Contract to Wed

Contract to Wed

by Holly Bush

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BN ID: 2940150040021
Publisher: Holly Bush
Publication date: 02/05/2015
Series: Crawford Family , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 101,882
File size: 338 KB

About the Author

Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.

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Contract to Wed 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jolene Crawford Crenshaw appears to be a very determined woman. A woman of many social graces. She, however, has experiencef many heartbreaks She lost her husband, her son and her fortune. Her husband left the bulk if his money to his illegimate daughter. He had a brief fling wiith her estranged sister Julia. Jolene's mother was terribly abusive and Jolene became hard core and was unable to love or be loved. Shortly after her husbands death she makes a Contract with Max Shelby, the brother of a friend who is enormously wealthy and lives in Texas. Max is a sweet, charming unassuming widower. He has been a widow for 11 years and has a 12 year old daughter. He had a loving marriage with his deceased wife. Jolene is very ridged but finds herself softening to Max and wanting herself to change as well. She reveals much of her pain to Max with his patience and understanding they fall in love. Their love grows from a small flame of need for both of them to a barn fire. Holly Bush is my favorite author. I have met this woman and am in mesmerize by her ability as a story teller. I have read and reread all her books. She is a classic. JM
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour and rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars. When I was a young reader I fell in love with historical romance novels and imagined myself as the heroine of every story and while my tastes have grown and changed over the years, when I need a chance of pace I find myself picking up a historical novel because it’s a genre I still love reading. Having read several books by Holly Bush, I jumped at the chance to read and review Contract to Wed, the second book in her Crawford Family Series. While it’s a book you can enjoy on its own, I personally recommend you start with Train Station Bride first. A member of Boston’s high society, Jolene Crawford Crenshaw leads a life many women would envy; a rich husband, several beautiful homes, the latest fashions and everything money can buy. All of that changes when Jolene’s husband suddenly dies and leaves most of his estate to someone other than his wife. A widow with a vastly reduced bank account, Jolene clings to her pride and secrets as she trys to figure out how she’s going to get by. And then she receives an unusual offer. An offer of marriage, sight unseen, to Max Shelby, a wealthy Texas widower, willing to pay for a wife to help him, and his daughter, enter society and help him achieve his dream of becoming a Senator. Agreeing to leave Boston, Jolene heads to Texas for what will become the biggest adventure of her life. Ms. Bush does an excellent job developing both leading characters; while I had a harder time connecting with Jolene, who was aloof and socially stuck up, I easily connected with Max and his daughter Melinda. I liked everything about their life in Texas and how they got along with the people who lived and worked on his ranch. While it was clear that both Max and Melinda needed a good “polishing” to enter society, and that Jolene was more than capable of doing that, it was also clear that Jolene needed them in order to become the best she could be. Ms.. Bush addresses Jolene’s cool and aloof manner by letting us glimpse Jolene’s past through her memories. I also liked that both Jolene and Max had both experienced grief in their lives as it gave them a common foothold to build on. The secondary characters are also well developed and I especially enjoyed getting to know Alice, Jolene’s personal maid, and the people who worked on ranch for Max. I especially liked his cook Maria and his ranch manager Zeb. The romance between Jolene and Max iis well developed, not rushed, and I enjoyed watching them get to know each other as the physical attraction between them builds. I also enjoyed getting to know Melinda, Max’s daughter, who is much younger than Jolene was first led to believe. She becomes the first person to both physically and emotionally reach Jolene. Will Jolene and Max’s contract to wed turn into the love of a lifetime? Will Jolene learn to let go of the past and embrace what the future holds? You’ll have to read Contract to Wed to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in this series to see what happens to the next Crawford bride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed recommend
