The Substitute Wife

Brides of Little Creede Book 1

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book in the beginning but it got better and sucked me in. My main concern was Harrison and him being such a flaming bastard to Retta when she and Adeline first showed up. He immediately turned me off but as I got to know him I understood where he was coming from. Living on a ranch is hard work but sometimes he makes it look easy.

Addie is such a sweetheart and she's so full of innocence that it was enduring. When danger comes towards this little family they will have to work together to get their lives back or fall apart. Even though there was more than one thing going on it did not take away from the plot. The author did a very good job bringing me into the world of cutthroats, ranchers, bordellos and the hard life it is when living out in the middle of nowhere.

The second book in the series tells the story of Harrison’s brother, Frank and Catherine ‘Cat’ Purdue and is called "The Dance Hall Wife". This will be coming out in October 2018.

Book Blurb for The Substitute Wife


Once his fortune in silver mining is secured, Harrison Carter finally sends back home for his fiancée. It’s been four years since he’s seen Jenny.

But it’s Retta Pierce, Jenny’s sister, who arrives by stagecoach with young daughter Adeline in tow. When this lovely, soiled dove brings devastating news and a written plea from Jenny to marry and care for Retta and little Addie, what’s a good man to do?

RETTA . . .

Fulfilling her dying sister’s request, Retta travels across dangerous territory to marry a man she barely remembers. But the hard miner who meets her at the stagecoach surely isn’t the same one her sister claimed was kind and honorable, a gentleman who’ll embrace her and her daughter as if they were his own. Has she made a mistake she’ll pay for, the rest of her life?


Thrown together in shared sorrow, Harrison and Retta struggle to forge a life in the brand-new state of late-nineteenth-century Colorado.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2018 3.50