A Sensible Arrangement (Lone Star Brides)

by Tracie Peterson

Hardcover, 2014



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Bethany House Publishers (2014), 336 pages


"In the first of the LONE STAR BRIDES series, featuring 1890s Denver, Colorado, and Texas, Marty and Jake agreed to a marriage of convenience only. But when love starts to soften their hearts, will they come to a different arrangement?"--


Audie Award (Finalist — 2015)


Original language



0764211889 / 9780764211881

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LibraryThing member alekee
I had the compelling feeling through out this book to keep turning the pages, find out what is going to happen. Then when I was looking for all the answers, the book ended….what? Well I shouldn’t have feared there is another book coming in June that continues the story. Now that I have
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reassured you and I and we will find out more. I fully urge you to pick this amazing historical read, I had the feeling that history has repeated itself so many times, with the economy in highs and lows.
We meet the high society of Denver, and never would I want to be one of them. This is also a mail-order bride story, two people who have been hurt in the past by love, and want a rather loveless marriage of convenience. So Marty Dandridge Olson and Banker Jake Wythe get married, so different, but entertaining. What a surprise Marty is in for when she arrives at her new home. She wants to be friends with the servants, and that is totally unacceptable.
Love how she shows her compassion and hires an indigent young woman with no experience. Also how she is rewarded by her actions by God, and this woman has a hand on leading her back to Him. There is some danger that seems to come with Alice, and somehow it all comes back to all involved. You will never know what are going to happen next, and your going to love how Marty speaks her mind at the snob ladies group.
Don’t miss this one, and your going to be putting A Moment in Time on your TBR list for more about Marty and Wayatt and of course Alice.

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member ecataldi
The title pretty much sums it all up. Sensible, sensible, sensible. Marty Olsen is ready to get out of Texas by any means possible. The death of her husband still haunts her and she can't escape the memories of him and their childless marriage. She hastily responds to an add looking for a Lone Star
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bride in Colorado. The add makes it very clear that a wife us needed for social standing, nothing else, and that it will be a sensible arrangement. No love required.

When Marty arrives she soon wonders if she will be able to hold on to that promise. Does God have another plan for her and Jake? Sprinkled with wonderful historical details, this story will delight and enthrall readers.

For fans of christian historical fiction. I received this book for free from Litfuse publicity in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
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LibraryThing member barbjan10
A fun and a bit serious story, Tracie L. Peterson certainly can write a great tale of excitement, drama, romantic mystery, and shadowy incidents, mixed with dreams of being somewhere else in time and geography. There is an old adage of “be careful for what one wishes for” throughout the message
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of this book.

Widowed and childless Marty Olson wanted to escape from memories of tragically losing her beloved husband, and leave Texas forever where she owns and lives on a ranch. Jake Wythe, a Denver banker, singed around the edges one last time from romance, places a newspaper ad for a Texas woman to marry in name only. Jake is in need of a wife to satisfy the bank board members determined notion that his promotion puts him in a higher level of Denver society. Marty answers the ad on complete acceptance of Jake’s terms. Unknown to Marty, Jake, a native Texan longs to return to the Lone Star state and run a ranch.

Marty is quite adept at telling little fibs that create larger problems that spin into a web of hurt and misunderstanding for loved ones and new friends. She does not tell her sister and family the truth about going to Colorado – only that she plans to visit friends. This time, a lie of omission. Shades of Annie Oakley! Marty takes a stage coach into Denver and becomes a pistol-packing damsel to save the lives of the passengers and drivers from a stage robbery. Our heroine soon becomes the talk and news sensation of Denver and awes the society she has joined as Mrs. Jacob Wythe. The character quality in Marty’s habit was disturbing to me, however I surmised Ms. Peterson had sensible reasons for this flaw. We will find Marty’s redeeming qualities in other area of her character concerning orphans.

Much is going on with the newlyweds – will love blossom now that Marty and Jake are secretly attracted to one another? How does Marty, married to a rich banker, handle being included with society wives and living a lie as a new bride? Is Jake suspected as being part of the scheme of missing funds at the bank? The stories developing around the household servants are entertaining and humor provoking. It seems the only real friend Marty has in Denver is Alice, her lady’s maid. But, what does Alice have to do with information about the missing funds? Why was she attacked to be robbed of something she knew nothing about?

