A love like Lucy and Nate’s only comes along once in a blue moon...
Lucy Marsh's worldly resources are running out, but she's fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father's recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Texas where her new husband is surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to care for.
Nate Stanton always hoped he'd marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate finds he'd give anything to protect Lucy and the children he's grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.
Additional notes: This is the first book in the Under Texas Stars series. This series will be ongoing, and the next book, Red River Bride, will be published in January 2012. You can read other reviews as part of the Litfuse Publicity blog tour here.
My thoughts: I had never read a Colleen Coble book before, but I had heard many good things about her work, mostly from Beth Wiseman who is an Amish fiction author. I was super excited to delve into this book, and the cover made me even more excited! It's so gorgeous, don't ya think? The story is just as gorgeous, though predictable in the romance department (but then again, isn't that kind of the point? We want the fairy tale ending!). I love that Blue Moon Promise is historical fiction. I love the sense of adventure, and the reader is so drawn to Lucy and her life. I felt such empathy for her and wanted Nate to overcome his gruffness for her. The children in the story were cute and fun, and this added a lot to the story's lightheartedness. This was a quick, great read, and at the end of the story, I found myself really wishing I had the second book to read, even though it's not even published yet! I would say that if you like historical fiction, you definitely want to pick this book up. You can purchase a copy of the book here.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.