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Very good story and well written..Even in the mid 1800's family dynamics were sometimes very destructive.. Jolene married and her family connections and money brought great wealth to her husband... When he committed suicide and left the bulk of their wealth to her sisters daughter (he just happened to be the childs father) she was left "poor"... To get on with her life she goes to Texas to marry a wealthy widower who needs a "fancy" wife to get elected State Senator...Max is a peach and Jolene fills the roll except in the bedroom... Lots of story in this one and I recommend it highly.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I have to say at first I didn't care to much for the character Jolene I found her stuck up along with her thinking she is better than most. Once I got into the story I found her very likable just misunderstood. We often hide our feelings under anger or difference I found I could relate to her character as I looked back over my past. I think most people in at sometime in our lives have used this type of protection. You have two people who lost the person they were married to. Jolene thought she was marrying the man of her dreams only to find out he was weak in more ways than one. Max did marry the women he loved they had a wonderful happy life until she died. Jolene lost everything and wants to start over, away from a hateful mother along with forgetting all that she has lost. Max needs a wife to help him get into the government as well as show his daughter how to be a lady. They agree to get married but both have a few things to learn. This isn't an easy road as they will find both have to deal with the past, the future before they can find a love like no other. At first this narrator didn't grab me, she made Jolene so dry and cold, she almost sounded whiny. I thought this couldn't be how the author wanted this. I am sure we have all had to admit when we are wrong this is my times. Once I got into the story I found the narrators voice and tones fit right in with what the author had in mind. I enjoyed her many different characters however a few were close to others. It didn't take anything away from the story and you did know who was talking. there was one place where the character whispered and the narrator did not I just felt if she had it would have made that part better. With that said I would have to say you could feel each emotion as the narrator takes you through the story you are never left guessing what each one feels. There are no breaks, her tones are even and rich as she hits just how these character feels. Meghan Kelly gives so much to each character but the one that stood out the most for me was Jolene how cold she was, as she became unsure, changing her mind and falling in love with her new life, the styles, her family and the people in her household. She may have started out cold but she did put others first and thinking of what is best for her new family. She gets her way but uses kind words and she turns people to her way of thinking. Ms. Kelly does this character very well as you come to love Jolene you come to like the narrator more and more. I look forward to listening to more from this narrator. The author gives you an outstanding plot of lost, more lost, pain, forgiving and learning as these characters grow. It always confuses me on how a mother can be as cruel and unkind as Jolene's mother was. Jolene loses it all as she decides to overcome her past and more or less become a mail order bride. The author reminds us what is truly important and how to deal with issues which are touchy or we would rather not talk about. Max was awesome from start to finish. I found it wasn't long before I was so into this story I didn't want to put it down. I really was not ready for this book to end. In fact I got a deal on book one in this series and bought it. I am so looking forward to listening to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really could not put this book down. Jolene learns to love, I enjoyed seeing her transfomation. In my dreams I will someday meet someone like Max, a simple man who loves his family and friends .
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Very good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actively disliked this character, as intended, at the start of this book. Especially after reading the first book of the series and her part in it. The journey she travelled in life, and as a person, was very well written. I almost did not want to read the book because of her character, but did because I knew I needed to to get the full impact of the series. I didn't think there was any way I would find anything redeeming in her character. The author did an amazing job of looking deeper and opening doors and while Jolene is still not my favorite character, I can feel for her struggles. Max was an awesome character and a perfect foil for Jolene. Good job, Holly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any author who does not care that her book is filled with typos, should not be given a good rating. One cannot read this book without stumbling over so many typos that it degrades the story. Additionally, there are only 164 pages in this book, not the 286 that are advertised in the Product Details.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Seriously............................................ Ir's 1891.  Jolene's husband has died and left  the bulk of his estate to her sister's child.  Which is kind of fair because he was the father.  He does leave her a mere seventy five thousand a year to struggle by on.  I don't know what my ancestors were earning in 1891 but I tend to think  that had someone gave them seventy five thousand dollars even once they could have sent over for half of Ireland to join them.  Anyway Jolene's not the struggling kind  so she decides to become a mail order bride.  She's not cheap but she can be had.  She demands and gets twenty million dollars.  He marries her by proxy and deposits the money in her account.   He's in Texas.  She is in  Boston.  He's never met her or her family.  Never saw a picture.  Fortunately she is beautiful.  No surprises there.  She has the personality of a rock but what do you want for 20 million.  To me this story was just nonsense.  Unlikable heroine and stupid hero