Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

Welcome to my tour stop for Tracie Peterson's newest release, A Sensible Arrangement!
There is a fabulous giveaway and I have my review below, but first about the book...

A Sensible Arrangement (Lone Star Brides, #1)A Sensible Arrangement
(Lone Star Brides #1)
by Tracie Peterson
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback324 Pages
April 1st 2014 by Bethany House Publishers                  


Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.

Answering an advertisement for a “Lone Star bride,” she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn’t know.

Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.

Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.

When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake’s yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty’s dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.

What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways… and dreams and secrets collide?


My Review

I love books about mail-order brides! I think it's because I like that the husband and wife are somewhat forced to depend on each other and from that grows trust and eventually love. In A Sensible Arrangement this is also the case. Neither Marty nor Jake are looking for love, but are looking to meet other needs (Jake needs a wife to be socially acceptable in his job and Marty wants to leave Texas and the memories there). However, how can you be two lovely individuals and not learn to care for each other over time? They both have doubts and other issues in-between them that discourage their feelings from growing. The question becomes if they can work things out.

I was immediately pulled into the beginning of this story. I enjoyed Marty's adventure in getting to Colorado where Jake lives. I also enjoyed their first impressions of each other and how things go from there. There was quite a bit of religious conversations, both internally from the characters and between several of the characters. It pushed the line just a little for me for feeling natural. Marty had a lot she was struggling with though, and specifically with God.

I liked Marty's character. She is dependable, sweet, caring, and loyal. I do have to admit that she had a lying issue that bothered me. I really loved Jake. He is intelligent, has a sense of humor, caring, and loyal. I loved how sweet and gentle he was with Marty for the most part. He was also moody in places and it took him some time to get used to sharing his thoughts with Marty.

This was a story of friendship, trust, hearts opening, and learning to forgive. Overall A Sensible Arrangement was an enjoyable read and one I would recommend to Christian Romance readers.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank Litfuse and the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, for my complimentary copy for review, which did not affect my opinions in any way.

About the Author


Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.


Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson's 100th book! A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie's new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.

Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.
  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!


  1. I love these type of reads too but it has been awhile since I have read one, I will have to keep this one in mind next time I am ready to read one.

  2. I used to love all of Tracie's novels but her more recent series just weren't for me. That being said, I'd be willing to try some of her newer releases and am curious about possibly reading this trilogy. Those I really liked from Tracie were co-authored - one was about cousins, I know (the Broadmoor Legacy, I think). For this book, all that comes to mind is the female lead in this book being named "Marty," which reminds me of a classic - Love Comes Softly! Thanks for the review.

  3. This isn't my favorite of hers and I can't say exactly what it was. Maybe I didn't love the characters completely or there wasn't enough drive in the story??? My favorite series from her is the Brides of Gallatin County.

  4. It was a decent read. I hope you like it when you get the chance to read it.

  5. This looks like a sweet story. Thanks for the review.

  6. It was a sweet story. :)


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