Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Dangers of Love (Marrying a Marshall #2), by Natalie Dean

Kenzo Publishing, October 2018

Greta Fischer is a young German woman, who had few prospects at home, and so agreed to become a mail-order bride in far-away America.

Unfortunately, Daniel Evans turns out to be a domineering bully, who derives great entertainment value from mocking her pronunciation of English words, even though her English is good and her accent perfectly understandable. His mother is also completely under his thumb, though she seems to also share his attitude toward Greta.

And they will be married as soon as their train arrives in Dry Gulch, Texas.

Deputy Marshall Simon Brown, feeling isolated now that his best friend and colleague in Cypress Creek, Texas, has married and is spending all his free time with his wife, is happy to take on the special assignment of accompanying another marshall taking a criminal to Dry Gulch.

It's the same train Greta Fischer and the Evanses are on.

Greta is a smart, capable young woman, and is realizing she's made a mistake in committing to Daniel Evans. She's now wondering if she has any options. They're not married yet, but is she morally or legally bound to go through with the marriage? Even if she isn't, what can she do instead?

Simon is also a smart, capable young man--who had hoped,when he took the job in Cypress Creek two years ago, to meet a woman who would be the wife and partner he could make a life and raise a family with. Unfortunately, desirable but unattached young women are thin on the ground in the American west.

As both groups ride the train the several days to Dry Gulch, Simon and Greta run into each other. There are misunderstandings and challenges, not least problems caused by Daniel and by the prisoner being transported. And as the train arrives in Dry Gulch, there's a dangerous attempt to rescue the prisoner.

This is a slight book, but I really liked Simon and Greta. An enjoyable, light read.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.