A Suitor for Jenny (Rocky Creek Romance Series #2)

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Jenny Higgins is certain falling in love and finding a husband are matters of the mind. Her heart has other plans.

After their parents died, Jenny felt responsible for seeing that her two younger sisters were well taken-care of. Tipped off by an article naming Rocky Creek the town with the highest number of eligible bachelors, Jenny rolled into this Texas town with a clear objective: find suitable husbands for her two sister and then start ...

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Overview

Jenny Higgins is certain falling in love and finding a husband are matters of the mind. Her heart has other plans.

After their parents died, Jenny felt responsible for seeing that her two younger sisters were well taken-care of. Tipped off by an article naming Rocky Creek the town with the highest number of eligible bachelors, Jenny rolled into this Texas town with a clear objective: find suitable husbands for her two sister and then start fresh somewhere far, far away.

Jenny believe that women who fall in love at first sight often wish they'd taken a second look, so she diligently begins to follow all the rules set forth in her handy manual on how to land a husband.

But while Jenny is interviewing the less-than-promising candidates, her sisters are falling in love the old-fashioned way--with men of their choosing. And the longer Jenny stays, the more her sense of control slips away. The town isn't living up to her expectations, her sisters are rebelling against her practical choices, and soon her own heart starts to betray her, as US Marshall Rhett Armstrong stirs emotions in her that weren't part of her plan.

To relinquish her control to God and calm her restless spirit, she'll need to give her foregone conclusions about marriage, love, and faith.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595548108
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Rocky Creek Romance Series , #2
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 315
  • Sales rank: 590,403
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Brownley is a New York Times best-selling author and has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. A Lady Like Sarah was a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist. Twitter: @margaretbrownly Facebook: MargaretBrownleyAuthor

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First Chapter

A Suitor for Jenny

A ROCKY CREEK ROMANCE
By Margaret Brownley

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Margaret Brownley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59554-810-8


Chapter One

A good man is like a good corset. He will always be supportive and never leave you hanging. -Miss Abigail Jenkins, 1875

Rocky Creek, Texas 1881

Old man Hank Applegate should have known trouble was brewing the moment the stagecoach thundered into town one week and two days late.

Not that anyone cared. Actually, no one but Hank so much as noticed the stagecoach, late or otherwise. He might not have noticed either, had it not been for the astounding amount of luggage tied to the roof and back of the coach. Few people of any importance or interest ever came to town on the Wells Fargo stagecoach anymore. Nowadays, most folks preferred to travel by train. And who in tarnation would travel with that much luggage?

A gust of wind followed the stage, kicking up a whirlwind as it traveled through town. Hats blew off like popping corks. Emma Hogg's skirt flapped like the sails of a storm-tossed ship. Not that Hank was interested in the old spinster's skirts or anything else about her for that matter.

The horses hitched in front of Jake's Saloon pawed the ground, and the bat-wing doors swung to and fro.

The stage came to a halt in front of the weathered two-story Grand Hotel. Its driver scrambled to the ground like a man trying to escape an angry mob.

His curiosity stoked, Hank rose from his rocking chair for a closer look, his bony legs creaking like a dried-out saddle.

Squinting beneath the brim of his leather hat, he spat a dark stream of tobacco juice over the railing of Fairbanks General Merchandise and clamped down on his jaw, letting his toothless gums rub against each other.

The door of the stage flew open, and he caught a glimpse of a dainty slipper and a slim, feminine ankle. Thinking he was seeing things, he leaned forward until the rickety railing wobbled beneath his weight. Not that he noticed. He was too busy watching a pretty miss emerge from inside the coach.

By thunder! If she wasn't a sight for sore eyes! Dressed in fancy blue garb trimmed with black lace, and a hat with feathers enough to tar a mountain, she tugged at her fitted jacket and gave her blue parasol a determined shake.

Still, he didn't suspect a thing, not a thing. Any thought that the town and its male inhabitants were in mortal danger was the furthest thing from his mind. Then two more women stepped out of the coach behind her, all dressed in kind and chattering like nervous young hens.

