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Texas Bride [Read] ➪ Texas Bride By Joan Johnston – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk He May Be Her Only HopeShe May Be His Last ChanceMiranda 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 younge He May Be Her Only HopeShe May Be His Last ChanceMiranda 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.


10 thoughts on “Texas Bride

  1. Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ says:

    DNF 70 pagesI m so pissed off, I can t even fucking stand it I wish I had NEVER picked this book up and I will NEVER read anything by this author ever again When I started this story, I knew the main character, Jake, was a descendant of the Creed family, a family featured in two of Johnston s other series, the Bitter Creek series and the Lone Star Series, both of which I read over a decade ago So imagine my utter SHOCK when, as I start this book, it mentions that Jake s father Jarret neve DNF 70 pagesI m so pissed off, I can t even fucking stand it I wish I had NEVER picked this book up and I will NEVER read anything by this author ever again When I started this story, I knew the main character, Jake, was a descendant of the Creed family, a family featured in two of Johnston s other series, the Bitter Creek series and the Lone Star Series, both of which I read over a decade ago So imagine my utter SHOCK when, as I start this book, it mentions that Jake s father Jarret never came home from a war and his mother Creighton , in her grief, immediately remarried and had children with an Englishman who then fucks Jake out of his rightful inheritance Imagine my HORROR when I finally realize why those names seemed so familiar Because who were Jarret and Creighton Creed Oh, none other than the MAIN love story of Frontier Woman, a book I read and loved way back in 2001 Meaning Johnston decided to RIP apart the couple of a previous book A couple whose HEA has lived safe and happy in my mind for over 16 years I can handle a lot of shit in my books, but I won t stand for two things in my romance 1 Main love interests being killed off2 The wreckage of previous HEAs There is no need for it and, in my opinion, it ruins the point of reading romance So fuck you, Joan Johnston.I ll be returning this and the other 3 books comprising this series that I picked up posthaste


  2. Jessica& Jessica& says:

    3.5 extra baggage Stars SpoilersTexas Bride is my first book by Joan Johnston and I enjoyed it This book gave me mixed feelings as I liked a lot about it but it had some things in it that I didn t like I love mail order bride books and this one is written well The main thing I didn t like about this book was that the hero Jacob thought of his dead wife all the time He always compared his new wife to his dead wife He was insensitive to his wife Miranda and hurt her many times I did under 3.5 extra baggage Stars SpoilersTexas Bride is my first book by Joan Johnston and I enjoyed it This book gave me mixed feelings as I liked a lot about it but it had some things in it that I didn t like I love mail order bride books and this one is written well The main thing I didn t like about this book was that the hero Jacob thought of his dead wife all the time He always compared his new wife to his dead wife He was insensitive to his wife Miranda and hurt her many times I did understand were he was coming from at times but I felt he could have tried harder to make Miranda happy Once he fell in love with Miranda it was better but I still felt like there was too much of his dead wife s ghost haunting the marriage for my liking Overall a good read


  3. Jilly Jilly says:

    Well, my dearies, if this book doesn t trigger you, I don t know what will We have everything you need to be driven into a homicidal rage Abused childrenI have an idea maybe let s try NOT torturing children in books Widower who constantly compares the heroine to his dead wifeWith that haircut I d scream too Virgin super heroNOT an oxymoron Somehow, they go hand in hand.Backstories that are complicated and half explained, but must have come from a completely different series becausethis is Well, my dearies, if this book doesn t trigger you, I don t know what will We have everything you need to be driven into a homicidal rage Abused childrenI have an idea maybe let s try NOT torturing children in books Widower who constantly compares the heroine to his dead wifeWith that haircut I d scream too Virgin super heroNOT an oxymoron Somehow, they go hand in hand.Backstories that are complicated and half explained, but must have come from a completely different series becausethis is book number ONE In this case, I don t care That s freaking adorable So predictable that if you just read the blurb and think of what the story is you are 100% correct.Wait, what I didn t predict the creepy doll shudder Okay, so only a couple of those are actual triggers for most people And, there is no cheating at least But, for a book to succeed at such a level of blandness, along with touchy subjects, it is special Almost as special as our heroine, who can apparently do anything.I read this to check a box in my 2017 MacHalo Reading Challenge


