A Sensible Arrangement, by Tracie Peterson, opens in in the year 1892 in Texas. Marty, a childless widow, has answered an advertisement for a “Lone Star bride” placed by Denver banker Jake Wythe who needs a wife in name only and for appearance sake. Marty wants out of her Texas ranch and agrees to this marriage. On the surface, it appears they will each get what they want.
Marty arrives in Denver as a celebrity of sorts. The stage she was traveling on was attacked by bandits. Being an accomplished shot, she takes aim at the would be robbers. Shots are fired and the attempt is thwarted. Unfortunately, the driver and the shotgun rider are injured. Marty takes the reins and gets everyone to safety. By the time Marty arrives in Denver Jake has been made aware of her heroics and so their relationship begins. The couple does marry and each holds up their end of their agreement. As promised, Jake gives Marty a life of comfort and with difficulty Marty tries to be a part of Denver’s society. Even when he tells her he wants to go back to resume his former life as a rancher she tries to dissuade him- keeping her reasons a secret. What neither of them foresaw is the direction their lives would take.
This is a realistic and well told story. The well crafted characters and natural dialogue add depth to the novel as does compassion, faith and love. I recommend reading this book and I hope there is a sequel.
I received this book for free from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.