A Sensible Arrangement Review


A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson follows Marty - as a Texan widow she has decided to leave her old life behind and become a mail order bride for Jake Wythe, a banker in Colorado.  After their marriage she soon discovers that Jake dreams of returning to Texas and owning his own ranch - which is just the life that Marty wanted to get away from.  As their feelings develop for each other and a financial crisis threatens the bank that Jake works at, Marty has to decide whether to tell Jake the truth.

I really enjoyed this book!  All the characters were likable, and the romance between Marty and Jake was really sweet, though subtle in it's development.  I also thought the message of the book was strong as we read about Marty turning back to God after blaming Him for her husband's death for so many years.

The one thing that I have to say is that I feel like a couple of the plot elements weren't fully resolved - through the book Marty's maid, Alice, is being followed and threatened by a Mr. Smitth, who thinks she is in possession of some gold bonds that were lost when her father was murdered.   At the end of the book we still don't know what happened to the bonds, or whether Mr. Smith will be caught.  We also don't get to see how Marty and Jake's life will pan out - will Jake keep his job at the bank, or will they go back to Texas?  I'm thinking (and also hoping) that we get to see what happens to these characters as this series continues?  Regardless, this book left me wanting to read more!

Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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