The blonde woman in blue appeared to be the leader of the petticoat troop, and the others referred to her as Jenny. With skirts awhirl, she ordered the driver to unhitch the luggage. Pointing here and pointing there with the tip of her parasol, she issued one command after another, never so much as stopping for air.

"Be careful with this," Jenny instructed. "Be careful with that." At one point she grabbed a bandbox from the driver and carried it to the porch of the hotel herself, muttering under her breath.

Hank could hardly take his eyes off her. That Jenny woman was something, all right. Bold, brash, and as subtle as a grizzly with a sore backside. Even the wind knew not to mess with her, the air as still as an old battlefield.

She turned to scold one of her charges, who had done nothing but gripe since disembarking. "Hush up, Mary Lou. You haven't stopped complaining since we left Haswell. How do you expect me to find you a husband when you never stop talking?"

Hank scratched his whiskered chin and inched his way down the warped wooden steps to make sure he'd heard right. Did she say husband?

The girl called Mary Lou pushed out her lips in a childish pout, blew a wisp of blonde hair away from her face, and fanned herself furiously. "You think you're going to find me a husband in this awful town?" She looked around with obvious distaste.

"Absolutely." Jenny lifted her chin, her eyes bright with determination. "By the time I'm finished with this town, both of you will have kind and loving husbands."

Hank blinked. Both? As the full implication of what the Jenny woman said took hold, his eyes nearly popped out of his head. It was no secret that from the day they were born, womenfolk devoted themselves to landing husbands. But never had he heard it stated so boldly. And when did the female population start searching for husbands in packs?

That's when it hit him like a ton of spit. Only one conclusion could be drawn from such a flagrant female presence: the town was under siege.

* * *

Jenny gave her younger sisters a warning look. She was in no mood for their complaints. She was hot and tired, and every bone in her body ached from the journey.

Traveling to Rocky Creek had been a nightmare. The stagecoach had broken down not once but twice. The driver blamed Jenny's unprecedented amount of baggage for their troubles, but she knew better. It was his reckless driving that caused the axle to break and the wheel to fall off. If only she'd used a little more tact in saying so. Maybe then they wouldn't have had to sit on the side of the road for three days waiting for another stage while he pouted.

Mary Lou heaved an unladylike sigh. "This has got to be the sorriest-looking town I've ever set eyes on."

"Watch what you say," Jenny scolded. "Any man hearing you carry on so is likely to take off in the other direction." She hiked up her skirts just above her ankles. "And Brenda, for goodness' sake. What are you eating now?"

Brenda was almost twice as wide as Jenny. "Nothing. You laced up my corset so tight I can't eat. I can't even breathe. You didn't lace up Mary Lou's corset this tight."

Mary Lou gave her head a jaunty toss. "That's because I come by my figure naturally."

"You don't have to act so superior," Brenda said, straightening her shawl and scowling at Mary Lou. "Especially since you are wearing-"

"Oh, hush up," Mary Lou said irritably.

Feeling sorry for Brenda, Jenny gave her youngest sister's cheek a loving pat. Brenda loved to eat and it showed, no matter how tightly Jenny laced her corset. Poor Brenda had been so nervous about making this trip and the prospect of landing a husband, she had practically eaten nonstop during the planning stages and now had a double chin to show for it.

"Stand proud, my dear sister. You are blessed with a loving, generous nature and a sweet disposition," Jenny said.

"What good is that?" Brenda patted the dark sausage curls that bounced beneath her hat. "Men don't care a fiddle about dispositions."

"Oh, they'll care. I'll make sure that they do," Jenny said with a determined nod. She'd planned this trip with meticulous care, leaving nothing to chance. If necessary, she would use every last penny from the sale of the family farm to procure husbands for her sisters and secure their futures. Nothing or no one would be allowed to stand in her way.

"Maybe you'll find a husband too," Brenda said softly.

Mary Lou shook her head. "Jenny's too independent to get married. Even Father said so. Besides, she's too old."

"She's only twenty-two," Brenda argued. "That's only old if you're a cow."

"I don't need a husband," Jenny said, giving her sisters a stern look. "I'm perfectly capable of taking care of myself. Now, come along. We have work to do before I can start interviewing the men of this town."

