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By Stacy Henrie
June 1st 2018 by Love Inspired Historical
Groom by Agreement
A real home–it’s what Vienna Howe dearly wants for her young daughter. Yet the ramshackle property she just inherited hardly qualifies. She can’t afford the repairs–until foreman West McCall suggests they start a dude ranch together. For propriety’s sake, they’ll need a marriage in name only…a practical solution for two wary hearts.
Years ago, West convinced Vienna to marry a man of means, never realizing how cruel her husband could be. Guilt-ridden, he intends to secure the lovely widow’s future. But despite his reluctance to get close to anyone, this union might do more than fix Vienna’s ranch. It could open the door to a warm, loving future…
“Mommy, there’s a new horsie, and I want to name her Hattie. And my feet weren’t bein’ quiet so I had to shush them. Like this.” Vienna’s daughter repeated the shushing action, her narrowed gaze on her black shoes.
A faint smile lifted her mother’s lips. “That’s wonderful you’re learning to be quiet around the horses, Hattie.”
“Mr. West teached me.”
Vienna looked at West, a mixture of appreciation and regret in those beautiful green eyes. They reminded him of a pair of jade earrings his mother used to wear. The color of the stones mirrored the exact shade of Vienna’s eyes.
Did his mother still own those earrings? It had been more than ten years seen he’d last seen them or their owner. The reminder threatened to pull him toward darker thoughts—ones he typically buried under an easygoing demeanor and plenty of hard work.
“Mr. West has been a wonderful friend and teacher to you, Hattie,” Vienna said as she glanced away.
Has been? A feeling of foreboding settled in his stomach at her use of the past tense. Maybe it had only been a slip of the tongue…or maybe whatever news the sheriff had brought her meant something in their lives was about to change. Though he hoped not.
A Cowboy of Convenience by Stacy Henrie is an inspirational historical romance that had my heart pitter-pattering from the start. I was rooting for West and Vienna the whole time. I loved that this book had me smiling and tearing up. There were so many elements that made this a great story. Both Vienna and West had their own doubts and uncertainties to work through. They were trying to navigate a new future together while being unsure if they were up to the tasks at hand. In the midst of all that, love shone through.
If you like a sweet story with honorable characters, this is a perfect romance to enjoy.
By Stacy Henrie
USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.
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Thanks for reading and reviewing the book, Brooke! Love what you said about it making your heart pitter-patter from the start. 🙂
You’re welcome, Stacy! It was my pleasure to read and share my thoughts on your sweet book. 🙂
What a great storyline! Thanks for your review on “A Cowboy of Convenience” by Stacy Henrie. Love this kind of romance and would love the chance to read the book.