CrossReads Short Takes: Ivy & Devotion 5/3/2023

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CrossReads Short Takes


Prairie Roses Collection Book 32

by Joi Copeland


She must leave her past behind in order to become who she’s meant to be.

Being treated like a servant instead of a family member pushes Ivy Fowler to answer an advertisement for a mail-order bride. Her brother and sister-in-law promise to take her from Montana to Colorado in the back of a covered wagon as long as Ivy agrees to cook all of their meals, do their laundry, and take care of her three-year-old niece.

Ivy agrees. She cannot stay in Montana any longer. Her brother and sister never gave her love, but now she’s in danger of losing much more. While her groom-to-be doesn’t promise love, he at least promises kindness and respect. Both of which she longs for.

After Lee Griswold’s wife dies in the avalanche of Woodstock, Colorado, he takes his son and moves to the town of Pinewood to become sheriff. When a mail-order bride shows up unannounced to marry Lee, the ladies of the town come clean about the advertisement they placed on his behalf. He decides to forge ahead with the marriage, if for no other reason than to have a mother for his son.

Trouble and danger follow Ivy at every turn. In a race against time, Lee must discover the culprit before it’s too late.






A Sweet Southern Romance

(Emotions of the Heart Book 2)

by Jo Huddleston


An outgoing woman. A sensible bachelor. A happily ever after?

Bernice Thompson is an extroverted legal secretary. When her boss sends her to an out-of-state assignment, she falls for Gene Courtland. But is he as devoted to her as she is to him?

Gene Courtland’s world becomes perfect when Bernice enters it. He wants to spend the rest of his life with Bernice but is too vulnerable to tell her.

A roadblock named Ruth believes Gene loves her, not Bernice. Ruth will do anything to tear them apart. When Ruth’s behavior turns irrational, will Bernice and Gene ever have their happily ever after?


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