New York Times Best-Selling Series
A woman with a hidden past. To protect her, he must risk everything…his badge…his heart.
Desperate circumstances set Faith Wilkins on the run and straight into Sheriff Duke Grayson’s protective arms. Duke believes Faith is a struggling widow, intelligent healer, and loving mother. Their blooming friendship and explosive attraction reinforce Duke’s decision to marry Faith. But when he discovers that his beautiful new bride lied about her identity and is hiding from a man with the power to destroy their family, her betrayal slices to his core. He built his life and career on a foundation of fierce integrity, and his marriage to Faith is based on trust and a love deeper than any he has ever known. As Duke uncovers her secrets and former life, the truth about his wife rocks their new marriage. Can he forgive Faith and put everything on the line—his badge, his family, his heart—to save their marriage and protect the woman he loves?
©2005, 2012 Wendy Lindstrom (P)2013 Wendy Lindstrom
~~~~~~~HOPEFUL ROMANTIC~~~~~~~~~ ~~Love Audiobooks~~ Especially Historical & Inspirational Romances ~~No Spoilers Here~~
This addition to the series was Duke's story. Duke is the sheriff of the town and the last of the Grayson brothers to get married. He meets Faith when she moves into town with her aunts, little brother, and daughter. Their love develops but Faith's past begins to overshadow their future together.
This story (as well as the whole series) has so many poignant moments between the couples and the family members. They are rich stories filled with good old fashioned romances....nothing fancy.....just wonderfully written stories of love, honor, passion, laughter, justice and forgiveness. These rugged Grayson men are not afraid to meet a challenge and definitely aren't afraid to admit when they are wrong. This whole series takes takes you back to when men were gentlemen and chivalry was alive.
This series is a winner.....5 stars!
I "read" this book via audio, rather than print, so it is difficult to know if it is better than the print version, however I am certain they are both great!
I loved this story for a number of reasons. I have loved each of the Grayson brothers uniquely as I have come to know them through Wendy Lindstrom's stories. Duke Grayson's integrity shines throughout this story, the attraction between Duke and Faith, and also Duke's thoughtful actions, such as secreting away the hairbrush (thought to be lost in the quick move) that holds sentimental value to Faith that he finds at her old home and later gives to her, are very touching. He did a number of very thoughtful "just because" things throughout this story that were very moving. Duke's attraction and respect for Faith, as well as his connection to Adam and Cora were also very moving.
This is the fourth Grayson Brother's book I have read, and they have all been top-notch historical romances.
Not one moment of regret listening to these! If you want a very nice story about a wonderful family, listen to this series!!
Duke Grayson, the third brother in this series, meets widow Faith Wilkins when her brother is caught stealing from the general store. He's immediately attracted to this beautiful woman who is understands the healing, medicinal properties of plants and, together with her three "aunts," has a murky past.
What I liked
The characters all exhibited some serious flaws and, at times, behaved pretty badly. Faith's secrets were explosive, adding intrigue and presenting what appeared to be a no-win situation. Even stalwart Radford, the oldest brother, showed some unattractive sides of himself. Even the children had some challenging moments. In spite of this, they were all very likable people who you rooted for and felt the pain of their circumstances.
Julie Motyka may not have the most distinctive voice but she's a strong storyteller and I never had issues distinguishing characters. For me, she's become synonymous with the series.
The bottom line
I really liked this story, probably my most favorite of the series so far. There are moments that will rip your heart apart and times when you'll laugh out loud. I never wanted to stop listening and loved how the issues were rough and the resolutions not always wrapped with a neat bow. Well done.
(I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review)
I would. It was exhilarating, enthralling, hilarious, touching, engrossing, caring, romantic. WOW!! I could go on and on. The characters were real and even Wayne Archer turned out to have a heart. Yes, I also read the book and then listened to Julia narrate. That was the icing on the cake!
This story told a tale of strength and fortitude in very difficult situations. Forgiveness and understanding the other person's point of reference from having it all in a loving family of parents and siblings, to a bell strung on a string, across a yard space to summon a parent only in an emergency.
My favourite scene... so many scenes to choose from. I would go with Duke's rushing to save his daughter Cora from a madman, Judge Stone, willing to lay down his life for a sweetheart of a child, whose mother is 'the one', the love of his life whom he chose with his heart and not so much his head, in spite of his brother's concerns.
Duke Grayson, charming, passionate, courageous, gentle, kind and loving. Faith, beautiful scared, willing to take risks to provide for her brother and daughter and keep secrets to ensure they are provided for. Her deception and lack of trust caused a rift between herself and Duke. However, this caused all the secrets to be revealed and so bring about the conclusion, revelations and end to the drama of Faith's and her aunts' background and former life. Rose's story was heartbreaking but when revealed healing took place in Faith's heart.
There were so many stories to be told but in the end a strong love between the main characters and their supporting families, was really the catalyst to the harmony and love that created the climate for the enduring family ties among them all.
What is right and wrong when you have all you need to survive? It's easy. But when the lines are blurred, when you are impoverished, how difficult is it to keep secrets that could destroy you and yours?
Duke chose to forgive unstintingly and instead love and protect his new family and gain the love of his wife and the happiness and bliss he so longed for. He finally found himself and became who he was meant to be.
Wendy, the Grayson Brothers Series, is a microcosm of the real world with all its heartbreak, wickedness, joys and sorrows, but above all reminding one that love conquers all.
Keep on with your story telling gift. It has been a blessing.
No matter who you are or where you come from the Grayson family was alway's there, and accepted what some might say, un desirable people. and welcomed them into their family
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
I like that this is set in post Civil War American. I've read a lot of historical romances but they are usually set in [today's] Europe.
A woman with a hidden past. To protect her, he must risk everything…his badge…his heart.
Desperate circumstances set Faith Wilkins on the run and straight into Sheriff Duke Grayson’s protective arms. Duke believes Faith is a struggling widow, intelligent healer, and loving mother. Their blooming friendship and explosive attraction reinforce Duke’s decision to marry Faith.
But when he discovers that his beautiful new bride lied about her identity and is hiding from a man with the power to destroy their family, her betrayal slices to his core. He built his life and career on a foundation of fierce integrity, and his marriage to Faith is based on trust and a love deeper than any he has ever known.
As Duke uncovers her secrets and former life, the truth about his wife rocks their new marriage. Can he forgive Faith and put everything on the line—his badge, his family, his heart—to save their marriage and protect the woman he loves?
There are none that I've come across yet. However, some other historical writers I like are Jennifer Ashley & Hannah Howell.
She was fine, not great, not bad.
I LOVE this series. It is a bit tamer than I usually choose but it is a nice change. I look forward to more work from this author.
For me this book worked as part of the series, but just barely. It's greatest enjoyment was the connection with characters introduced in earlier books. As a stand alone, it bordered on the unbelievable with a predictable plot that lacked historical context and a scheming and confused heroine with too much self interest to be on par with other Grayson heroines. While I enjoyed hearing Duke's story I never felt the connection between him and Faith.
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