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Wyoming Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel

Wyoming Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel [Kindle Edition]

Joan Johnston
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Can secrets and second choices ever lead to love?

After three months in a mail-order marriage, Hannah Wentworth McMurtry is a widow - pregnant, alone, and near death in the Wyoming wilderness. Though she is saved by a man with a face cut from stone, she still grieves the husband who died on their journey west. Hannah needs a husband, but does she dare marry another stranger?

Flint Creed has also lost someone he loved - when the woman he hoped to marry chose his younger brother instead. Now he must find a ranch wife of his own. But every female in the remote Wyoming Territory is too old, too young, or already married . . . until he discovers Hannah on the prairie. Flint doesn't pretend to love her, but he doesn't tell her he loves another woman, either. Hannah doesn't pretend to love him, but she doesn't tell him about the child she carries. Though danger surrounds them on the Wyoming frontier, the greatest threats of all are the secrets within - revelations that could destroy the new life Hannah and Flint have begun to cherish.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving each book of the Bitter Creek Series! 21 Mar 2013
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As good as the first book for me Wyoming Bride did not disappoint! Easily FIVE STARS *****

Firstly if you haven't read Texas Bride yet, you should read it before you read this book! What I love is that this book really ties in with the last one and of course if you have read it you can clearly remember and see the threads running through. Although if you prefer this book could be read as a standalone book.

I have enjoyed reading Joan Johnston's books so much I have ordered the next series beginning with Barefoot Bride, so will review those as soon as I read them! The characters and stories are always well developed and written and I struggle to book the books down! (Let's just say I cannot wait until Montana Bride is released)

Hannah and her sisters are waiting for word from Miranda who has taken their two brothers and moved to Texas as a mail order bride. Time is coming closer to when the twins Hannah and Hetty must leave the orphanage as they will be 18, leaving behind Josie to suffer the abuse of the mistress of the orphanage for another two years! Hannah agrees to become a mail order bride of a man who is moving West to Wyoming on the wagon train and agrees in return for the marriage that he will also take her sisters as well with them. On their journey west Hannah's husband McCurty dies of Cholera. Hannah finds herself stranded in the Wyoming wilderness without her sisters, with child, and near death when Flint Creed stumbles upon her. Flint (Super Sexy Cowboy Rancher) rescues Hannah and brings her back to the ranch. Flint lives with his younger brother Ransom in a house they share on their ranch. Ransom is going to be wed to Emaline in a month, but it is Flint who met and fell in love with her first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read 6 Jan 2013
By Bookswagger (Marcia) - Published on
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Hannah Wentworth McMurtry is a widow, who lost everything including her new husband. She married to save her family, now she is alone found in the wilderness until she is found by Flint Creed. Flint said he would marry the first woman he saw, he did not count on her being stubborn and gorgeous. His heart belongs to his brother's fiancé and if he cannot have her he`d just as well take a wife to make it easier to deal with not having the one he loves. Hannah needs a husband for her own purposes, even though the dream of true love is one she will have to throw away again, she decides to marry Flint, not knowing his heart belongs to another, dashing her belief he may grow to love her.

Bookswagger Marcia: Three Crowns, swagger jacked, decent read. I am a sucker for a good cowboy romance, I guess that is the Texan in me. Hannah is a heroine I liked, even though she was young she was always honest with herself. Not something that we see all the time in romances, you know our heroines are famous for their denial but hey that is what helps create conflict. Hannah admitted to herself she never sacrificed anything before, so why was she so willing to give up her happiness for her families and the well being of others. I mean we have all asked ourselves that even over small things. The hero Flint Creed was a brick wall. He thawed out in the end, but I would have liked to see more interaction between them as a couple, too much of their conflict came from other sources. When as feisty as Hannah was she could have created more havoc then she did. The main subplot of the story was Flints brother Ransom's issue with his fiancé (I will not spoil it for you), Flints self professed soul mate. I could have did without so much focus on Ransom, but this is a series and all the sisters lives seem to be intertwined with the Creed brothers so it will be interesting to see how it plays out for the other sisters.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious Beyond Belief! 24 Jan 2013
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This was one tedious book! The plot was improbable, to put it mildly, but that wasn't what bothered me most. The dialogue was like a Möbius strip that endlessly looped back on itself until I was beyond irritated. It felt as if the author was trying to reach a word count without putting in the time or effort to come up with anything remotely resembling an original story line.

