The Unexpected Wife

The Unexpected Wife

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by Mary Burton
     
 

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He Could Never Love Again

Of that, Matthias Barrington was certain, despite the well-intentioned meddling of his neighbors. But now they'd sent him a special delivery in the form of the very comely Miss Abigail Smyth, who'd stepped off the stagecoach and announced that he needed a wife—and she was just the woman!

Mail-order bride

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He Could Never Love Again

Of that, Matthias Barrington was certain, despite the well-intentioned meddling of his neighbors. But now they'd sent him a special delivery in the form of the very comely Miss Abigail Smyth, who'd stepped off the stagecoach and announced that he needed a wife—and she was just the woman!

Mail-order bride Abby Smyth just wanted a place to belong—preferably at rancher Matthias Barrington's side, making a home for his motherless boys. Ever practical, she knew love wasn't necessary, really. Yet the more she learned of this decent, honorable man, the more she knew the only place she wanted was one securely in his heart!

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ISBN-13:
9781459240063
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
04/16/2012
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HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
50,052
File size:
592 KB

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The Unexpected Wife (Harlequin Historical #708) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Not the most original plot but done well. Our girl Abby is so plucky you have to root for her. And Matthias may be emotionally frozen but you know she'll thaw him out . Looking forward to what should be a surefire follow up book on the stage coach driver Holden. Highly recommended!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story! Loved it!!
KristyMcCaffrey More than 1 year ago
The story of Matthias and Abby will entertain any historical western romance lover. Matthias is trying to make a go of his ranch after his wife died and left him with two young boys. When the townspeople plot behind his back to bring a mail-order bride to him, he's understandably annoyed and refuses to marry the woman. But Abby didn't come looking for love. She wants a new life and is willing to work hard for it. And, as Matthias slowly learns, Abby is just the one to bring joy and passion back into his days and nights.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Can't wait to read sequel
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why am i not surprised tgat harriet klausner has stuck her worthless two cents worth in again, ruining another book. Banthis self righteous person already. She is the worst.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1879 Crickhollow, Montana, rancher Matthias Barrington buries his wife and unborn child. His father-in-law stays for a while to help the beleaguered Matthias raise his two young sons, but the winter has taken its toll on the older man, who will leave for his warmer home soon........................................... In San Francisco, as her younger cousin gets married, orphan Abigail Smith writes yes to Matthias¿ mail order proposal. However, her aunt and uncle reject her leaving town. Treated more like a servant, Abigail sneaks out for Montana and her new life...................................... In Montana, Abigail learns that Matthias did not correspond with her as well meaning friends did. Having no other options except crawling, she persuades him to give her the summer working with the boys at the ranch and if at the end of her trial period he still refuses to marry her she will leave. As love begins to flow between the adults and Matthias sees how nurturing Abigail is to his sons, he knows he must ask her to stay as his spouse, but also feels guilty that he is betraying the memory of his beloved first wife............................. THE UNEXPECTED WIFE is an enjoyable late nineteenth century American romance. Though Abigail¿s family especially her cousin is unappreciative, the Montana cast is a caring group. Matthias is a fabulous protagonist struggling to raise his two sons and run a ranch. The Montana mob adds understanding of his character as they prove by their actions how much they respect him and worry about his stress. Abigail is a wonderful intrepid soul who readers will cherish as she makes other cast members and readers appreciate life.............................. Harriet Klausner