Texas Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel

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Texas Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel

by Joan Johnston

Random House Publishing Group | March 27, 2012 | Mass Market Paperbound

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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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 1.01 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345527445

ISBN - 13: 9780345527448

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Texas Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel

by Joan Johnston

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 1.01 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

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.

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    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
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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.
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