Texas Bride by Joan Johnston

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Joan Johnston's Texas Bride is a winner on three counts: pacing, plot and reading pleasure. All I needed were a few hours of quiet time, and I read this book in one sitting.
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Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at Jacob Creed’s Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she’s bringing along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick she’s played on him?

Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake will never give up, but he’s in desperate trouble. His wife died six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake wrote never mentioned his daughter—or the fact that he has no intention of consummating his marriage. He’s determined never to subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn’t count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn’t count on aching with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.

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About Joan Johnston

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Joan Johnston is the top ten New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 50 novels and novellas with more than 15 million copies of her books in print. She has been a director of theatre, drama critic, newspaper editor, college professor and attorney on her way to becoming a full-time writer. You can find out more about Joan at her Website, www.joanjohnston.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joanjohnstonauthor
Published March 27, 2012 by Dell. 386 pages
Genres: Romance, Westerns, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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USA Today

Reviewed by Michelle Monkou on Mar 26 2012

Joan Johnston's Texas Bride is a winner on three counts: pacing, plot and reading pleasure. All I needed were a few hours of quiet time, and I read this book in one sitting.

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Guilty Pleasures

Reviewed by Rhayne on Apr 18 2012

I would highly recommend this story to anyone who loves historical western romance about a feisty, strong willed woman who is determined to not only love, but be loved by a stubborn, prideful but caring cowboy.

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Reviewed by Samantha on Mar 28 2012

I will say the first sexual encounter between Miranda and Jake made me a bit uncomfortable as it definitely wasn’t romantic.

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Novel Reflections

Apr 10 2012

Texas Bride is my first experience with author Joan Johnston’s writing – and it won’t be my last. Overall, I found it to be a good read: entertaining and engaging with the late nineteenth century, Texan, western setting.

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May 14 2012

Now I said I enjoyed it and I did but there were a few things that irked me as well, but we’ll get to those.

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