. This is the first book I have read by this author and I would be glad to read more. If you have not yet tried Ms. McClure's books I recommend this as a fine quick read to try out.

I received this title for an honest review as part of BookBlast Tour. Don't miss the other giveaway opportunity at the BookBlast post.

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A Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure (Novella)
Amazon * Distractions Ink

Author Marcia Lynn McClure

Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.”

Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.

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