Johnny Paynter flees Denver to escape being hanged for a murder he didn't commit. Posing as his recently deceased brother, Mark, Johnny discovers that Mark's mail-order bride is on her way to be wed. Seeing no other option, Johnny makes a fateful decision to go through with the wedding - as Mark.
©2015 Susan Page Davis (P)2015 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Johnny Paynter hadn't seen his brother in 5 years, but when he thought he would be hanged for a murder he did not commit he and his friend Cam headed to Texas. They planned to hide out at his brother, Mark's, until things could be straightened out in Denver.
Upon arriving in Texas Johnny finds Mark dead with two bullet holes in his chest, his house ransacked and his horses gone. When Johnny goes into town he is mistaken for Mark, so he decides to keep up the masquerade, pretending to be Mark even to the point of marrying Mark's mail-order bride, Sally. Sally knows something is wrong when "Mark" does not act like the man she has been corresponding with, but without money and in a strange town she has no other options than to go through with the wedding.
"The Outlaw Takes a Bride" is a clean, sweet romantic story.
Aimee Lilly did a good job distinguishing voices of both men and women.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
This was a light, easy on the brain story. It has a light spiritual theme to it. The narrator is very good; she does quite well with the male voices. If you want something that's not very thought provoking and you don't mind the mention of God and church with a light romance thrown in, you may like this story.
My husband and I listened to this book together. It made a long car ride fly by. The story is interesting and the characters and details are well fleshed out. It is an encouraging and entertaining story that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good Christian story.
I travel by car a lot, so I found audiobooks a great way to keep me alert and learn as I drive. Now I can't wait for the next trip.
yes, it is entertaining
No, it was good in stages
I enjoyed the experience of the narrative
Hard to like John he acted too much like me. Praise God for a woman's love.
Not only was the story bland, but there was a huge hole in the story. The author makes a great effort to tell us that the main characters not having sex is a problem, and then does absolutely nothing with it.
There is a lot of time spent with her worrying about why he doesn't want to consumate their marriage; does he not like her? Does she repulse him? And he wondering if she is upset because he just cant consumate their marriage. How could he do that? Then he really would be living a lie. And I mean a LOT of time. It's an issue that comes up every chapter for at least 3/4 of the story.
Ok, so this is an issue, we get it. The problem is, it is never dealt with. There comes a point in the story where we are just made to accept that they must have had sex because they stop worrying about it and all their problems just go away. It's the equivalent of a movie showing the characters have a heart to heart that ends in a kiss, fade to black, and then fade into picture with them eating breakfast in the morning. Ta da! Sex issue solved; no need to ever bring it up again. No thought monologues about how fulfilled they feel, or how their marriage is now real. Nothing to denote that the problems they were constantly thinking about were ever resolved. But they must have been some how because no one is worried about them after the fade out.
We are not even sure that they did have sex. We are left confused by the sudden shift change in the couples relationship. The one and only way we know that they did sleep together is that in the last minute of the audiobook, she tells him that she is pregnant. But even that conversation is vague. I couldn't tell if she was actually currently pregnant or if she was talking about the future until he asked her if she had gone to the doctor. It was so frustrated that I just wanted to scream "STOP BEING SO BASHFUL AND JUST SAY IT LIKE A NORMAL HUMAN BEING!"
My frustration is not because there was no sex scene. It's because you can't incessantly bring up an issue for over half the book and then just let it drop off the map. It has to be dealt with if the ending is going to have any satisfaction at all (no pun intended), which it does not. It was just plain bad storytelling.
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