Texas Bride (Bitter Creek Series #9)

Texas Bride (Bitter Creek Series #9)

by Joan Johnston
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Texas Bride (Bitter Creek Series #9) by Joan Johnston

HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE.
SHE MAY BE HIS LAST CHANCE.
 
Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at Jacob Creed’s Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she’s bringing along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick she’s played on him?

Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake will never give up, but he’s in desperate trouble. His wife died six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake wrote never mentioned his daughter—or the fact that he has no intention of consummating his marriage. He’s determined never to subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn’t count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn’t count on aching with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.

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ISBN-13: 9780345527448
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Series: Bitter Creek Series , #9
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 153,601
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Joan Johnston is the bestselling, award-winning author of fifteen historical romances and nineteen contemporary romance novels. She received a master of arts degree in theater from the University of Illinois and graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. She is currently a full-time writer living in South Florida.

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Texas Bride 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Couldn't finish it. Another story where the hero can't get over the dead wife. Enough already. Ugh!
BeachBumReads More than 1 year ago
Becoming a mail-order bride was the only option left for Miranda Wentworth. The only option that was good enough to get her and her siblings out of the Chicago orphanage and out of that horrid Mrs. Birch's grasp. About to turn 18, Miranda has no other choice but to leave the orphanage, in which she and her five siblings took shelter for the past three years since the fire burned down their house and claimed the lives of both their parents. Jacob Creed, puts out a notice for a mail-order bride a year after the love of his life passed away taking with her their stillborn son. Needing a mother for his 2 year old daughter and a woman to tend to his house, Jake has no intentions of falling in love with Miranda Wentworth, or bedding her for that matter. Oh. My. Gosh. I absolutely loved this book. Joan Johnston never fails to pull on my heartstrings with her words & amazing characters. When I first heard about Texas Bride and after reading an excerpt, I automatically knew I was going to fall in love with this book. Miranda is a loving and caring woman with a heart of gold but she lacks experience in the love making area, but nevertheless has no problem stirring up emotions and a need so fierce within Jacob. Jacob Creed, with a heart that is still on the mend, has it set in his mind that the woman he took on as a mail-order bride is going to be nothing more then a mother to his growing daughter. Marriage in name, but not in the heart. Sad right? Yeah, that's what I thought, until I started reading ^_^ With each turning page, I was getting more & more engrossed in the book. This book made me laugh, cry and angry. *sigh* I was just an emotional roller-coaster. What I liked about this book, was Miranda's background. Having taken over as parental figure for her younger siblings at the age of 15 is tough. Imagine that, caring and enduring the pain of 5 younger siblings, knowing that you could only do so much about it. And then making the tough decision to marry a man you've never met to try and carve out a better life for your family. Yeah, this definitely got me. Miranda is strong willed & doesn't give up without a fight. Great character and an equal match for the stubborn Jacob Creed. What I didn't like was that Jake was still so heartbroken over his late wife & his stillborn son & took a while to love Miranda... and I mean LOVE her & love her good! With doubts running through his head about possibly impregnating her practically drove me mad. I just wanted to throw the book at him & scream "She isn't your late wife!" with a few obscenities following, but Miranda took care of that for me... minus the obscenities of course. I would definitely recommend this book. If you love western romances then I suggest you pick this book up! Haaawt & sizzling cowboys are definitely my kind of R & R. This book is the first in the series and I cannot wait to read the next book where we catch up with one of Miranda's sisters.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Really Good...................................................................................................................................................... Though it seems the west was full of men who hesitate if not down right refuse to have sex with their wives. In this case it was the my wife died in childbirth excuse. Hmmnnn. I was raised in the Bronx we didn't have that problem. Miranda was brave and lovable and Jake honorable and caring. She eventually wears him down. Interesting secondary characters . This was my first Joan Johnston and I would try her books again.
rbmerlot More than 1 year ago
I was not disappointed in this book! It has adventure, good story line, as one reviewer said, I did not want to stop reading. It was hard to find a stopping point, because I wanted to see what happened next. Joan Johnston certainly knows how to tell a story and make you feel like you are there, without being too wordy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read it in less than a day; so good I did not want to put it down. I am looking foward to more of her mail ordered bride series. This is one of my favorite of the Bitter Creek series.
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Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact that Miranda Wentworth lost her parents in the Chicago fire, she has kept her and her five younger siblings safe in the nasty orphanage. Now that she is about to turn 18, she is being kicked out and risks losing her siblings. Her younger sister provides hope, when she tells Miranda that she responded to a mail-order bride ad in the newspaper. Desperate to keep her family together, she sneaks her youngest siblings out of the orphanage to start their new life. Little does she know, Jake Creed has a few surprises of his own, including a young daughter who is in need of a mother.  Joan Johnston gives readers a well-balanced story with this first book in her Mail-Order Bride Series. Readers will appreciate the inner struggles the main characters deal with, while trying to manage the turmoil of the Texas weather.  Though Jake is a cowboy and his ranch is in need of repair, the story focuses on the turmoil of forgiving and accepting the past, in order to open up for future blessings. The ending gives readers closure between Jake and Miranda, while piquing the interest for the rest of Miranda’s family.  Notes: This review was written for My Sister's Books. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story
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In this book, sex is king in manipulation. In the primary characters, Jacob withholds sex because of fear. Then he engages in sex because of anger and resignation. Miranda is just insipid. The secondary characters aren't much better. Blackthorne is fears his wife will manipulate him after sex when he is at his most vulnerable, so he withholds it. Lack of trust sounds like a great basis for love. Cricket uses sex as a tool to engage her husband into giving in to her desires. PRetty disgusting all around. The only reason I didn't give it one star because there were moments of romance where I forgot how annoying and disgusting the characters were. Moments where the characters seemed to be trustworthy and loving. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It was a hard life back then and this one had a good ending.
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love them very much and will get more from you
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Joan, Joan, Joan, say it isn't so. Did you really kill off/but not kill off Cricket Stewart's husband, Jarrett Creed, from "Frontier Woman" and marry/not legally marry her to a shyster like Alexander Blackthorne? And you let her have two children by this man she is not really married to when Jarrett is languishing in Australia? I was more upset by that plot that I could barely concentrate on the book itself. As for "Texas Bride", it all seemed to happen really fast. Jake Creed loves his wife, who dies in childbirth so he marries Miranda six months later and loves her too! Then the first time they make love she gets pregnant? All pretty darn fast if you ask me. I will now read "Wyoming Bride". We'll see if this shines any light on Cricket's marriage. Joan, Joan, Joan, {sigh}.
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