Heart and Hand by Rebel Carter
Anyone who was absolutely anyone knew the story of how Julie Anne Baptiste’s parents met: the blue-blood Union cavalry officer and the freedwoman on her way North fell madly in love at first sight, all in the midst of the Civil War. It was legendary within New York City’s Four Hundred, and from girlhood, Julie daydreamed of her finding own true love match. But now, as a well-seasoned debutante of twenty-one years, Julie only dreams of teaching and much prefers the vibrant world of her books over the company of society’s most eligible bachelors.
Julie is content to perform the role of affluent debutante until she realizes all of her tomorrows have horrifyingly become occupied by a gamut of social engagements, and they will remain so until she marries. Desperate and knowing only a wedding will put a stop to the madness of living as a debutante, Julie does the unthinkable: she responds to a mail order advert in the Heart and Hand Matrimonial Times. No longer a girl fantasizing of love, Julie did not anticipate forming a genuine romantic connection with the man she corresponds with, but when ex-Union soldier Forrest Wickes writes her, Julie loses her heart.
All seems well with Julie’s plan to leave the city and marry, until the society pages intercept one of her letters and within the hour all of New York knows of Julie’s decision to become a mail-order bride. However, the New York City society pages don’t know they only reported half the truth about Julie Baptiste. The debutante intends to marry not only Forrest Wickes but also his best friend, William Barnes. Her secret of taking two husbands safe, Julie sets out for the Montana Territory before the papers can learn the truth. But how will a debutante-turned-teacher manage frontier life with two husbands?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was truly a wonderful surprise! This is a new to me author, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the blurb caught my attention and I just couldn’t resist! An interesting story line, fun characters, and explosive plot twists kept this story moving from the beginning to the very last page!
Julie is a New York City debutante, with an adventurous spirit. She isn’t one to conform, just for propriety’s sake. She decides that she doesn’t want that life and sets about finding one that will make her happy. She answers a letter for a mail order bride, and gets a whole lot more than she ever could have imagined! Will and Forrest grew up together. Joined the war together when they were still mostly children. After the war, they became law men together in a small town. It only makes sense for them to take a bride together, right?!? Only, Will is still fighting demons left behind by the war.
This was a fun story. Julie is such a likeable character, and the guys were perfect for her. The chemistry between them was crazy hot. I really enjoyed this book, and will be sure to look for more from this author in the future!