I got caught by the cover. Again!
A Sensible Arrangement, by Tracie Peterson, is a historical
fiction romance mystery novel. Apparently it is her 100th novel. I’ve never heard of her before, but wow. I have 99 more books to read and enjoy if they are as fun as this one was. A Sensible Arrangement is the first in a series called Lone Star Brides.
Marty, the heroine, has turned herself into a mail order bride to escape the pain of the past in Texas. She marries a stranger named Jake Wythe in Denver in 1893. And the shenanigans begin. It’s a romance in the sense that it really is a story about two people falling in love. It’s a historical fiction in the fact that it details a lot of the financial crisis of 1893 when President Cleveland asked Congress to repeal the Sherman Silver Purchase Act. (Bet you don’t know anything about that! I didn’t.)
It’s a mystery because some people are after Marty’s new maid, but she doesn’t know why. They murdered her father and are threatening to kill her if she doesn’t give them what they want. It’s kinda hard to do that when you don’t even know what they want!
I had fun reading this book. Parts of the plot were predictable. It’s romantic, after all. However, the author left me hanging with so many plot lines unresolved. If this wasn’t a series I probably would have found an email address so I could complain. Happily, however, it is a series. Book two, A Moment in Time, has already been published, and the third installment is coming out on September 30th. So series lovers, you can start this without having to wait forever to finish.
This is an inspiration fiction book. There isn’t any swearing or steamy scenes. I really appreciate that. I will be reading more of Tracie Peterson’s books.