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The Bride Backfire by Kelly Eileen Hake


Cover art: The Bride Backfire Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: The Bride Backfire - 2nd in the Prairie Promises series
Author: Kelly Eileen Hake
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-176-5
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Western Romance
Year/Setting: 1857/Buttonwood, Nebraska Territory
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Kelly's Website/Blog: www.kellyeileenhake.com

The Specks and Grogans have a long-standing feud that both sides are determined to continue, save Opal Speck. Opal is the one who is trying to contain the hatred and animosity that her father and brothers seem to live for. Her love for her family is above all else, save her love for God.

Adam Grogan is the peacemaker for the Grogans. His family is especially proud to stir up trouble and keep the Specks "in their place". Adam has to try and defuse another plan that his family has cooked up. Having been warned by the Specks that the next time a Grogan is caught on their land will be the last, heís been caught and definitely in a pickle.

Opal has to step in and calm the situation or someone could be killed and she couldnít live with herself if that happened. Though Adam is a Grogan, Opal has always thought him to be the one with a level-head and it doesnít hurt that heís handsome and has always been civil to her. The only thing Opal could think of is to claim Adam as the father of her child. What else could Opalís father do but call for the parson.

So the Specks and Grogans are united. How is Adam going to explain this to his family? Will Opal be able to convince Adam that there is no one else; she only did it to save his life? Will Opal and Adam trust God to lead them and their families to finally end this feud and forgive?

The Bride Backfire is a story of forgiveness with just the right amount of inspiration. The characters are strong in their beliefs with each side feeling theyíre right. Yet Ms Hake has a way of writing that will not only show the strength of each side but the quiet strength of both Opal and Adam. The reader can see that they are right for each other and definitely roots for them to find the compromise needed for their situation

Iíve enjoyed the second book in the Prairie Promises series. Though this book stands on its own, reading the first book in the series, The Bride Bargain will give the reader some history. Iím anxious to visit Buttonwood again in the next book of the Prairie Promises series.


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