Montana Morning by Jill Limber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review as part of this blog tour
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Book Description: In the Montana Territory town of Dennison, the law allows a woman to save a man from hanging if she agrees to marry him. Battered and nearly unconscious with a noose around his neck, Katherine Holman decides Wes Merrick is perfect husband material. Under the terms of her father’s will, due to a youthful indiscretion, she must be married to inherit. She expects her ‘husband’ to leave as soon as the deed is in her name. She wasn’t prepared for the fact that the man she has chosen turns out to be an honorable sort who decides to stick around and hold up his end of the bargain.
My thoughts: Katherine is a woman who knows what she wants. She wants her ranch. She wants security for herself and for her daughter. Her father stipulated in his will that she can only inherit if she is married within six months of his death to someone who knows about cattle.
This poses a problem for her. She has a young daughter who she is very protective of. Her daughter is illegitimate and she doesn't like the way men who have come courting have treated her daughter.
So, she finds an article in the paper telling of a hanging that is about to occur in a town about three hours away. The town has a law that a woman can claim a man from the gallows and marry him, saving him from death. They are counting on the fact that a good woman can have a good influence on a man.
The hanging is for a bunch of rustlers. She goes looking amongst the condemned for a husband and picks the most beat up an sorry of the lot. That way she won't have to hold a gun on him on the trip home. She rationalizes that a rustler would know quite a bit about cattle.
What she doesn't plan on is that not everything is as it appears and she definitely doesn't count on having feelings for him.
This is a fun book. It is short and sweet. I liked the characters, particularly Kate and Wes. They are both not in the best position and learn to live with their circumstances, but still find a measure of happiness. Trust on the other hand is hard to come by.
This is an adult book. There are sexual situations.
About the Author: A multi-published author and former RWA President, Jill Limber’s latest books are Montana Morning, A Heart That Dares and The Right Track. As a child, some of Jill’s tales got her in trouble, but now she gets paid for them. Residing in San Diego with her husband and a trio of dogs and one very ancient cat, Jill’s favorite pastime is to gather friends and family for good food, conversation and plenty of laughter.
You can visit her website at www.JillLimber.com.