Would-Be Wilderness Wife is the second book in the Frontier Bachelors series. Although it is very enjoyable to know Catherine from the first book, The Bride Ship, it is not necessary to the understanding of this book. It does stand alone just fine.
I thought that the first book in the series was great, but I loved this one even more! Catherine is a determined and educated nurse and Drew is a lumberjack. They might seem like opposites at the beginning, but their love of family is clearly a commonality between them. Strangely, it too is partially the reason each struggles to allow themselves to care too much for the other. Fear of loving and losing for one of them, coupled with what sometimes seems to be overwhelming responsibility for the other, threatens to stop love before it can start.
I loved the Wallin family interactions that occurred throughout the whole book. It was such a wonderful setting for the story and made me feel as if I was a part of their clan. Drew was the epitome of a handsome, strong, and caring hero. He was a favorite in the story for me.
There is a sense of urgency to the story and some dangerous and questionable events occur in the book that must be dealt with. A very important reminder is also woven through this tale. The heroine struggles with wanting to stay in control of her emotions, allowing fear of the pain of loss to dictate her choices, and must learn the lesson that God is always with us through everything. (5 stars)
I would like to express my thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.
About the book:
Drew Wallin’s youngest brother is determined to see him married–so he kidnaps Drew a prospective bride. Not only is Catherine Stanway beautiful, but she’s a nurse who can help their ailing mother. Drew doesn’t have time for distractions–he’s too busy watching over his fatherless siblings. Yet he’s drawn to this woman who carries loss and pain equal to his own.
Catherine has traveled West to use her nursing skills to save lives, not to find a husband. She knows if she gives in to Drew’s matchmaking family, she’ll be risking her already bruised heart. But maybe it’s time she takes the ultimate risk to win the groom she didn’t know she wanted!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first Regency romance novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Regency romance The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998). In 2011, she was delighted to move into Christian romance with the publication of The Irresistible Earl.
Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency romance novellas (“The June Bride Conspiracy” in His Blushing Bride, “Sweeter Than Candy” in A Match for Mother, and “A Place by the Fire” in Mistletoe Kittens), which are now featured in electronic book form as Be My Bride. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese; and Lord Borin’s Secret Love and The Rake’s Redemption have been issued in hardcover, large print editions. Many of her works are also available as electronic books through Belgrave House’s Regency Reads line or as self-published works, such as Perfection.
Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in southeast Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally–both her parents were excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician, now retired. Her mother envisioned the plot for “Sweeter Than Candy,” the novella which was written as a tribute to her.
Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.