The Texan's Wager (Wife Lottery Series #1)

The Texan's Wager (Wife Lottery Series #1)

by Jodi Thomas
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Texan's Wager (Wife Lottery Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1883, the Roland Wagon train tosses out ailing Sarah Andrews whose husband and daughter just died and for helping the ailing woman Bailee Moore and teenage Lacy Dillavou. Bailee takes charge leading the other two women south to Texas. Within a day of Cedar Point, vicious killer Zeb Whittaker tries to take their wagon and Lacy. The women turn the tables and think they killed Zeb. They reach Cedar Point and turn themselves into Sheriff Harmon Riley as murderers. Harmon knows no Texas jury would convict these women especially here when there is a shortage of females. He decides the best course of action is to host a ¿wife lottery¿. Surprising entrant Carter McKoy, who rarely speaks after a childhood trauma, wins the hand of Bailee. As they become acquainted they begin to fall in love especially when he risks his life to save hers and when she sees how tenderly he communicates with a frightened lonely little girl, but Zeb lives and wants vengeance on the three women. This is an exciting western romance filled with engaging characters especially a deaf five year old girl who watched her mother and others die in a deliberate train wreck. The lead couple is a delight as both, but particularly Carter, must overcome their respective demons in order to become a couple for life. Though the villainy of Zeb seems at times to overwhelm a wonderful love story fans will know they won THE TEXAN¿S WAGER by reading Jodi Thomas¿ deep historical novel. Harriet Klausner
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
It doesn't get any better then this. Three women are kicked off a wagon train. As they are searching for some type of town or civilization they come across a bad man meaning to do them serious harm. So they kill him in self defense and turn themselves into the nearest sheriff. Wrong move. They wind up being auctioned off as brides to pay their fines. Turns out the man is still alive----and pretty angry. So our fairly ladies are not only made to adjust to marrying total strangers. They're being chased by a killer. This is the first of the trilogy. Maybe the best--but hard to say as they're all so good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Jodi Thomas story and I could NOT put it down. Although I usually like faster pace books,I think the slow love line made the couple more enjoyable at the end. I can't wait for Laci's Story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keep up the work Ms. Thomas. I love reading your books. I have almost completed them all. 'Texan's Wager' is my favorite. Please hurry with the series. If it is possible, would you be able to disclose the titles of the other two books. That way I can snatch them up and read them as soon as they come out! Thanks for your time. A Devoted Reader
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big historical romance reader and I have most of Jodi Thomas' books. She writes really well and this one is one of her best. The worst part about this book is that I don't want to have to wait a whole year for the next one to come out. Please, have pity on us readers and publish the next ones in the series SOONER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After she and two companions are thrown off of a wagon train, Bailee Moore is forced to help them kill a man who threatens the three women's lives. Since they are not murderers, they confess as soon as they find a lawman to whom to confess. The sheriff is perplexed as to what to do with them, especially since the victim was scheduled to hang anyway, so he settles on offering them in the wife lottery. Carter McKoy, a man still damaged by his past, wins Bailee as his bride. It is not long before she completely disrupts his carefully ordered world, breaking down all his defenses and finding her way into his reluctant heart. Then, they invite danger into their home when they shelter a deaf mute girl who is the one survivor of a train robbery and the sole witness who can identify the killers. Their newly discovered love may die a young death if the robbers have their way. ***** Carter is a hero that presents contradictions; at once he is both naive and wise, with a strength and power that reaches across the page to captivate the reader. Bailee, as with most heroines in historical romances, is a woman ahead of her time, with guts and determination that leads her to strike out and get what she needs, rather than wait for someone to provide it for her. However, not only are the lead characters interesting, but also the background ones, from Bailee's companions to the local whores and the lawmen. Readers will eagerly await the next entry in the trilogy. ***** Reviewer: Amanda Killgore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very engaging and hard to put down. At times I wanted to strangle Carter and Bailee for not talking to each other but in this case that is the point. I am definitely going to read the next book.
TinFL More than 1 year ago
Jodi Thomas continues to deliver a wonderful story line with talent and class that will leave you waiting for her next release. A gifted story teller that has not written a sub-par release yet. Bought the whole series and will enjoy reading it and re-reading again. Her tales are original. Her characters are loveable, intriguing, entertaining players in really enjoyable reads.
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There is not one negative to this book. It has a little of everything••••It is a book that will keep you laughing too.
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jacksonsmom192 More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best western romances I've ever read! It's an incredibly sweet story. This is by far one my favorite books, I would recommend it to anyone.