Reviewed by Vickie McDonough
Texas Brides by Cathy Marie Hake
"...takes readers to a time and place you don't often read about in Christian fiction...Czarist Russia."
TEXAS BRIDES is a delightful collection of three historical novellas about a trio of brothers who move from Scotland to Texas.
TO LOVE MERCY
On the very day the Gregor brothers arrive at their new home, Robert, a doctor, comes to the aid of a young woman who has suffered a horrible tragedy. As Mercy’s fiancé and friends abandon her, Robert tries to be her friend and help her through the rough time. But Mercy is skittish and doesn’t trust men. Can God heal her wounds, both inside and out, and let her see that he has something special planned for her life? Will Robert be able to maintain his professionalism when his heart falls fast for Mercy?
TO WALK HUMBLY
With his cobbler shop across the road from Carmen’s house, Duncan can’t help noticing how much his lovely neighbor helps the townsfolk. She’s always cooking for someone or caring for their children. He also notices how Carmen’s crippled leg pains her and tries to get her to slow down, but she only works harder. Carmen is certain Duncan has feelings for the young woman staying at her home. Carmen shoves aside her own attraction to him for the sake of her friend. Will no man ever look at her with love in his eyes because she’s less than perfect?
TO DO JUSTICE
After Chris Gregor’s good friend dies at the hands of outlaws, Chris joins the Texas Rangers. He’s determined capture the Whelan gang and see justice done. When his path crosses with a woman being battered by her employer, he can’t help protecting her, but he never expected to be saddled with her. Now he’s dodging outlaws and trying to get Wren safely back to his family’s home. Chris is the first man Wren has ever found honorable and trustworthy. But what will he say once he discovers her dreadful secret?
TEXAS BRIDES is a delightful mix of humor and drama. Cathy Marie Hake deftly takes three novellas, each focusing on a different Gregor brother and a different storyline, and blends them into one on-going tale of a family of Scottish immigrants settling in Texas. Readers see America through the eyes of these newcomers and be inspired as their staunch faith in God helps them endure troubling times in a new land. As with all Cathy Marie Hake books, readers will enjoy intriguing storylines, unique humor, true-to-life characters, and an ending that makes you smile.
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.