Can a woman find her worth in something other than gold, and can a man learn that some things are out of his control?
Charity O'Connell receives a minimum of five marriage proposals a day from dirty miners and old men. When her pa drowned after being pinned in the creek by a fallen tree, Charity took up laundering to make ends meet. Especially after her gambling father lost every cent he ever made. Then, she receives a marriage proposal from handsome Gabriel Williams after Charity saves his daughter from being trampled, and Charity believes he's the answer to her prayer. Now, she can cook and clean for one man and his two children. No more leering glances or ribald comments. Gabriel Williams admires her spirit and believes she's the answer to his prayer.
Gabe and Charity agree to a marriage in name only, although Charity is upset that no man worth his salt wants her for anything more than a bedfellow and when she does find a man she could see herself making a life with, he isn't interested in anything more than someone to watch his children, and he's a gambler to boot. By the beginning of the following spring, if both parties are in agreement, they'll annul the marriage and part ways.
Neither expects love to interfere with their plans or for God to intervene with a plan of his own.
©2012 Cynthia Hickey (P)2016 Cynthia Hickey
Charity O'Connell, the female lead, has lost both parents and is on her own in Virginia City, Montana.
She meets Gabriel Williams, the male lead, and he soon asks Charity to marry him.
Gabe is pretty easy on the eyes compared to the rest of the men in town, so she decides to accept his offer before finding out that she was agreeing to a "Marriage in Name Only".
The story moves rather quickly and the newlyweds face a few issues.
Will Charity convince Gabe ( or vice versa) to make their relationship a real marriage?
Margo Trueblood did ok with the narration.
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This story started off incredibly well. The characters were all well conceived, the narration is truly fantastic, and the setting was true to the time. I was thoroughly enjoying the story when the first problematic phrase came up in regards to aboriginal people. I finally had to turn the story off when the term "feather adorned savages" came up.
I was appalled, and was not expecting to hear about how some "savages" were capable of understanding "the good word", especially with the known history of residential schools and cultural genocide.
This book was provided to me for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
historical romamce is my absolute favorite and i was not disappointed with this book. it was great.
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This historical western fiction romance features a widowed father trying to keep his family together. A foolish bet with an unscrupulous man and a marriage of convenience add to the drama and the challenges of success. Will Gabe and Charity end their marriage after a year or will love capture their hearts.Cynthia Hickey weaves an engaging story.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Margo Trueblood makes the story come to life.
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