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 Wichita Falls, Texas, where the man she came to marry seems surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to provide 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 realizes he’d give anything to protect Lucy and the children he’s grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.
Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble is an interesting novel filled with love, dreams, and danger that I heartily enjoyed. The plot line of the novel was clear and intriguing. While at times it seemed to be just the typical plot of a western romance, the winding strands of suspense and mystery soon developed the book into so much more. I enjoyed the wild twists, the hilarious encounters of Lucy with ranching life, and the budding feelings between Nate and Lucy. The story was an excellent mix of mystery, romance, and family that kept me deeply engrossed in the story.
The characters were equally as charming. Nate was my all time favorite character. His hidden love and kindness enfolded throughout the novel, and his utter confusion about Lucy was adorable. Lucy was also a sweet and engaging character. Her stubbornness led to some interesting situations, and her desire to see her extended family united was admirable. I loved seeing her and Nate interact.
The themes of the novel were clear and important. These themes included the importance of love, forgiveness, relying on God instead of one's own strength, and honesty.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel immensely, and I would highly recommend Blue Moon Promise and any of Colleen Coble's other works.
I received this eBook for free from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.