  4. MG MG says:

    Miranda Wentworth is desperate She turns 18 years old in 2 days when she will be dismissed from the orphanage where she has lived for the last 3 years since The Great Fire of Chicago burned her home and her father s business to the ground Though she was able to save her youngest brother who was an infant at the time, she was unable to save her parents thus, she and her 5 siblings were sent to the orphanage where they have been treated abysmally by its proprietress Miss Iris Birch Miranda ha Miranda Wentworth is desperate She turns 18 years old in 2 days when she will be dismissed from the orphanage where she has lived for the last 3 years since The Great Fire of Chicago burned her home and her father s business to the ground Though she was able to save her youngest brother who was an infant at the time, she was unable to save her parents thus, she and her 5 siblings were sent to the orphanage where they have been treated abysmally by its proprietress Miss Iris Birch Miranda has done her best to shield her younger brothers and sisters from the physical punishments Miss Birch seems to relish, but she can no longer keep them safe if she is not there Since everything was burned to the ground, she has no money to be able to take them with her, and their uncle has not agreed to allow them to live with him as he says he is not cut out to deal with children and believes them to be better off in the orphanage Fortunately perhaps , Miranda s younger sister Josie has been busy planning their next step in life she has answered several letters on Miranda s behalf for mail order brides and one has accepted Miranda finally agrees that it is their best course of action, and she takes her two young brothers Nick, age 10 and Harry, age 4 with her because her three sisters are older the twins are 17, and Josie is right behind them in age as well What will Miranda find when she arrives all the way to Texas, and will her new husband allow her to keep her brothers with her once he realizes she has omitted the detail of their presence Jacob Reed needs a wife in name only He left that detail out of his ad and the letter he sent in reply to Miranda Wentworth along with the fact that he is a recent widower his beloved wife passed away 6 months earlier in childbirth along with his stillborn son He does not want to have to go through that ever again, but he needs someone to be a mother to his 2 year old daughter another detail he left out of his correspondences Jacob is in a bind financially as well he returned from the war to find his father gone, his mother remarried to an Englishman that Jacob despises, and his new stepfather Blackthorne has threatened repeatedly to take Jacob s land because he believes it should have been decreed to his wife Jacob s mother, Cricket instead of to Jacob Though Cricket has told her husband she does not want the land and insists that Jacob be allowed to keep it, Blackthorne is equally determined to possess it as he does not believe Jacob is the right man to keep the business running Jacob needs a wife to manage the household and help him care for his recently crippled father in law Slim who was trounced by a steer and is paralyzed from the waist down Taking a mail order bride is Jacob s best option as the local women in the area are unwilling to cross the powerful Blackthorne But when his new wife arrives, will she accept that he cannot consummate their marriage ever because he refuses to allow another wife to fall victim to death in childbirth What I liked Jacob was described as the quintessential cowboy of the post Civil War era yum Miranda was very likeable as the female main character, and she was easy to sympathize with and root for as the h The story was interesting and kept me glued to the pages The ancillary characters were engaging and added to the story nicelyWhat I didn t like as much Too much slow burn the steamy goodness was there eventually, but I left like Jake took too long to get down to it when he knew he was going to lose the battle much earlier on Obviously, Blackthorne was an a hole for the most part, but he did have some redeeming moments it left me a little confused as to what his deal actually is was and how he fits into the story I assume there isabout him in later books in the series Overall, an interesting plot with some twists and turns and engaging characters Plot 4 5Main Characters 4 5Supporting Cast 4 5Steam Level 3 5Violence nothing graphicLanguage not egregiousPOV 3rd Note that steam level is not a rating so much as a how hot was it 0 5 clean 1 5 mild 2 5 sensual but nothing descriptive 3 5 now we re getting somewhere 4 5 yes please 5 5 they did EVERYTHING in this one, y all


