Book 1 in The Wife Lottery Series A New York Times Bestselling Author Thrown off a wagon train with two other women and trying to avoid jail for a murder they committed, Bailee Moore agrees to enter a "Wife Lottery" - a ploy concocted by the Cedar Point sheriff to secure wives for the men in the small Texas town. For the sensible Bailee, ...
Book 1 in The Wife Lottery Series A New York Times Bestselling Author Thrown off a wagon train with two other women and trying to avoid jail for a murder they committed, Bailee Moore agrees to enter a "Wife Lottery" - a ploy concocted by the Cedar Point sheriff to secure wives for the men in the small Texas town. For the sensible Bailee, however, marrying Carter McKoy is like exchanging one life sentence for another - especially since her new husband hasn't even uttered a single word in her presence.
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How would you like to find yourself married to a man who did not talk? He did not speak by choice; his vocal cords were fine. This is the situation that Bailee Moore finds herself in as the opening book of the `Wife Lottery' series begins.
Three young women are cut from the last wagon train of the season when one nearly dies of the fever and the 2 other women try to care for her. Abandoned with no weapons, the 3 ladies are accosted by a man who decides to steal their wagon, oxen and one of the women! After out-maneuvering the thief, they take turns beating the man with a board -- then realize they have killed him.
As soon as they get to a town, they surrender to the sheriff. They feel they acted in self-defense; the lawman sees things differently. Soon, they are costing the town lots of money (food, guard expenses, etc.) that it doesn't have; the sheriff thinks of an ingenious plan.
The women have no money and no means of support; however the area has a serious imbalance between marriageable ladies and men. He decides to let the ladies draw a man's name and let him pay her fine. Thus, the man gets a wife and the woman gets a home - and the town erases its debt.
Bailee's draw is a recluse with many secrets. Thomas feeds the reader Carter McKoy's secrets a teaspoon full at a time. This makes for a page-turner with great charm. The reader cares about the struggles this couple has adjusting to marriage and the circumstances that change around them. A great story!
JODI THOMAS' "Wife Lottery" Series:
1) The Texan's Wager
2) When a Texan Gambles
3) A Texan's Luck
4) The Texan's Reward
Jan 28, 2008
If We Could All Be Sentenced to Love
In self defense Bailee kills the local badman and immediately goes to the nearest town sheriff to confess. In a town where men out number women 10 to 1, Sheriff Riley sentences Bailee to "Marriage". This novel offers a complete story line, full of suspense, mystery and romance. An easy read well worth your time.
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