Satisfied that the last of the luggage had been hauled down from the stagecoach, she handed the harried driver a coin, though the fool man didn't deserve a pittance. Her parasol tucked beneath her arm, she clapped her hands twice. With quick, efficient steps, she herded the two younger women toward the double doors of the hotel, issuing orders all the way.

"Stand up tall. Head high. Take little steps. And whatever you do, act like ladies ..."

* * *

At first, Marshal Rhett Armstrong couldn't make heads or tails out of Hank's ranting and ravings. The marshal lifted his booted feet from his desk and sat forward.

Had he heard right? Did Hank say something about the town being under siege?

"I'm a-tellin' ya, Marshal, we got ourselves a peck o' trouble."

Hank looked so distressed Rhett jumped up from his desk and tore open the door of his office. Stepping outside, he glanced up and down the narrow dirt road running through town. It was midday with not a soul in sight.

He slammed the door shut. "What are you carrying on about? No one's out there."

"That's because they're at the hotel."

"That makes sense," Rhett said, trying to tease the old man out of his ramblings. He took his place behind the desk again. "Strangers generally like to take a bath and rest before attacking a town."

"You're right." Hank made a face and grunted in disgust. "I wouldn't put it past them to get all gussied up before they confront us. I'm a-tellin' you, Marshal, not a man alive can defend hisself from the likes of that Jenny woman."

That got Rhett's attention. "Did you say woman?"

"That's what I'm tryin' to tell ya. We've been taken over by three womenfolk. The colonel's name is Jenny."

"Colonel?" Rhett studied Hank. As far as he could tell, Hank hadn't been drinking, at least not any more than usual. "Let me get this straight. Three women want to take over this town?" The idea was so absurd it was all he could do to keep from laughing.

Hank, however, remained serious. "Now you're ropin' the calf."

Rhett rubbed his chin. "Why would these women want to do such a thing?"

Hank's eyebrows disappeared beneath the brim of his hat. "'Cuz they want to catch themselves husbands, that's why. Heard it with me own two ears."

Rhett sat back in disbelief. "They came here to hunt for husbands?" Any woman aiming to find eligible men in Rocky Creek was either desperate or ill-advised.

"I'm a-tellin' you, Marshal, it was that crazy war. Nothing ain't ever been the same since. When that Lincoln fellow freed the slaves, he opened up a whole can of worms. Now womenfolk think they got rights too. And I'll tell you somethin' else ..."

Rhett stifled a groan. Once the old man got on his soapbox, there was no stopping him. The War Between the States had been over for a good many years, but folks still blamed everything that happened, good, bad, and otherwise, on the war. It was the bane of Rhett's existence. If people would stop talking about the war, maybe he could stop thinking about it-thinking about what happened there.

"I'm telling you trouble's a-brewin'," Hank continued. He studied Rhett with obvious misgivings. "So what are you aimin' to do about it?"

Rhett twiddled his thumbs. "It's not against the law for women to look for husbands. If it were, I'd be obliged to put Miss Emma Hogg in jail." It was common knowledge that the spinster's marital lasso was aimed straight at Redd Reeder, owner of the Rocky Creek Café and Chinese Laundry.

"If you ask me, that's where the fool woman belongs." Hank gave an emphatic nod. "It's your duty to protect the citizens of this here town from sneaky, connivin' scoundrels." He stabbed the desk with a tobacco-stained finger for emphasis. "And I'm a-tellin' you, that Jenny woman is 'bout as connivin' as they come."

"All right, if it'll make you feel any better, I'll keep an eye on things." Rhett rose and walked around his desk, hoping Hank would take the hint and leave. "If they cause any trouble, they'll have to deal with me."

Hank looked him over from head to toe, doubt written on his weathered face. "I ain't got nothin' ag'inst you personally, Marshal. I know you can outdraw, outride, and outsmart practically every man in Texas. I also know you've captured your fair share of crim'nals since you took over for that Briggs fellow. But this is different. This woman's out to find husbands. I'm a-tellin' ya, them's the worst kind."

Rhett reached for the doorknob and swung the door open. "I appreciate your concern, Hank, but I've never met a woman I couldn't handle."

