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Twenty-two-year-old Militine Scott is in training at the Madison Bridal School in Seattle, yet she has no intention of pursuing marriage. What respectable man would have her? But she has found the school provides the perfect opportunity to keep her unsavory past hidden.

Thane Patton, though fun-loving and fiercely loyal to his friends, hides a dark secret, as well. He finds himself drawn to Militine, sensing that she harbors a haunting pain similar to his own.

Will they allow God to make something new and beautiful from the debris of their past?

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Militine is hiding. Getting married is the last thing on her mind, but to stay safe, she takes refuge at the  Madison Bridal School. And she’s not the only one dead set against marriage. Abrianna, “niece” of the owners of the school, has no intent to marry if she can help it.

As similar as their mindsets are about not marrying, their reasons couldn’t be more different. Militine can never trust; not even God. Plus, she needs to stay hidden, so no one learns about her past. Abrianna, on the other hand, is too busy doing God’s work to worry about making a marital match.  refiningfire

While the book description centers on Militine and Thane, this story is really about two very different couples: one couple struggles to find faith and each other; the other is busy working God’s plan together, and surprisingly has their feelings for each other revealed in a hodge-podged way.

Add in a splash of deception, human smuggling, and a fire, and you have the makings of a page turner! Tracie Peterson is an author I really enjoy. While this is the second book in the series, I hadn’t read the first book and didn’t need to.

5 out of 5 stars for this title. My only complaint is that the print edition has a wee tiny font, which made reading more time consuming and tedious than I prefer, due to old, tired eyes. 🙂

I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers (www.bethanyhouse.com) for this review.

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Marty had had her one true love. And he was gone; 4 years to the day. Having the love of her life gored to death by a bull was not even on Marty’s radar. Dreams of ranching; dreams of children- all gone; lost forever. 10 years of marriage and no child carried to term, children are pretty well off the table, as she sees it. Marty stopped praying that day; the day God had refused her prayers to save her Thomas’ asensiblearrangementlife.

To add salt to her still raw wound, constant reminders of those lost dreams in the form of her sister’s children haunt her on a regular basis.

She needs a change. She needs to get away.

Hannah has no qualms about cutting her ties to her Texas ranch. The classified  ad from a Colorado banker seeing a Lone Star wife caught her eye. Her decision made, she doesn’t quite find the right time to tell her family about her contracted suitor, but nonetheless, her mind is made up and she is resolved.

Knowing her sister would never approve of her marrying a man she’s never met, Marty explains her trip to Colorado as a visit to finishing school friends living in Colorado Springs. Hoping to keep a low profile, Marty makes her way on the stagecoach, which is subsequently held up by bandits. Marty knows she has to do something, or they could all die. Runaway stages with shot-up drivers rarely have happy endings.

Well, Marty is no church mouse. She’s a Texan through and through. She knows how to shoot and how to drive a team. Fortunately, her shots hit one bandit, and the others are discouraged from pursuing their heist. And thus begins Marty’s entrance into Denver society.

Banker Jacob Wythe would love nothing better than to ditch the stuffy high-life and get back to his ranching roots. That’s the reason why he was looking for a Lone Star bride, to tell the truth. He wanted a woman of hardy stock, who wouldn’t mind ranching. Little did he know that Marty was determined to leave those days behind.

Jacob makes no bones about his future plans, and Marty knows she has to keep a lid on the fact that she own the exact kind of ranch Jacob wants to end up on. Can she keep her secret from him? What will happen if he finds out?

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This book was excellent from start to finish. Both Marty and Jacob have demons they are battling, and the reader can see each struggle and the logical outcome. As one part of the plot unfolds, another part thickens. I really enjoyed the sub-plots and the final telling off of the highfalutin’ society ladies. Definitely worth some giggles.

Great book- 5 out of 5 stars.  I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers (www.bethanyhouse.com) for this review.

 

 

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Alaska and nursing. Her father. These three things are all Gwyn Hillerman wants; all she needs. Even being abandoned and left by her mother and sister hasn’t changed Gwyn’s feeling on her valley. This is where she belongs. It’s what she loves.  allthingshidden

She also loves the peace of the valley, and the natives that share it. Both are threated when hard times hit the lower 48. The Great Depression was so far away, yet now hits close to home, as homesteaders are shipped in by the hundreds.

The Matanuska Project aims to settle two hundred families in the valley- in HER valley! Gwyn is simply overwhelmed with the news of colonization in her back yard.

Her father, Dr. Hillerman, is the only doctor; she, the only nurse. And they’ve done just fine up ’till now. But this? There’s no way they can serve a community of that size on their own.

A world away in Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughn is stunned when his medical license is stripped from him. Despite a life saving attempt of using the new intravenous anesthesia, the patient died from her fatal wound, and her wealthy husband was out to place blame where he could.

Jeremiah’s first thought is to go to his fiance, Sophia Hillerman. The grim face of the butler gives him a clue that his conversation isn’t going to be pleasant. To his complete shock, the usually graceful and engaging Mrs. Hillerman greets him coldly and accuses him,  “How dare you drag my daughter down with you! You doctors. Always so selfish, so-“ Cut off by his affianced, she continues her mother’s tirade with animosity, “You’ve ruined everything, Jeremiah. Everything. And now you’ve tarnished my name and my family’s name along with yours. I can’t believe you would embarrass me in such a ghastly manner. it is totally unacceptable for someone of my station.”

And just like that, his engagement is off. With stunning clarity, he sees Sophia for who she is. Learning Sophia doesn’t even care about him, leaves his heart in shreds. How could he have been so blind?!

Adding insult to injury, his own family isn’t much better. Suggesting he leave town for a while while his lawyer cousin works to get things straightened out, his parents give him some money and send him on his way. “His loving parents were too embarrassed to have their disgraced son remain in Chicago.”

Jeremiah’s been let down by everyone he thought loved or cared about him; his fiance, her mother, his own parents- and God. He was done with all of them. He’s done with women, and he’s done with God. The one place he felt he could escape to was waiting with an invitation- Alaska.

His mentor, Dr. Hillerman, was desperate for help with the new colonials. Jeremiah was desperate for a change of scenery. If it all works out, Jeremiah could practice medicine was his cousin was getting his medical license back, and Dr. Hillerman would never need to know his daughter had been engaged to Jeremiah.

The only problem with this plan is Gwyn. The more Jeremiah works with her, the more he sees the stark difference between her and her sister and mother. And- the more he falls for her.

Gwyn can’t figure out why Jeremiah is constantly on her mind. She doesn’t mind him, and he certainly tolerates her, but there’s nothing more. Even though she’s being stalked by a crook hiding out in the new colony, that doesn’t mean she’s in love with Jeremiah. Of course not.

Can they both survive the trial that lie ahead for them?

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit frustrating, though, the back and forth over when Jeremiah should spill the beans. I often thought it seemed like there were two different people writing, and I was not surprised when I looked, to find that there were actually co-authors. My only issue with this e-title was that again, the double ‘f’ was missing, which is frustrating. Since that’s a formatting issue and not a content/storyline issue, I’m not knocking because of that.

I’m giving this one 4 out of 5 stars. I’ll definitely recommend it. I think either of these authors write very well; there were just parts that didn’t blend as well as they could have.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for this unbiased review.

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