My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Description: The sole survivor of a train accident, young Larken Burke is dubbed the Miracle Orphan. Four years later, however, her life is far from fortunate. Because of her emotional and physical scars, she believes she’s un-marriageable. With little hope for the future, she agrees to wed a gentleman she’s never met. Unfortunately, his aloof manner proves difficult to take.
Marked by romantic tragedy and the loss of his brother, Brandon King has forsworn marriage. Obliged to take in a ward, he advertises for a mail-order bride to raise the boy. Since the union is to be a marriage in name only, his criteria are youthful age, a certain level of intellect, good breeding, and that the girl shouldn’t be so ill-favored she would embarrass him in society. To his dismay, he gets more than he’d bargained for.
Will it take a miracle for Mr. and Mrs. King to fall in love, or is their marriage another accident waiting to happen?
My thoughts: Larken is a sweet girl who had the misfortune of being an orphan. Her parents were killed in a train wreck when she was 14 and she ended up in an orphanage and then fostered by a money grasping couple. She is forced into marriage when the couple responds to an advertisement for a mail order bride. She either accept the marriage, or she can find herself living on the streets.
The bonus about the marriage is that the marriage of convenience happens so that Brandon, the groom, can bring home his ward. A young boy who is also an orphan. Larken knows what it is like to loose parents and wants to protect the boy, Myles.
The book mostly focuses on Brandon and Larken trying to find a way to avoid their growing feelings for each other. They both have been hurt in the past and have a hard time trusting another with their affections. Both are hurt and need to heal from the broken hearts they have endured.
The book has some drama, which took away from the sweet romance part for me. Overall, it was a cute book to read. It is also clean, but does contain a little bit of violence.
This book can be purchased for kindle for 99 cents.