The plot continues to thicken. Marty becomes anguished over Jake’s intentions of returning to Texas and how she can keep the truth of her ranch from him. We learn throughout the story that God is in control. The truth will out, but what happens? There are some loose ends in the story, however I believe there is purpose in this gifted writers tactics. Ms. Tracie Peterson has successfully written many books, of which The Sensible Arrangement is my first read. You have made an impression on my reading tastes, Ms. Peterson, I anticipate reading the next book in this series as well as the many others you have written. Your faith in our heavenly Father and His love for you brightly shine through your pen hand. You are indeed blessed.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
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LibraryThing member cewtypye
I was sent Sensible Arrangement, A (Lone Star Brides) to read and review. I was lucky to have picked this book because at first I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I think some of the best things are found when you least expect it. So this book was a pleasant surprise and gave me wonderful feed
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good feelings after reading it. Jake Wythe writes a "wife to be" ad for his new promotion and to put his fellow colleagues at ease. He has a 8,000sq ft home, nice job and just wants a hassle less marriage of convenience not complicated love. He has been burned by love in the past. Marty, a widower is on a ranch where she is reminded of her husbands death. She finds the ad and decides to leave her home, family to marry a man she barley knows. This is such a great story and like I said I was very pleasantly surprised. I would recommend this book to a beginner as it is fast moving and a light read. I think this would appeal to many reading types as it is set in a vintage time period, has morals, old school customs and a romantic twist of fate.
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LibraryThing member deanna13
A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson is a most delightful book and one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Marty Olson answers an ad for a “Lone
Star Bride” and leaves her Texas home to travel to Denver to marry Jake Wythe. Jake is a banker and his boss insists that his top employees be
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married. Both Marty and Jake have been married before and this marriage is to be one of convenience only. After the wedding, Marty is almost overwhelmed with all the demands of Denver high society. Jake hates the society scene as much as Marty but to keep his boss happy and maybe even to keep his job, they have to put on a happy face and attend all the society functions. The state of the economy threatens Jake’s job and this causes him to think even more about returning to ranching in Texas. Even though Marty dislikes all the things she is expected to do as a member of high society, she does not want to return to Texas. Will all the demands of high society and the problems with the economy draw the couple together or will the marriage remain one of convenience?

In this one hundredth book by Tracie Peterson, she did an excellent job in the writing of all elements of the book just as she did in the first ninety-nine. Marty and Jake were so well written that I could not help but care for them. By the end of the book I felt as if they were lifetime friends. There were several different plot lines going on in the story but Tracie tied them all together in a very satisfactory way. This story is filled with history, politics, banking business, mystery, romance, and even a failed stage coach robbery. There were several times that I would laugh at what was happening but the funniest situation was when Marty told Jake her greatest desire. At the beginning of the book, Marty felt as if God had deserted her but through the help of her household servants, she accepted God’s forgiveness and love. In spite of all the problems, the story had a wonderful ending. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

I highly recommend this book to everyone that likes an historical novel filled with romance and set in the American West at the end of the 19th century.

Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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LibraryThing member SAMANTHA100
A Sensible Arrangement, by Tracie Peterson, opens in in the year 1892 in Texas. Marty, a childless widow, has answered an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride" placed by Denver banker Jake Wythe who needs a wife in name only and for appearance sake. Marty wants out of her Texas ranch and agrees to
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this marriage. On the surface, it appears they will each get what they want.
Marty arrives in Denver as a celebrity of sorts. The stage she was traveling on was attacked by bandits. Being an accomplished shot, she takes aim at the would be robbers. Shots are fired and the attempt is thwarted. Unfortunately, the driver and the shotgun rider are injured. Marty takes the reins and gets everyone to safety. By the time Marty arrives in Denver Jake has been made aware of her heroics and so their relationship begins. The couple does marry and each holds up their end of their agreement. As promised, Jake gives Marty a life of comfort and with difficulty Marty tries to be a part of Denver's society. Even when he tells her he wants to go back to resume his former life as a rancher she tries to dissuade him- keeping her reasons a secret. What neither of them foresaw is the direction their lives would take.
This is a realistic and well told story. The well crafted characters and natural dialogue add depth to the novel as does compassion, faith and love. I recommend reading this book and I hope there is a sequel.

I received this book for free from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member Lindz2012
I was surprised in the way this was set up. Though I am not all for it. It was good. There some things that is relates to romance. I would not to be hard on the rating. I think it a four star rating. It could have been more of a plot. It does have some mystery to it. It is a good book. I enjoyed
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it. The way she lost her husband was something new.
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LibraryThing member mbarkman
5 Stars ***** our of 5
Historical Novel

Texans and Coloradans, country bumpkins and slick city dwellers feature in this enjoyable, humorous novel. It showed to me how different the two cultures are, what a difference in their values and viewpoints. Tracie does a great job of bringing the characters
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to life, and the situations they find themselves in are very true plausible, as are the ways they are handled. Although I did not find Marty to be particularly loveable, as she seemed very spoiled and all she wanted was to get out of Texas, and would do all manner of things to achieve it, but through the help of those around her she did grow up and mature. This is the first book in the Lone Star Brides series and if you do not like to be left hanging on a cliff at the end of a book, I would suggest you wait to read this until her next novel comes out. But you do want to read this, so please put it on your TBR pile.

I received this Ebook from Christen E. Krumm at Litfuse Publicity Group Publising and NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own
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LibraryThing member Lindz2012
I was surpised in the way this was set up. Though I am not all for it. It was good. There some things that is relates to romance. I would not to be hard on the rating. I think it a four star rating. It could have been more of a plot. It does have some mystery to it. It is a good book. I enjoyed it.
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The way she lost her husband was something new.
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