Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blue Moon Promise (Under Texas Stars, #1) [Review]

Title: Blue Moon Promise
Author: Colleen Coble
Label: Fiction | Christian | Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Contains: A few PG17+ Discussions.......
Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository | The Publisher

My Rating: (I loved it!)
Blurb From Amazon: Lucy Marsh's worldly resources are running out, but she's fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father's recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Texas where her new husband is surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to care for.
          Nate Stanton always hoped he'd marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh-a city girl-on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate finds he'd give anything to protect Lucy and the children he's grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.
          Blue Moon Promise is probably the most enjoyable book I've read in a long time. In fact, in the two days it took me to read it, it has won its way into my small handful of favorite books. Despite a few "awkward turtle" moments near the end, it had me fully engaged and amused the entire time.

          The plot centers around the two main characters, Lacy and Nate, who are two completely different people, and yet have interesting similarities. Lacy is a single woman taking care of her two younger siblings after her father and mother both died, the father's death being the most recent. In a last attempt to keep her family together, she agrees to marry Nate, a guy she's never laid on eyes on let alone heard of. Then poor Nate finds out his father has brought home a wife for him. Needless to say, he wasn't incredible say the least.

          The stubborn determination in both of them kept me flipping the pages and smiling non-stop. On more than on occasion I had to smile and "awwww" at Nate's adorable attempts to please Lucy and make their off-kilter marriage work, while on the other hand Lucy continued to work her tail end off trying to make it work in her own way, causing her to totally miss what was sitting right in front of her. My favorite quote: "If one of the newfangled universities offered a course on women, he would be the first to sign up." (p. 238) It made me laugh :)

          Nearer to the end there were a few slightly awkward conversations regarding a few non-existent aspects of their marriage, and therefore I wouldn't suggest young teens or children read this. This is definitely recommended for older teens (17+) and adults, and is a fantastic read, which I enjoyed immensely!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.

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