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Jun 28, 2012

Hunter's Prize by Marcia Gruver

Intriguing romance with scary gangstas on the side

Hunter's Prize by Marcia Gruver
Barbour Publishing July 1, 2012
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback 320 pages
Review copy from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Burton Book Review Rating: 3.5 stars

Meander down to Marshall, Texas, through the pages of Marcia Gruver’s third Backwoods Brides novel. Addie McRae accepts a job as governess to young Cedric Whitfield, but she has no idea what lies ahead—especially when a string of attempted robberies and a kidnapping threaten the peace of the Whitfield household. Enter Pearson Foster, a visiting treasure hunter, looking for the lost treasure of the steamer Mittie Stephens. When Addie comes to Pearson for help, can the unlikely pair get to the bottom of recent events? Is anyone safe from the uncertainty rampant in Texas?

Addie McRae crosses paths with the amazingly sexy Pearson Foster, and they strike up an uneasy friendship. Addie has led a sheltered life, and is about to enter a new world of wealth and manners being  a governess in a mansion. Her charge is the adorable little boy Ceddy, who doesn't speak a word. He flies off the handle if one of his precious rocks is out of place, but he is a lovable little boy whom everyone wants to protect.

That is, until two vicious diamond hunters trail after Ceddy after they discover his valuables. There are wild things going on at the masion and now Pearson is suspect after strange things happen whenever he is around Ceddy. The reader knows that Pearson is innocent, and Addie wants to believe it too, but it takes a life threatening moment to bring the truth out.

Meanwhile, Addie and Pearson's courtship is anything but sweet during these difficult times, and stubborn streaks threaten to destroy their chance at a happy future. The end result is sweet and satisfying, and the combination of the endearing little boy against the mean treasure seekers makes this a worthwhile read.