Saturday, March 01, 2014

One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey

Some young ladies marry for money and social standing, a few lucky ones marry for love, but Tiffany Warren is marrying to end a feud. Honouring her mother's promise, Tiffany reluctantly travels west to meet her estranged father and his enemy's eldest son, rancher Hunter Callahan. Once the Warrens and the Callahans are united by marriage, both clans will stop squabbling over a disputed strip of land. 

In the chaos of a train robbery, Tiffany seizes a golden opportunity: By assuming the identity of her father's new housekeeper, she can live with the father she never knew and assess his true character, as well as that of the neighbouring cowboy to whom she is betrothed. But, too late, Tiffany discovers that the rivalry between the Warrens and the Callahans has escalated when the Callahans steal the Warrens' housekeeper as soon as she steps off the train!

Now, Tiffany, who is pretending to be Jennifer Fleming, finds herself living in the enemy camp, under the same roof as her fiance. All too soon she learns her intended is a handsome, sweet talking charmer whom she has to fight off because he can't keep his eyes—or his hands—off Jennifer.

After Tiffany's charade is exposed, she refuses to marry Hunter to end the feud. 

As Hunter goes about claiming his rightful bride-to-be, he knows that although he loves two women—proper, elegant Tiffany as well as spunky, passionate Jennifer—he has only one heart to win.

It was an interesting read for me although I am not sure how much I actually liked it. Nevertheless I had fun while reading. A historical romance set in the wild west.
It has fun parts but sometimes it seemed just too long. There was mystery surrounding the two opposing families and curiosity to find out what actually happened all those years ago when Tiffany's mother grabbed her and left her father in the middle of the night like a thief.
I liked Hunter's character a lot and the time Tiffany spent at his house as their house keeper was funny in an idiotic sort of way. The book is quite old. I don't think these days historical romances are written this way but it made me laugh a lot. which is a plus point for the novel. I think I'll be reading more of Lindsey's books in the future. They are highly entertaining even if nothing else ;)
I gave this book a 5-star purely based on how much I enjoyed reading it. After all that is what reading for pleasure is all about.