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Texas Bride (Bitter Creek Novels (Large Print)) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

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20 April 2012 Bitter Creek Novels (Large Print) (Book 1)
HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE.
SHE MAY BE HIS LAST CHANCE.
 
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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  • Hardcover: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (20 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410446786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410446787
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Will of Miranda... 6 Mar 2013
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Miranda was raised in a loving family with five other brothers and sisters. The Great Fire in Chicago claimed the lives of her parents, but Miranda was able to save her baby brother Harry from the fire. With everything gone, Miranda's Uncle Stephen places her and her siblings in an Orphanage. For three years their lives have been a living nightmare under the watch of the Mistress of the orphanage. Miranda is about to turn 18 and she must leave, she is not so much worried about her fate but those of her brothers and sisters.

One of her sisters has been applying to mail or bride ads for Miranda and has received a response from Jake Creed in Texas. He lost his wife six months ago in childbirth and has a two year old daughter. He is trying to hang on to his ranch, land, and family and needs a wife's help.

He sends tickets for Miranda's travel and they are to be wed! Miranda brings along her two younger brothers as she cannot in good conscience leave them there but she does not tell Jake. Jake has not told Miranda he has a two year old daughter and does not intend consumate their marriage for fear of getting her pregnant. Will Miranda's determination, spirit, and strong will be enough to help put this family back together again?

I devoured this novel in a day it was just that good and would happily give it more stars than 5! ********** The writing was wonderful and I have ordered the next book in the series and cannot wait for its arrival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Bride is a Joyfully Recommended Title 5 Jan 2013
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Miranda Wentworth will do anything to protect her younger brothers from the rod of the mistress at the orphanage. Since she has to leave the orphanage because she will be of age, she has no choice but to take her youngest siblings with her. Fate had answered her dilemma in the guise of becoming a mail-order bride to a stranger in Texas. However, Miranda wasn't too sure that her groom-to-be would accept these young stowaways since she never mentioned them to him. She comes up with a slick little plan and hopes it will play out well for her HEA.

Jacob Creed is in need of a wife to help out at the ranch so that he doesn't lose it his enemy. He keeps mum about his "conditions" for his bride-to-be, and he fails to disclose that he already has a child. He has his own goals in completing this quick marriage of convenience. He certainly doesn't think that he will desire his wife either! However, Jacob soon finds that even his "conditions" may not be enough to hold off a woman intent on seduction!

Texas Bride was a heart wrenching sweet tale of romance with just the right amount of realistic conditions added to jack up the angst. I didn't like the hardships that Miranda had to endure, but I felt that they were probably authentic to the time period in Texas Bride. Jacob wasn't one of those great billionaires either, but more a down-to-earth hard-working man that truly deserved his HEA in Texas Bride.

The development of the secondary characters added more to the overall story, and answered some questions that were brought to life, since I read the series out of order. However, I was still looking for resolution in their stories as well in Texas Bride. Yet I can't find fault with Jacob and Miranda's love story in Texas Bride.

I felt invested with Jacob and Miranda and cried at several points in Texas Bride. I liked that Jacob learned to take a risk and that Miranda learned to trust Jacob in Texas Bride, as well. The dialogue was witty and entertaining at several points and engaged me in the lives of the various characters. The fact that I could become involved in this historical western, which I don't normally read, makes Texas Bride a Joyfully Recommended read!

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 12 April 2012
By Sally Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
**********************MAYBE SPOILER************************************************************************

What a way to ruin, one third of 'The Sisters of the Lone Stars' series! :( I no longer like Cricket Stewart Creed since she became Mrs. Blackthorne, wife of the biggest scoundrel, which is the G rated version of what I really would describe him as! What he did to her REAL husband,Jarrett,not mention her and her children, is unforgivable. Reading intimate scenes between her, and that vile, reprobate, literally made me ill. The continuation of their family dynasty, I could have done without.

As for the main couple (Jake and Miranda), I really enjoyed their story. I am sorry to say, however, I will not be reading any continuations of their story from here on in, as I am not interested in the decades long, Creed/Blackthorne fued.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars strong western romance 27 Mar 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 left the six Wentworth children orphaned. The sextet have lived at the Chicago Institute for Orphaned Children for three years, but now the oldest Miranda is about to be sent away. Her five siblings fear her departure as she has been their strength to survive and their buffer from the wrath of abusive headmistress Miss Birch. Her sister Josie the bookworm arranged for Miranda to become a mail-order bride to a widower Texas rancher. Miss Birch catches them and hits Miranda several times with a rod.

Miranda takes her two youngest siblings (ten years old Nick and four years old Harry with her as she travels to the San Antonio area, but worries about the three teenage sisters she left behind. Widowed since his wife died in childbirth, Jacob Creed struggles to keep his ranch without the help of his affluent stepfather Alex Blackthorne. He is shocked when his new spouse arrives with two small children while she is shocked to find he is the father of a two years old daughter. Each is further shocked by their attraction, but he feels guilty for wanting her as he vowed to never endanger a woman with a pregnancy; while she will do what takes to make her his real wife.

This Bitter Creek western romance begins the Wentworth Mail Order Bride saga with a strong entry as readers learn the difficulty of life in Reconstruction Era Texas through the eyes of the Chicago transplant, her brothers and her husband. Although there is some exciting late suspense that detracts from the engaging changing relationships, the fully developed cast makes for a strong tale of love as readers will root for the pair to make it.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars where's the romance? 17 Nov 2013
By true - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never found a title of a series more appropriate than this one: BITTERCreek.
This story is, in fact, very BITTER and harsh. Probably it describes realistically how hard was the life in the West but, honestly, I would have liked a story a bit less realistic and with more romance, because that’s what I look for in this kind of books. The heroine‘s gone through all kind of disgraces and difficulties and has lived a very hard life despite her young age. She hopes to find a relief to her and her family’s struggles in a marriage with a total stranger but she ends up married to a man who happens to be handsome but, unfortunately, incapable of empathy for her feelings as he’s totally focused on saving his ranch and finding a housekeeper and babysitter. I really disliked the “hero” because he’s very cold and thick, he shows no compassion at all for her sibblings and treat all of them poorly. He’s completely obnoxious and blind against all the efforts the heroine does to improve their marriage and their household. She, on the other hand, seems unrealistically too bent to forgive and accept every blunt word, every rude comment or action from the hero or the old man. Her acceptance seems more likely to be due to her desperate situation and her obvious lack of better alternatives than to a romantic involvement with her man.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Bride 14 Sep 2013
By Grneyes28 - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently found this author and I have loved every book I have read. it makes you want to read.
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