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Book Review-The Dancing Bride (Central City Brides Book 1)-Cynthia Woolf

Monday, March 12, 2018

Another first in genre for me--this is the first ever mail order bride type book I have ever read! I was happily surprised that I enjoyed it--enough so that I bought the second in this series as well (The Sapphire Bride).

Life isn't always fair and we don't always get to be where we want to be job wise. This happened to Rita Baxter--instead of becoming a Prima Ballerina--she ended up in a chorus line in NYC. Then during a short break she went outside and witnessed a murder. Luckily for her the murderer did not notice her--but the police told her to be careful. She decided to turn her life around and signed up as a mail order bride. After a long and tedious journey to a small town in the Colorado Territory--she met the man she was to marry. He told her that he would not love her but would marry and stay faithful to her. Hum----

Not only was the bridegroom handsome-but it seemed like he was rich as well! Rita kept the secret about the fact that she was a witness to a murder from her new husband. He also had secrets which he kept from her. Then the murderer came looking for Rita!

All the main and secondary characters in this delightful novel were explained beautifuuly--I could actually see them in my mind's eye. If you have never read anything in the "mail order bride" genre--this is definitely one you should start with!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

From the day she was born, Rita Baxter's mother encouraged her to follow her heart. Filled with innocent dreams and faith that her hard work training to be a Prima Ballerina on New York's bright stage will lead to fortune and fame, Rita is crushed when she loses her mother and must take a job dancing in a burlesque chorus line to keep a roof over her head. Witnessing a brutal murder is the last straw. The police promise to keep her safe, but Rita has learned to be a realist. Determined to escape the Irish gang that wants her dead and start a new life for herself, Rita heads to Colorado Territory as a mail-order bride.

Jack Colton struck gold in his Central City mine, but the dark recesses of the mine mirror the lonely, dark places in his heart. He longs for a wife and family, but the only women in town interested in a hard former soldier like him aren't really interested in him at all. Tired of being pursued for his newfound wealth, Jack decides to take a chance on a mail-order bride from New York. She's supposed to be petite and beautiful, a dancer who will bring color and warmth into his cold life.

Sparks fly when they meet, both hopeful for a bright future. But murder is a poison and it followed Rita all the way from New York. Jack thought his killing days were over, but when an assassin arrives to destroy everything Jack will stop at nothing to protect his new matter the cost.

Read a Chapter or Two Here

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

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Cynthia Woolf is the award-winning and best-selling author of thirty-two historical western romance books and two short stories with more books on the way.

Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia's father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her great critique partners for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

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Gladys Parker said...

I, too, am now going to be reading this book, Thank-you! I have never read this genre and wasn't even sure such things existed. I couldn't figure out the time rather 1800's or 1900's so I read a sample and found 1860. Now I know this is going to be a good book.

Jacqui Odell said...

I love romance books!! I listen to books as I exercise. Do you think this is on an audio book?

MichelleB said...

I love romance novels!

Deb PelletierC said...

The book sounds interesting, thank. Hope to check it out.

Linda Manns Linneman said...

This sounds like a book I will not want to put down. I love reading. It helps me relax. Thank you so much for sharing this

Linda Manns Linneman said...

These books sound awesome. My kind of read. Very relaxing. Thank you for sharing

Linda Manns Linneman said...

I have never read any of these books before. I am so excited to get started. Thank you so much for sharing

tannawings said...

I knew there were mail order brides, many from out of the country coming o a new world. I have never read a book like this one, mostly the fact based books. It doesnt sound too bad though.
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tannawings said...

Sounds like a book I might give a try . I like things like this
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tannawings said...

I like how you reviewed this book,it wasnt enough to give away the plot, but was enough to make you interested

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tannawings said...

The more I see these booms the more I wouldnt mind reading them, I like your synopsis of them
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caseygarvey62 said...

I thnk it would be very exciting and interesting to be a mail order bride! Not knowing who your going to marry would be hard though.

tannawings said...

This looks like a nice easy read. I see this on the bookshelf waiting for a nice quiet time to enjoy it.
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tannawings said...

This I think would be a nice summertime read for me. Something nice and light and one I would enjoy.
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Kate V said...

Wow, this looks like a good mix of everything. Thanks for sharing.

tannawings said...

This book looks interesting. It is nor normally a genre I read, but your description of it changes my mind!
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Holly Thomas said...

I don't read this genre of books.

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