Young Hannah Gustavson is devastated when her childhood sweetheart, Quint Seavers, sets out for the Klondike to seek his fortune. He promises to write and to marry her on his return, but as the weeks pass neither Hannah nor Quint’s wealthy, widowed mother receive any word from him. Things get even worse when Hannah discovers she’s pregnant, and Quint can’t be reached. What will she do? Her large, poor farm family doesn’t need another mouth to feed, to say nothing of the scandal.
Quint’s older brother Judd comes to her rescue. Newly returned from the Spanish American War and still suffering its effects, Judd offers to marry Hannah in Quint’s place. The marriage would be in name only. They would draw up divorce papers that could be signed on Quint’s return, leaving Hannah free to marry the father of her baby.
The quiet, brooding Judd is a near-stranger to Hannah, but, seeing no other way, she agrees. The marriage catapults Hannah into a new life. The big house on the Seavers Ranch is like a palace, ruled by Quint’s bitter, antagonistic mother. Judd, her new husband, is brusque and remote. But something in his haunted eyes cries out for Hannah’s understanding. What will happen when she finds herself falling in love with the husband who’s vowed to treat her as a sister?
I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to guess. But just so you’ll know, the brother who loses Hannah gets his own story in my next book, HIS SUBSTITUTE BRIDE. You’ll be able to read it in April. I’d tell you more but I don’t want to spoil THE BORROWED BRIDE for you.
Here’s what some very nice reviewers are saying:
THE BORROWED BRIDE is another breathtaking, romantic story by Elizabeth Lane. With Mrs. Lane’s masterful penmanship the characters come alive weaving a flawless story the reader won’t be able to put down. I admired Hannah for the way she put her own feeling aside and did what she had to for her baby, even putting up with Judd’s mother Edna. Judd was a true hero, fighting his feeling for Hannah, his loyalty to his brother and his scars from the past; everything he did was for their happiness even at the expense of his own. THE BORROWED BRIDE is a heart-warming story that I would highly recommend to any romance fan. —Romance Junkies
5 Spurs! With well crafted characters and a difficult dilemma, this story will keep you turningthe page as it captures your heart. —Love Western Romances.
If you have never read one of Elizabeth Lane’s books before prepare yourself for a poignant emotional attack. I am always amazed by the impact her books have on me. Without fail, she finds the perfect words to convey a complete picture. You feel the force of not only the emotions of her characters but their setting as well. Ms. Lane has the rare talent of transporting her readers to her protagonist’s world. In The Borrowed Bride, Judd and Hannah are forced together by circumstances practically strangers. As respect and friendship grows between them, after a few rough spots, it becomes harder to fight against the desire each feels, which, of course, causes the feelings of guilt and betrayal to blossom. Ms. Lane doesn’t hold anything back. I could not wait to discover how the whole situation would be resolved. I find myself bursting with thoughts I would love to share about The Borrowed Bride and its fantastic characters but then this would be one heck of a spoiler review! You will just have to read this page turner for yourself to experience an excellent read. —Writers Unlimited
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