ROMANCE

In Want of a Wife

Berkley Sensation. May 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780425264171. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101606414. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarMiserable living as a poor relation in her spiteful cousin's New York mansion, orphaned Jane Middlebourne engineers a way out—as a mail-order bride for a rancher in Bitter Springs, WY. Morgan Longstreet is expecting a strong, big-boned woman, and although he has his doubts about Jane, they agree to go ahead with the wedding. Jane is not the fragile flower that she seems and is more than capable of dealing with the harsh realities of ranch life—she just has to prove it. A feisty, pragmatic heroine determined to make her marriage work, a hero with a past that could endanger them all, and a passel of both new and familiar characters (the ranch hands and their brotherly give-and-take are particularly memorable) combine with a tender, engaging romance and a dash of risk in a totally compelling read.
VERDICT Gritty, realistic, and laced with humor, this latest Western is a worthy addition to Goodman's Bitter Springs titles. The author (Boots Under Her Bed) lives in West Virginia.

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