Contract to Wed

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1891…Jolene Crawford Crenshaw, heiress and Boston socialite, went from her family home directly to Landonmore upon her marriage, the mansion she shared with her handsome and charismatic husband. She’d never in her life worried in the slightest over anything as crass as the dollars required to maintain that home or the lifestyle she’d been born to. Her extensive yearly wardrobe, the stables and the prime horseflesh within it, even the solid silver forks and knifes that graced her table, were expected and required to maintain the social standing that she’d cultivated over the years. But suddenly she was a widow with little money and just her pride and her secrets to keep her upright. 

Max Shelby made his fortune in oil wells and cattle but lost the love of his life the day his wife died, over 10 years ago. Now, his happy, carefree, little girl needs instruction and guidance as she grows into a young lady and his dream of becoming a senator from his adopted state of Texas seems out of reach with few political or social connections. The right wife would solve both problems. As it happens his sister knows of a woman, a recent widow, charming, beautiful and socially astute, but in reduced circumstances, who may want to begin again. Max signed the wedding contract sight unseen. 

Will Jolene be able to shed her sorrows, anger and fears to begin anew away from the censure and hidden tragedy that marred her life? Is her new husband, confident, strong and capable Max Shelby, the man, the only man, to see past her masks to find the woman beneath?

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2 reviews for Contract to Wed

  1. Zena Carroll

    Absolutely Brilliant!
    This story had me crying, laughing, wanting to kick some butt and then to hug someone.
    It is so well written and narrated that I felt with and for each and every character as they fought to survive, to change for the better, to understand others and themselves, to share what previously hadn’t been shared and so on and on.
    I really hope that you actually either read the book or listen to the audiobook as there is so much to be learned from it and enjoyed. Happy reading/listening.
    I requested and listened to the audiobook and my voluntary and unbiased review of it is recorded above.

  2. Coolestmommy R

    I loved this book first page to last. Compelling characters (although I had to grow to love a couple of them). Well written book. The only spoiler I think listeners should know is that the bedroom scenes are a little steamy. PG-13 If you have little ones listening, you may want to pause at those spots.

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