CrossReads Book Review
Title: The Orphan Bride
(Christian Historical Western Romance)
Author: Brandi Gabriel
Rating: 5 stars
About the Book
When Lucy Weber is forced to leave the orphan train and is offered up to any man who’d have her in Saddle, Texas, she doesn’t know what to do. The last thing she wants is a husband, especially not leering Clem Toeger.
Garrett Black didn’t mean to find himself a wife. He was perfectly satisfied running his ranch on his own. But when a frightened girl is offered up to anyone who wanted her, he can’t abide the thought of her being hitched to Clem Toeger, a man with questionable integrity and the only candidate.
Will this unlikely couple have a chance at love?
I enjoyed this beautiful Christian based story of faith, hope, forgiveness and redemption. Traveling on an orphan train to another town, with each child hoping to be adopted finds Lucy Weber in a new turmoil since she has reached the age where they will allow a man to marry her. From the time they arrive in Saddle, Texas, Lucy notices a man watching her closely. After several of the children have found homes, then Clem Toeger makes his claim on Lucy, against her wishes to marry him. Garret Black went to see what was happening at the church, and when he sees Clem pulling on a frightened Lucy, he finds himself making an offer for her to marry. On a trip into town for supplies finds Garret with a new wife and adopted daughter. Won’t his family be surprised?
The plot of the story is what happens after Garrett and Lucy marry and how they handle life by slowly just getting to know each other. They are total strangers and need time to become acquainted before becoming intimate. I love how Garrett is a Christian man, and his faith is evident in his daily life. He proves to be a trustworthy man and slowly courts his wife, never pressuring her. “Always be grateful for their circumstances and to continually count their blessings.” Lucy and her twin brother Travis became orphans when they were about ten-years-old, but Travis convinced her to tell people she was eight since she was small in size. Travis was adopted out by a farmer when they were fourteen and their hope is someday to find each other again. Both Lucy and Garrett are Christians and are teaching Joan, their adopted daughter about the Lord. The lessons are pure and straightforward, with an explanation of God’s simple plan of salvation. Although this story is Christian based, it is done in a beautiful way that is not preachy, but in a manner that shares God’s love. The story has angst, honest emotions, including fear, dreams, and plans for the future, “with God, all things are possible.” Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and ratings are my own.
This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts