Thursday, January 03, 2013

Review: Twice Promised

Twice Promised (The Blue Willow Brides, Book 2)
By Maggie Brendan
Revell, October 2012

About the Book

Seeing how successful her older sister’s “mail order marriage” has been and longing to strike out on her own, Greta Olsen answers an ad for a mail-order bride in Central City, Colorado. But when she meets Jess Gifford, owner of a thriving mercantile, she begins to harbor doubts. He didn’t place the ad to begin with, and his business in a busy mining town leaves him little time or energy for love. To compound her troubles, she was not the only bride to answer the ad! Will either bride strike the match she hopes for?

My Review

Maggie Brendan knows how to write a good romance. I enjoyed the first book in the series, and I enjoyed this one as well. I’ve always enjoyed a good mail-order bride story, and this one is as good as I expected. Once the story began, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out since there were two brides rather than the one typically arranged for, and the author kept me guessing. Then once it looked like a decent resolution was possible, a few more twists were thrown in. I don’t normally like a story with a simple misunderstanding or miscommunication at the core, but the author pulled it off with this story and made it believable. I also enjoyed how she showed that love was more than a pretty face. Granny was a doll too.

How the facts were slowly revealed about the heroine’s past made sense, and that scene at the graveyard nearly broke my heart. That was well done. Of course, by then I was fully invested in the outcome for everyone involved. It’s hard to say more without giving away some cool surprises, but suffice to say I enjoyed this story. There were some pulse-pounding moments, and I liked that there were a number of perspectives in this story rather than the typical hero/heroine perspective alone. But that was necessary to keep the reader guessing a bit. I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series when it releases, but this could be read as a stand-alone.

Michelle Sutton
Healing Hearts . . . fiction making an impact on real lives . . .
New titles released in 2012: Decision to Love, It’s Not About Her, Somebody Love Me,
Out of Time, and Surprise Love

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