The Rancher's Temporary Engagement
by Stacy Henrie
Series: Sheridan Sweethearts #1
Published by Love Inspired Historical
Publication Date February 6, 2018
Genres: Western, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Wyoming Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adults
The Pinkerton agent that Edward Kent hired is intelligent, capable—and unexpectedly female! Though shocked to learn that Maggy Worthing will be investigating the threats to his Wyoming horse ranch, Edward needs to find the culprit. And if that means a temporary engagement to give Maggy a cover story, he’ll play along with the feisty detective.
Maggy always gets her man—at least when it comes to solving crimes. The young widow refuses to marry again and land under another husband’s thumb. Unmasking Edward’s enemies will earn her a longed-for promotion…but the heart has its own mysteries. Could working together with the handsome English aristocrat spark a real and loving partnership?
I would like to thank Prism Book Tours for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: A Cowboy of Convenience
I’m always so glad to find new authors I like. Stacy Henrie is now on my “buy as soon as it is released list”. The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement was a great story with mystery, romance, and life lessons about the love of God.
Both Edward and Maggy had been hurt in the past and had to learn to trust and to love. Edward was the third, and therefore expendable, son of an Earl. The woman he loved abandoned him for his older brother. He struggled with feelings of insignificance, but had a deep love for God.
Maggy had lost her mother when she was a young girl. When her father refused to bring her to church and began to turn to alcohol and violence towards her, she felt that God had abandoned her. And after marriage to man just like her father, she trusted neither man nor God. So when she became a widow at an early age, she decided that she was the only one she could rely on.
The growing relationship between Maggy and Edward was sweet and tender. I loved that Edward had so much integrity that he wouldn’t settle for a fake engagement. He was determined to not lie about anything.
There are references to physical abuse in the book, not only in Maggy’s life, but another woman in the story, but they are simply that, without descriptions of the actual acts.
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