About the Book:
A mail-order bride from Cincinnati, Ariah Scott traveled all the way to Oregon to marry one man, only to lose her heart to another. What will become of her now? Ever since her father died at the hands of a vengeful relative, Ariah's life has been shadowed by dark secrets. And now her forbidden desire for Bartholomew Noon fills her with uncertainty -- and a secret longing that can never be fulfilled.
And forbidden . . .
From the moment Bartholomew saw Ariah standing alone at the Portland train station. the keeper of the Cape Meares Light was lost. Hopelessly in love with this angelic beauty who is fated to live beside him at the isolated lighthouse as the wife of another man, Bartholomew never dreams that destiny will someday bring them together. Is Ariah truly the woman he can cherish . . . forever?
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Angel Hart's Romance Review:
This book was a DNF. I couldn’t force myself to read past the first few chapters. Bartholomew is a married lighthouse keeper and he is tasked with picking up his nephew’s mail order bride. On the way back to the lighthouse from Portland, Oregon, they face perils that were common for the time period, such as: broken wooden bridges, storms, and having to hunker down with families along the way.
There are subtle sparks and lot of internal dialogue that could have been cut or turned into conversations about developing feelings or getting to know one another, since they were to be family soon enough. The pace of the book was like slogging through the Swamp of Sorrows barefoot and exhausted. Slow going, fighting to keep your eyes open, and not some place you want to be.
I was able to make it to Chapter 4, but couldn’t take the pace any longer. The book has a great story line but it is buried in extra fluff that could have been cut which would have picked up the pace of the book. I may try to read it again one day, if I have the patience of a saint... or tortoise.