Jake Marcum’s busy ranch leaves him no time for courting, and his wounded heart has no place for love. When battlefield nightmares disturb his peace and his tomboy niece, Juliet, needs taming, somehow a mail-order bride seems like a logical solution.
Dr. Evangeline Olson has no idea her niece is writing to a rancher on her behalf, and she sure isn’t interested in abandoning her medical practice for a stranger. But when an inheritance threatens to reveal a long-buried secret, she travels west to become Jake’s wife.
Jake soon realizes Evangeline is more than he bargained for, especially when her arrival causes a stir in the community. As the two try to find their way in a marriage of convenience, their fragile relationship is further tested by cattle rustling and kidnapping. Can their hearts overcome past hurts to create a real marriage?
Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff
Do you like historical fiction with bigger-than-life characters and true-to-life details of the "olden" days? Then this book is for you!
Posted by Nancy L. Graves on Jan 31st 2020
Cindy Ervin Huff's SECRETS & CHARADES is a creative historical fiction with rich, believable characters. The story pulls you in as you journey west with Evangeline, an accomplished doctor seeking to redefine her destiny yet not lose her identity. In a day when many women had little say over their circumstances, and at the urging of her niece, Evangeline boldly takes the steps necessary to make a new life for herself and leave behind a dark secret from her past by accepting Jake Marcum's offer to become his mail order bride. Life on the ranch is so different from life in the city, and never the same once Evangeline arrives. With "marriage" to Jake in ink only, they both begin the greatest adventure of their lives.
If you like historical fiction, with bigger-than-life characters and true-to-life details of the "olden" days, this book is for you!