by Cynthia Woolf

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Bella Devereaux dreamed of being a restaurateur, not a thief. But life had other plans. Forced to compromise her principles to survive, Bella always gives half of her ill-gotten gains to the French émigrés in New Orleans and saves the other half to fulfill her lifelong goal of opening her own French café. A priceless cache of jewels was supposed to be her last job, but the police are on to her, and so is another criminal—Jack Pasquin. He's more than a thief, he's a murderer, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to force Bella's hand—including kill her. Taking the jewels and fleeing to Oregon City as a mail-order bride seems to be her only hope.

Marshal Robert McCauley never forgave himself for being on the job when his first wife passed away. Guilt has kept him from falling in love again, but a mail-order bride seems to be the perfect answer. When Bella arrives, not only is she beautiful and intelligent, but her mysterious ways intrigue him more than he cares to admit. Neither of them wants to admit they have fallen in love, but when Bella's past catches up to them, Robert will have to choose—once more—between the woman he loves and the duty he serves.

Can Bella save the husband she'd fallen in love with? Or will she become a widow before she becomes a real wife?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161429402
Publisher: Firehouse Publishing
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Brides of the Oregon Trail , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 99,509
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Cynthia Woolf is the award-winning and best-selling author of forty historical western romance books and two short stories with more books on the way. She has also published six sci-fi, space opera romances, which she calls westerns in space. Along with these books she has also published four boxed sets of her books.

Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia's father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her great critique partners for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.



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Bella 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Quirky and entertaining. Best one of the series
ThreesmomDC 26 days ago
Bella is a thief who becomes a wife by proxy to a man in Oregon in order to evade the police in New Orleans and have a place to lay low until she can continue on to San Francisco. Robert is marshal in the town of Oregon City and Bella's husband by proxy. Upon meeting, both are surprised by the attraction that develops between them, but Robert swears that he can never love Bella and Bella really wants to open a restaurant in San Francisco. Once most of Bella's grubstake is stolen, she resigns herself to staying in Oregon City and gives into her growing feelings for Robert. When two policemen from New Orleans show up to find the thief, Bella must come clean to Robert and confide in him the fact that part of her stash was stolen by the man who tried to break in to their home shortly after her arrival. Robert and Bella must then help the police arrest the man while keeping Bella out of it only things do not turn out that cleanly. I encourage you to read the book and find out if Robert and Bella can find their HEA and also if justice is served to those who deserve it. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
hmorar 3 months ago
Another great story by Cynthia Wolfe. This has it all a Robin Hood thief, instant attraction between proxy marriage couple., Bad guys injuries and a girl with a dream. I really liked this addition to this series. I received a free advance review copy of this book and am voluntarily providing my honest review
ruthmarie94 3 months ago
Let me start by saying I really wanted to hit Bella upside the head. This is a good book and I did enjoy it, but Bella just drove me crazy. I know trust is earned but sometimes you just need to have some in someone. Bella Devereaux was a thief before she became a mail order bride. But before she was a thief, she had a dream of opening a restaurant. See her parents had died and she did what she needed to in order to survive. She didn’t keep everything she stole either. She pasted it on to others in need also. When she did her last job, she was going to lay low and let the police forget about her and then start over. Now she just needed a place to lay low. So, she signed up to be a mail order bride and moved from New Orleans to Oregon. Not knowing she was being followed by Jack Pasquin a very evil man. Jack wanted her stash. Marshal Robert McCauley has decided that a mail order bride is the way to fins a wife seeing as he doesn’t have to do much to get one. Then Bella arrives and now he is sure this is what he wanted. He doesn’t have to lose Bella, but she is keeping him at arm’s length. He also thinks she is hiding something from him (yes, she is). He is hoping in time she will trust him and open up to him about her secret. Now that trouble has found Bella and she knows it is for her, she needs to choose to keep her secret or tell her husband Robert about it. As the time passes, they do fall in love, but they both are scared to tell the other. When everything comes to light both Robert and Bella must make chooses. Will Robert choose his duty? Will Bella Choose her restaurant? Will they choose each other? Might someone die? * I received a free advance review copy of this book and am voluntarily providing my honest review.
JuliaAD 3 months ago
The thief marries the marshal. After almost getting caught, Bella decides it is time to retire from being a theif. She wants to open a restaurant in San Francisco, but she is poor and the only way for her to get the money to do that is to steal from the rich. She also gives part of the money to other poor families. She marries a man by proxy before leaving for Oregon, where she will lay low until she can get to San Francisco. What she didn't expect was Robert and he didn't expect to be so attracted to Bella either. He has sworn he would never love again, but Bella makes him have doubts about that. When a man follows Bella to Oregon, Robert has to protect her. Will he keep her or let her go on to San Francisco?