  5. Mei Mei says:

    What a nice series I love the mail order bride trope and here it was done really well Miranda was a sheltered rich banker s daughter who, with her 5 siblings, were orphaned during the Great Chicago fire and put by a jealous uncle in an orphanage where the vel caretaker was abusing all of them.She accepts the offer to become a mail order bride in order to help her siblings escape the brutality Afraid to leave the youngest of her sibling she takes with her her two brothers, after the brutal beati What a nice series I love the mail order bride trope and here it was done really well Miranda was a sheltered rich banker s daughter who, with her 5 siblings, were orphaned during the Great Chicago fire and put by a jealous uncle in an orphanage where the vel caretaker was abusing all of them.She accepts the offer to become a mail order bride in order to help her siblings escape the brutality Afraid to leave the youngest of her sibling she takes with her her two brothers, after the brutal beating the caretaker delivers.Arriving at destination, she s completly exhausted, her back still bleeding even after days of travel, she meets her intended and marries him immediately without telling him that she has two brothers in tow.When Jake discovers her deception, he s hurt but he also has a surprise for Miranda he s already been married and his wife died leaving him with a little daughter, besides he s taking care of his father in law who s been crippled.So starts their story with deception from both parts There s also a convoluted family situation to take into account his stepfather wants his land There s a side story about his mother and his stepfather, who are very much in love Jake s mother loves her son and tries in many ways to curbe her beloved husband who s hiding a terrble secret from her It s very complicated and left unresolved perheps in the next books it will be resolvedThe story is about building trust between them And with trust also love It is a nice slow growing romance, where both parties have secrets, misgivings, lies, misunderstandings But it is also very romantic and sweet On to the next one about the missing sister


  6. Tina "IRead2Escape" Tina "IRead2Escape" says:

    Texas Bride is the first book in the Mail Order Brides series by Joan Johnston When a book deals with the topic of mail order brides it has to have all of the right elements to be easily accepted Let s face it, what are the chances of a mail order bride showing up and everything is so perfect and happily ever after from page one Not only that, but this particular subject typically falls under the genre of historical romance, which makes it even trickier Morals and male female roles were so d Texas Bride is the first book in the Mail Order Brides series by Joan Johnston When a book deals with the topic of mail order brides it has to have all of the right elements to be easily accepted Let s face it, what are the chances of a mail order bride showing up and everything is so perfect and happily ever after from page one Not only that, but this particular subject typically falls under the genre of historical romance, which makes it even trickier Morals and male female roles were so different then Miranda Wentworth is the oldest child of 6 Their parents were killed in the Great Chicago Fire and were shipped off to an orphanage Miranda is now turning 18 and being turned out of the home The problem is she just can t leave her siblings behind The woman who runs the home is abusive and she won t be there to protect the younger ones In an attempt to save them all, Miranda has decided to be a mail order bride in the hopes that her new husband will be willing to let her send for the others once she is settled Taking the 2 youngest boys in a last minute decision, she promises the girls that she will return to them, as soon as she can Jake Creed has lost the only woman he s ever loved in childbirth He is left a single father of a 2 year old girl and a caregiver to her disabled father He needs a wife He doesn t want a wife, he ll never love anyone again, but he needs one Against his better judgment he advertises for a mail order bride leaving out the little detail of his child and father in law More importantly, he leaves out the part where he will be a husband in name only He has no intentions of consummating this marriage or ever falling in love, again It s too big of a risk to lose someone else he cares aboutIsn t all of life like that I d call any day so full of averted disasters a good oneJake is amazed at how easily Miranda fits into his life She works hard, loves his daughter and even puts up with his surly father in law He finds himself falling under her spell and having to constantly refrain from touching her andIt doesn t help that she knows his conditions and doesn t care She wants to be a wife inways than just his helper and friend As if that isn t enough tension, Miranda is still hiding the existence of her remaining 3 siblings and he senses she is hiding something from him How can they ever build a relationship when it is based on lies and deceit Ms Johnston did a good job of not creating too much drama and strife between the characters, without making it too easy on the characters I really enjoyed this story and can not wait to read the other girls stories.You can find this review and others at


