This novel fell flat for me. I liked the set up for the story. There was excitement in Dorothy’s escape from her abusive and controlling brother and there was some tension in the fact that Dorothy allowed herself to be caught up in lies to the man who believed her to be his mail order bride.
It was hard for me to see Dorothy allow lie upon lie to continue to build, however, I did understand her fear and hope for a fresh start. I just couldn’t really connect with these two characters. Although I felt for Ronald wanting to marry and start a family, he was just such a bland and awkward character. I know this was intentional and important to who he was in the story, but it really put me off from caring about him. I didn’t connect with Dorothy either, so I was unable to care about their storyline in general.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Dorothy Bednar is living a life she despises. Forced to work as a double-dealing saloon girl, Dorothy has finally had enough. The next train out of town is her ticket to freedom, and Dorothy jumps aboard without a thought for where she’s going—until she meets a kind woman aboard the train. Her fellow passenger was originally traveling to Colorado to marry a man she’d never met, but her cold feet offer Dorothy the perfect opportunity to set up roots somewhere new. Dorothy soon finds herself posing as the mail-order bride—after all, marrying a stranger can’t be worse than what she left behind.
Young Colorado lawyer Ronald Smith is astonished when he spies the lovely woman who comes to greet him—the woman who is to be his wife. Dorothy is beyond Ronald’s wildest dreams, a kindhearted partner eager to be a homemaker and mother. To Dorothy, Ronald is the most gentlemanly man she’s ever met—a man who makes her feel safe and cherished. What begins as a deception soon deepens into true love, but too soon, Dorothy’s secret past threatens the beautiful life she’s built—a life that feels truer than anything she’s ever known.
Purchase your own copy here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carolyn lives out west in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and her plants, her five children having fled the nest. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, garden, sew, renovate houses, and play with her grandkids.
In 1994, she incorporated her basement sewing business, eventually moving it into a warehouse, hiring more people, and developing her unique line of puppets and educational curriculum into a full-fledged, international business. She sold the main arm of her business in 2009, retaining a small portion to bring in income while she pursued her writing career. In 2018 she sold the remainder of her business and now writes full-time. She has been writing seriously since 2006.