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Mar 26, 2012

Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble

Blue Moon Promise  (Under Texas Stars #1) by Colleen Coble
Thomas Nelson, February 14, 2012
Historical Christian Fiction
Paperback 320 pages
E-galley provided by the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Burton Book Review Rating: 3.5 Texas Stars
Lucy Marsh has lost everything but her determination to provide for her brother and sister. When she realizes her father's death was no accident, she decides to accept a proxy marriage in order to get her siblings out of harm's way. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, and nothing there is as she expected.
After seeing Blue Moon Promise reviews elsewhere, I was thrilled to be able to snag this as my first ebook via NetGalley from Thomas Nelson publishers. It is a quick read at 320 pages, and the overall story is told well. At first, you are quickly and somewhat uncomfortably crash landing into the story as young Lucy Marsh finds herself penniless with two siblings to care for, but we are then swiftly carried off into her world as she travels to Texas to meet her new husband Nate.
With a few convenient twists, we find there is a family feud betwixt Nate's and Lucy's extended families, but luckily they each have the power of prayer and intelligence to see them through the tough times. This is a love story as well as offering mystery, fear and the fortitude to trust in oneself and loved ones.

The characters of Lucy and Nate are easily likable, and they fit well together along with Lucy's siblings Jed and Eileen. Their family unit has the power of love and respect to hold them together, yet the forces of old family squabbles threaten the peace of the new family. Colleen Coble is a gifted storyteller- I couldn't put this one down.  Although I would have loved a little more dimension to the characters, it was the interesting historical setting of ranching life in the year 1877 with the element of suspense which kept the story fresh. This is a clean historical romance which wholeheartedly embraces faith in God, and I look forward to perusing Colleen Coble's massive backlist as well as anticipating the next installment of the Under Texas Stars series.