  7. Aly Aly says:

    4.5Miranda Wentworth and her five younger siblings lost their parents three years ago in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and live at the Chicago Institute for Orphaned Children Now that she s 18, Miranda s departure is imminent She ll be happy to never see again the cruel headmistress but at the same time, she doesn t want to leave her brothers and sisters and fear for them One of her sister bring the solution Wife Wanted Must love children, cook, sew and do laundry Reply to Mr Jacob Creed 4.5Miranda Wentworth and her five younger siblings lost their parents three years ago in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and live at the Chicago Institute for Orphaned Children Now that she s 18, Miranda s departure is imminent She ll be happy to never see again the cruel headmistress but at the same time, she doesn t want to leave her brothers and sisters and fear for them One of her sister bring the solution Wife Wanted Must love children, cook, sew and do laundry Reply to Mr Jacob Creed, General Delivery, San Antonio, Texas Miranda is not so sure about marrying a man she knows nothing about, except for his name, but Josie already answered the ad and Miranda is determined to offer a better life to her family The day of her departure, she decide to bring the youngest her two brothers with her and embark on a train The plan is to get married before mentioning to her future husband that she brought them with her and that three other siblings will join them in good time She leave the ruthless life of the Institute for the endless prairie wilderness of Texas and the harsh reality of being a rancher s wife.When Jacob Creed lost his beloved wife and their stillborn child in childbirth, he swore to himself to never fall in love again nor get a woman pregant again He doesn t want a wife but he knows he need one, at least to take care of the household chores and the two year old daughter he didn t mention he have.When he meet his bride, the twenty seven year old widower is surprised to see such a raggedy looking waif but what take him aback evenis to realize it ll be harder than he imagined to resist her And thehe gets to know her, thehis resistance crumble.While I liked Jake, a man who try to keep his distance but doesn t have the closed off heart that he wished he had, it s really the heroine s personality who shined and her journey who make up the story Miranda was a courageous, resilient and altruistic young lady who learned to assert herself with both a vulnerable and a strong side She sacrificed so much for her siblings She won Jake s heart with her attitude, her kindness, her inner beauty and the way she adapted to her new life.My only complaint is that I wished I feltstrongly the connection between Miranda and Jake when they made love for the first time but other than that, I can t stay it wasn t a beautiful and satisfying love story It s sad that they had to deal with harsh circumstances but at the same time, it showed the true test of love


  8. Lover of Romance Lover of Romance says:

    Miranda, with her five brothers and sister after losing their parents, have been stuck in a orphanage, under horrid conditions and so when they find a ad in the newspaper for a mail order bride, Miranda knows this is her way out to save her siblings, now that she is eighteen and about to be kicked out, and does the only sensible choice and goes all the way to Texas with her two brothers, only her future husband has no idea about her situation or the brothers she is bringing along with her Jake, Miranda, with her five brothers and sister after losing their parents, have been stuck in a orphanage, under horrid conditions and so when they find a ad in the newspaper for a mail order bride, Miranda knows this is her way out to save her siblings, now that she is eighteen and about to be kicked out, and does the only sensible choice and goes all the way to Texas with her two brothers, only her future husband has no idea about her situation or the brothers she is bringing along with her Jake, having lost his wife and their child in childbirth, he knows he will never love another like his late wife, but he is desperate for a wife and a mother to his daughter, and so he puts an ad in the paper for a wife, and now that he is married he is shocked to find out that she is not only very beautiful.but has brought along her two younger brothers with her, and even though he is determined to never make love to her, she fills his senses like none other and soon he craves her touch and doesn t know how long he can stand not touching her especially when Miranda is so determined to consumate their marriage, he has no real chance and he finds a real passion in her arms..Texas Bride is the ninth installment in the Bitter Creek series, but unlike the other books in the series, it is set in the 1800 s, and having read most of the books in this series, I was very excited to read this one, and especially when I read the blurb, I couldn t wait to buy this one Texas Bride, was a astounding read.and I just fell in love with both Miranda and Jake, both were the kind of characters that become deeply rooted Both Jake and Miranda have gone through hardship in their lives, and only when they trust and love in each other are they able to heal and learn what it means to love I just loved the conflict in the story on both sides, and it kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time, but at the same time I was just soaking up all the juicy details and Joan Johnston has become my favorite author again.one of my favorite things about this book would be the story line and the intimate connection that develops pretty quickly between Jake and Miranda.Definitely worth buying and reading A Treasure Of A Read


  9. Angela DeSilva Angela DeSilva says:

    Excellent read for fans of Western historical romance Great series.


