Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Review: "A Love Most Worthy" by Sandra Ardoin

A book set in Alaska during the Gold Rush wouldn't normally entice me ... but throw in the words "mail-order bride," and I'm in.

She didn’t know which was colder, an Arctic winter or her new husband’s heart. 

Hallie Russell believes life should be lived to the fullest. For that reason, she sails to the gold rush town of Nome, Alaska to take her cousin’s place as the mail-order bride of a respected shopkeeper. But when her aloof husband’s wedding-night announcement rocks her plans for their marriage, Hallie sees her desire for a family to call her own vanish as quickly as the dreams of hopeful miners. 

Tragedy led Rance Preston to regret his rowdy ways and open a general store for the miners in Nome. He’s content in his bachelorhood, but his two orphaned nephews deserve a proper and serious-minded mother. Duped once by a vivacious female, he’s determined to never again let his heart overrule his head…until the high spirits of his new bride threaten his resolve. 

When a misunderstanding comes to light, will they allow the gale force winds of insecurity to destroy what they each need most?

A Love Most Worthy is a sweet marriage-of-convenience romance. At only 105 pages, it's a quick read, yet it also feels complete.

From the beginning, I loved Hallie, with her sweet care for Rance's nephews and her growing feelings for Rance. She was perhaps a bit foolish at times, but she never ceased being delightful. Rance was more difficult to like ... for almost the entire novella. Once his entire story came to light, I could understand why he was cautious regarding Hallie, but his coldness and overreaction to a misunderstanding with Hallie made him hard to like. That said, he redeemed himself in the end!

The book ended in a way I didn't anticipate, but I did enjoy it. Overall, this is a really sweet, quick read, and I would be happy to read more about the Preston family! 4 stars.

Buy the book.

Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. She’s the author of the heartwarming novella, The Yuletide Angel and the award-winning novel, A Reluctant Melody. 

Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out. 

Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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