by Emma Lang
Published February 1st 2012 by Brava
review courtesy of the author
A man learns to hold what is his
It is a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas, the ranch their parents fought for … and died for. To the eight Graham siblings, no matter how much hard work or hard love it takes, life is unthinkable without family…
In the wake of his parents’ murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty days, or risk losing it all. Plain but practical, Hannah Foley seems the perfect bride for him . . . until after the wedding night.
Their marriage may make all the sense in the world, but neither one anticipates the jealousies that will result, the treacherous danger they’re walking into, or the wildfire of attraction that will sweep over them, changing their lives forever.
This is the first book in an exciting new series, about the Graham siblings. This book pulled my heartstrings right from the start.
The siblings return home to a devastating tragedy and their whole world changes in one afternoon. Matthew is the oldest of the Graham's siblings, his heart ached at being thrusted into the role of parent at such a young age, but his family was everything to him. He must marry to be able to claim the acreages to secure his family's well being, when asked what his wife's name was ~ he said "Hannah"..With the clock ticking, he has 30 days to find a woman named Hannah, marry her and return for his land... There were parts that seemed just to fall in place or just a little too ironic, he is looking for a girl named Hannah and *Poof*, he bumps into a woman at a local merchant, anyone want to guess her name.."Hannah".
Each have their own reason for the sudden/pretend marriage... Can true love bloom from this hasty marriage? Will they find the courage, determination and hope to recover from the family's devastating tragedy ... I love the discovery of their love, the way the family held strong throughout the early stages of rebuilding their family. It was heartwarming to watch this family perseveres against all odds, by working together with others and have support from family and friends.
Ms. Lang gave us a wonderful start to what is going to be a wonderful series. She gave us a glimpse of each sibling, just enough to spark your interest and leaving you wanting more... Bravo, can't wait for more. I almost feel embarrassed to mention this but this cover is one of the hottest covers I have seen in a while. I began calling Matthem- Mr. McSteamy. Just when I didn't think they could find a sexier man, I got a glimpse of Brody's cover. Hello Mr. McHottie!!