3/10/2010

The Bride Backfire

Book 2 Prairie Promises Series
Kelly Eileen Hake
2009
Barbour Publishing
Fiction/Historical

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Opal Speck and Adam Grogan have both worked for years towards peace between their families.  Set in 1857, the Specks and the Grogans have been fueding for years over a peice of property they both claim is their own.  Opal and Adam just want peace, but it seems others in their families want to stir up more fighting and fueding. 
Having sited Larry Grogan on their property several times, the Specks send word to stay away or be shot, basically.  Larry just keeps sneaking over to torment Opal, knowing she won't tell because she doesn't want trouble, Adam coming upon a break in the fence while looking for one of their cows, goes over onto the land, and ends up getting caught.  Trying to convince her Pa and brothers not to shoot Adam, Opal does the only thing she can think of in a bind, and declares they cannot kill the father of her child.  A shotgun wedding takes place with Adam knowing he has not fathered a child with Opal. 
The lies that Opal has told keep piling up, because she tells more to cover her tracks, she is falling in love with Adam and hopes he will take her to wife for real.  He is hung up on who he thinks is the father of the child, when there really is no child. 
A story full of deceit, meanness and the  hatefulness between two families fueding.  However there may be redemption as Adam's father seems to take a liking to Opal, even after she slapped him for insulting her.  Adam's mother however is determined to ruin the marriage. 
A book you will not want to put down.  288 pages, 4 stars

This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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