The gist: I want you, but I don't want to get pregnant because my mother died in childbirth, but I want to kiss you and hold you, but I don't want to go too far because I don't want to die in childbirth, but I don't want to lose you, but I know I will because you want to have sex, but I don't want to because I'm afraid I'll get pregnant and might die in childbirth like my mother. Sheesh! Poor, blue-balled Ransom! On and on it went between Emaline and her sexually frustrated fiancee until I wanted to poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick. With Hannah and Flint the refrain was equally uninspired and repetitive. He loves Emaline, but he wants Hannah. He can't have his brother's fiancee/wife, but he loves Emaline eternally and beyond measure, causing him great emotional turmoil and pain. Well... maybe, maybe not. He transfers his emotions fairly quickly. For Hannah, Flint's love/lust/fascination with Emaline is the issue that is repeated over and over again.

This rhetorical tail-chasing went on for 400 pages. There was very little story, very little emotional connection or character development. The rich-nasty-greedy-rancher-trying-to-steal-the-honest-rancher's-land-and-cattle trope provided filler. There was the obligatory Indian raid and kidnapping of a white girl. (She will reappear in a future book, I presume.) My favorite character and the only truly likable or interesting one in the book, Hannah's much maligned mail order husband, was bumped off early.

SPOILER ALERT: Near the end Hannah discovers that her long-lost sister Miranda (from Johnston's earlier novel Texas Bride) is, by sheer coincidence, married to Flint's brother Jake. Oh happy day! BTW, there's a rich-powerful-evil-greedy-rancher in Texas Bride, too. Ho hum.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Wyoming Bride seemed to leave some holes for me..." 3 Jan 2013
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Living in an orphanage, Hannah Wentworth felt she had no choice, but to become a mail order bride to a complete stranger. She needed to escape the abuse that went on at the orphanage and save her two sisters with her. Her new husband, Mr. McMurtry, agrees to take the three of them on, and they leave on a wagon train headed to Cheyenne. However, Hannah's younger twin gets them all into trouble, and they are quickly left behind the train. Soon, her husband is dead. She and her sisters are attacked, and Hannah is forced to seek help when a handsome stranger happens upon Hannah who has set-out for assistance.

Flint Creed vows to marry the next woman he comes across in order to stay honorable and not pine for the woman he can't have, his brother's fiancée. Flint quickly proposes marriage to the beauty, but he fails to tell her that he is in love with his soon-to-be sister-in-law, and the young Hannah keeps mum about the little bundle she is soon expecting too! Their marriage will be a necessary arrangement protecting each of them from secrets that they harbor. However, as danger threatens, they soon realize there is more involved than they had counted on and neither is sure of the other.

Wyoming Bride is an engaging historical romance that had you rooting for Hannah and her younger siblings as they sought a better life for themselves. The picture that was painted of their life at the orphanage was left to my imagination as I did not read the first of this series, but it had to be awful if they were willing to risk so much in Wyoming Bride. I was told that Hannah wasn't a selfless individual, but she seemed pretty selfless in Wyoming Bride, and I thoroughly enjoyed her attempts at making a better life for herself and her sisters.

Flint Creed was described by several other characters as a coward in Wyoming Bride, but I never felt that was thoroughly explained to the reader. I just figured it was explored more in the first book of this series and left it at that. However, I couldn't understand how another character discovered the secret later on in Wyoming Bride. I get how Flint could think he loved his future sister-in-law, but I couldn't understand why as he didn't seem to truly know her, and he sure didn't lust after her, either. Again I chalked this up as something else. Perhaps his youthfulness? They whole scenario of that group seemed a bit naïve as well, but I went with it in order to see how it would play out in Wyoming Bride.

Wyoming Bride seemed to leave some holes for me, but again I feel those would be filled in with the other books in the series. However, I just could NOT get past the feeling that Hannah was basically sloppy seconds in Wyoming Bride. It felt more like they both settled to make the best of a situation.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 18 Nov 2013
By Norma D. Ninfadore - Published on
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As intriguing as Texas Bride and just as interesting. You won't want to put this book down either until you enjoy the good ending.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel 5 Sep 2013
By Joyce - Published on
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How many stars it has is all that matters. That is how I rate it on my lists. A novel
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