Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Bethany House
Reviewed by Rebecca Maney
Expect the unexpected, imagine the unimaginable and relish four young women's attempts at matrimony while maneuvering, pretending, escaping and competing for the opportunity to say, "I do".
Savvy writer Karen Witemeyer's, "The Husband Maneuver", captures unremitting romance on an isolated Texas ranch, when an unexpected storm forces Daniel Barrett and Marietta Hawkins to acknowledge what heroes are made of, flesh and blood heroes, that is. It's a clever, witty, and highly charged romance packed into short, entertaining chapters.
When Katie Ellen Watson was younger, Josiah Huckabee was her best friend, until a childhood kiss changed everything. Regina Jennings's, "Her Dearly Unintended", couples Katie and Josiah back together in the most awkward of circumstances, posing as a young married couple, in order to protect the Watson family property. Improper or not, can these two clash their way back to "happily ever after?
On the run from a cruel fiance, Carrie Haley's "knight in shining armor" is a trail seasoned Texas Ranger. Big John Conroy never expected to fall in love, but in Mary Connealy's "Runaway Bride", there is a lot of love going on, and it might just be the answer to all of Carrie's problems, if they can trust each other enough to "do the deed".
Charlotte Andrews is a desperate woman, desperate enough to propose marriage to a man that she does not love in order to save her mother's sanity and her family property from ruin. What she never expected was that true love might re-enter the picture, especially when Harrison Gray left her behind so many years ago. Will these two unlikely lovers find a way to end their incessant competition? Melissa Jagears's, "Engaging the Competition" just might hold the answers they need.
A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Blogger Review Program for the express purpose of sharing my honest opinion.
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Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".