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Book Review: To Love a Stranger

To Love a Stranger
By Colleen Coble 

Traveling to a rugged country to meet her new husband for the first time, Bessie wonders, an love truly conquer fear? 

Bessie Randall is socked to discover that, thanks to her sister’s meddling, she is married by proxy to Jasper Mendenhall, a man she’s never met. Believing she has no choice but to honor the marriage, Bessie travels from Boston to Jasper’s military quarters in Fort Bridger, Utah Territory. Jasper Mendenhall is equally shocked when he meets his wife at the stagecoach and realizes she is not the beauty from the picture he holds. But Jasper has orders to move to Arizona Territory, and he has no choice but to take Bessie with him. Bessie and Jasper’s mutual distrust is hard enough, but snakebites, Apache raids, and food shortages present even more challenges as they head to the Southwest. A story of quiet commitment despite the odds, To Love a Stranger explores how love can grow in the most difficult land. 

As I’m sure you already know, I love a good love story. Normally there is conflict between the main characters but nothing like it is in To Love a Stranger. The whole out west feel made it all the better because the setting was so foreign to them, while still being very familiar to American readers. There’s all the drama and adventure, and of course the love story. You actually feel connected to the characters, and Colleen really makes them grow. If you like Casting the Net or The Courtship Basket you need to check out To Love a Stranger. 


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