Augustus knows that a wife and family can never be more than a dream for him. His former fiancée made that perfectly clear when she left him before he had even recovered from the surgery to amputate his leg.
Yet, ten years later he agrees to marry Charlotte when she is left widowed and pregnant on the trail west.
Augustus is immediately taken by the beauty and charm of his new wife. He is even more enchanted by the idea of a child in his home. He assures himself that his missing leg won’t matter in their marriage as long as he can keep her away from his heart. And his bed.
Augustus’ plan seems to be working until Charlotte gives birth to a stillborn child. In her grief, she begs Augustus to give her the child her heart desires.
Can he let go of his past long enough to put a baby in the womb of the woman he is quickly coming to love?
Publisher and Release Date: Jane B. Night, June 2014
Time and Setting: Westward Expansion; West Trail
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by Sabrina
Wedding the Widow opens with our heroine, Charlotte, handling her current state of affairs in the most practical manner possible. On the trail heading west, her husband has unexpectedly passed away leaving her pregnant, broke and tired. Charlotte isn’t the sort to not cry and pity herself for her situation, No, No, No! She asks the trail leader and town pastor to help her find a respectable man to wed her. She doesn’t want to move any further west – that was her husband’s wish – she just wants to settle down and get ready to have her baby. I loved her instantly!
Luckily for Charlotte she is in the hands of a sympathetic, but clever pastor who knows just the right person to ask. He is hoping Charlotte is the woman who can bring comfort and love into the home of a lonely but deserving man, Augustus. This is a lovely romance that takes its time in developing the intersecting lives of our protagonists. We have sweet-tempered, honest characters who do not fall prey to silly schemes or rushed emotions.
Interwoven throughout the book is the continuing story of Sophie, a mail-order bride who befriends Charlotte on the trail. Once Charlotte decides to stay and marry, they promise to keep in touch. I am not usually a fan of books that introduce secondary relationships, preferring to concentrate on the main characters, but in this case I was pleased Sophie and Ezra became a focal point.
The writing was at times filled with short, clipped sentences that broke the flow just a tad. It did not lessen my overall enjoyment of the book, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I noticed it. I did, however, enjoy the message and tone of the book and I hope the author continues to provide readers with stories that inspire faith and the courage to allow for second chances.
I found Wedding the Widow to be a beautifully engaging story. It is a sweet tempered romance that shows the struggles to finding and encouraging love.
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