Image of Wyoming Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel


Image of Wyoming Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel

Johnston’s second in the Mail Order Brides quartet is an example of a strong western made more appealing by the marriage-of-convenience storyline. There is no doubt Johnston knows how to craft a realistic, entertaining, sensual love story, or that the Old West she describes is a powerful portrait of a time and place. Adding a double romance only ensures her fans an enjoyable read.

Hannah Wentworth sacrifices her own happiness to save her sisters from the horrors of a Chicago orphanage by becoming Mr. McMurtry’s mail-order bride. Shortly after the wedding they head west on the Oregon Trail, but soon McMurtry dies of cholera, Sioux warriors attack them and Hannah is left alone on the plains. Rancher Flint Creed needs a wife, and there is an immediate attraction between them. Hannah agrees to marry Flint even though no words of love have been spoken. But there are secrets: Hannah is pregnant, and Flint is in love with his brother’s fiancée. While Flint and Hannah forge a fragile bond, Flint’s brother Ransom and his intended face troubling problems of their own. They all share the common hope that love will triumph. (DELL, Jan., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin