"Finally Josie's much awaited story."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted July 19, 2017
Romance Western | Romance Historical
When seemingly small details spark a memory you can't help but
sit back and try to gather your thoughts, kind of produce an
image of something that sounds almost familiar. And of course
there's a good reason for that in BLACKTHORNE'S BRIDE by
BLACKTHORNE'S BRIDE is the fourth and last book in the Bitter
Creek Mail Order Brides series. Each book has enthralled
an adventure that was at times really harsh and then moved
show once again that what's important is family and love. The
Order Brides series centered on an amazing family and with
each installment the characters became larger and impressive.
Johnston imbues her characters with grace, strength and
integrity even in the face of great adversity.
I realized that I'd met some of these characters before,
years ago actually, yet they were still so vivid.
In BLACKTHORNE'S BRIDE we experience a different sort of mail
order bride. The Duke needed a wealthy wife to secure the
financial future of his debt ridden estates and pride had him
searching beyond the realm of his peers. So he advertised in
America and candidly got what he asked for. An American wife.
But Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne had no idea what
he had agreed to, he had entered into this marriage agreement
firmly resolved it to be loveless and passionless. Marcus
bear the pain he felt when his wife Fanny died in childbirth.
As for Josephine "Josie" Wentworth, she was equally perplexed.
In her mind this marriage was going to help her in two ways.
was to get back at the duke for failing to live up to his
get her back home to America after rescuing her from a band of
Sioux. Instead Marcus had left her at one of his distant
Tearlach Castle. At Tearlach Josie was working as one of the
maids. Captured once again with no ways or means to go home.
And secondly Josie's plan to take the duke's two young nephews
Spencer and Clay back with her to America. The two lads had
become very important and dear to Josie while they too lead a
less than gracious life at the castle.
Once married to Marcus, Josie's role as Duchess was hopefully
going to give her the means to finally meet her goals of
home and save Clay and Spencer. But what she never expected
was her attraction to this man who didn't seem to recognize
Marcus' was giving it his best shot fighting feelings
woman who didn't hesitate to speak her mind. Josie definitely
wasn't like any ladies of his peers. Josie was strong and
which also made Marcus realize how different his new bride was
Josie had become used to referring to Marcus as the Dastardly
Duke but with each passing day she was seeing him in a very
different light. Now the issue was, which is the real
could she trust her instincts when Marcus was becoming quite
dear to her. Josie had quite a dilemma. And there was too much
at stake to make the wrong decision. Family first and as yet
didn't consider Marcus as part of that group.
Sorry to see these wonderful characters go. As I often do, as
soon as I finished BLACKTHORNE'S BRIDE I immediately pulled
the first three books from my shelves and read them once
loved all these stories and was so pleased that Joan Johnston
decided to grace us with Josie's story.
A rogue nobleman, a rescued lady, and revenge undone by
romance all play a part in New York Times bestselling
author Joan Johnston’s irresistible novel of best-laid
plots, delicious deception, and unexpected passion.
Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from
the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by
Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks
his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a
maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once
Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly
wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their
indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.
Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to
save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye—certain he’ll
never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged
captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital
charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised
for years proves to be a very different man than she’s
imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as
she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to
claim her heart.
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