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A sweet, historical Western romance in the Proxy Brides series.

If Darrell Dean wants to inherit half of the Silver Queen mine, he needs to marry. Though he doesn't even like the girl, he agrees to marry the local saloon owner's daughter. He doesn't expect the surprise that he receives when a woman interrupts the wedding. 

If Willa VanDurring wants to escape the danger stalking her, she needs a new name and a place somewhere far away to go. At her guardian's urging, she agrees to marry Darrell Dean by proxy and then immediately leaves to join him in Colorado. She doesn't expect to interrupt his wedding when she arrives. 

Can a man who didn't agree to marry the proxy bride and a woman pursued by murderers make a life together? What happens when the danger finds her? In a town with no law, how will she survive?

©2019 Sheila Mast (P)2021 Sheila Mast

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Proxy bride or trickery?

Willa has only ever lived in one place that she remembers. It is a girls school. Suddenly for reasons that are unknown to her she is suddenly entering into marriage as a proxy bride. She has been prepared to one day marry but didn’t know she would be entering into marriage in this manner.
But Darrell is even more surprised. He never sent for a proxy bride. And even more shocking she arrives to interrupt the marriage he arranged for himself with a local girl.
This book had a few twists and turns as it wasn’t all about two people learning to live their lives together. It was more about the circumstances that brought the two together. There is mystery surrounding those circumstances.

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This story is filled with questions just waiting for answers. Why did Willa need to be married immediately causing her to marry by proxy? What waited for her with her new unknown husband? Why were there all these unnerving circumstances that caused all sorts of problems for the new couple? These questions and more will be answered in this short story featuring Willa and Darrell.
The narrator read at a good pace with voice variations for each character.
If you are looking for innocent kiss or squeaky clean book, this is not for you. Although not explicit, there are several references to the marriage bed, and some lewd comments and actions. I would not recommend this book to someone under 14. If you like a good mystery and don’t mind a bit of shading to the story, this is a quick, engaging read.

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Very good

This is a very well written book. I enjoyed the writing of Marisa Masterson because of the different things that happen in her books

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Love & Mystery

I enjoyed listening to this book. I like Marisa Masterson 's books and this audio version was no exception. I liked the narrator, Jenn Lee.

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Cute

What a cute book. Well done! Truly enjoyed the story line. The narrator had a pleasant voice and did a great job.
Had a few twists and turns that I did not see coming! You will not be disappointed with this book.

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Unexpected Bride

Fun story. Narrator was good. Darrell needs a wife quick in order to gain his inheritance. Willa needs to leave town quick to avoid danger. Willa agreed to become Darrell's proxy bride and heads to Colorado. When she arrives, she interrupts Darrell's wedding to the saloon owners daughter. He didn't know he already had a bride on the way. can these two strangers make a go of it before the danger arrives in Colorado.
I was given a copy of this story by the author for an honest review.

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(3.5 stars) Mail order romance w/mystery & suspens

Wholesome with a two-pronged mystery to give it a double dose of suspense. The plot transition between chapters wasn't always smooth, and it was a little weak in places compared to previous, but it was still a fairly entertaining novella.

*Clean romance level: sweet kisses

*Scene of threatened rape & death, while not overly lengthy or detailed, may be distressing for some readers

*Religion: protagonist is a Methodist, but the handful of light faith moments are generically Christian, as well as natural to the story

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  • 07-22-21

perfect introduction to the proxy genre

A Bride for Darrell was an enjoyable experience :) it's been a while since I read a "moving to the West" story, and the first proxy bride-themed, but I think it won't be my last. I was surprised that the book was Christian since the blurb didn't mention anything about it, but it was a pleasant surprise.

I certainly liked that this story had everything, from sweet romance to a bit of mystery/suspense/danger concerning Willa and her marriage to Darrell. I also found the length of this story to be perfect for my introduction to the proxy genre, but at the same time found it difficult to keep up when more characters kept popping up. However, the narrator did a wonderful job with all the voices (from older to young women, to the different male ones), as well as the nuances and range of emotions (from angry to soothing and everything in between).

Overall, an enjoyable sweet romance proxy bride story perfect for fans of the author and the genre. ~ 4.5 stars

Content: violence: a woman is poisoned; a man kicks a woman in the ribs, head, and touches her breast.
Sex: their marriage is consummated but it all happens behind closed doors. However, there are references to it (either when she's remembering that night or by physical evidence like her finding a wet spot in bed).