Monday, April 21, 2014

"A Sensible Arrangement" Blog Tour

A Lone Star Brides book.

Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.

Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.

Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.

Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.

When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.

What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways . . . and dreams and secrets collide?

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About the Author: Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.

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My Take:
After Janette Oke, Tracie Peterson was the next Christian author that I really connected with once I started reading Christian fiction. Because of this, I kind of have a soft spot for her stories and might come away a little biased because of it.
That being said, I thought this book was nice and interesting and fell right into place with what I expect from this author and what drew me to Christian fiction in the first place. The writing in A Sensible Arrangement is easy to follow and makes for an enjoyable read. The plot of a marriage of convenience is a favorite of mine, and I thought that the way this one came about was different enough to make it an interesting main plot. There were also several subplots and secondary characters that, for the most part, kept the story moving.
Marty was an interesting main character, and I appreciated the realism that her character brought to the book. She was really struggling in her faith, and this aspect came across quite well. She was bitter for so many years and needed to open her heart to God once again. The novel also clearly presented how lies can destroy so much in a person’s life. While this storyline was realistic and was interwoven throughout, I felt the culmination of this part of the story at the end felt a bit rushed.
The relationship between Marty and Jake was done well, even if it was typical. The things that kept them apart were mostly due to lack of communication, but this plot point wasn’t as annoying as it sometimes is in other novels. It seemed more realistic, especially since it wasn’t completely based on misunderstandings.
I just wish that as the reader I could have witnessed more of their interactions with each other. This might have been accomplished by seeing things from Jake’s perspective more often rather than the majority of the book being from Marty’s perspective. I really liked Jake, and I wish that I could have gotten to know him better. I did like that Jake was a character from the previous “Striking a Match” series. That was a neat twist, but since it’s been so long since I read that series, I didn’t really remember much of his background.
I’m normally not very interested in reading about banking or other financial-type matters, but that historical aspect of this book was interesting. The panic of 1893 and the issues of gold versus silver standards along with increasing unemployment in the lower and middle classes felt somewhat similar to what has gone on in the U.S. the last few years and made the story that much more relatable.
While rather predictable and somewhat slow at times, A Sensible Arrangement is a sweet romance with a touch of suspense that made for an overall enjoyable book. Not everything is wrapped up at the end, however, so I will definitely be looking for the next book in this Lone Star Bride series.

I will give A Sensible Arrangement ... 3.5 BookWorms.

Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson's 100th book!

A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie's new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.

Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.

One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th.

Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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