Bessie Randall is shocked 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.
To Love A Stranger by Colleen Coble is the fourth book in her Wyoming Series though it certainly can be read as a stand alone book. It also is a re-release with an absolutely gorgeous cover!
It's a sweet, faith based romance that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The story moved smoothly at a steady pace; the characters were realistic and I found myself emotionally attached to them enough to be invested in the outcome of their drama. I also appreciated the morals and faith based portion of the story-line as well.
All in all, To Love A Stranger is a wonderful historical romance novel that I truly enjoyed reading!
Thank you to Thomas Nelson publishing and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.