Bandit's Hope

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Stream on down to Mississippi, the setting of Marcia Gruver?s second book in the breathtaking Backwoods Bride series. Reddick ?Tiller? McRae is tired of the outlaw life, even more so when he falls for a respectable innkeeper?s daughter. Will he face the gallows before he can win her hallowed heart? Maria Bell is tired of waiting for God to bring her a husband and protector. Taking matters of the law and love into her own hands, she sets a trap to catch a thief and a husband. What will she do when she finds out ...

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Stream on down to Mississippi, the setting of Marcia Gruver’s second book in the breathtaking Backwoods Bride series. Reddick “Tiller” McRae is tired of the outlaw life, even more so when he falls for a respectable innkeeper’s daughter. Will he face the gallows before he can win her hallowed heart? Maria Bell is tired of waiting for God to bring her a husband and protector. Taking matters of the law and love into her own hands, she sets a trap to catch a thief and a husband. What will she do when she finds out they are one and the same?

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Editorial Reviews

Sharon the Librarian - Sharon Tyler

Bandit's Hope is definitely a Christian romance, with strong messages about forgiveness, family and honesty. However, the message is one that people of all faith's and backgrounds can enjoy and take something from which is important in a world with so many different religions and cultures. The mentions of the bible and faith flowed perfectly with the story, rather than feeling forced or added on just for the sake of the label 'Christian Fiction'. The story was complex, but not in a bad way. The cast of characters were varied, and extremely well built. They all felt fully three dimensional, even the characters that we only see once or twice.

I think I can safely say that Bandit's Hope was the best example of Christian romance done well that I have ever read, and I can recommend it for all fans of the genre. I would also recommend Bandit's Hope to readers that enjoy well fleshed out romance novels, and might not normally seek out Christian fiction.

My Book Addiction Reviews - Ira Renn

Bandit’s Hope” is a must read for any historical,American old South, inspirational,Western,and romance readers. It has a little something for everyone. I will be anticipating the next installment in the ”Backwood Brides”series.
RT Book Reviews - Patsy Glans

The second book in the Backwoods Brides series has romance, mystery, and humor and the characters are enjoyable and quirky. Gruver knows what her fans look forward to in each of her books and she always gives them what they crave, plus some unexpected surprises. 
Kathy Warth

I always expect to have a great time when I read one of Mrs. Gruver''s novels and this one did not disappoint. Excellent character development and dialogue the novel flowed well and I connected with the characters right away. The book held my interest and did not have any dull parts. Excellent! I would definately recommend this book to others.

Countless Tomorrows

I love romantic books that take place in the old west and this one did not disappoint. "Bandit''s Hope" by Marcia Gruver is about two people who find love, even though they don''t realize they are looking for it. Its also about families being reunited. And about learning forgiveness.  Marcia Gruver has a talent for taking you into a book that you can''t put down until the ending and bringint the characters to life. It was so easy to fall in love with each of the characters. I hoped for them and cried for them as they each went on their stumbled along their journey to find love and forgiveness.

— Savannah Christensen

R Bartel

This book was my introduction to Gruver’s writing, and I come away pleased. First of all, I applaud her for resisting the temptation of flaunting all the bad grammar that usually inundates this genre. I could hear the characters even though it was all written in proper sentence structure. Second, the Christian message is clean, clear, precise, and believable. All in all, a great read!

Love 2 Read Novels

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had a wonderful mix of romance, danger, suspense and humor. The characters were very well drawn and the dialog was very enjoyable. I especially fell in love with the playfulness of Tiller. There were two other characters that were really fun. Otis (the old man the gang went after) and Mariah''s Uncle Joe. One line from the book that just made me laugh was when Joe said to Tiller "The mind of a woman is a deep river. I try not to fish there." It''s that type of humor you''ll find in this story and I just loved it. The underlying theme was really about forgiveness and I thought this author did a wonderful job in seeing that through. We all can relate to that subject. If you enjoy a good historical then I would definitely recommend Bandit''s Hope. It''s book 2 in the Backwoods Brides Series.

— Sherry Kuhn

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This is a wonderful book, full of love, romance, adventure and peppered with enough humor to keep things light. The characters are well-developed and the plot is detailed with some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting.  The dialogue was well-written and entertaining as you feel like you are part of the story.  As usual in this genre, there is a moral to the story that reminds you to live up to your own calling.

— Allie B

Sharon the Librarian

Bandit''s Hope is definitely a Christian romance, with strong messages about forgiveness, family and honesty. However, the message is one that people of all faith''s and backgrounds can enjoy and take something from which is important in a world with so many different religions and cultures. The mentions of the bible and faith flowed perfectly with the story, rather than feeling forced or added on just for the sake of the label ''Christian Fiction''. The story was complex, but not in a bad way. The cast of characters were varied, and extremely well built. They all felt fully three dimensional, even the characters that we only see once or twice.

I think I can safely say that Bandit''s Hope was the best example of Christian romance done well that I have ever read, and I can recommend it for all fans of the genre. I would also recommend Bandit''s Hope to readers that enjoy well fleshed out romance novels, and might not normally seek out Christian fiction.

— Sharon Tyler

My Book Addiction Reviews

Bandit’s Hope” is a must read for any historical,American old South, inspirational,Western,and romance readers. It has a little something for everyone. I will be anticipating the next installment in the ”Backwood Brides”series.

— Ira Renn

RT Book Reviews

The second book in the Backwoods Brides series has romance, mystery, and humor and the characters are enjoyable and quirky. Gruver knows what her fans look forward to in each of her books and she always gives them what they crave, plus some unexpected surprises. 
— Patsy Glans

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602609495
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Backwoods Brides
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia Gruver’s southern roots lend touches of humor and threads of faith to her writing. Look for both in her Texas Fortunes and Backwoods Brides series. When she’s not perched behind a keyboard, you’ll find her clutching a game system controller or riding shotgun on long drives in the Texas Hill Country. Lifelong Texans, Marcia and her husband Lee have five children. Collectively, this motley crew has graced them with a dozen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter—so far.

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

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    An enjoyable read.

    I enjoyed Raiders Heart and was delighted to be reunited with some of the characters of that book in Bandit¿s Hope. I didn¿t like Tiller in the opening pages. But as learned and loved and grew I learned to appreciate him. I loved Otis Gooch and how he helped Tiller learn to accept Christ¿s forgiveness. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    He Hopes to Steal Her Heart!

    Bandits Hope by Marcia Gruver

    Reddick "Tiller" McRae left his uncles home ten years ago with Nathan Carter. Tiller and Nathan rode with two other fellows in the gang. Tiller's boyish and innocent looks were used to get travelers trust and when their defenses were down, the others would jump in and rob them. On this particular day, with this particular old fellow, Tiller felt a change. It no longer felt right. He tried to get the man to leave but it was too late. The others rode in. And as always Tiller took off like an innocent, only he realized this day that he was as guilty as the rest, maybe more so.

    Mariah Coffee Bell just buried her father, only she did not tell anyone he passed. She needed to marry first so she could hold the land. She promised her Choctaw mother that she would hold onto the land, right before her mother died two years ago. She would keep Bell's Inn running. She would marry. She had Miss Vee, Dicey & Rainy to help her continue on. Most people accepted Mariah, others considered her a half breed squaw.

    Tiller came to stay at Bell's Inn. While there some men brought in Otis Gooch, the man the gang had attacked. Mariah and Miss Vee had asked him to stay on and fix things up and in return he had free room and board, when he seen Otis he felt his time there was short. Otis was hit hard on the head though and did not remember. So instead Tiller helped care for the older man.

    As time passes Tiller starts to care for Mariah and knows he must one day tell of his past. Mariah hurts whenever her father is mentioned. She knows Miss Vee cared for her father and deserves to grieve for him rather than believe he was somewhere else being cared for. They survive a tornado, lack of funds, a kidnapping and even her Uncle Joe who is determined to take her back with him and have her marry the chiefs son, Uncle Joe had been trying to bring her back to the tribe since her mother's death. This book is full of love and adventure.

    **Received through NetGalley for review

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    A thoroughly enjoyable tale

    Mariah Bell has experienced a great loss and is now in need of a husband to keep her land and continue to run Bell's Inn. Knowing she must act fairly quickly she decides to pursue the man whose property borders hers until she meets Tiller McRae. Tiller McRae is tired of the outlaw life. After the gang goes after a nice old man he decides to split from them for awhile. He ends up at Bells Inn. Mariah and Tiller are instantly drawn to each other. He decides to stay on and help out with handyman jobs around the place. He and Mariah have an easy way with each other and things seem to be looking brighter. But both harbor secrets. What will happen when those secrets come to light?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had a wonderful mix of romance, danger, suspense and humor. The characters were very well drawn and the dialog was very enjoyable. I especially fell in love with the playfulness of Tiller. There were two other characters that were really fun. Otis (the old man the gang went after) and Mariah's Uncle Joe. One line from the book that just made me laugh was when Joe said to Tiller "The mind of a woman is a deep river. I try not to fish there." It's that type of humor you'll find in this story and I just loved it. The underlying theme was really about forgiveness and I thought this author did a wonderful job in seeing that through. We all can relate to that subject. If you enjoy a good historical then I would definitely recommend Bandit's Hope. It's book 2 in the Backwoods Brides Series. A thank you goes to Barbour Publishing through Netgalley for this complimentary copy for my review.
    Paperback: 320 pages
    Publisher: Barbour Books (October 1, 2011)
    ISBN-10: 1602609497
    ISBN-13: 978-1602609495

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

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    Enjoyed every minute of it!

    Mariah, new owner of Bells Inn is in search of a husband but others believe they hold her choice. Reddick (Tiller) McRae has other things in mind than being with his ruthless gang members. Tired of running, Tiller is caught in a storm landing him on the doorstep of Bells Inn. He is quickly made welcome by the Inns workers and for Tiller bidding time seems the best solution yet. A search operation turns up more than is expected.
    The second in a series, of which I have read the first, has as much charm and personality, but can easily be a stand alone novel as well. With the introduction of new characters, Otis and Miss Vee, for example, added to the storyline, I was really drawn to them, along with my old favorites made this quite an enjoyable and fulfilling read! I always expect to have a great time when I read one of Mrs. Gruver's novels and this one did not disappoint. Excellent character development and dialogue the novel flowed well and I connected with the characters right away. The book held my interest and did not have any dull parts. Excellent! I would definately recommend this book to others. Thanks so much to Barbour Publishing for my ARC Copy!

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