Hank made a face. "That's 'cuz you ain't never met the likes of Colonel Jenny. We're in for trouble, Marshal, and you better be ready." Without another word, Hank left the office and Rhett closed the door after him.

Rhett sat down at his desk and chuckled. Imagine thinking the town was under siege by three women. What a ridiculous notion. Nothing of the kind was going to happen on his watch. Since taking over as marshal a year earlier, he had single-handedly turned Rocky Creek into a law-abiding town. Any outlaw who was fool enough to show his face soon saw the error of his ways.

Rhett liked to think of himself as tough but fair. A straight-shooting man who questioned God's will but never His existence.

People respected him. Outlaws feared him. Nobody ever got close to him. He didn't let them get close.

He had every reason to believe he could handle whatever came his way.

Even a bunch of husband-hunting petticoats.

Chapter Two

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but never underestimate the power of a generous dowry. -Miss Abigail Jenkins, 1875

Jenny marched from building to building. She stopped only long enough to hammer a hand-printed billboard onto a door, wooden post, or siding with the heel of a high-button shoe before moving on. The notice read:

WANTED: HUSBANDS ONLY MEN WITH GOOD CHARACTER NEED APPLY INTERESTED PARTIES ARE TO MEET AT THE GRAND HOTEL 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FINANCIAL SECURITY

The pounding of heel upon nail brought men running out of saloons. Others hurried from across the street to read the notices, their curiosity stoked by Jenny's presence. Those unable to read insisted the announcements be read aloud.

For the most part, Jenny ignored the townsfolk-mostly men-milling around in the late afternoon except for a polite greeting and nod. Most showed little regard for good manners. Some didn't even know enough to lift a hat when greeting a woman. One man actually splattered a stream of tobacco juice in her path, forcing her to lift her skirt and walk around it. Another stood scratching himself like a flea-ridden dog.

What few women she passed looked down their noses with obvious disapproval after reading the notices, then hurried away.

It wasn't just the uncouth citizens that worried her. The town was in a shocking state of decay and disrepair. Never had she seen a more sorrowful hotel. Grand indeed! The room Jenny shared with her sisters was sparsely furnished with only a lumpy bed, a desk, a small bureau, and a washstand. There was no place to hang their clothes, and she had to pay double to get clean linens.

She wasn't certain the town had a school or library, and it had only one eating establishment. The Rocky Creek Café and Chinese Laundry stood between two saloons like a slim book flanked by two oversized tomes.

Even the church on the hill tilted to one side as if looking for a place to fall.

The town certainly was not what she had expected. It wasn't by chance that she traveled to Rocky Creek. An article in the Lone Star Tribune stated that Rocky Creek had the highest number of rich bachelors per capita than any other place in Texas due to the recent cattle boom. Not that money was everything, of course, but an honorable man was an honorable man regardless of his bank account. For that reason, she saw nothing wrong in limiting the field to men with substantial financial means.

If what the newspaper said was true-and she was beginning to have serious doubts about the legitimacy of the claim-they were also the least civil-minded men imaginable. Not one penny had gone to improve the condition of the town.

Eager to finish hanging the remainder of her handbills and return to the hotel before dark, she hastened her step, but the feeling she'd made a terrible mistake in coming to Rocky Creek continued to haunt her for the rest of the night.

* * *

The following morning, Jenny rushed around the hotel room in a whirlwind. "Do hurry," she called, her voice thick with impatience. Her sisters' futures were at stake; this was not the time to dawdle.

She spent the better part of the morning supervising their toilettes, leaving nothing, not so much as the smallest detail, to chance. Every shiny hair on their pretty heads was perfectly coiffed, every fold of their dresses meticulously arranged, every piece of jewelry artfully chosen.

