by Tracie Peterson
Disclosure: Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing, provided me with this book for review purposes.
Kindle Price: $9.99
"Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she's wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--who is seventeen years her senior--an idea that is out of the question for Lenore.
Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention."
It has been ages since I have read a historical romance. This book has a great way of describing the time period and often I found myself irritated by the way women were treated and/or expected to act at this point in history. I credit the author for writing those scenes to envoke that type of emotion.
The book is part of the Brides of Seattle series. So, as many series will do, some parts are leading into potential character devlopment and story lines around these characters. The difficult part for me was following the main characters, Lenore and Kolbein as they developed their romance. I also had a hard time falling in love with this two characters as their romance grew and evolved mainly because I was more drawn in to the character Abrianna. She was generous, yet had a stubborn streak to her, so I guess you can say I indentified with her a lot. I am also guessing her character will become a focus in one of the later books in this series. I was left wondering if she will end up with Wade or will another man come in to challenge their friendship/relationship?
Despite my minor dislikes of the book it was a fun read. All of the characters had depth to them, just some were more developed than others at this stage. Since this book is the first in the series I would be interested to see how the outlying characters evolve and if Lenore and Kolbein will somehow still factor in with the overall plot.