Ivy, Jul 2002, 6.99
Deborah Edgerton takes the train from Austin to Galveston to work as secretary to O'Connor Exporting and companion to an older woman. Meeting her at the station is Patrick “Trick” O'Connor who informs her he is the Pat who has corresponded with her and her previous employer Senator Maxwell. The news stuns Deborah who thought Pat was female, but not as much as when Pat ties her hands together. Abducting Deborah, they journey by coach to his ranch where he forces her to marry him.
Trick feels a bit guilty for his actions, but he promised his little boy that he would provide him a new mother before the lad turned six. Tomorrow is Duncan's sixth birthday so Trick tricked Deborah into keeping his vow. However, he expected a compliant mouse, but got instead an intelligent gutsy woman. As they fall in love, both fear commitment, but a special jewel of a boy plays matchmaker though his efforts seem wasted on the obstinate adults chasing a different gem.
THE IMPOSSIBLE BRIDE is an entertaining western romance that takes the reader on a picturesque tour of the nineteenth century Galveston area. The cast shows depth especially the protagonists and Duncan, enabling the audience to appreciate their reluctance to embrace love. The jewel chase provides plenty of adventure, yet appears unnecessary and even diverting as Allie Shaw already had established a powerful relationship drama that grabbed the attention of the audience while overcoming the initial abduction logic. Still the book engages readers who want the best for the lead triangle.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner