Indentured Bride

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Indentured Bride

The Bride Series: Book 1

This is not your typical `mail order bride' story. Jennifer Matthews is fleeing home, literally for her life, joining up with a wagon train for mail order brides. Thinking that one more woman wouldn't make a difference, she gets more than she ever bargained for when the man waiting for her on the other end forces her to keep her end of the agreement and marry him. Not only has Brett Parker vowed to remain, but any number of women would love for him to be hers. Oh, did I mention he was also a drop-dead handsome sheriff?

With unpredictable twists, Regan Taylor tells a love story with accurate historical detail. Taylor's characters are human to the core, down to the close bond only forged between women on a wagon train. Taylor has a unique skill for revealing the personality of her characters who are fighting for their identity among other people's expectations, in a time when women didn't always have the `luxury' of being single. I feel the ending could have been better developed, but if this is one book in a series, perhaps the second book could pick up where this one left off.

Book Blurb for Indentured Bride

The story of Jenna and Brett Parker. Following the suspicious suicide of her father, Jennifer Matthews is whisked off to Maryland with her oily uncle, Julian Carlman. On her first night in Julian's home, following his attempt to rape her Jennifer strikes and kills him. Certain no one will believe her Jennifer runs into the night and seeks refuge in a box car. As the train travels to an unknown destination Jennifer tries to sort out her future. Arriving in Virginia she meets up with a ground of women headed to Adler Creek, Wyoming as mail order brides. Thinking she will be safe with the group until she can strike out on her own, Jennifer changes her name to Jenna and begins forming her new identity. Each time she tries to leave the "bride train" someone stops her and before she knows it, she is not only in Adler Creek, but she has a perspective groom--Deputy Sheriff Brett Parker. Brett Parker is the middle son of the Parker family. Older brother Kendrick is a blond haired, blue eyed, United States Marshal, Brett is the black haired, blue eyed, Deputy Sheriff of Adler Creek and their younger brother Wolf is a full blooded Cheyenne warrior. Even though handsome and fairly well to do, Brett has had little luck with women and one incident several years earlier left soured on the prospect of marriage. That is, until, he hears of one woman on the Bride Train who seems to have some sort of problem. Sight unseen Brett knows she is the woman he has waited a life time for and before Jenna knows what is happening she finds herself married to Brett. As she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love with him her fear that one day soon a warrant for her arrest will arrive making her lose all she is coming to hold dear. For Jenna there could be no worse fate than to be arrested by her own husband....well almost none. You can meet the characters and learn a bit about The Bride Series at Come meet the men and women of the Bride Series, beginning with Brett, Jenna and Julian from Indentured Bride.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2008 3.00