Already potential suitors lined up in front of the hotel in response to the handwritten notices Jenny had plastered around town the day before. Their rough, sometimes querulous voices drifted through the open window.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Giggles for sure

    By the time I hit page 3, I knew this was going to be one of those books that I was going to be giggling my way through. If that first line doesn't do it for you up above, just reading the description by one of the townsfolk as the stagecoach pulled into town and the three ladies stepped out should seal the deal for you if you are into historical romance fiction. The Compleat and Authorative Manual For Attracting and Procuring a Husband contributes some hilarious quotes for the book, and sets up each of the chapters. I actually had a hard time putting down the book to do chores, and read through it in under 24 hours. It was a fun, light read, and as it is a Christian based romance, it's safe from the R-rated play by plays if you know what I mean. ;) The characters do rely on their faith in God, and while it's not as strongly shown as other Christian romance novels can be, it's still prevalent in how the characters react. I definitely look forward to the next book in the Rocky Creek Romance series! Note that I did receive a copy of this book thanks to the publisher.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    Good story, easy read!

    Rocky Creek Texas is under siege, at least that is what old man Hank Applegate has decided. The stage rolled into town a week and two days late, with three women on it. Not just any women, but the Higgins sisters. And the Colonel, as Hank likes to call the oldest sister Jenny, is on the hunt for a man. Two men actually, she has come to Rocky Creek with the intentions of finding her two younger sisters, suitable husbands.

    Needless to say Jenny's crusade, causes a stir in the little Texas town in 1881. The women of the town disapprove, the men of the town are all for it, until they are passed over and rejected as suitable suitors for Jenny. And the poor sheriff of the town is just trying to keep the peace, and his heart!

    A fast paced story that will have you giggling as you read the antics of Jenny and her husband hunting ways. You will not want to miss this story. Margaret Brownley tells us a wonderful story, that also is filled with sorrow as you learn of the things the Higgins sisters faced after the death of their parents. A story of rebuilding faith, and learning to trust God for the future, A Suitor for Jenny should top the list of any reader who loves historical romances. 309 pages $14.99 US 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes by Thomas Nelson Publishers. No payment was received for this review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    A Sweet Rocky Creek Romance-a nice read!

    This is my first Margaret Brownley reading experience and this book makes me in want of another book written by her! A very sweet romance for those who loves collecting romance novels, this one is a must have :)

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Love This Sweet Story!!

    Need a light, loose-yourself-in-a-good-story kind of read? This one is for you! I actually received this book by accident and I am so glad that I did! This was a wonderfully written romance set in the west, a time when women were restrained by corsets and perfect ladylike manners. But the character of Jenny was so relatable to even the mosern day me. A past, filled with hurts, caused her to protect her heart and almost miss the beauty and freedom of an unconditional love offered by her Savior and her Cowboy. Loved this sweet story!

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    A Suitor For Jenny

    A Suitor For Jenny is the second book in the Rocky Creek Historical Romance series written by Margaret Brownley.

    This book takes place in Rocky Creek Texas, shortly after the civil war. Jenny made a promise to her dad on is deathbed that she would take care of her two younger sisters, Brenda and Mary Lou, and she thinks the best thing would be to find them husbands. So armed with The Complete Authoritative Manual for Attracting and Procuring a Husband she and her sisters set off for Rocky Creek to find two husbands, Jenny doesn't want a husband she feels that past mistakes make her unworthy of love. When the men she meets don't meet the requirements of the manual will she come to realize that she needs to let God lead her, instead of doing it on her own?

    While on her quest to meet husbands for her sisters she meets Marshal Rhett Armstrong, a man who has past issues as well, but when she starts having feelings for him, perhaps he can change her mind, and she will open herself up for true love!

    This was the first time reading anything by this author and I must say boy she can really make you laugh. while romance isn't normally my thing to read, I actually enjoyed this book. So if you enjoy historical romance and are looking for a book that might tickle your funny bone then give this one a try. I don't think you will be disappointed!

    Even though I was provided a copy of this book for review from Booksneeze it in no way influenced my opinion of this book!

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Slow Start, wish there had been more at the end

    Miss Jenny Higgins sets off to Rocky Creek to find the perfect husband for her two younger sisters. Armed with Miss Abigail Jenkin's book, The Complete and Authoritative Manual for Attracting and Procuring a Husband, Jenny sets up interviews with the men of Rocky Creek to determine whether or not they are suitable matches for her sisters. Unbeknownced to Jenny, her sisters are falling in love with men of their choosing and there is nothing that Jenny seems to be able to do about it. After some talks with the pastor's wife, Jenny realizes that perhaps God does have a plan for all of us and that leaving it up to God is probably the better way for her sisters to find their husbands.

