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I must say up front that Debra Ullrick has outdone herself. I enjoyed her first two books immensely, and, if you can imagine, her latest offering tops those.

In The Unexpected Bride, In order to escape her abusive brother and the man he’s sold her to, beautiful, cultured Rainelle Devonwood takes out a “groom wanted” advertisement. The ad is answered by someone who says he is Haydon Bowen, but who is really his brother, Jesse. Haydon had shut himself off from love after his first marriage ended in a fatal disaster. But Jesse wants Haydon to be happy again, and believes this is God’s will for his brother’s life.

When Rainelle arrives, and finds out the truth, she doesn’t give up on Haydon, but is determined to survive on the frontier. More importantly, she steps up to the challenge of opening Haydon’s heart to love again.

This story was such a joy to read. It engaged my emotions and interest from word one. Rainelle is depicted as a strong, loveable character, and I liked the little twist added, where her station in life didn’t affect her integrity. Additionally, she wasn’t a “belle of society” who had to learn or become conditioned to the hard ways of the west. She knew how to climb trees, ride horses, and do strenuous household chores. As for Haydon, you gotta love a hero who has a sensitive side; and one who owns a pig named Kitty, and a cat called Miss Piggy.

The weaving in of setting was expertly done. I knew exactly what the author meant with each clever description, even for things I’d never heard of before. The snappy dialogue was appropriate to the time period, and helped move the story forward at a good pace.

Readers of historical westerns and/or prairie novels will enjoy this book, and probably most romance readers. In my opinion, this story deserves a five-star rating!

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