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The Preacher’s Unexpected Bride: Prairie Brides (Walton Valley Book 2) by Catherine Kennedy

About the Book

She’s unmarried and pregnant, he’s the preacher who’s building his cabin right next door to her! Can Hannah & Luke make peace with their differences to find their happy ever after?

Hannah Fairchild ran away from her abusive guardians with her sister. Together they’ve settled in a fledgling community in the middle of the Kansas prairie. The isolation suited Hannah just fine…until a preacher moved in next door.

Being a preacher isn’t just a vocation to Luke Johnson–it’s who he is. He’s determined to restore Hannah’s faith…if only he could persuade her not to walk off every time she sees him!

When circumstances contrive to throw them together, can Luke heal the pain of Hannah’s past and claim the heart of His Unexpected Bride?

The Preacher’s Unexpected Bride: Prairie Brides is the second romance in the Walton Valley Series, by Catherine Kennedy. The book could be read as a stand-alone, though reading the first book and understanding the backstory enhances the novellas. (See my review of Wagon Train Wife)

Catherine Kennedy continues her series with Hannah Fairchild’s saga.

Hannah finds herself pregnant and unmarried through no fault of her own. Her sister, Eliza, and her sister’s husband, Thomas, help Hannah begin a new life in a new city. Things are going well until, one day, a preacher stakes out the land next door to where Hannah and her sister live. Hannah’s worst nightmare has come true-she wants nothing to do with God, and a preacher is all about God.

Filled with unexpected events, Kennedy’s second tale will keep you guessing about what happens next.

The only thing I considered amiss in the narrative was the seemingly quick wrap-up toward the end. However, it doesn’t take away from the storyline.

I am looking forward to reading Kennedy’s next book in the series, due out in November. I enjoy the stories and catching up with old friends.

I received The Preacher’s Unexpected Bride: Prairie Brides from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Wagon Train Wife: Prairie Brides by Catherine Kennedy

Publisher’s Summary

She will do anything to ensure her sister’s safety…even marry a man she barely knows.

Eliza Fairchild arrived in America from England with her sister and parents expecting to continue her sheltered, upper-class lifestyle in the new country. However, the death of her parents and the cruelty of her guardians leaves Eliza and her sister, Hannah, in a precarious situation. 

Thomas Flannagan has vowed never to love again after the death of his young wife shortly after their arrival in America. His need for a wife, and his desire to keep the Fairchild sisters safe motivate him to propose a marriage of convenience. 

Working together to create a home in the wild Kansas prairie brings Thomas and Eliza closer together, but the tender shoots of affection between them are threatened when her sister’s past catches up with them. 

Wagon Train Wife, the first book inthe Walton Valley Series, is a historical novel tracing life on the wagon trail for novice travelers.  But there is also a prequel. (The link to my review: https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2021/03/23/his-wagon-train-sweetheart-by-catherine-kennedy/)

Thomas Flannagan, livery stable operator, finds a very distraught female in a stable at his livery who refuses to leave.

When confronted with her sister Hannah’s seemingly irrational fear of leaving the stable or returning home to their cruel guardians, Eliza Fairchild takes the reins in her hands and figures out a way to protect them.

I respected how Eliza felt responsible for the care of her baby sister. Her idea to join a wagon train was a solid, valid thought for the time. Informed she couldn’t go on the wagon train as a single female, Eliza didn’t back down. Instead, she enlisted help from Thomas, who agreed to marry her.

The story is authentic and realistic. Eliza’s struggles on the wagon train are interesting, and her qualms and worries about her “in name only” marriage are convincing.

Several characters from the prequel are reintroduced, allowing for catching up with their lives.

Overall, the tale is one of love, forgiveness and new life. I felt it to be credible. Although there were several instances of proofreading errors that distracted me from the story, if you’re looking for a quick, historical fiction short story, I believe you will enjoy this one!

I received Wagon Train Wife from  BookSirens. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

His Wagon Train Sweetheart by Catherine Kennedy

Catherine Kennedy has written a sweet book about Georgiana “George” Walton, her father, Harry and Elijah Mitchell in His Wagon Train Sweetheart.

I felt poor George’s dilemma when confronted with a gentleman she feels is way out of her league while she’s the one tasked to handle his and his mother’s wagon. George didn’t feel as if she looked like a woman, and she knew as the driver of a wagon on a wagon train, she sure didn’t act like one.

I appreciated Kennedy’s introduction to a spiritual life through Eli’s mother, Grace. She used Grace as the means to help George understand how to live a life of faith and honor to God without beating anyone, including George, over the head with her spirituality.

Reading His Wagon Train Sweetheart made me appreciate our modern conveniences while at the same time marveling at the hardiness and resilience of pioneers. The story is set in the 1800s on the Santa Fe trail and highlights some of the dangers of traveling in a wagon train.

The story is sweet and delightful, with a few lessons to be learned, like acceptance, confidence and love for one another and God.

His Wagon Train Sweetheart is a novella that introduces the new series, Walton Valley. Book 1 premiers on March 31, 2021.

I received His Wagon Train Sweetheart from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Riding the Santa Fe Trail is a difficult and lonely profession…especially for a girl named George.

Georgianna Walton’s father sat her on the back of a horse the moment she could sit up straight. Ever since, they have traveled together from one side of the country to the other with no place to call home. With no mother to guide her, George has learned everything she knows from her father, Harry, but she wants nothing more than to settle down and have a place to call home.

Elijah Mitchell is traveling to Santa Fe to take up a position as a doctor. However, when Harry has an accident on the trail, Eli cannot leave him alone on the prairie. While he ministers to the cantankerous old man, his mother begins to teach George all the things her own mother could not.

She is a wild woman from the west…he is a very proper doctor from back east—can they form the unlikeliest of partnerships out in the wild, untamed Kansas prairie?