Friday, December 29, 2023

A Bride for Gideon: The Proxy Brides Book 16 by Caroline Clemmons

A Bride for Gideon:  The Proxy Brides Book 16
by Caroline Clemmons

Book Blurb:

Keira desperately wants to belong somewhere

Gideon is haunted by a secret too horrible to share

Fate conspires against them…

Keira Cameron came to Boston from Scotland after the death of her parents. She wanted a job, a husband, and eventually a family. She feels rejected because she’s too tall, too foreign, and too pretty for a wife to want her working near her husband. Were her expectations unreasonable? Her cousin convinces her to enter a proxy marriage to his friend, Gideon Ross, who lives in Montana Territory. Out of options, she agrees and hopes her goals will be realized.

Gideon Ross is a large man at five inches over six feet. His business is a smithy and gun repair shop. The war left him with a terrible scar on his face. He wears a beard to try to conceal the scar but still hears people whisper he’s a monster and a giant. Do they think he has no feelings? He’s haunted by the war and has terrible nightmares. Reluctantly, he agrees to wed Keira by proxy.

Outside forces work against the couple. Keira and Gideon must find the key to the attack on their lives. Can they defeat the enemy before they’re too late?

I have always been fascinated by Scotland and Ireland.  On my father's side, I am English and Scots-Irish, while on my mother's side I am German and Austrian.  Hero is English and Scots-Irish on his mother's side, and English and we don't know what is on his father's side.  His father's name is common and hard to trace, so we don't know as much about his line.  Imagine coming over on a little, crowded ship and arriving after spending weeks at sea, only to be met with hostility by those already here.  


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