Walker's Wedding

Walker's Wedding

by Lori Copeland

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Bestselling author Lori Copeland (Outlaw’s Bride and A Kiss for Cade) weaves together elements of another classic Western romance with themes of redemption, forgiveness, and second chances.

Abandoned by his fiancée hours before their wedding, Walker McKay is determined to never let a woman near his heart again, but he needs an heir to inherit his ranch after he is gone. Courting someone new is out of the question, so he’ll have to find a wife another way.

Wealthy heiress Sara Livingston wants to be married, but her suitors are deemed unsuitable by her unreasonable father. When the opportunity to fill the bill for a mail-order bride comes her way, she grabs onto it with both hands.

Will Sara’s deception and Walker’s wounded heart keep them from finding what they are looking for? Or are they truly meant for one another?

Formerly titled Marrying Walker McKay, rewritten for the inspirational market.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736939850
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: The Western Sky Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 355,940
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 100 titles, including A Kiss for Cade and Under the Summer Sky. Her beloved novel Stranded in Paradise is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. Her stories have developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance.

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Walker's Wedding (Western Sky Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Lori Copeland's book Walker's Wedding and thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover. It is a great mixture of romance and comedy and has a message that so many people need to hear about finding love and trusting in God. Sarah Livingston is a character that I think any young woman can connect with, as we all grew up dreaming of being married and starting a family of our own. Once again, Lori Copeland has outdone herself with this heart-warming story of learning to love and trust.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Circa 1870,Walker McKay owned and lived on his large spread outside of Spring Grass, Wyoming. He'd spent two years trying to convince himself he loved Trudy Richards and they were to be wed. In a last-minute decision, Trudy left town on horseback to follow after a man who sold bowler hats. Walker was left to look like a fool and made a vow to never let a woman get close to his heart again. Sarah Livingston was an only child of a wealthy railroad owner, Lowell Livingston, who was widowed. Mr. Livingston was left alone to raise Sarah along with her black nanny, Wadsy, and servant, Abe. She desperately wanted to get married and have a family of her own. Abe had just caught Sarah before boarding a riverboat with a young man to get married and brought her home. Her father was exasperated with her shenanigans, so he was going to send her off to Uncle Brice's once again, and she subsequently ran away with the help of Abe, wearing his grandson's clothes. On the train to New York, Sarah was able to take the place of a mail-order bride going out West. When Sarah met Walker, she deceived him as to who she really was, and Walker was still embittered over Trudy. He needed an heir, so they married. Lori covers the early days of Sarah and Walker's marriage in such a true-to-life manner for the days of mail-order brides-brides of convenience. There's always a transitional time during a normal marriage, but Lori catches the difficulties amidst the unusual circumstances and the emotions between stranger newlyweds with delicacy and intrigue, especially since Walker didn't trust women. Period. It was comical to see the disasters of a pampered young lady learning how to cook for her husband. But it was difficult to watch the anger and bitterness when Sarah's deception was found out. Walker's rage and self-pity are portrayed so vividly. Lori was really into her characters' emotions and behaviours. The spiritual aspects that jumped out to me were Sarah's lies and deception; Walker's angry vow towards women, along with his deep bitterness; and the lack of prayer together since both characters came from Christian upbringings. Will Sarah and Walker allow God to bring forgiveness into their lives and reconcile their issues? Many lessons can be learned from this book. This book was provided by Barbara of Harvest House Publishers for my honest review. If you love historical reads with spiritual impact, pick up Lori's book.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. While reading I tried to imagine the parts that were originally written for the secular market, and I'm guessing the wedding night was elaborated on much more in that version of this story. At any rate, the entire novel captivated me, but without being too edgy. You got the idea about their marital bliss at first based on implied statements. Nothing was overt, but it was fabulously communicated so you still caught the emotional image of their experience. I really liked the hero and the heroine in this novel. Yeah, the hero had his anger directed at her for not telling him the truth at first, which is a fairly typical plot line, but it worked in this case. I was starting to get as upset with Walker as Sarah had been. I felt more of a sense of betrayal towards her (coming from him) than the other way around. I really hurt for her. I also keenly sensed her moral dilemma. She really was in a lose-lose situation. The secondary characters really made this story shine, too. And that friend of his, Caleb, was a real wienie. I just didn't like the man, but I do have to say his reaction when he was busted was a bit surprising. I truly didn't see that coming. He seemed more evil than that, but then again, his reason for being a dirty crook supported the fact that he didn't want to hurt his best friend, he just needed the money. I read this book almost straight through and found the setting and plot very easy to get caught up in. The writing was stellar and the emotional investment was a joy to experience. And those romantic scenes with tasteful, but at the same time smoking hot because of the marital tension and sexual attraction between them. I loved Sarah's overeager desire to please and her ability to make Walker feel like a real man. It shows just how far mutual love and respect will take you in marriage. I would not hesitate to recommend this novel who enjoy category romance and historicals where the guy gets the gal, loves the gal, loses the gal, and end in a happily ever after. That formula was perfected in this novel and the results were delicious.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great story and I'll bet the original one was pretty hot. I really enjoyed the romantic tension in the story and though it had a fairly typical plot, it unraveled in unique and interesting ways. It was hard to put down and I read it quickly.