  10. Dorine Dorine says:

    If anyone can charm the pants off rancher Jacob Creed, it has to be Miranda Wentworth, the oldest of six orphans who survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Requesting a mail order bride is a bit desperate, but she seems willing enough to fast track herself to be his wife That should have been his first clue Miranda Wentworth and her five siblings are forced to live at an orphanage after their parents die in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Having lost everything, they have no choice but to If anyone can charm the pants off rancher Jacob Creed, it has to be Miranda Wentworth, the oldest of six orphans who survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Requesting a mail order bride is a bit desperate, but she seems willing enough to fast track herself to be his wife That should have been his first clue Miranda Wentworth and her five siblings are forced to live at an orphanage after their parents die in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Having lost everything, they have no choice but to suffer every imaginable punishment over the last three years, at the hands of an evil headmistress in charge Now that Miranda is eighteen years old, she must move out and find employment, leaving her siblings behind until they reach an age when they ll be forced to leave as well There isn t much hope that Miranda can earn enough to support herself and her siblings.That is until her youngest sister arranges for Miranda to become a mail order bride for a man willing to send her first class tickets to Texas Once her sister s plan is revealed, Miranda realizes it s the only way to get her family away from the orphanage Having been beaten numerous times, Miranda isn t sure her youngest siblings will survive starvation and torture at the hands of the sadistic headmistress without her protection Ten year old Nick and four year old Harry escape with Miranda with barely enough money or food to get to Texas without starving Miranda can only hope that her soon to be husband will understand not only the surprise of two brothers with hungry bellies, but also accept her three sisters in the future.Jacob Jake Creed lost his first wife during the birth of their son Still grieving the loss of not just his beloved wife but his stillborn son as well, Jake has to marry again for his daughter s future Running a ranch with a two year old in tow is impossible Having a disabled father in law to care for too the only feasible answer is a new wife as a helpmate It would have been much easier to court someone local than to send for a mail order bride all the way from Chicago But, due to Jake s step father s threats to take his ranch at first chance and ruin anyone who helps him, it s highly unlikely that anyone who knows Jake s situation will be eager to wed him Surely his new bride who said she loved children will accept that he has a two year old daughter.If becoming a mail order bride isn t tough enough, Miranda has to marry this stranger quickly before he finds out about her brothers who plan to hide in his wagon full of supplies Or, before he discovers the fresh wounds she s nursing from her final beating at the orphanage, and the scars she s hiding as a result of the Great Fire She isn t the only one with secrets How long will a marriage last that has been built on deceit andmouths to feed than is expected From the very first chapter, I was thoroughly entertained by Miranda and her siblings Miranda has spunk and matches Jake toe to toe Jake thinks he has the perfect wife, and it s highly amusing watching Jake try to refuse Miranda anything Jake and his family are just as enthralling, if not a bitstubborn Miranda can handle them all just fine, much to Jake s frustration at times You can t help but love them all for their ability to survive one disaster after another and still have the strength to hope for a better future The children are adorable and often steal the show, making sure the adults don t always take themselves too seriously.This is the first book I ve read by Joan Johnston and it made me anxious to read her backlist, so I did some research to find out how the books are connected You ll want to visit her site for the details but the MAIL ORDER BRIDE series will introduce a Blackthorne, so it s a prequel to the BITTER CREEK novels Also, those who ve read the SISTERS OF THE LONE STAR series will recognize Cricket Creed, Jake s mother Not having read the previous books and not wanting to spoil this one, all I can say from my research is that I believe that TEXAS BRIDE will delight current fans with familiar characters, as well as create new exuberant devotees out of those of us who are just getting started I know I had a tough time letting go at the end I wantedhours,story andanswers about what s next Hooked me completely TEXAS BRIDE is charming, full of characters young and old that you ll bond with immediately, leaving you impatient for what promises to be a tempting series for historical western fans Fair warning this novel leaves you craving for book two, WYOMING BRIDE, grinning with anticipation after reading the excerpt included Great concept for a series that s sure to please western historical readers who adore the pioneer spirit 4.5 Blue Ribbon Review, Courtesy of Romance Junkies


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