    A Suitor for Jenny was one of those books that I had a really hard time getting in to. I had heard that Margaret Brownley was a great author, which is why I decided to give this book a try, and I have to say, I was not completely impressed with it. It took a really long time before I was interested in what I was reading, and by the time I was interested it seemed like the book was over. There was definitely an unexpected twist at the end and I wish that the book had continued for another couple of chapters so that I could see how everything played out.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from Booksneeze to review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2010

    A Suitor for Jenny

    A suitor for Jenny by Margaret Brownley is a good book. It is set in the late 1800's and is about a family of 3 sisters that the oldest sister Jenny feels responsible for taking care of the younger 2. There was an article printed naming Rocky Creek the town with the highest number of eligible bachelors so they move there to find suitable husbands for all three of them. Jenny begins interviewing the candidates and is very disappointed while her sisters end up falling in love the old fashioned way with men that they chose with no qualifications that Jenny wanted. Jenny feels her sense of control slipping away as her sisters rebel against her and her own heart betrays her with emotions for Rhett Armstrong that weren't planned. She comes to realize she needs to leave everything in God's hands and let love and happiness lead the way. This book is a very easy good read that I found clean and humorous. It took me a while to actually get hooked and enjoy reading but once I was into the book it was good. It's a book I would recommend and is a clean book anyone in the family could enjoy.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    "A Suitor For Jenny"

    "Where men and women are concerned, there's no such thing as a perfect match," he said. "There's only a God match." pg. 68
    "The Bible says that no matter your plans, it's the Lord's plan that prevails." pg. 175

    Rocky Creek, TX, will never be the same. "Colonel" Jenny Higgins loves her sisters and promised her father she would take care of them, so she brought them to Rocky Creek to find husbands. Can manuals give the right advice in husband selection? Or should they consult God and His plans for their lives? And, what would happen to all of Jenny's plans if her sisters followed their own hearts and strayed from her carefully laid path? Jenny is also alone, but feels certain she can take care of herself and doesn't need a husband. Until Rhett steps into her path. Will love find a way, or will the past haunt both of them? "Guilt was more isolating than prison bars, self-punishment the worst possible kind." pg. 306

    I was privileged to receive a copy of this book through the Book Sneeze program, and totally enjoyed it. The cover was the first thing to draw me in, then the cast of colorful characters and scenes carried me along to the end. I was cheering for all of them, wondering how each bit of the story would be worked out. I had never read anything by Margaret Brownley, but am now a big fan. Her books are on my gift and recommendation lists!

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    an enjoyable inspirational frolic

    In 1881 with the deaths of their parents, Jenny Higgins takes charge of her two younger sisters Brenda and Mary Lou. Her plan is to find suitable husbands for both. Though in her early twenties, Jenny wants no mate for herself.

    When she learns Rocky Creek, Texas is filled with eligible bachelors, she and her siblings arrive looking for two spouses. Jenny puts up wanted: husband flyers throughout the town. She interrogates candidates, but finds no one who comes close to meeting her spousal criteria. Meanwhile Marshal Rhett Armstrong is attracted to Jenny and plans to be there when her plans implode, but also has mental scars from his war days. Jenny is falling in love with the law man, but stubbornly rejects her heart as Rhett fails to meet her husband measurement criteria.

    The second Rocky Creek historical romance (see A Lady Like Sarah) is an enjoyable inspirational frolic as readers will root for obstinate Jenny whose two track mind is finding two husbands and no more while her siblings seek to find their own spouses. Filled with humor and pathos, with Rhett seeking redemption knowing God forgave him but he has not forgave himself, readers will enjoy this warn inspirational Americana.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Clean-cut Romance!

    Since their parent's death, Jenny has raised her two younger sisters, Mary Lou and Brenda. She stumbles upon an article saying that Rocky Creek, Texas had the highest number of bachelors. She gets the idea of looking for husbands for her sisters in Texas.

