Laid off and about to be evicted, Lucy Marsh has nowhere to turn. With her parents dead and her stepmother long gone, she is solely in charge of her twelve-year-old brother and three-year-old sister. When a stranger claiming to be her father’s old friend shows up and offers his son in marriage by proxy, Lucy has no choice but to accept. While Nate, Lucy’s new husband, is less than pleased with the new arrangement, that is not Lucy’s only problem. Grafted onto a ranch full of men, Lucy faces the monumental task of making this dusty land a home for her family, facing Indians, wild animals, and stampedes. With mysterious strangers breaking into their little cabin and their father’s murder still unresolved, who is behind the strange happenings that threaten their hope for a peaceful future – and a marriage based on love?
Colleen Coble has crafted a complete page-turner in Blue Moon Promise. The very best of historical fiction, this book has it all – romance, faith, personal struggle, real history, and lots of mystery. Once started, I couldn’t put this story down.
Lucy Marsh makes a fabulous main character. Beautiful, talented, and with a big heart, she’s like the cheerleader your high school self always longed to be, and yet she’s real, too. With a quick wit and a controlling nature, Lucy struggles with letting God direct her steps. She doesn’t get everything right the first time and faces the same control issues over and over before she learns from them, even when someone wiser calls her to the carpet. Her strong desire to be loved for herself only makes her a more lovable lead.
Not all books make it onto my bookshelf. Many I thoroughly enjoy reading but when the story ends, the characters and I go our separate ways. Not so with Blue Moon Promise. It’s the kind of book I like to read over and over – when the characters become much-loved friends and each read another visit with them. With enough action to keep the story speeding along and enough emotion and drama to keep it real, this is not only a must-read – it’s a must-keep.
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About author Colleen Coble …
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
I received a copy of Blue Moon Promise from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.