Genre: Historical Romance
Medium: Available in Paperback and eBook format
Narrative: Third person
Nathan Ravenclaw was run out of town by the father of the girl he was courting once he discovered Nathan’s Arapaho heritage. It didn’t matter that Nathan was a successful rancher, businessman, and a positive member of society. The white community suddenly saw only a half-breed. Even his money couldn’t buy him a wife. That was ten years ago. He moved and rebuilt everything that cold rancher once took from him. He has it all...except a wife. Matchmaker & Company promises to send him a woman willing to start a new life with him. But Nathan's battered heart lacks the ability to trust. He longs for children, not romance. His new bride, scarred and cast aside like himself, promises to be perfect for him. Until he meets his mail order bride. Fierce desire and an even more dangerous hope roar back to life within him. Two things he swore never to indulge in again.
And love? For these two battered souls, that's the biggest risk of all.
I will state first off, that historical romance is not my usual cup of tea. That being said, just the summary pulled me into Ella and Nathan's world.
From the very beginning, I felt a connection with Ella. She was a young woman that carried a terrible burden. The scars she received in a carriage accident covered half of her face. Any husband she would find in New York society in the 1860's would marry her for her money. Ella didn't want a man like that.
Ella had a match-maker find her a husband in Nathan Ravenclaw. Woolf's description of Nathan is the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome. I do admit to a slack jaw while reading the descriptions of Nathan's astounding physique. The Colorado rancher had been burned by love because of his heritage. He wanted a wife to work along side him and give him his own heirs, not a woman to love.
From the introduction of Nathan to the story, I fell in love with his outgoing and generous personality. The way he and Ella took to each other from the first moment they met was a tell-tale sign of an epic romance, whether he would admit to it or not.
Every story has it's discord and Woolf brought forth an intriguing threat to the newlyweds life. I don't want to give it away, but I was kept on the edge of my seat for a majority of the book waiting to read what would ultimately happen to the couple.
It was very easy to get lost in the wonderful language of the time. I was laughing in the very beginning as Ella called her brother an "ornery cuss". For the time period, I was expecting hearts and flowers love scenes. Not in this one. Woolf was able to stay true to the period and create some very hot and sensual love scenes between Ella and Nathan.
This was my first experience with Cynthia Woolf's work, but she has published several other novels I want to read soon.