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Winnie Griggs offers a heartwarming twist on the marriage of convenience plot in her second novel, Something More. The hero, Texan Caleb Tanner, contracts with an east coast agency for a mail order bride to fulfil a judge's marriage requirement in an effort to adopt his orphaned nieces and nephews. The heroine, Maryland heiress Elthia Sinclare, travels to what she is led to believe is a governess position in Texas after her engagement ends badly. When the truth comes out, Elthia agrees to a platonic, temporary marriage with Caleb for the sake of the six appealing orphans. During the three months between their wedding and the judge's final decision concerning Caleb's adoption of the children, Elthia finds herself falling in love with a husband who has been so hurt in the past that he refuses to accept his growing feelings for his wife -- and risk being abandoned when she returns to her Maryland home. Winnie Griggs is a master at weaving humor and romance into an engaging story that has you turning page after page. As much as I wanted to see Caleb and Winnie reach their happy ending, I was sad to find that I had finished the book. I highly recommend Something More.
In 1892 Maryland, Elthia Sinclaire accepts a job as governess to the children of Caleb Tanner even though it means relocating to Texas. Elthia feels this is an opportunity for her to break free from her father. Caleb does not want a governess. He really needs a wife so he can adopt his six nieces and nephews before the children are scattered among various families as what happened to he and his siblings twenty years ago. However, the clock is ticking as he has three days to find a spouse. Though she has doubts about marrying Caleb, especially since they differ on the ¿contract¿, Elthia agrees to a marriage for the sake of the kids. She quickly falls in love with her children and tries to ignore her growing attraction to her husband, who reciprocates her feelings of love, an emotion neither acknowledges. Winnie Griggs¿ western romance will grab readers¿ attention from start to finish because of the warm lead couple and the six charges that bring them together. The audience will empathize with Caleb struggles with the nightmare that history is unfairly repeating itself. Elthia is very spirited, but amusingly is no housekeeper based on her futile efforts as such but her love for the Texas six makes her a perfect mom. Her hilarious battles with the hero on top of a wonderful plot enable fans to receive SOMETHING MORE from Ms. Griggs. Harriet Klausner