    Jenny doesn't believe in love at first sight, and as soon as she finds the suitable husbands for her sisters, she is moving far away. Her plan soon starts to fail as her sisters' rebel against her. They start dating men on their own, some who do not know how to read or write.

    The US Marshall Rhett Armstrong catches Jenny's heart. Will she abandon her plan of leaving?

    A Suitor for Jenny is a clean-cut romance western with a touch of humor to it. I like the main character Jenny because she is strong-headed; other readers will like her to as she searches for husbands for her sisters. This is a good read.

    *I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    A Wagonload of Fun!

    Wow! Can Margaret Brownley make me laugh! A Suitor for Jenny is a charming tale, one that had me chuckling with every chapter. Jenny is a hoot, Marshal Rhett Armstrong sigh-worthy, and the other characters a bunch of, well, characters-quirky, clever, and just plain fun. In addition to being a delightful story that had me flipping pages faster than a wrangler flips a calf ready for branding, Brownley painted the setting with vivid strokes of her pen, infused the story with faith, and surprised me with unexpected depth at the end. I'd not read this author's work before, but I'm a fan now and highly recommend A Suitor for Jenny to anyone who likes to laugh and has a hankering for a good clean fun.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    A Suitor For Jenny

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an advance reading as part of their Booksneeze bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.

    Can Jenny find just the right husbands for her sisters or do they have someone else in mind? Will Jenny believe that the right suitor will want her, in spite of her past? Will Rhett be able to let the past go and feel true forgiveness? Can God convince both Rhett and Jenny that He has the best plan for everyone?

    The story revolves around Jenny, set in Texas 1888. Trouble followed Jenny wherever she goes, whether she was looking for it or not. Jenny had a one track mind in finding suitable husbands for her sisters and she's not sure Rocky Creek is the right place to look for husbands, though. Rocky Creek seems to be lacking potential males that could be made into a fine and dependable husbands.

    Trouble followed Jenny wherever she goes, whether she was looking for it or not. Jenny had a one track mind in finding suitable husbands for her sisters and she's not sure Rocky Creek is the right place to look for husbands, though. Rocky Creek seems to be lacking potential males that could be made into a fine and dependable husbands.

    I like reading A suitor For Jenny, it was an easy read with a lot of moral-in regards of God's existence, sacrifices, as well as redemption. It also teaches us to forgive ourselves the way God forgives all of our sin. Apart from that, A Suitor For Jenny also reminds you that God always have the best plan for you.

    Thumbs up for Suitor For Jenny. I give this book, 3 out of 5. :D

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    A Suitor For Jenny

    A Suitor For Jenny by Margeret Brownley. A Suitor For Jenny A is the 2nd book in Rocky Creek series. The story was set in 1888. in the cowboy town of Texas.

    The story revolves around Jenny. Trouble followed Jenny wherever she goes, whether she was looking for it or not. Jenny had a one track mind in finding suitable husbands for her sisters and she's not sure Rocky Creek is the right place to look for husbands, though. Rocky Creek seems to be lacking potential males that could be made into a fine and dependable husbands.

    Through all the trouble that Jenny finds and Rhett tries to rescue her from the troubles that she's been thrown into, and they are attracted to each other.

    But both Rhett and Jenny is suffering from a past neither has been able to forget. Rhett believes God forgives but can't forgive himself for things that happened during the war.

    Jenny on the other hand, is not sure whether God is around. After their parents died she had to do awful things just to keep her sisters alive. No man would want her now.

    Can Jenny find just the right husbands for her sisters or do they have someone else in mind? Will Jenny believe that the right suitor will want her, in spite of her past? Will Rhett be able to let the past go and feel true forgiveness? Can God convince both Rhett and Jenny that He has the best plan for everyone?

    A Suitor For Jenny is a good read, it's a story of redemption that teaches you that God's love for everyone is so great that He will never leave you to suffer more than you could endure. God is love, and God always have plans for you, and your sacrifices will be rewarded in His Kingdom.

    This story is a perfect summer romance or a good, lazy Sunday read. I would recommend this to everyone who enjoys love story as well as Christian fiction.

    I rate this book 4 out of 5.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an advance reading as part of their Booksneeze bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.

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