Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 1.01 in
Published: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345527445
ISBN - 13: 9780345527448
About the Book
Tate Whitelaw has had enough of her older brothers' constant interference in her life. It's enough to drive a woman crazy . . . and straight into the arms of hardened rancher Adam Phillips.
Read from the Book
Chapter One “It’s a disaster,” Hannah said. “Plain and simple. We’re DOOMED.” “You’re the only thing standing between us and Miss Birch,” Hannah’s twin, Henrietta, confirmed. “Once you’re gone, we’re dead ducks.” Hetty drew a dramatic finger across her throat, dropped her head sideways, stuck out her tongue, and crossed her eyes. Miranda Wentworth choked back a sob. “Surely not doomed,” she said with a wobbly smile, as she met the gazes of the two seventeen-year-olds sitting to the left of her on the hard dining room bench. But things were going to be bad. The headmistress at the Chicago Institute for Orphaned Children, Miss Iris Birch, had promised as much. Miranda and her five siblings had snuck into the dining room after lights out to sit on plank benches at a plank table set on a frigid brick floor. The whale oil lantern in the center of the table created sinister shadows that turned their features into gargoyle faces. Miranda could see the two younger boys shivering on the bench across from her, huddled under the thin, gray wool blankets
From the Publisher
HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE.
SHE MAY BE HIS LAST CHANCE.
Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now
marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she
and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the
Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even
start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at
Jacob Creed's Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern:
Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she's bringing
along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick
she's played on him?
Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His
nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake
will never give up, but he's in desperate trouble. His wife died
six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and
his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake
wrote never mentioned his daughter-or the fact that he has no
intention of consummating his marriage. He's determined never to
subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn't
count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn't count on aching
with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his
bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.
About the Author
Joan Johnston is the bestselling, award-winning
author of fifteen historical romances and nineteen contemporary
romance novels. She received a master of arts degree in theater
from the University of Illinois and graduated with honors from the
University of Texas School of Law at Austin. She is currently a
full-time writer living in South Florida.