Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson - Book Review & Tour



About the book: A Lone Star Brides book.
A Sensible ArrangementMarty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.
Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.
Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.
Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.
What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways . . . and dreams and secrets collide?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/vlp1S

Tracie Peterson About the Author: Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. 

Learn more about Tracie at: www.traciepeterson.com

My Thoughts:
"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive" ~ Sir Walter Scott had it pegged. While there are many underlying issues and themes we can get from this novel, the major is that a little lie goes a long way in hurting others - but especially yourself. Most of us make excuses for our actions and even convince ourselves that it's not really lying if we pretty much tell the truth and just leave a few important details out. That it'll all work out in the end. But God has a way of calling us out for those actions we thought were hidden and were sure wouldn't hurt anyone else.

Marty has had more than her fair share of trials and troubles and there were times I could almost feel her pain and hesitation. Nor did I ever blame her for the decisions she made. I probably would have done the same had I been in her shoes. Leaving Texas under false pretenses between her sister Hannah and herself, Marty can't wait to shake the Texas dust off her shoes and never return. But she doesn't realize what she's giving up and hurting by telling half truths and only with the gentle prodding and leading of the Holy Spirit does she realize that relationships are worth telling the truth and nothing but the truth.

Most of the time, when the heroine is a strong, take charge kind of woman, I don't much care for her. It seems that they're written as hard and uncaring; almost hostile and hateful. This isn't the way Marty is written and I appreciated it. She had a strong inclination to be kind, yet was strong and caring toward others. Those are some difficult traits to write into one character and have them dovetail so nicely together to make them believable.

Jake was the perfect gentleman and I only wish more would have been said regarding their blossoming romance.

This is a promising beginning to a new series by Tracie Peterson. I enjoyed spending my time in its pages and wouldn't hesitate recommending it to any of my Christian friends.

*My thanks to the publisher and LitFuse for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I was not required they be positive.*