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A teenagers book
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Boring, slow, and unrealistic
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Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Sarah Livingston wants nothing more than to marry, take care of her husband and have children. No one seems to understand her urgent need for these things. When she happens upon the chance to switch places with an unhappy mail-order bride, she seizes the opportunity. All she knows of Walker McKay is that he was recently injured and wants a wife only so he can produce an heir. Sarah is okay with that. Without too much thought of the future, Sarah travels to Wyoming where she marries Walker McKay and enthusiastically embraces her new life at Spring Grass. Unfortunately, she might not have told the full truth to Walker McKay before she married him. He already distrusts women and when her deception is made known, the future suddenly becomes much more unsure. Will the combination of present and past wounds keep Walker and Sarah apart forever? I think I smiled from the first chapter of Walker's Wedding to the last. Lori Copeland uses the dialogue and actions of her characters to create humor that amuses the reader and enhances the situations of the characters. I laughed out loud when I read S.H.'s statement in the fifth paragraph of the book. "Yer pa would sit up in his grave and spit if he knew how you were avoiding the altar." I've heard of people rolling over in their graves, but never sitting up and spitting. That's just an example of some of the amusing dialogue that Copeland uses masterfully. I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romances.
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gincam More than 1 year ago
"Walker's Wedding", by Lori Copeland, is a delightful, well-paced Western Romance that will keep you smiling. A "Mail Order Bride" story with more than a few twists and turns, "Walker's Wedding" is funny, sweet, surprising and most of all, a wonderful reminder that the Lord has a plan for all of us. We just need to keep an open mind and a loving heart available when the right person steps into our life. What we wish for is not always what comes our way, but sometimes what we are lucky enough to receive is even more than what we dreamed. Highly recommended. This was my first book by Ms. Copeland, and it won't be my last. After reading "Walker's Wedding", I immediately checked out the backlist from this very talented author!
laylei More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Lori Copeland, but this is probably my favorite book of hers. I could hardly put it down. I highly recommend it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1870 Boston, railroad heiress Sarah Livingston is a twenty-fives year old and unmarried. She believes she will remain a spinster as her father rejects all males who court her as he assumes each one is after her fortune. At the same time that Sarah frets she will never be married, in the Wyoming Territory Walker McKay has given up on having a wife since he was jilted at the altar. Still he sends for a mail order bride. When Sarah sees an opportunity to take the place of a mail order bride, she leaps into the role. Sarah arrives by train in Wyoming where she finds her fiancé Walker hosting a barbecue. Walker informs the preacher, who had no idea this was a wedding party or did the other guests, to marry him and Sarah. As they fall in love, she fears how he will react to her deception as she feels just like Trudy who dumped Walker. This is an amusing lighthearted western romance with a powerful message of the importance of trust in relationships between people and with God. The tale contains two likable lead characters and a strong support cast. The story line is fast-paced but it is the relationship between the distrusting groom and the desperate bride who make this Americana so much fun. As with Outlaw's Bride and A Kiss for Cade, Walker's Wedding is an enjoyable nineteenth century romance. Harriet Klausner
Linda_Weaver_Clarke More than 1 year ago
Walker's Wedding is a refreshing and adorable romance with plenty of humor. The story begins with Sarah who, at the age of 25, is considered an old maid. Every man that comes courting... her wealthy father doesn't approve of or they are fortune hunters. At this rate she'll never find a husband. Sarah wants to marry and have children. She is also desperate to get away from her controlling father and have a life of her own. She wants to love and be loved and would do anything, even be a mail-order bride. Without her father's knowledge, she heads for Wyoming on the train to meet her husband-to-be. Walker McKay isn't sure what to expect when he meets the beautiful red headed Sarah Livingston. He had been abandoned at the altar once before and was humiliated. Not wanting to be jilted a second time and disgraced, Walker McKay plans a barbeque, just in case his new fiancée might skip out. This way, if she doesn't show up, then no one knows he's been jilted again. Sarah is surprised when she walks down the steps in her wedding gown and finds the room full of guests having a barbeque. When she turns to Walker with a puzzled look, he just smiles. He did not forget to invite the preacher who doesn't even know he is about to perform a wedding. "Got your bible with you?" Walker asks the preacher. Who ever heard of a Barbeque Wedding? Most romances are about a couple who meets, he courts her, and they fall in love... but this story takes a different direction all together. It's about a couple who marries, he courts her, and then they fall in love. The humor is delightful throughout the book, with one twist after another. When Walker finds out that she isn't who she says she is, he flies off the handle and isn't sure what to do. Author Lori Copeland has written an adorable novel about romance after the wedding. I highly recommend this book. It's fun! Review written by Linda Weaver Clarke, author of Melinda and the Wild West, a Semi-finalist for the "Reviewers Choice Award."
wufferhund More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading "Walker's Wedding" by Lori Copeland. To say that I couldn't put the book down, sounds trite, but that's exactly what happened! The story was captivating, to say the least. I read the book in one night because I had to see what happened next! The plot was intriguing, the characters believable. Lori Copeland tells the story with hope, love, and humor intertwined. (Drunken chickens come to mind)! As with all of Lori's books, there is a Christian moral under the romantic exterior. By the end of the book, you will know that you need to rely on God, not yourself. This is a poignant reminder to put Christ first in your life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another great Lori Copeland read! Sara is so refreshing. Walker is such a man! It was written so well I could picture it all and I felt like I was a bystander watching it all in person. I didn't want to put it down.